Ochoco School Groundbreaking to Create Affordable Housing

Prineville, OR. On Tuesday, August 15 th , at 10 am, Housing Works will gather with development partners,
sponsors, local government officials and community members to celebrate the beginning of the
transformation of the former Ochoco Grade School into Ochoco School Crossing, an affordable
apartment community for 29 low-income households. The property is located at the junction of
Highways 26 and 126 in Prineville at 440 NW Madras Highway.
Many current residents of Prineville walked the halls and sat in the classrooms of this historic building
during the 69 years that the school operated. In addition to much-needed affordable housing for
individuals and families, Ochoco School Crossing will provide a space for a community recreation center
in the former school gym to be run by Crook County Parks and Recreation and a Head Start facility in the
former school cafeteria to be operated by NeighborImpact.
“This is a unique opportunity to preserve a property of considerable historic significance by converting it
into much needed, high quality housing,” said Tom Kemper, Housing Works’ Executive Director. “The
repurposing of this building will save a community asset to which many Prineville citizens are attached,”
Kemper added.
With vacancy rates below 1% and the majority of renter households in Prineville burdened by housing
costs, this apartment community will provide homes for 29 households with incomes at or below 50% of
area median income (AMI). Ochoco School Crossing will create a community where individuals and
families can thrive in a location that is close to many amenities in Prineville. Ochoco School Crossing will
have rents well below market rates.
The design for Ochoco School Crossing will offer a mix of apartment configurations including studios,
one, two and three bedrooms. The apartment community will offer residents a variety of services and
activities through a number of partner agencies. In addition to NeighborImpact and Crook County Parks
and Recreation, other service providers include Ochoco Innovation Station, Early Learning Hub of
Central Oregon, Saving Grace, Veterans Affairs (VA) and Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

Funding for the development is coming from federal tax credits through Oregon Housing and
Community Services (OHCS) and HOME funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD). The general contractor for the development is R&H Construction, who has built
several of Housing Works’ affordable communities throughout Central Oregon. Pinnacle Architecture,
experienced in this type of repurposing, is the architect for the new apartment community. Construction
financing and equity is being provided by Wells Fargo Affordable Housing Community Development
Corporation. Build time is expected to be 12 months. Preleasing for Ochoco School Crossing will take
place approximately three months prior to completion through EPIC Property Management.
Housing Works is the largest affordable housing provider in Central Oregon. It provides people with
quality, safe and affordable homes; and through a number of collaborations, it provides the resources to
help people stabilize their lives. Housing Works developments in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras and
Sisters have won awards for innovation, economic impact, design, and beautification. For more
information, visit www.housing-works.org.