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BEND, OR --  Affordable housing is next to impossible to come by in Bend these days. But nearly 300 people are hoping Lady Luck will smile on them, as they vye for just a handful of newly available affordable housing apartments.

 

Lillian Zimmerman was one of 279 people who applied for 40 affordable rental units coming on line next month at The Parks at East Lake. “They sold the duplex I was in, kind of kicked me out on the street, so I couldn’t find anything in my price range," she tells KBND News. "I just heard about it and rushed down here to fill it out and I made it just in time."
 
A lottery will be held next week to randomly select the new residents of the units in east Bend. Income restrictions apply and rents will be below market rates. Affordable housing officials say the 40 new affordable units are helpful, but they will put a very small dent in the local need for affordable housing.

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