Webster Road affordable housing breaks ground

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48-unit building in Gladstone will house seniors age 50+

The Housing Authority of Clackamas County is announcing that renovation of its first property acquired using Regional Affordable Housing Bond funds – the Webster Road redevelopment in Gladstone – is now underway. The rehabilitation is expected to conclude in mid-2022. 

Originally constructed as a nursing home, once renovated the building will include 48 residential studios and single-room occupancy units. Common areas will include a community kitchen and dining hall, laundry facilities, a community living room, a wellness room, an exam room, and other support spaces. The site will also have a landscaped courtyard and a community garden for resident use. Full bathrooms will be added to every unit, as well as energy efficient heating and air conditioning. The project is seeking the Earth Advantage Multifamily Platinum green building certification.

The rehabilitated building will house residents with low incomes at affordable rent levels that do not exceed 30% of their income. The tenant selection plan will target senior households (age 50+) who have a history of residence in Gladstone. In addition to these preferences, 12 units are being prioritized for residents experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming unhoused. Applicants will be referred through the county's Coordinated Housing Access (CHA) waitlist. 

“Seniors with fixed incomes, veterans needing support, or individuals who are homeless are just some of the people this housing can help,” stated Clackamas County Commissioner Martha Schrader. “This housing will provide significant and lasting relief to many of our rent-burdened residents.” 

“We are so thankful the city of Gladstone was chosen by Clackamas County as the first project funded by the Affordable Housing Bond,” stated Gladstone Mayor Tammy Stempel. “The fact that it will it be affordable, assist historically underserved people, and also be a resource for Gladstone residents makes this an incredible opportunity to positively impact our community.”

“This project is a stellar example of what happens when our community comes together to take care of our neighbors,” stated Metro Councilor Christine Lewis. “I’m heartened that seniors will be able to find affordable, stable housing in Gladstone and that this project serves as a model of what’s possible in this region.”

Financing for the project consists of federal 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax exempt construction and permanent financing, Regional Affordable Housing Bond funds, Clackamas County HOME funds, and capital funding committed by the Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) Permanent Supportive Housing pilot program. Project-Based Section 8 rental assistance will support all 48 units. 

The Housing Authority of Clackamas County has contracted with Home Forward to provide property management and resident services. Home Forward will coordinate the wrap-around services necessary to operate the facility under a permanent supportive housing model.

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