Clackamas County awards $623k for affordable housing and services

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From: Beth Byrne, Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4353 

Media and Interested Parties

Update (3/6): This version of the press release includes additional funding provided to Do Good Multnomah for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year.

Clackamas County Commissioners have announced the recipient organizations of $623,000 from the 2018 Affordable Housing and Services Fund.

This fund, established in July of 2018, is an investment in private and public partnerships. It will continue annually to develop housing capacity for Clackamas County’s most vulnerable community members, including families with children, veterans, people with disabilities and elderly residents.

Projects were broken into the following categories:

  • Development or Preservation of Housing
  • Safety off the Streets – Immediate Temporary Housing
  • Resident/Veteran Services and Houseless Services
  • Houseless Prevention and Placement Services

This year’s awardees and their funded projects are:

Bridges to Change ($78,270): Establishes an outpatient program for youth and adults that includes supportive housing.

Clackamas Service Center ($95,000): Creates a fund to assist with security deposits and initial rent for homeless families and individuals; enhances onsite shower and laundry services for people experiencing homelessness.

Clackamas Women's Services ($95,000): Provides funding to assist with emergency transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence.

Do Good Multnomah ($120,000 in 2019-2020): Veteran resident services for the Pleasant Avenue Veterans Housing development, scheduled to open in 2019.

Home Forward ($95,000): Provides resident services that include housing stability, economic stability, community building and more for Housing Authority residents.

Mental Health Association of Oregon ($94,925): Peer support services for Housing Authority residents in need of mental health or addictions support.  

Providence Health and Services

  • Conestoga Huts ($77,250): Allows for expansion of Conestoga Huts on church and/or business properties. Funds hut building materials, coordination for volunteers to build the huts, sanitation services and assistance in developing community partnerships.
  • Outreach Coordinator ($87,650): Funds data collection and evaluation of the Better Outcomes through Bridges Program, which identifies and provides case management, transitional housing and a wellness plan for individuals with a minimum of 20 Emergency Department visits within 12 months or 6 visits within 6 weeks and a behavioral health and/or substance use condition.

“We look forward to the implementation of these projects that will increase access to housing and services in our communities,” said Jill Smith, Clackamas County’s Director of Housing and Housing Services. “We are committed to working with local nonprofits and community partners across the county to find solutions to this growing problem.”

Sixteen applications were received this year. Organizations receiving grants are required to show how funds are used. This continual evaluation includes reviews of service levels and performance measures.

More information is available online about the Affordable Housing and Services Fund online

Members of the public seeking more information can contact Vahid Brown at 503-742-5345 or by email at VBrown@clackamas.us.