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From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services, 503-655-8752

09-22-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Commissioners to visit family housing construction site on Thursday

Clackamas County Commissioners will visit the construction site of Town Center Greens, a new affordable housing apartment building for 60 families, on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. The site is located at 8500 SE 85th Ave. in Happy Valley.

The county is a major funder of the Central City Concern project, contributing $2.8 million toward the $15.1 million building, along with 21 project-based housing vouchers. Project completion is slated for summer 2016. The foundation was poured on the site last week, and utility work has begun.

Central City Concern, a nonprofit agency serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions, currently manages more than 90 family apartments that include on-site supportive services to more than 1,000 families in such housing since 2000. The agency has long waiting lists for families needing an affordable place to call home. Units will be available to families at a range of income levels with approximately one-third reserved for holders of Section 8 vouchers.

The three-story building features two central courtyards with interconnected community spaces designed to help foster interaction among renters. The building boasts 20 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom apartments. The architect is Scott Edwards Architecture and the general contractor is WALSH Construction Co.

Central City Concern will have two full-time staff members on site to assist residents with life skills, employment and educational development, recovery, parenting and wellness support. The apartment building is located near public transportation, public schools, public parks, child care centers and numerous employment opportunities. Also nearby are Clackamas Community College, several Clackamas County DHS clinics, the Clackamas Town Center and a number of grocery stores.

The U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation has committed to invest more than $9.2 million of low-income housing tax credit equity to support Town Center Greens. Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, which were allocated by the Oregon Housing & Community Services, will subsidize the cost of the development, allowing the housing units to be rented at below-market, affordable rates. The state of Oregon contributed $200,000 in General Housing Account Program funds and $50,000 in Low Income Weatherization funds.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Scott Anderson at sanderson@clackamas.us or 503-655-8752.

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