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July 10, 2020

Rural Communities Across Oregon Able to Launch Projects with Business Oregon Community Development Block Grant Awards

Six communities in Oregon will benefit from improved water systems, new health resource centers, and residential improvements with $6,764,950 in grants through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Business Oregon awards projects through the federal CDBG program that focus on the development of livable communities by expanding economic opportunities, providing decent housing, and creating suitable living environments, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

“We’re able to do so many diverse projects with these Block grants, projects that provide real tangible results that members of the community can see and benefit from,” said Business Oregon Director Chris Cummings.

Business Oregon administers the state of Oregon's annual federal allocation of CDBG funds for non-metropolitan cities and counties. Urban cities and counties, and tribes are not included in the state's program as they receive CDBG funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The following projects were awarded in this round of funding.

City of Umatilla

The city of Umatilla owns and operates a public water system and will construct a new reliable water distribution system that will extend their services to the Power City and Brownell communities. Both Power City and Brownell have compliance deficiencies including water treatment and water reliability issues. Umatilla was awarded $593,500 to proceed with the final design of the water system improvements to address the compliance issues.


The city of Ontario owns and operates a municipal wastewater system and needs to complete system improvements to comply with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, requiring all discharge into the Snake River to have an arsenic level that is lower than the federal drinking water standard. The city was awarded $2,451,450 to continue with the construction of the wastewater system improvements to achieve compliance.

City of Union

To ensure healthy drinking water and reliable services, Oregon Health Authority requires that the city of Union upgrade their water system's electrical and control systems within two of their well pump stations. Union, Oregon was awarded $220,000 to complete the final design for the well pump station system improvements.


The city of Woodburn was awarded $1,500,000 to acquire a family resource center. The center will provide low-and moderate-income households with services for child advocacy and abuse, domestic violence, literacy, homelessness, senior and migrant services, and mental health support. The city of Woodburn will enter into a lease/management agreement with Love Inc.; rent will remain minimal to ensure services to vulnerable populations will be free of charge.

Baker City

Baker City is partnering with New Directions Northwest Inc. (NDN) to construct a Health and Wellness Center. NDN provides mental health and addiction services; the new center will offer low-to-moderate income individuals with the resources for therapy through physical activity, client seminars, leisure activities, and spaces to address client isolation due to mental health, substance or developmental disabilities. The facility will also include dedicated space for dental and medical services. The total CDBG award for Baker City was $1,500,000.

Coos Bay

The city of Coos Bay will contract with Umpqua Community Development Corporation (NeighborWorks Umpqua) to rehabilitate homes owned by residents at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The city anticipates this funding will help 32 home owners live in safe and sanitary housing. Eligible repairs will include critical systems such as electrical, plumbing, roofing, siding, insulation, weatherization, heating systems, structural damage (dry rot), and in some cases, lead paint and asbestos abatement or removal. The total CDBG award for Coos Bay was $500,000.

More information on each of these projects, as well as full program information, is available on our website.

Media Contact: Nathan Buehler, 503-689-3559.


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