NeighborWorks Umpqua Announces Groundbreaking for Deer Creek Village on August 29

Join NeighborWorks Umpqua staff, elected officials, and the media for a groundbreaking ceremony

Roseburg, OR (August 15, 2019) – NeighborWorks Umpqua is happy to announce that Deer Creek Village, the organization’s newest multifamily housing development, will have a groundbreaking ceremony on August 29 at 11 am on 2843 NE Douglas Avenue! The entire community is invited to join NeighborWorks Umpqua staff, elected officials, and the media in celebrating the 68 units of new housing coming to the Roseburg area. The celebration will include remarks from partners, a brief ceremony, and light refreshments. As the first multifamily development of this scale since 2013, NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to host a celebration to talk about this historic project.

“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. We want to extend special thanks to our land donor, the Rosensteins, whose gracious donation ensured the success of this project. Make sure to mark your calendars for the 29th of this month! We anticipate the application process  beginning in late 2020, so stay tuned for more information.”   

Deer Creek Village aims to 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 a single three-story building that features a main lobby with a mail center, manager’s office, meeting room, and storage areas for bikes and other items.  Laundry facilities will also be provided. The building’s design creates a central courtyard, providing an outdoor gathering and green space for residents, and allowing natural light into the interiors.  There will be a play area in the courtyard as well.

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 and individuals at or under 30% AMI with a disability, including severe mental illness.  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. NeighborWorks Umpqua anticipates taking applications in late 2020 and will advertise the start of the intake process. Permanent financing provided by the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, a consortium of Oregon banks.

Business Investment Opportunities for Fisherman and Fisheries-related Businesses

Business Investment Opportunities for Fisherman and Fisheries-related Businesses

NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to announce a new opportunity for local investment

Coos Bay, OR (July 12, 2019) NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Food System Team is requesting input on business investment opportunities related to the south coast commercial fishing and agriculture community. The Food Systems Project has continued to catalog business investment opportunities across our local food economy and has $25,000 in investment funds to allocate towards any private or semi-private fisheries or agriculture project that may strengthen the economies of our local communities. The Food System Project is seeking input by July 31 to help complete the inventory; please share any seafood/fisheries/agricultural investment opportunities that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Project opportunities must increase the economic value of local, traceable seafood and agriculture while improving the vitality of the south coast commercial fishing and agricultural economy;
  • Investments must have general community support, with the potential to lead to further long-term collaborations;
  • Projects must impact the community positively in a measurable way by addressing a critical need in the fishing or agriculture industry

If your business, farm, Port, or community has a critical need to address within the commercial fishing or agriculture industry for these initial or for future investment funds, we want to hear it. The initial $25,000 investment, but will also be used by the NWU Food System Team to find additional funding opportunities for this region. Our first business investment will be selected in July 2019. Preference is given toward opportunities that show an adequate business plan, any in-kind participation, and/or community support.  Letters of interest for subsequent investments are also welcomed.

Applications for the Business Investment Opportunities program are due by July 31. For additional information or to apply, contact Michelle Martin at mmartin@nwumpqua.org or (541) 414-6368.

Downtown Roseburg Street Faire is this Sunday

Downtown Roseburg Street Faire is this Sunday

Have fun on Jackson Street with vendors and live music for all ages

Roseburg, OR (June 4, 2019) NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited for the arrival of the Downtown Roseburg Street Faire this Sunday, June 9 at 11 am. The Downtown Roseburg Street Faire is a biannual event that is held in the heart of Roseburg and celebrates local businesses and the local community with a Sunday event filled with music, fun, and food for everyone. Held between the 500 – 700 blocks on Jackson Street, the Downtown Roseburg Street Faire will feature unique vendors, games, and local music. NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to have joined the event as a planning partner and cannot wait to host the year’s events.

“We are so excited for the upcoming event,” explained Communications Specialist, Nick Noyes. “The Downtown Roseburg Street Faire offers us a unique chance to give back to the community and is an excellent chance to work with local businesses to create a landmark event that will attract our community from miles around. Thanks to our sponsors and vendors, we are looking forward to celebrating with the city and community this Sunday. We especially want to thank our Gold Sponsors JD Fulwiler and Co. Insurance and Banner Bank; our Silver Sponsor Miller, Nash, Graham, and Dunn, Attorneys at Law; and our Bronze Sponsors First Interstate Bank and Gerretson Building Supply. This year’s events wouldn’t happen without their help. Make sure you do not miss the great vendors and live music from Professor FATE and Sunstone Trio this Sunday!”

Already a popular Sunday event, NeighborWorks Umpqua wants to make the Downtown Roseburg Street Faire a destination event that everyone will circle on their calendar. With live music from Professor FATE and Sunstone Trio,  family games, interactive activities, and local vendors, the Downtown Roseburg Street Faire is on its way to becoming a marquee annual event. Spots are still available for prospective vendors! To join as a vendor, call (541) 430-3461 or email drsfcontact@gmail.com before Friday.

