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From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-655-8752

06-28-17

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County selects non-profit to provide temporary transitional shelter for veterans

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved moving forward to develop a temporary, transitional shelter for houseless veterans within Clackamas County with Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities was the bidder selected to have the most complete and feasible grant application. The application proposes constructing 30 sleeping pods, a community kitchen, showers and restrooms, a community room and a fully-equipped work shed on-site.

Catholic Charities projects having the community amenities and 15 sleeping pods completed and ready for occupancy before December 2017. The remaining 15 sleeping pods will be built on-site during the next five months by the first residents, who will gain basic carpentry and other usable skills. The sleeping pods will be fully weather resistant, fully insulated and vented appropriately for all-season weather.

The county will now begin negotiations with Catholic Charities to develop an operations plan and refine the details of the proposed shelter.

During the 2016-17 budgeting process, the Board set aside $300,000 to help develop a shelter community for houseless veterans. The community will be at the south end of SE 115th Avenue in unincorporated Clackamas County on land owned by the county’s Development Agency. It is envisioned as a public/private partnership between the county and homeless service providers.

Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services has budgeted funds for one full-time case manager for the first year of operation. The county will help bring utility services to the site and address zoning and land use issues.

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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