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Safe Affordable Housing at Newton Creek Manor Renews Community Center

Nov. 16, 2020

The community center at the Newton Creek manufactured home park will soon re-open its doors to residents.  In the last nine months, capital improvements on the community center building have transformed the space into a community gathering area, complete with a kitchen, meeting room and a restroom. 

Pro-X Welding and Construction, from Winston, OR ,was the contractor for the project. The contractor worked with NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Asset manager, Lynn Williams, and Acquisition and Development Project Manager, Albion Spohn, to design, plan, and complete the remodel. The work included a roof replacement, a new heating unit, and new walls and flooring. Shared Williams, “We were happy to finish the project before the end of the year.  The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the pace of the project. I’m glad the space will be available to residents for small gatherings, classes, and just for relaxing.”

Resource Development Officer, Meredith Howell, shared that funding for the project came from local and statewide funders. Three foundations supported the project: The Ford Family Foundation; the Collins Foundation; and the Oregon Community Foundation.

We received additional funds from the Umpqua Health Alliance and our new housing partnership with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. The partnership with the tribe will make new manufactured homes available to tribal members on a transitional basis. Part of that effort will include classes in the community center for tribal members.

The community center is the most recent part of a larger effort to stabilize and revitalize the park. NeighborWorks Umpqua acquired the 50-unit manufactured home park in Roseburg in 2016. Since that time, the organization received grants, tax credits, and loans totaling more than $2,300,000 to replace the water, sewer, and drainage lines, build new roads and sidewalks, replace some of the older manufactured homes with newer energy-efficient homes, and make safety and home repairs on resident-owned homes. NeighborWorks Umpqua also installed an 18-plot community garden at the park in 2019.

“We have created a revitalized community space and housing park that residents and visitors can be proud of,” shared Williams.   

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Renovations are underway in the community center including this new kitchen installation.

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Some of the supporters from the Cow Creek Tribe Band of Indians and the sun shining on our project!