ODHS to offer child welfare services and self-sufficiency programs along 223rd Avenue.

COURTESY PHOTO: ODHS - The Oregon Department of Human Services opened a new building in Gresham this month. The new Oregon Department of Human Services' trauma-informed building, designed to reduce stress, will open in Gresham later this month.

The three-story, 96,000-square-foot building is at 635 S.E. 223rd Avenue. The East Multnomah County building will house the Child Welfare and Self-Sufficiency Programs, as well as have conference rooms available for community meetings. The programs provide anti-poverty resources in the community.

The Child Welfare Division offices in the new building open Monday, Jan. 24, while the Self-Sufficiency Programs offices open Monday, Jan. 31.

The building was designed to promote a sense of safety and calm for children, adults and families, ODHS officials said, with quiet areas for privacy, outside seating, art on walls to reduce stress and an open plaza with a bioswale watered from the roof's rainwater runoff.

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