By Samantha Swindler

To build more affordable housing, Clackamas County wants to sell some of the state’s oldest public housing stock to private developers.

At first glance, this sounds contradictory. But Chuck Robbins, director of the county Housing Authority, said selling the property is part of a plan to quadruple affordable housing stock over the next few years.

The Housing Authority is asking federal permission to sell roughly 19 acres of the 22-acre Oregon City View Manor, home to 100 low-income houses and duplexes.

“There’s really value to that land,” Robbins said. “If we’re able to sell that land, we could take that money and leverage that… to go out and build new units.”

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