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Coos County Comprehensive Housing Study

Coos County Comprehensive Housing Study 

“Building a community where people have homes”

Goal:    Provide the CCHC and key stakeholders a planning tool to oversee and coordinate the development of plans for workforce and subsidized housing, and housing vulnerable populations.

Outcomes: Stabilized workforce, economic growth, improved health and financial stability for community members in Coos County.


Update May 18, 2018

From Marcia M. Hart, Executive Director-United Way of Southwestern Oregon


Coos County, OR Housing Analysis and Action Plan 2018 is ready for distribution!  The I’s are dotted, the T’s crossed. The final product is in hand!

As you read this document, keep in mind, this is a suggested roadmap to unsticking our “stalled” housing market. It is critical for our community to remain committed to moving forward in unison. Each community within the county may choose a different path to “unsticking” the housing market.  However, to be successful all efforts must be aligned and supporting the same overarching goal.

Now is the time for leaders from all sectors to roll up their sleeves and decide what problem(s) their community needs to address first. We must look for ways to identify and combine resources – financial, information, people — to add capacity and build a plan of action with key elements that will be visible and accessible to our community at large.

United Way of Southwestern Oregon stands ready to support and facilitate as our community works through the “Next Steps”.  I encourage you to read this incredible document and start the conversation in your circles of influence.  Commit to what you can do — GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER in our community.

The Coos Curry Housing Coalition’s next meeting is set for 11:00 am, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Housing Authority, 1700 Monroe St. North Bend, OR.  Everyone is welcome.  This is an excellent forum for sharing ideas.

For more information about the Coos County Study, contact Marcia Hart at uwswo@frontier.com 

Links to Coos County Housing Analysis & Action Plan

Please note: the spread version is easist to read online; singles to print.

Spreads https://buffalo.box.com/s/us0poehn9owwy47hufyd08jvixca9cvo

Singles https://buffalo.box.com/s/krkq9gs10ujqemjv8pjmy6sh7qwwx64x


Update April 27, 2018

From: Marcia M. Hart, Executive Director-United Way of Southwestern Oregon

“Renewed Pride In Our Community” was the overarching message to over 200 people in attendance at the Coos County Housing Summit held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Mill Casino. We do not have a lack of affordable housing. What we have is an aging population staying in place and areas of declining housing stock. Without an intervention, these vulnerable areas will continue to decline and may be too far gone to affordablly recover. “Unless action is taken – not to making housing affordable but to strategically rebuilding the housing market so it makes sense for existing owners to reinvest their time, energy and money in their homes at rates not presently occurring but needed.”-Charles Buki, Founder, czb LLC.

Those present at the Summit were able to hear, for the first time, the results of czb’s work on Coos County’s Comprehensive Housing Study. Charles Buki, Founder and Thomas Eddington, Vice President played tag team as they walked key stakeholders, community partners and interested community members through the data, observations, conclusions and recommendations. Participants were encouraged to ask questions and come together in the afternoon to discuss next steps. Input from the afternoon sessions will be incorporated in the final document from czb. The Summit was video taped by Joan Emm and will be available on Channel 14 within the next week.

The Coos Curry Housing Coalition will meet in May to review the final study document, and feedback from the Summit afternoon sessions to determine next steps in our efforts to address our housing challenges in Coos County. Those interested in joining the coalition can contact Marcia Hart at 541-267-5202 or Char Luther at 541-297-9256.

