CHC Acquires Land, Plans Underway!
Fantastic news, everyone! We’ve recently acquired our first piece of land, putting us one step closer to our dream of providing housing to unhoused folks in our community.
The property is located at 241 Waverly Road in Albany, and it’s a whopping 1.38 acres. With our current layout, we will be able to fit about 25 houses, each approximately 12×24 feet in size; these homes will contain a bathroom, bedroom, and a living room/kitchen. Each bathroom will have its own toilet and shower, and the kitchen will feature a sink, fridge, microwave and some counter space. We have already met with the city to discuss our layout and make any necessary changes.
While our priority is providing housing, we also know that we need to protect our planet, so we aim to make our village net-zero. We are currently working on creating a layout for solar power on the site to provide green energy. We also plan to make the homes themselves energy efficient by using high R-Value insulation and energy efficient appliances, among other potential approaches. This will reduce the community’s energy needs, thereby driving down maintenance costs and reducing the need for off-site energy generation.
All in all, we are so excited to have taken this next step! It seems like just yesterday that this community was merely a seed of an idea, but now we’re well on our way to providing the affordable housing our community desperately needs. We hope you’ll continue to stick with us as we move closer to our goal of providing permanent housing for our unhoused and housing-unstable neighbors.
And if you’re just learning of our efforts, now is a perfect time to get involved! We can always use more volunteers and donations. Can’t do that? Then spread the word about our project!
Elderly and Homeless
Welcome to the CHC Board, Rob Dibble
Our newest board member, Rob Dibble, grew up in Idaho, where he also attended college and earned a degree in architecture, before moving to Oregon in the late 90s.
Throughout his career, Rob developed and deployed client based Performance Portals and provided architectural solutions for water-related programs like the Fargo Morehead Diversion channel. Rob also received the Commanding General’s Award of Excellence for his work on the Arm’s Hale Koa Hotel in 1999. While working for the Oregon Department of Transportation for the past five years, he provided program management for all vertical structures and led the project management crew.
Rob was introduced to CHC when he was asked to help design our community. But when he attended his first meeting and saw the dedication of our volunteers and the impressive scope of our project, he knew he had to be a part of it. “The vision was firmly planted in my desire to help others not only with housing, but a better life,” he said. “Joining the board was the next logical step. I enjoy assisting the team with various tasks and becoming part of something bigger than myself.”
We are very excited to have Rob joining us! With his skills in everything from architectural planning to land acquisition and his dedication to a better world, we know he’ll be an incredible contributor to our work.
In a Nutshell…
Wondering what we’ve been up to over the past few months here at the Creating Housing Coalition? Then wonder no more!
- We acquired our first piece of land! Read all about it in this newsletter’s feature article.
- Our COAT outreach program continues to connect with homeless individuals in the area, providing essential goods, shelter—whether permanent or temporary—and other types of support.
- We’re planning to hold a small informational panel for folks in the neighborhood around our first tiny home development. This will hopefully assuage any concerns and plant the seeds for a good relationship!
- For the past month, we’ve been hosting a booth next to the local farmers market to spread the word about CHC and gather donations. This will be continuing until the end of June!
- We’ve been working with the Albany Police Department and Helping Hands to develop a new Service Coordinator position. This position will work to keep people from falling through the cracks as they apply for social services.
- Grants, grants, grants! Danielle has been working to acquire a number of grants. One from the City of Albany could go a long way towards supporting the construction of the village by offsetting SDCs and permitting fees. We’re also investigating an Oregon Health Administration grant to facilitate the creation of the supportive housing model that our village will use. In addition, we’ve applied for a United Way grant—this money would benefit COAT. Finally, we’re working with Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, and the Oregon Department of Energy on getting grant money for the community’s solar panels.