Goal: Closing the gap for workforce housing

BEND, Ore. – A new affordable housing development broke ground Thursday afternoon in northwest Bend.

The development in Northwest Crossing, Azimuth 315, is being done by Pacific Crest Affordable Housing, in partnership with the city of Bend.

Lynne McConnell, the city’s affordable housing coordinator, said Bend’s economy is largely based on tourism and the food industry, and many of those jobs don’t pay enough for someone to buy a home.

That is where she sees the biggest gap in housing here in the Bend: the working class.

“More and more, the working folks in this community are feeling the pinch,” McConnell said. “They’re trying to find a safe place to live. They’re commuting long distances, which adds additional costs. We’re losing good folks from our employment sector because they can’t find good places to live.”

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