Helen’s Story: Fuller Station Contributes to County Progress on Housing and Homelessness

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Fuller Station is a crucial piece in Clackamas County’s work to address our housing and homelessness crisis. Resident Helen Johnson attended the property’s opening celebration on March 13, 2023. Johnson is grateful for her new apartment at Fuller Station. She is employed as a nursing assistant for people with developmental disabilities, a much needed but often underpaid field. Before having affordable housing, Johnson lived doubled up with extended family. But having her new two-bedroom apartment allows Johnson to fulfil her dream of giving back by becoming a foster parent to youth with disabilities.

"When I come home, I know I'm secure and it'll always be safe for my foster child,” said Johnson. “Getting behind in bills and rent is a stress that I [no longer] have,” she said.

Fuller Station provides 100 new apartments for lower-income households. 25 of these apartments are reserved for households that have exited homelessness, including youth exiting the child welfare system. These 25 households received ongoing supportive services through the regional Supportive Housing Services program.

Speakers during the opening celebration included Clackamas County Chair Tootie Smith and representatives from TriMet, Metro, Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Federal Housing and Urban Development department, and developer Guardian Real Estate.

Including Fuller Station, Clackamas County has completed or started development on 1508 new bond-funded affordable homes since 2020. The county has also placed approximately 400 formerly homeless households in permanent supportive housing through the Supportive Housing Services program.

A transit-oriented development that supports the county’s sustainability goals, Fuller Station is next to the MAX Green Line and bike paths. Fuller Station also has a special focus on serving families with children and residents with disabilities, as every unit can easily be converted for ADA accessibility. Clackamas County contributed $16.9M of the total development cost to help make Fuller Station possible.

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