Link to the slide presentation from the czb LLC presentation Coos Slides 

Link to the video presentation of the Housing Summit on Public Access TV




Feburary 2018

From: Marcia M. Hart, Executive Director-United Way of Southwestern Oregon

I am pleased to report our work on the Coos County Comprehensive Housing Study is proceeding according to plan with Phase I: Data Collection and Quantitative Analysis near completion and Phase II: Stakeholder Engagement on Market Perceptions, Preliminary Observations and Policy Option  beginning with the focus groups conducted January 31-February 2nd.

czb LLC representative, Thomas Eddington conducted nine focus groups with a diverse cross section of our community members. The purpose for the sessions were to discern what “the numbers” cannot: individual perceptions and expectations about the market performance of different areas within our county, opinions about housing products not currently available, identification of local assets and the desire for particular amenities. Char Luther, Organize It! did an amazing job pulling together the sessions, keeping the communications open and connecting Thomas with other key partners within our community who could not attend the sessions. Here is a link to the Power Point presentation.  czb LLC Presentation (Coos County) 30Jan – 2 Feb 2018

We are meeting via teleconference with czb every two weeks to review progress and cover items per the project plan. Plans are underway to have a review of the draft document on April 6th. Presentation of the Study and recommendations will be presented at the April 26th Housing Summit-Mill Casino, Salmon Room. More information to follow.

Key dates:

March 15, 2018  11am          Housing Coalition Meeting-Coos-Curry County Housing                                                                               Authority, North Bend

April 6, 2018                          Presentation via Webinar, Morning and Afternoon Options

April 26, 2018                        Housing Summit-The Mill Casino-Salmon Room                                                                                         10:00 am –  4:00 pm

Budget Report:

Revenue: In December we received notice of the approval of our grant request from the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance in the amount of $5,000. In January we received notification of a $5,000 grant award from the Coquille Indian Community Fund. Presentation of the award will be on March 2, 2018.  We continue to look for funding opportunities for the Housing Summit and implementation of the Housing Study recommendations.

Total support for our Housing Study to date: $96,100.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Revenue Source-Coos County Housing Study & Implementation Paid/Pending
Oregon Community Foundation 30,000
Western Oregon Advanced Health 21,500
United Way of Southwestern Oregon (In-kind) 6,500
City of Coos Bay 5,000
Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians 5,000
The Coquille Indian Community Fund 5,000 (Pending)
Jordan Cove 5,000
Wild Rivers Coast Alliance 5,000
City of Bandon 2,000
Coos Maintenance LLC 1,000
Habitat for Humanity 1,000
Oregon Coast Community Action 1,000
Rental Owners Association of SW Oregon 1,000
Southern Coos Hospital 1,000
Coos County 1,000
Coos Bay Rotary 1000
Coos Curry County Housing Authority 1,000
City of Myrtle Point 1,000
Neighborworks Umpqua 500
Umpqua Community Property Management 500
Coast Community Health 500
Waterfall Clinic 500
Wal Mart 100


Housing Study 65,100
Housing Study, Rollout and Implementation 25,000
Housing Summit-April 26, 2018 5,000
Total 95,100


Expenses to Date:                                $66,127.96

Housing Study (czb LLC):                      $61,500.00

Contract Services (Organize It!):               2,083.00


Meeting Rooms:                                        2,544.96


Coos County Housing Task Force Comprehensive Housing Study Responses Due: October 31, 2:00 pm.               

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS      This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being conducted by United Way of Southwestern Oregon (UWSWO) on behalf of the Task Force for the purposes of selecting a consultant to provide a comprehensive housing study for Coos County Oregon. The study will provide information about the type, size, location, and price of housing required to meet the current and future needs of county residents. It will also analyze the market forces, planning and zoning regulations, and local barriers that impact housing in Coos County.    

To be considered interested parties must submit their proposals as set forth in the RFP which can be downloaded from the UWSWO website at unitedwayswo.org, or a printed copy can be obtained by contacting the UWSWO office at 541-267-5202 between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Responses to the RFP must be submitted to UWSWO at 320 Central Ave., Suite 226, Coos Bay, OR  97420 no later than Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 2 pm (PDT).

The Housing Task Force will not pay costs incurred by the applicants associated with responding to this RFP. The Housing Task Force reserves the right to cancel the RFP process at its discretion. All proposals submitted in response to this RFP shall be considered public information.