Our Mission

Housing Works believes that dignity begins with quality affordable housing.

We foster that dignity by providing award-winning, affordable homes and services that help people build a better future.

About Housing Works

Housing Works is the local housing authority for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.  We provide affordable housing, rental assistance and new beginnings for low-and moderate-income Central Oregonians.

We provide homes for people throughout Central Oregon. We offer quality, well-designed and professionally managed properties serving workforce, seniors, the disabled, veterans and farm workers. Our help with housing includes administering HUD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program in Central Oregon and supporting people who wish to move beyond renting to home ownership.

We also provide programs that bring other essentials—savings accounts, scholarships, financial education, loans, after-school programs– within reach of anyone motivated to make changes for the better.

Our Services

Affordable Rental Properties

Housing Choice Vouchers Rental Assistance

Build My Future Self-Help Programs

Home Ownership

Ready to Rent

Credit Builder Savings Loans

STEPS Motivational Training

VIDA Matching Savings Account

Opportunities for Kids

Our Team

Newsroom

For Investors

Housing Works has the largest multifamily housing portfolio in Central Oregon.  Learn more about how we work with private capital to finance affordable housing and provide tax benefits to investors.

Board of Commissioners

Housing Works Highlights

  • Assist over 1,800 Central Oregon households annually in finding a place to call home
  • Manage a real estate portfolio valued at over $36 million, with 564 units of  housing at 13 properties from Madras to Prineville to Sisters to Bend
  • Administer over $7 million in Section 8 vouchers, HUD’s rental assistance program for those in need
  • Collaborate with 400 landlords to make market-rate rental units accessible to our clients, providing opportunities to property owners and expanding local affordable housing options
  • Assisted nearly 100 renters in becoming homeowners since 1996
  • Helped nearly 150 Family Self-Sufficiency program graduates achieve their personal asset-building, job advancement or homeownership goals since 1995
  • Leveraged the savings of close to 100 low-income Central Oregonians with 3:1 matching funds for deposits to their Individual Development Accounts over the past five years

1977 – Founded as Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority.  Total units of housing owned and managed: 48

1990 – Built Summit Park, Bend, 88 units

1995 – Opened Menta Park for low-income farm-workers, Madras, 20 units

1999 – Opened Emma’s Place for those with mental illness, Bend, 11 units

2001 – Completed Stepping Stones, housing for women recovering from substance abuse or domestic violence, Redmond, 5 units

2002 – Opened Eastlake Village, Bend, 56 units

2003 – Opened Tamarack Village, Sisters, 33 units

2005 – Completed Prairie House, housing for mentally-disabled in Prineville, 8 units

2005 – Completed construction of Horizon House, Bend, 14 units

2005 – Acquired and rehabbed 97 units at Ariel South, Bend, 97 units

2006 – Rebranded organization as Housing Works

2007 – Launched HomeQuest homeownership assistance program

2007 – Launched Jefferson Street Redevelopment to transform blighted neighborhood, Madras

2009 – Completed Putnam Pointe mixed-use development, Bend, 44 units

2009 – Awarded $600,000 through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) to purchase bank-owned, foreclosed homes throughout Central Oregon for repurchase by up to 16 families or individuals

2010 – Opened Barbara’s Place, the first multi-family building certified to the Earth Advantage Gold Standard in the region, Redmond, 6 units

2011 – Acquired & renovated Centennial Point four-plex for homeless people, through federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds, Bend, 4 units

2011 – Opened Canyon East new apartment complex, Madras, 24 units

2011 – Acquired 19 units at Fairhaven Vista through federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds, Redmond

2012 – Acquired and rehabbed 24 units at Chennia Landing, Madras

2013 – Acquired 40 units at Riverside apartments, Prineville

2014 – Acquired and rehabbed 70 units at Healy Heights, rehabbed 70 units at Ariel Glen, Bend

2015 – Rehabbed 40 units at Aspen Villas and 50 units at Reindeer Meadows, Redmond

2015 – Completed construction of The Parks at Eastlake, Bend, 40 units