Corvallis Housing First Receives Aid to Repurpose Motel

The Oregon Community Foundation announced that Project Turnkey is providing grants for properties in Corvallis, Eugene, and Lincoln City. 

Corvallis Housing First was selected and received $2.475 million in funds from Project Turnkey to buy and renovate a 24-room hotel in south Corvallis. Unhoused community members, including disabled people, veterans, people of color, and seniors, will be prioritized. 

“We are so excited for this opportunity to provide more safe shelter options during the pandemic and permanent supported housing to people experiencing chronic homelessness in our community,” said Andrea Myhre, executive director of CHF, to OCF. “This project came together because of good planning as well as partners and volunteers working tirelessly to come up with new solutions for getting people into housing.”  

The facility is located at 1480 SW 3rd St, Corvallis, and CHF estimates it will be open beginning in March.  

CHF was founded in 2007, originally with the name Corvallis Homeless Shelter Coalition, to assist in ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency. It provides housing and other services for those experiencing homelessness in Corvallis.   

Project Turnkey has allocated a total of $65 million by the state legislature in order to buy motels and hotels for non-congregant housing for those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Of that amount, $30 million is for triable communities and counties impacted by the wildfires, and $35 million is for the other 28 counites. The OCF is administering both types of funding through application and selection processes, with direction from an advisory committee composed of state, local, and community stakeholders. 

Lane County Human Services received $5.56 million to purchase a 50-room hotel in Eugene, prioritizing wildfire evacuee applicants. 

Northwest Coastal Housing in Lincoln City also received a $3.348 million grant from Project Turnkey to buy a 42-room hotel prioritizing applicants in the community displaced by the Echo Mountain Complex Fire. 

By: Hannah Ramsey