Reminder: ‘Vets Village’ opening ceremony set for Sept. 13

From: Dylan Blaylock, Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-5917

Media Advisory

Event to showcase year-long effort to create transitional shelter for homeless veterans

This Thursday, Sept. 13, officials will host an opening ceremony for the Clackamas County Veterans Village, a transitional shelter community for veterans.

The event will be attended by several stakeholders involved with the project, including local officials, key county staff, local nonprofits and charities, surrounding and cooperating businesses, and volunteers.

The goal of this innovative project is to provide decent, safe and sanitary shelter for the county’s homeless veteran populations.

More on the project can be found at https://www.clackamas.us/transitionalhousing.   

The village is located at 16575 SE 115th, Clackamas, OR 97015. Sturdy shoes are recommended. The agenda for Thursday, Sept. 13 is:

  • Noon – 1:30 p.m.: Members of the media are welcome to visit the village site to take any photos or video desired. Key information/facts/handouts will be distributed by county staff.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: An opening ceremony will take place. Clackamas County Commissioners and other partners will provide brief remarks and symbolically open the village.
  • 1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Commissioners and other stakeholders in attendance will be available for media interviews. A media tent will be in place. During this time, semi-guided tours will also be offered to guests.

Stakeholders that are expected to be in attendance include:

  • All five Clackamas County Commissioners and key staff
  • Multiple state representatives/senators
  • Oregon City Council members
  • Happy Valley City Council members
  • Milwaukie City Council members
  • Gladstone City Council members
  • Do Good Multnomah
  • Love, INC.
  • Metro councilors

Homeless veterans will start moving into the village later this month.

Parking for the event will be limited. County staff will direct vans where to park nearby, and shuttles may be offered if the lot is full.

All media inquiries should be directed to Community Relations Specialists Dylan Blaylock, dblaylock@clackamas.us or 503-742-5917, or Scott Anderson, sanderson@clackamas.us or 503-655-8752.