New Family Farm Worker Housing Opens in Oregon
Colonia Unidad, a development in Woodburn, Oregon, opened on Oct. 11. Developed by Farmworker Housing Development Corporation (FHDC), this much needed housing includes 44 new apartments along with 12 rehabilitated units at the existing Esperanza Court.
The development includes one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Half of these units are for farmworker families. Half are open to general qualified low-income families, most of whom will be transitioning out of agricultural work to other types of employment but still qualify and want to live in an affordable housing community operated by FHDC. Fourteen units receive project-based Section 8 rental assistance from the Marion County Housing Authority. Resident services will be provided for all tenants by FHDC, focused on eviction prevention, community involvement, job training and childcare.
Colonia Unidad has been designed to meet the Earth Advantage Gold designation, which is an Enterprise Green Communities Criteria equivalent. It includes play fields, garden beds, a play structure and pedestrian paths, and was recently awarded the by Housing Oregon Golden Hammer Award.
(Photo by Joshua James Huff)