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'If I didn't live here, I don't know - I couldn't afford to live anywhere'

"It's really hard when you're within that population to find housing," said Nick Noyes with Neighborworks Umpqua. "Even just having a voucher doesn't mean you're gonna find housing. Everywhere - even our rental portfolio has waitlists."

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Michelle McKinney has lived at the Rose Apartments for 4 years.

She's relieved the income-based units were taken over by Neighborworks Umpqua.

"If I didn't live here, I don't know - I couldn't afford to live anywhere," she said. "I mean, if I did, I couldn't afford to eat probably."

The apartments are only available for seniors 62 and older or people with disabilities.

The non-profit Neighborworks plans to keep it that way.

"It's really hard when you're within that population to find housing," said Nick Noyes with Neighborworks Umpqua. "Even just having a voucher doesn't mean you're gonna find housing. Everywhere - even our rental portfolio has waitlists."

But the organization does have plans for the property.

"Going through a seismic retrofit, making sure that accessibility is better throughout the building, and just other things here and there just to really shine this jewel that's in the heart of our downtown," Noyes said.

It's part of Neighbworks' plan to add 500 rental units over the course of 5 years.

McKinney hopes this plan not only helps people in need, but also the rest of the neighborhood.

"Make it a better place and make it beautiful," she said. "And make it to where people want to come down and be in the neighborhood again."

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