St. Vincent De Paul introduces affordable housing project

St. Vincent De Paul introduces Myrtlewood, an affordable housing project in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - St. Vincent De Paul broke ground Monday on a new affordable housing project in downtown Springfield.

It's called the Myrtlewood, located on 11th and Main Street, and it is mostly for individuals earning less than half of the median income for our area.

That would be a single person making around $20,000 or less. Some of the units are also for people with disabilities.

All in all, the four-story building will have 35 units.

In Lane County, there's not enough affordable housing to go around, so St. Vincent De Paul's Paul Neville says they're continuously trying to chip away at the issue.

Neville says they're especially concerned right now because future funding for these kinds of projects is uncertain.

"We're going to keep building them, doing anything we can to put these projects together," said Neville. "But it's getting difficult, so we're really happy and can celebrate every one that we're able to break ground on and start."

There will also be community space on the ground floor of the complex, and they'll start taking rental applications next year.

The building is slated for completion in October of 2018.

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