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It’s an effort to make our neighborhoods nicer by putting families into homes left vacant due to foreclosure. There’s a stimulus program that offers zero interest loans for some buyers of foreclosed homes. So far the stimulus program has helped fill 78 foreclosed homes in Deschutes County, and funds are currently available in hard hit Crook and Jefferson counties. Greg Blackmore is the Affordable Housing Program Coordinator. As part of his job he goes out to the vacant homes. “When I drive up to a property for the first time, I see a home with a lawn that’s typically burned out and you can tell the house is not well-maintained. If you go to that same house three months later, after its been lived in, you can obviously see that there’s a family living thee, there’s a new neighbor there. They’re maintaining the property, they are maintaining the property, and they’re maintaining the lawn. And that in an of itself is stabilizing communities.” Families can apply for the zero interest loans the maximum amount is $35,0000 and the home must be a primary residence, not investment property. Blackmore says you can call him at the City of Bend for more information.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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