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Last week, Clackamas County commissioners visited the construction site of Town Center Greens, a $15.1 million apartment building for 60 families making between 60 and 30 percent of area median income.


RENDERING COURTESY: SCOTT EDWARDS ARCHITECTURE - The three-story building features two central courtyards with interconnected community spaces designed to help foster interaction among renters. Walsh Construction began pouring the foundation for the site last week, and utility work has begun on the mix of 60 one- and two-bedroom units to be managed by Central City Concern. U.S. Bank is investing $9.2 million in low-income housing tax credit equity and up to $8.2 million in loans for Town Center Greens.

Located between Happy Valley and Milwaukie, the project is planned on a vacant parcel, 8500 S.E. 85th Avenue, between Monterey and Causey avenues. The property is close to Clackamas Town Center, transit lines, Clackamas Community College and several Clackamas County DHS clinics.

PHOTO COURTESY: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - Pictured visiting the family housing construction site in front row from left to right are Clackamas County commissioners Paul Savas, Tootie Smith and Martha Schrader. In the back row is County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Ludlow and Central City Concern Executive Director Ed Blackburn.A U.S. Bank subsidiary is donating an additional $20,000 to the nonprofit “in recognition of its remarkable work in the Portland metropolitan area on homelessness, jobs training, and substance-abuse treatment and recovery.” The donation supports CCC’s 100 Homes for Families Capital Campaign.

No Clackamas County general funds will be used for this project. From the Clackamas County Housing Authority on Dec. 18, CCC received 21 Section 8 vouchers, plus $1.3 million in Public Housing Disposition funds generated through the sale of other public housing units. The Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 11 awarded the project another $1.5 million in federal funds administered by Clackamas County.

CCC proposes to work with Clackamas County and CCC’s existing network of partners to outreach to underserved families in need, including families with children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness; families with household members in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction; survivors of domestic violence; and families working toward reunification and regaining custody of children from protective services and foster care.

Tenants are expected to rebuild their lives toward self-sufficiency and toward being good parents to their children. CCC is planning “extensive on-site supportive services,” including basic life skills, employment and educational development, recovery, parenting and wellness support.

“Central City Concern’s mission is providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency,” said Ed Blackburn, executive director of CCC, an agency with a long waiting list of families seeking an affordable place to call home.

In order for CCC to receive the Town Center Greens Project funding, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires that the units remain affordable for at least 30 years.

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