Housing Works awarded $450k for affordable housing development: The Redmond City Council voted Nov. 27 to give Housing Works a $450,000 grant to purchase a 1.97 acre parcel of land at NW Fifth Street and NW Greenwood Avenue for an affordable housing development, which is expected to be completed in 2020, according to a news release from the city. The development will include 48 residential apartments, including 44 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom units for households earning at or below 80 percent of area median income, up to approximately $56,000 for a family of four. The funds awarded to Housing Works were allocated to the city of Redmond for the Community Development Block Grant program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “The city’s primary goal for its yearly allocation of CDBG funds is to assist in the development of affordable housing and the prevention of homelessness,” said Jodi Burch, accounting and financial reporting director for the city. “This Housing Works project is a critical step forward, helping bring safe, stable and affordable housing to our community and is exactly the type of project we want to make happen through our CDBG program.” The project is awaiting HUD funding approval and the land acquisition parcel must pass an environmental review before the development can begin.

Redmond Post Office Sunday Hours: The Redmond Post Office, 618 NW Hemlock Ave., will be open for parcel pickup on Sundays from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. through Dec. 23, according a news release from the U.S. Postal Service. Customers can also make retail postal purchases.

December weather outlook: December is expected to have above-normal temperatures and near to above-normal precipitation, according to a news release from the National Weather Service. Normal highs for the Redmond airport range from 43 degrees at the start of December to 40 degrees at the end of December. Normal lows fall from 22 degrees to 21 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 1.16 inches. In November, temperatures averaged slightly warmer than normal, with an average temperature of 38.3 degrees, which was .9 degrees above normal. High temperatures in November averaged 53.8 degrees, which was 4.9 degrees above normal. The highest was 68 degrees on the Nov. 1. Low temperatures averaged 22.8 degrees, which was 3 degrees below normal. The lowest was 7 degrees on Nov. 11. There were 22 days with the low temperature below 32 degrees. Precipitation this year has reached 4.2 inches, which is 3.52 inches below normal. Since October, the water year precipitation at the Redmond airport has been 0.72 inches, which is 0.89 inches below normal.

Family Unification Program: Housing Works has been awarded 29 Family Unification Program vouchers. These vouchers will be issued based on referrals from the DHS Child Welfare program and will provide rental assistance for families whose children are in foster care due to inadequate housing or young adults ages 18-24 who have aged out of the foster care system. For more information, visit


Downtown Redmond Charm Stroll: Downtown businesses will offer refreshments, holiday music and special events Dec. 15 from noon to 4 p.m. Redmond area Girl Scouts will be at Herringbone Books, 422 SW 6th St., collecting socks, gloves, toiletries and cash donations for “blessing bags” for the homeless.

Those who donate will receive a charm stroll passport listing participating businesses and may bring completed passports and charms to David Haffey Fine Jewelry on Sixth Street to have the charms placed on a bracelet for $10.00. Pictures with Santa will be available at Green Plow Coffee Roasters, 436 SW 6th St. For more information contact 541-923-5191.


RPA student art show: Redmond Proficiency Academy High School is putting on a student gallery show for young artists to introduce their work to the community, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 13 at Willow Lane Artists Creative Space: 400 SE 2nd St. Suite 2, Bend. The artwork on display will be for sale and 30 percent of profits will be donated to the Bend Spay and Neuter Project. For more information, email: .


Redmond police officer Christopher Barber will graduate from the 383rd Basic Police Class, a 16-week basic training class at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem on Dec. 7.