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Rural Oregon county wants to declare housing emergency

Joining the ranks of Seattle and San Francisco, Josephine County in rural Oregon, asked the state’s Gov. Kate Brown to declare a two-year housing emergency. During the past 10 years, fewer than 100 apartment units were constructed in the area, versus more than 1,000 homes that were sold to investors and retirees.

Water Board accepting applications for drinking water in schools grants

The State Water Resources Control Board is currently accepting applications for grant funds to improve access to safe drinking water for students. The Drinking Water for Schools Program funds water bottle filling stations, drinking fountains, point-of-entry or point-of-use treatment where contamination is an issue. Funds may also be used

Mobile homes offer a viable affordable housing alternative

In an op-ed for USA Today, Suzanne Anarde, program vice president for Rural LISC says manufactured homes offer low-income families an affordable housing alternative, and describes her childhood growing up in a manufactured home in New Mexico.

Cases of Legionnaire’s disease increasing, poor water system maintenance could be one factor

Between 2000 and 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported that cases of Legionnaire’s Disease among Americans more than quadrupled. Researchers there are unsure why, but they cite likely contributing factors to the growing numbers are better reporting by state and local health officials as well as better diagnostic tests, degraded water pipes, an aging population and poor building maintenance.