At a Clatsop County commission meeting last year, Assessment and Taxation Director Suzanne Johnson reviewed a number of properties that the county was looking to put up for auction.

Many of the blighted properties had gone through foreclosure, and Johnson told personal stories of the people evicted from their homes for not paying property taxes.

Toward the end of her presentation, Johnson’s tone changed as she introduced a fourplex on Agate Street near Uniontown. “This is going to be the happier story,” she said. “We’ll save the best for last.”

Months later, a remodel is underway that will transform the fourplex into affordable housing with services for single women who are pregnant or parenting and are in early recovery from substance abuse.

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