NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Deer Creek Village brings new rental housing to Roseburg

NeighborWorks Umpqua’s newest multifamily rental housing development, Deer Creek Village, has been selected for funding by Oregon Housing and Community Services! Deer Creek Village will bring new rental housing options to Roseburg, helping to address the housing crisis.  Deer Creek Village will provide housing for veterans, those who experience a disability, and those with low incomes that cannot afford housing elsewhere.  The 68 unit project will be developed at a site on Douglas Avenue east of the Eastwood Park.  The site was generously donated to NeighborWorks Umpqua by Rose and Robert Rothstein in 2015.  Deer Creek Village will be the first significant multifamily project to be built in Roseburg since NeighborWorks Umpqua’s previous veteran housing project, Eagle Landing, in 2013.

Oregon Housing and Community Services awarded the project a package of funding via a competitive statewide application process.  The funding includes grants and tax credits that will be used to finance the construction of the project.  Construction will begin in 2019.  Deer Creek Village is one of 13 projects selected for funding.

Deer Creek Village will create housing that is safe, healthy, and affordable for residents of Roseburg and Douglas County that have trouble securing and retaining housing in the conventional market, due to income and/or work history, disability, age, veteran status, or experiences with housing instability, homelessness, or incarceration. The project will have a preference for veterans, especially low-income veterans with special needs, but will not serve veterans exclusively.

“Deer Creek Village is one of our most ambitious developments,” explains Director of Acquisitions and Development, Brian Shelton-Kelley. “With a design centered on community connection and enrichment, we are excited to bring more housing to market in Douglas County with this new development.  This project will help our community meet the housing needs of residents and is a $17,000,000 dollar investment into the community. We want to extend special thanks to our land donor, Rose and Robert Rothstein, whose gracious donation ensured the success of this project.”

With its mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units, Deer Creek Village will cater to individuals and small families making less than 60% of the Area Median Income. As nearly 30% of Roseburg residents are severely rent burdened, affordable housing is acutely needed.  Deer Creek Village is informed by the principles of inclusionary housing, seeking to provide affordable housing to a wide range of people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities.  Construction on Deer Creek will begin in 2019, with completion anticipated in 2020.

NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to bring a new multifamily development to the Douglas County area. It is still extremely early in the paperwork process, and while the organization appreciates the excitement from our community, we are unable to take applications or solicit for applications while being so far out from the beginnning of construction, tentatively set for mid-to-late 2019. Once we are close to finishing construction, we will advertise and ensure our community knows we are ready.