The City of Oroville Housing Authority (OHA) was formed in 1991 to assist in the community’s need for farmworker housing As the government required higher housing standards for year-round and migrant farmworkers, local growers could no longer afford to provide their own housing for their workers.
The Similkameen Park Apartments was OHA’s first project. In addition to OHA, the project team included the developer, Office for Rural & Farmworker Housing (ORFH); the tax credit equity partner, National Equity Fund; the Washington State Housing Finance Commission; and Washington State Department of Commerce. Similkameen Park Apartments provides 21 units of housing for households with an income at or below 40% of the median income for Okanogan County. Farmworker households are given preference. The first tenants moved-in in 2000.
Also, in 2000 OHA developed the Oroville Harvest Shelter (the Shelter). The Shelter was built with a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The facility provides housing for domestic migrant farmworkers and H2A workers during the growing season. In the winter it provides housing for homeless persons and families. It consists of 14 trailers and one stick-built bunkhouse. There are sleeping trailers, a common kitchen, showers, toilets, and a coin laundry.
In 2001, OHA purchased and renovated the Oroville Gardens Apartments. The Oroville Gardens Apartment provides 24 units of housing to persons 62 years of age and older, and disabled persons. This property was financed through USDA – Rural Development and the Washington State Department of Commerce. In addition to the age or disability requirement, tenants must have an income at or below 50% of the median income for Okanogan County. Preference is given to households at the Very Low level of income for Okanogan County. In 2012, OHA opened the doors of the Oroville Harvest Park (the Park), its second seasonal farmworker housing project. ORFH was the developer. The project was built with low-interest loans and grants from USDA-RD, the Washington State Department of Commerce, and the Federal Home Loan Bank. The Park provides 10 units of housing to migrant farmworkers, a total of 76 beds. The next project OHA plans on tackling is the much-needed renovation and upgrading of the Oroville Harvest Shelter. Please check in for updates.
The Oroville Housing Authority is governed by the OHA Bylaws.
The Oroville Housing Authority is a member of the:
Association for Washington Housing Authorities
Affordable Rural Housing Council