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Clayton Mohr Commons built for homeless vets and their families at 399 Caufield St.

Local U.S. Navy veteran Clayton A. Mohr will be the namesake for 24 fully subsidized housing units under construction for chronically homeless veterans and their families in Oregon City.

The Clayton Mohr Commons will be officially dedicated on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Oregon City, at a site chosen for its proximity to transit, grocery stores and health care providers, to meet the needs of veterans and their families.

Surrounded by his family, Mohr was recognized on Sept. 19 by representatives of the Housing Authority and the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners during a weekly public business meeting.

"It is with great respect for Mr. Mohr's service to our country and community that we honor him and all veterans who serve to ensure our liberty with the opening of Clayton Mohr Commons," said Jill Smith, director of housing services for Clackamas County. "We will now have a place where homeless veterans can come with their families and feel proud of the name of their residence."

"The new building for the veterans means so much to so many. I'm honored," Mohr told commissioners and representatives of the Housing Authority about the building that will display his name. "We need more of those, but every bit helps. Thank you."

Last fall, the county's Housing Authority reached out to the public and solicited nominations for the naming of the project to honor a local veteran. In total, 97 submissions were received representing 49 different individuals. A committee of Housing Authority staff, county staff and local veterans reviewed and discussed all of the entries before selecting Mohr.

Mohr's daughter, Tiffany Shireman, the North Clackamas School District's chief of staff, nominated her father for the naming of the project. When she told her dad that the new veterans housing would be named for him, she described the moment as quiet yet powerful.

"Just silence — then he said with a little crack in his voice, 'I'm so honored' there were not a lot of words," said Shireman of her dad, whom she calls a "quiet hero."

Mohr served from 1966 to 1970 as an aviation mechanic with a specialty in hydraulics. He worked on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock, in hangars and machine shops in Guam, the Philippines and Naval Air Station Lemoore in California. He was exposed to Agent Orange while serving on open sea ships off the shore of Vietnam and Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

Since his retirement, he has assisted other veterans in Clackamas County by providing them with rides to necessary appointments, engaging with veterans at local resource fairs, raising funds for medical transport vans for veterans, and socializing with veterans who struggle with daily life.

"When a local disabled veteran without immediate family passed away, Dad and another local veteran tirelessly cleaned out his apartment by moving furniture, cleaning out trash and trying to maintain the veteran's dignity even after his death," Shireman said. "His work is humble, often thankless, selfless work."

Mohr has held multiple roles in the Oregon City Chapter #4 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and currently serves as the DAV chapter's senior vice commander.

COURTESY PHOTO - U.S. Navy veteran Clayton A. Mohr, the namesake of 24 units of affordable housing being constructed, is senior vice commander of the Oregon City Chapter #4 of the Disabled American Veterans."His generosity to veterans and his commitment to his fellow veterans is defined by his willingness to help wherever he's needed," Shireman said. "When a DAV chapter in the state needs assistance with a project, he makes himself available for everything from serving food to setting up for community events."

Northwest Housing Alternatives, a Milwaukie-based nonprofit organization with a mission to provide affordable housing options for people with special needs across Oregon, partnered with the county to construct Clayton Mohr Commons, which received donations from Home Depot.

"It's our absolute honor to develop this affordable housing project," said Trell Anderson, executive director of Northwest Housing Alternatives. "And we look forward to future efforts with the Housing Authority and Clackamas County to build more homes like this."

Veteran housing dedication

WHAT: 24 fully subsidized housing units for chronically homeless veterans and their families to be named Clayton Mohr Commons

WHEN: 11 a.m. Wednesday,

Nov. 13

WHERE: 399 Caufield St., Oregon City

COST: Free. The public is

welcome to attend the ceremony.

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