Beaverton affordable housing complex draws wait

People lined up for hours to apply to the new complex

The line for the new affordable housing complex in Beaverton, August 21 2015. (KOIN)
The line for the new affordable housing complex in Beaverton, August 21 2015. (KOIN)

 

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — People lined up on Friday to be the first to apply for a new affordable housing complex in Beaverton.

The complex, The Barcelona at Beaverton, is still under construction but applications could be submitted starting Friday. Officials say there is a critical demand for affordable housing in Beaverton and around the metro area.

75-year-old Lona Snead, who waited in the line for 19 hours, tells KOIN 6 that its is hard to find a place to live.

“I’m kind of getting priced out of where I am,” she says.

In two years, her current landlord has raised the rent more than 100 dollars. Her income isn’t able to keep up.

 

“When you’re on social security, it’s fixed,” she says.

“Affordable housing is very important as you can tell by the amount of people who have shown up.”

To apply for the new complex, families must be living at or below 60% of the area medium income of about $44,000 a year for a family of four.

“There is definitely a need for afford housing,” Brandy Kozisek-Evans of Cascade Management tells KOIN.

Officials say the new building is just part of the solution to the current housing crisis the metro area appears to be facing.

 

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