Gilliam County, like many communities in rural Oregon, faces an interconnected housing and jobs challenge that threatens the community’s long term survival. This project seeks to address the lack of adequate attainable housing, especially in the cities of Arlington and Condon. One of the project goals is to find strategies and implementation tools to increase attainable housing for workforce development and enhanced quality of life. Gilliam County would like to attract a new generation of workers and their families to communities in Gilliam County. In addition, increases in attainable housing would help enable Gilliam County employers attract the best qualified workforce. Attainable workforce housing also enables business succession planning efforts.
This Oregon Solutions project will help partners collect and analyze data, develop a housing strategy, solicit public feedback and target implementation tools to benefit our communities. With Oregon Solutions help, stakeholders will be encouraged to work collaboratively and integrate their resources and attain their goals. It is hoped that this project will create a template that could benefit other rural communities struggling with similar housing issues.