in Portland, Oregon, has announced that six healthcare organizations will join forces and invest a total of $21.5 million to address urgent challenges the city is facing in the areas of affordable housing, homelessness, and health care.
The commitments from , , , , , and will support construction of 382 housing units in three locations, including one with an integrated health center in Southeast Portland. The Interstate apartments in North Portland will provide 51 units for families, while the Stark Street apartments in East Portland will provide 155 housing units for the city's workforce and the Eastside Health Center will serve medically fragile people and those in recovery from addictions and mental illness with a first-floor clinic and housing for 176 people.
"Health and home go hand-in-hand," said Nan Roman, president and CEO of the . "This is a breakthrough collaboration with the health care community and a partnership that has the potential to change the landscape of how we can end homelessness in this country."
"This significant contribution is an excellent example of healthcare organizations coming together for the common good of our community," said Ed Blackburn, executive director of Central City Concern, which will own and manage the three complexes. "It also represents a transformational recognition that housing for lower income working people, including those that have experienced homelessness, is critical to the improvement of health outcomes. This housing will remain affordable for generations, and it couldn’t come at a better time."