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Sites near Highway 212 and Interstate 205 now under consideration for transitional housing.

Clackamas County officials are researching potential hotels near Highway 212 and Interstate 205 to purchase for transitional housing for people experiencing homelessness.

This project might sound familiar. Last year, Clackamas County Housing Authority staff attempted to move quickly on the Econo Lodge in Jennings Lodge or the Red Fox Motel in Estacada, but these potential purchases fell apart for separate reasons.PMG FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Clackamas County Commissioners Paul Savas and Martha Schrader symbolically open one of the sleeping pods during the September 2018 ceremony for the county's newly constructed Vets Village.

County officials now have another chance to receive state funding for transitional housing. In September, Clackamas County received Project Turnkey grant commitment, administered by the Oregon Community Foundation, for the purchase of a hotel to establish a shelter site.

In 2020, the Oregon Legislature allocated a total of $65 million for Project Turnkey, which purchased 19 new shelters in 13 counties, leading to a 20% increase in the state supply of shelter beds. Oregon Legislature's Project Turnkey 2.0 set aside $50 million to pay for this year's program that turns hotel buildings into shelters for people experiencing homelessness.

County officials hope to use the funding to place currently homeless people in private hotel rooms while they are in the process of finding permanent housing. During this time, the hotel residents will receive social services to help them get back on their feet and move on to permanent housing.

Clackamas County officials say that on-site staff will ensure that program participants have what they need, and that the hotel remains a positive presence in the neighborhood.

County staff will speak to nearby community members and businesses in addition to conducting appraisals of properties, safety inspections, legal work, and other due diligence before making a decision to purchase a hotel or motel.

While subject to change, Clackamas Inn and Suites, 6010 S.E. 82nd Drive, and Comfort Suites, 15929 S.E. McKinley Ave., are the two sites currently under exploration for purchase by the county.

Community members and businesses in the areas where hotel purchases are considered can contact the county to share their comments until Oct. 31 at clackamas.us/housingauthority/turnkey.


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