Clackamas County commits $1.7M to supportive housing services
Clackamas County on Monday, Oct. 18, announced the approval of $1.7 million to be allocated among three local supportive housing service providers.
Funded through the county's Supportive Housing Services Program, the Metro-funded payout is part of an ongoing effort by tri-county leaders to ramp up resources for thousands of people throughout the region at risk of becoming homeless or experiencing homelessness.
Three Clackamas County service providers slated to receive funds include Northwest Family Services, whose newly approved contract with the county totals $900,156. Per the agreement, NWFS will be using the dollars to provide housing placement services to approximately 40 households and short-term rent assistance to 10 households, as well as provide ongoing supportive services to 25 households.
Greater New Hope Family Services has inked an agreement with the county valued at $566,100 to be used for providing approximately 20 Clackamas County households with housing placement services and 45 county households with ongoing support.
Oregon City-based Clackamas Women's Services' new contract with the county is valued at $298,549, which CWS will be using to provide housing placement services to approximately 12 households as well as provide ongoing supportive services to 25 households.
Metro's Supportive Housing Services Program is funded through Measure 26-210, a business and personal income tax passed in May 2020 by voters in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.
Clackamas County receives approximately 21% of the total revenue generated through the tax, which is put toward wrap-around services targeting several aspects of the multilayered issue of chronic homelessness — services such as rental assistance, mental health services, addiction and recovery resources for the county's most marginalized populations.
Those systemically underserved populations, according to the county's Local Implementation Plan completed in April, include people of color, LGBTQ+ persons, seniors, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities and rural communities.
To further those efforts in tandem with the Supportive Housing Services Program, Clackamas County is increasing affordable housing availability by utilizing funds from an affordable housing bond program approved in 2018 by voters throughout the Metro region.
Also on Monday, the Housing Authority of Clackamas County announced the launch of renovations to a 27,000-square-foot single-story building on Webster Road in Gladstone, which will be modified to include 48 residential studios and single-room occupancy units.
The $20.4 million project, expected to be complete by mid-2022 with $4.4 million in Metro bond funds, will offer prospective tenants stable housing at affordable rent levels less than 30% of their income.
Unhoused or at-risk individuals, or families of all walks of life, will have access to units through the county's Coordinated Housing Access waitlist, however leasing priority will be given to seniors aged 50 and above who have previous residence in Gladstone. 12 household units will also be prioritized for those at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness.
Housing service provider Home Forward will manage the property under a permanent supportive housing model, as well as coordinate comprehensive services for tenants.
"Seniors with fixed incomes, veterans needing support or individuals who are homeless are just some of the people this housing can help," said 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," said 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," said 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."
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