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11/25/2012 11:11:00 AM
Construction of farmworker shelter moving forward
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Construction is progressing on housing for farmworker families.
Benedictine Sisters photo
Construction is progressing on housing for farmworker families.

MOUNT ANGEL — Despite considerable mud, construction is advancing on a building on the Benedictine Sisters' campus that will house farmworker families.

The $2.23 million project is turning a former college dormitory into apartments for short-term occupancy. Work should be done by early 2013.

Now called Bede Hall, it will be renamed Casa Adele. That's in honor of the late Benedictine Sister Adele Mansfield, who was one of the co-founders of St. Joseph Shelter, which occupies acreage across the road from the Benedictines' 19th-century monastery. Sister Adele, who died in 2001, served as the shelter’s director from its founding in 1988 until her death.

Funding for the project comes from a variety of public and private sources, including more than $1 million from Oregon Housing and Community Services and the Farmworker Housing Tax Credit Program, $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rural Innovation Fund, $100,000 from the Federal Home Loan Bank, $198,000 from the Meyer Memorial Trust; and $593,000 from the sisters.



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