Rose Stone, both a member and employee of the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians, had a steady job as a Business Office Clerk. After work, however, she often faced disruptions from police activity with her neighbors in her four-plex apartment building. She was eager to change her housing situation, but knew that affordable living options were limited in Lincoln County. At work, she learned about the partnership between the Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians and Proud Ground.
Proud Ground expanded to Lincoln County to bring permanently affordable homeownership opportunities to rural areas. Through its new ‘Hub and Spoke’ program, Proud Ground served as the ‘hub’, providing support to the small, unstaffed Lincoln Community Land Trust, ‘a spoke’. With the support of local jurisdictions and the state’s Workforce Housing Initiative, Proud Ground partnered with major employers to offer down-payment assistance grants to employees in Lincoln County.
After working with Proud Ground to purchase her first home, Rose says that she would “recommend Proud Ground to anyone. Proud Ground is such a great way to step into a good, safe living situation. I would still be renting if not for the help I received.” Owning a home has given Rose peace of mind. She is not losing sleep due to loud neighbors and has a worry-free space to decompress after a long day in the office. “The stability and ‘safe’ feeling of being a homeowner has had a positive impact on me and the energy I bring to work,” reflected Rose.