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Deadline Approaching for Wildfire Survivor Homes

Updated: May 25, 2023

The initial deadline is approaching to submit interest forms regarding the first two of at least five homes to be sold at an affordable price or donated to Echo Mountain wildfire survivors through a partnership between Lincoln County, Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County, Community Services Consortium and other nonprofit organizations. About 300 dwellings were damaged or destroyed in the 2,500-acre Echo Mountain Complex wildfire that devastated Otis and Rose Lodge in September 2020. This homeownership program is open to anyone who can be verified to have lost their home due to that conflagration – owners, renters and those who occupied a home on property owned by a friend or family member.

There will be a minimum of five homes available in the north Lincoln County area –

varying in size, location and cost – over the next 12 months, with two homes ready for

occupancy in June. The deadline for interest forms for the first two homes is June 4, but

those interested can continue to submit forms for the remaining homes. All eligible households are encouraged to complete an interest form with details about

their current housing needs.

As each homeownership opportunity becomes available, names will be drawn from a pool that matches the size and location requirements as expressed on the interest form. If selected, the individual or family will have an opportunity to view the home, learn about mortgage requirements and/or tax implications of any gifted equity in the home, and make a decision if they wish to proceed. Habitat representatives will be available to answer questions at the organization’s Home and Garden Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at the Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City. For more information email, Heather Johnson at the Community Services Consortium, at hjohnson@communityservices.us or 458-233-3464.

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