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The Stillwater Crossing affordable housing apartments under construction at the south end of Bend in October.

The housing and homelessness crisis in Central Oregon and statewide shifted conversations about housing development to the forefront of Oregonians’ minds. But what exactly is affordable housing, and what does it look like in Central Oregon?

Housing and homelessness were identified as the top two priorities among Oregonians last year, according to an Oregon Values and Beliefs Center survey. Housing development costs and home sales prices have gone crazy on the West Coast in the past two decades, said David Brandt, the director of Housing Works, Central Oregon’s public housing authority.

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Anna Kaminski is a city and county government reporter with The Bulletin. Previously, she was a reporter in Eugene, but she began her career in journalism as a teenager in her Midwestern hometown. 

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