A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Albany prepares to back farmworker housing

Written October 23rd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany is preparing to pave the way for construction of about 160 “affordable” housing units on undeveloped farmland off Spicer Drive.

That old tank — it’s still there, unchanged

Written September 23rd, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Every once in a while, the bike — and curiosity — take my to the 300 block of southeast Burkhart Street in Albany. I want to check if anything has happened on the lot at No. 370.

Affordable housing: A couple of projects

Written December 26th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Everybody these days is talking about the need for affordable housing in Albany. In that connection, a couple of things are going on.

Council votes for three housing grants

Written October 26th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It took a year for the Albany City Council to allocate part of the $1 million the Oregon legislature gave the city to do something about homelessness or the shortage of housing that people can afford.

Albany housing grant decisions put off

Written September 12th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council wasn’t ready to make a decision Monday about which of five applicants for a share of $1 million in housing funds would get how much.

Tough choice: Who gets part of $1 million?

Written September 8th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Maybe it wasn’t a favor for the legislature to give Albany $1 million to do something about affordable housing or homelessness. Now the city council has to decide who gets some of the money, and it’s not an easy choice.

Would lower fees make houses affordable?

Written May 9th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

In the interest of making houses more “affordable,” the Albany City Council seems inclined to lower systems development charges on small new single-family dwellings and raise them on big ones. But “affordable” is not a firm number, so whether the idea works is impossible to predict.

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