Last Call for DreamBuilders Applications for Myrtle Creek

Last Call for DreamBuilders Applications for Myrtle Creek

Myrtle Creek, OR (May 21, 2019) NeighborWorks Umpqua is looking for two final applicants for its home build in Myrtle Creek. One property can comfortably fit a two bedroom, two bathroom home and the other can be built to suit up to three bedrooms. With construction due to begin soon, this is your final chance to build your home in the Gallahad Loop neighborhood. Safe and affordable housing for rent can be hard to find in our rural communities. If you are renting your home or an apartment, why not become a homeowner? With the DreamBuilders program from NeighborWorks Umpqua, you can become a homeowner with low mortgage payments and an equity building property.  DreamBuilders offers a group of families the chance to become homeowners thanks to a “sweat equity” approach to homeownership.

Under the supervision of a skilled construction manager, these families learn new skills, build community with their future neighbors, enjoy affordable mortgage payments, and build equity upon finished construction. These are not manufactured homes.  With over 40 homes built in Douglas County in the mid-2000s, NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to bring the program back to its rural service area thanks to funding from the USDA’s Self-Help Housing Program.

“The deadline to build with our first group is coming up and we want to make sure our community knows,” explained Erica Mills, HomeOwnership Center (HOC) Director. “If you are over 18, looking for a 2, 3 or 4 bedroom home, don’t currently own a home, and meet USDA Rural Development credit standards , you may be able to join the program and build your very own home.  With experience from our previous self-help home builds and funding courtesy of the USDA, we have the capacity to complete the next two builds.   We intend to continue delivering this service within Southern Oregon as long as there is demand, so we need your help in getting the word out to make sure these next two builds are filled.”

During the first year, DreamBuilders will build 14 new homes atn build sites located in Myrtle Creek and Roseburg. After this introductory period, NeighborWorks Umpqua plans to consistently build 10-12 new homes on an annual basis throughout its service area in Southern Oregon. The home design is a contemporary ranch with a garage. The plans were developed by a local architect named Dallas Horn. The homes will range in size from 960 – 1,440 square feet, depending on the family needs and the land. NeighborWorks Umpqua is able to help participants finance their home with a 502 Direct Loan. The loan is a direct loan from the government with long payoff terms and low-interest to help ensure families can comfortably afford the homes.

From 2004-2008, NeighborWorks Umpqua built over 40 new homes in Sutherlin, Winston, Green, and Myrtle Creek. The first build site will return to Myrtle Creek to add 5 new homes to the subdivision and will look to add at least 9 new homes in Roseburg. Both builds are looking for applicants to round out their rosters. For more information on the qualifications or to apply for the service, please visit www.nwumpqua.org/dreambuilders or call 541-673-4909.

NeighborWorks Umpqua and City of Roseburg Announce Open Enrollment for Home Repair Program

NeighborWorks Umpqua and City of Roseburg Announce Open Enrollment for Home Repair Program

Roseburg, OR (May 21, 2019) – Earlier last year, City of Roseburg was awarded a $400,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to repair and rehabilitate homes in the Cities of Roseburg, Winston, and Myrtle Creek. The City of Roseburg is partnering with the City of Myrtle Creek and the City of Winston to sub-grant funds to NeighborWorks Umpqua (NWU), a certified non-profit organization authorized by the State to carry out housing rehabilitation activities on behalf of the Cities. The Cities and NWU would like to announce the start of open enrollment for persons interested in participating in the program. NWU will handle application intake and work with homeowners to select the best contractor for their project. Funds from CDBG will repair between 20 – 30 homes over the course of the program.

The award provides grants to low and moderate income residents to repair owner-occupied homes using construction contractors licensed by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board and the Oregon Corporate Division.  This is an equal employment opportunity and any interested contractor is invited to bid on a project, subject to property owner approval.  All jobs will be awarded through a competitive bid process.

“We are excited to begin the work in partnership with the Cities of Myrtle Creek, Winston, and Roseburg in earnest,” explains NWU Communications Specialist Nick Noyes. “We knew the process would take a little bit of time to finalize and we are so excited to begin taking applications. If you make 80% or less of the area median income and meet the qualifications of the program, you need to apply today. The funding will be allocated very quickly.”

Home repair projects must be within city limits of Roseburg, Winston, or Myrtle Creek.  The typical scope of work for these projects include roof replacements, rot repairs, window replacements, and plumbing/HVAC/electrical fixes. Homes must be owner-occupied; in some cases manufactured housing in parks may qualify. To apply, visit https://www.nwumpqua.org/repair-your-home/. For more information make sure to contact NeighborWorks Umpqua through emailing info@nwumpqua.org or calling 541-673-4909.