Scores of high-ranking government officials were on hand Saturday, March 6, to unveil 16 brand new homes earmarked for victims of last year’s devastating wildfires.
The manufactured houses— some custom-designed for the special needs of their new occupants — were delivered direct from the manufacturer in Texas to Tribal land in Lincoln City. Here, the homes will offer a respite from the cramped motels, pickup campers or spare bedrooms of friends and relatives.
The 2020 Oregon wildfires that began in August consumed one million acres and thousands of homes and structures, leaving 11 people dead and thousands homeless statewide. The flames reached Lincoln County on Sept. 7, causing thousands of residents to evacuate their Otis and Lincoln City homes.
The new emergency housing on Logan Road represents some of the nearly $262 million dollars of federal assistance funneled into Oregon for disaster survivors, businesses and communities. Nearly $12 million has been allocated for Lincoln County, according to the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
Officials praised the Siletz Tribe for making room on its property for the emergency housing, which will remain here until at least March, 2022.