When Ochoco Elementary School closed in Prineville after seven decades, an opportunity presented itself. Housing Works, Central Oregon’s regional housing authority, began planning to transform the school into Ochoco School Crossing, a 42,000 SF apartment community for individuals and families.The transformation created 29 homes including studios, one-, two-, and three bedrooms. The old boiler and storage room became a community room for the residents. Crook County Parks and Recreation District is utilizing the gym for a community recreation center. Additionally, NeighborImpact changed an adjacent building which formerly served as the school cafeteria, into a Head Start for early education. The apartment interiors include warm wood-inspired plank flooring and clean, modern white cabinets. Each of the 29 homes has dual entrances — one into the wide hallway and one to outdoor patios. Central outdoor space and playground create a true community for the residents.
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Since this property has received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, a certain number of units are set aside for lower income households. Households must earn either less than 50% or 60% of the area median income (depending on the set-aside option chosen by the property owner) to qualify for these units. Rents in these units are capped at a maximum of 30% of the set-aside area median income (adjusted for unit size). Some rental units in this property may not be subject to LIHTC and therefore have higher rents and no maximum household income requirement.
Ochoco School Crossing Apartments is managed by Housing Works.