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History

Northeast Oregon Housing Authority (NEOHA) was formed on May 20, 1976 in a meeting of Baker, Grant, Union, and Wallowa County Courts. Housing Authority means any public corporation created under ORS Chapter 456.055 to 456.235. The Authority set up with a DBA of Northeast Oregon Housing Association. The purpose of forming NEOHA was to submit an application for Section 8 Existing Housing for 150 units. Eastern Oregon Community Development Council (EOCDC) was authorized to manage the program. 
 
NEOHA received 152 Section 8 Certificates on 12/22/1976 December 22, 1976.
 
Sandy Sanders was appointed Executive Director on August 11, 1977.
 
On January 17, l978, the Housing Authority Board chose not to renew the agreement with EOCDC that expired on March 31, 1978. The Housing Authority received additional 68 units and received 68 Vouchers on January 25, 1978.
 
Barbara Larson was appointed Executive Director on August 1, 1978.
 
On February 1, 1979, the NEOHA Board authorized the Housing Authority to apply for 65 dwelling units of low-income public housing. On March 16, 1979 NEOHA received 60 additional units of Section 8 Housing.
 
On October 9, 1979, the number of authorized Public Housing Units increased to 97.
 
On July 14, 1981 Barbara Larson resigned and Lynn Schoessler was appointed acting Executive Director. Lynn Schoessler was appointed Executive Director on September 1, 1981.
 
Cooperation Agreements were signed with La Grande, Elgin, Union, Haines, and Baker to support Public Housing. There was opposition to the La Grande Public Housing from local Realtors and Property Management Companies. On June 15, 1981 the NEOHA Board approved funding for 62 units of Public Housing that excluded the La Grande Public Housing units.
 
After further protests and discussions the NEOHA board decided on September 21, 1981, that they would approve funding for 92 units that included the La Grande Public Housing.
 
The following are receipts of additional Section 8 Housing Vouchers:
March 16, 1979          - 60 Certificates
December 30, 1983 - 50 Certificates
December 1, 1986     - 26 Certificates
June 9, 1987               - 25 Vouchers
June 1, 1989                - 24 Vouchers
November 1, 1990    - 20 Certificates
December 1, 1991     - 11 Certificates
December 1, 1991     - 11 Vouchers
August 1, 1992          - 25 Certificates
August 1, 1992          - 25 Vouchers
December 1, 1992    - 25 Certificates
December 1, 1993    - 25 Vouchers
April 1, 1997              - 69 Vouchers
May 1, 1998               - 29 Certificates
September 1, 2000 -65 Vouchers
October 1, 2014        -  25 VASH Vouchers
June 1, 2016               -  5 VASH Vouchers
September 1, 2016   -  127 Tenant Protection Vouchers
 
The recent additions bring the total Certificate and Vouchers to 867. The Certificates and Vouchers were combined into a single program called Housing Choice Vouchers on October 1, 1999. The merger was completed in Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2001. The Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPV) resulted from the conversion of Public Housing that took place in September of 2016.
 
Development of Dwelling Units:
Public Housing - 92 units completed in September 1983
Transitional Housing - 4 units completed December 1994 - State/Bank Grant County Housing Project - 25 units completed January 1995 - Public Housing
Huntington Housing Project - 12 units completed September 1995 - Public Housing
La Grande/Baker City Severely Mentally Ill Housing - 20 units complete January 1997
HOME, State, Bond
Richland School Apartments - 10 Senior / Disabled units - change of use, projects using OHCS development grants and HOME funds 2013
Blue Springs Crossing Apartments  - 38 Family Units, Tax Credit – Construction began 2014 and was completed in June of 2015
Public Housing conversion to Blue Mountain Residences in September of 2016
 
Homeownership Project /Scattered Sites Union/Baker/Malheur Counties:
 
                                   -  6 units completed in 1995  - FHA Mortgage
                                   -  6 units completed in 1996  - FHA Mortgage
                                   -  4 units completed in 1997   - FHA Mortgage
                                   -  4 units completed in 1998   - FHA Mortgage
 
Handicap Accessible Home - 1 unit completed in November 2002
 
Purchase and Rehab Preservation Projects:
Green Acres Apartments - 24 Rural Development units completed in 2002
Wallowa Alpine Village Apartments - 28 HUD Multi-Family units completed in 2004
Strawberry Village Apartments - 10 units, preservation grants, HOME funds 2012
Richland School Development - 10 units completed in 2013
Blue Springs Crossing - 38 units with construction completed in June of 2015
Lake Street Duplex - One 3 bedroom unit and one 2 bedroom unit.