Gilliam County grant enables housing

The start of construction on a new home in Arlington, the first project to be funded through the Gilliam County Attainable Housing program (GCAH) , was celebrated with a ribbon cutting Nov. 1. Pictured are, left to right, Arlington Chamber Executive Director,Marta Mikkalo; BET Employees James Neal and Rojelio Buenrostro; Condon Chamber Executive Director and GCAH Co-Convener K’Lynn Lane; BET Construction owners Bill and Ellie Timinsky; GCAH Co-Convener Julius Courtney; Gilliam County Community Development Director Rachel Weinstein; and Pioneer Community Development Corporation (PCDC) Executive Director Rob Turrie.

Work has officially begun on a single-family home in Arlington, thanks to a new loan and grant incentive program in Gilliam County.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 1 at the construction site, celebrating the first construction project to be funded through the Gilliam County Attainable Housing (GCAH) program administered by Pioneer Community Development Corporation (PCDC).

BET Construction, Inc., founded by Bill and Ellie Timinsky of The Dalles in 2001, is the recipient of the first construction loan offered by the program and will build a single-family home.

In 2017, the GCAH team, under facilitation by Oregon Solutions, a program designated by Governor Brown, was tasked with finding solutions to the lack of attainable, workforce housing in Gilliam County. In addition to the need for additional rental housing, a shortage of modern, single-family homes with floorplans appealing to today’s families and their budgets was noted in surveys returned by residents and businesses in Arlington and Condon.

The Timinsky’s, Realtors with Columbia River Properties, are building and marketing the home on one of 17 lots in Arlington’s Columbia View Estates that they purchased in 2017. To be priced under $200,000, the 3-bedroom, 2-bath home will have over 1,400 square feet of living space, and a beautiful view of the Columbia river.

Together, the couple designed the plans, and Bill is overseeing and “working on every inch of the construction,” they said, and are very excited to be utilizing the program and working with PCDC to help bring affordable housing to Gilliam County.

They hope to have the home completed by the first of the year.

For information on the Gilliam County Attainable Housing incentive programs, call Rob Turrie, executive director at Pioneer Community Development Corporation, 541-384-3769, or email

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