MADRAS, OR -- The first of six homes built for agricultural workers in the Madras area is now finished. Housing Works, NeighborImpact and the Heart of Oregon Corps' Youth Build program have joined together to produce the affordable homes for lower income families.
Kelly Fisher, with Housing Works, tells KBND News the partnership began a couple of years ago. "We've done several homes with Youth Build over the past few years, and they had a grant and a need to have some projects available for their youth to work on. Initially, we had one lot available to start with in Madras, and then we worked with NeighborImpact to acquire some additional lots." Heart of Oregon provides young people the opportunity to work toward their high school diploma by building affordable housing in the community.
On Friday, the partners will celebrate the completion of the first house, "This is just a chance for all of the partners to come together, to acknowledge the youth for all of their hard work and just introduce the home to the community and the new tenants that will be moving into the house, congratulating them," says Fisher. "They'll get a chance to then buy the house after they're there for 10 years." She describes the 1200-square foot home: "It's a three-bedroom, two-bath, double-car garage, with a really nice open floor plan. It'll have all the appliances, and a fully-fenced backyard. It's a great little property; it's going to be a great addition to the neighborhood."
Work on a second Madras home is already underway and a third will begin soon.