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Redevelopment of building, purchased in 2019, came at a total cost of $19.4 million

COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Communal areas in Tukwila Springs provide laundry access, a community kitchen, dining hall and living room. On June 27, Clackamas County officials held a grand-opening celebration for 48 new residential units in Gladstone for low-income and homeless seniors above age 50 at the Tukwila Springs building, converted from a former congregate care facility.COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Each of Tukwila Springs' 40 studios and eight single-room occupancy units have a full private bathroom.

"One of Clackamas County's goals is to develop 1,500 affordable housing units by 2025," said Clackamas County Chair Tootie Smith at the event. "The opening of Tukwila Springs helps us to reach that very goal. In fact, Clackamas County currently has more than 950 units either complete, in development, or committed to this goal. Plus, several hundred more units are very close to entering the pipeline. Our goal will be met."

In June, county commissioners approved a contract with regional housing authority Home Forward worth approximately $2.6 million to provide each unit at Tukwila Springs with access to resident services including counseling and community building, and 36 units with tailored case management services.

"Tukwila Springs was intentionally designed to provide supportive services on site," said County Commissioner Sonya Fischer. "Whether it's behavioral health, employment assistance, help navigating complex systems to deal with substance use, or other health related needs. We know that housing plus services keeps people sheltered. Access to services is a critical piece of success."COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - County Chair Tootie Smith cuts the ribbon on June 27 for Tukwila Springs, 48 units of new public housing.

Tukwila Springs, at 18000 Webster Road, is the first development completed within Clackamas County using Metro affordable housing bond funds or state permanent supportive housing funding.

Clackamas County's newly approved contract with Home Forward, active through 2027, will be funded through revenue from a supportive housing services tax passed by Metro voters in 2020 to address chronic homelessness in the region.

Resident services to be offered at Tukwila Springs will include programs in housing stabilization, healthy living, benefits acquisition and more, with community meetings for activities such as support groups and credit counseling. The front desk will be staffed with a resident-services employee 10 hours per day, seven days a week to respond to health and safety concerns.COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Attendees of the June 27 grand opening for Tukwila Springs included Gladstone Police Chief John Schmerber, Oregon City Commissioner Adam Marl, Gladstone City Councilor Mindy Garlington and County Commissioner Paul Savas.

Case-management services will provide personal support and guidance for households needing help accessing mental health care, primary medical care, food, addiction recovery, employment assistance and other critical stabilization resources in the county.

Funding for direct treatment services such as mental health care and addiction recovery is not included in the contract, however. Every case manager is responsible for checking in regularly with residents and providing navigation services to connect them with other forms of aid.

Applications through the county's Coordinated Housing Access waitlist have been finding future residents of Tukwila Springs over the age of 50 who are earning below 30% of the area median income, are living with disabilities or who are homeless. Named for the Native word for hazelnut, Tukwila Springs has set aside 12 units for the Native American Rehabilitation Association to refer residents requesting culturally specific supportive housing services.

Redevelopment of the 27,000-square-foot single-story building, purchased in 2019, cost a total of $19.4 million funded through $6.4 million in low-income housing tax credits; $5.5 million in Metro affordable housing bond funds; $4.7 million in private funds, $2.4 million in permanent supportive housing funds and $400,000 in Clackamas County HOME funds.

On 2.2-acre site, Tukwila Springs was a former congregate care facility originally constructed in 1967 that closed in 2017. New outdoor amenities include a landscaped courtyard, outdoor seating areas, a community garden for resident use and drought-resistant landscaping.

For more information about the development, visit clackamas.us/housingauthority/tukwila-springs.


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