Work begins on 48 units of affordable housing for seniors
The Housing Authority of Clackamas County has 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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