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Portland Exceeds Goal to House Disabled Homeless Veterans

City of Portland, Multnomah County, and other leaders in the effort to end homelessness to recognize local landlords that aided the effort

What – Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, VA Portland Health Care System Director Joanne M. Krumberger, and others will present a “Homes for Heroes” award to landlords who have been instrumental in the local effort to house our disabled homeless veterans.

When – November 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where – Portland City Hall Atrium

Who – Media and the public is invited

 

PORTLAND, Ore.—No man or woman who has stepped forward to serve our nation should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home. Yet we know too well that many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines return from service only to fall into homelessness. For those whose homelessness lasts a year or longer, hurdles to finding stability can be impossible to overcome alone.

This past April, a team from Portland, including staff from Multnomah County, the City of Portland, the VA, and Home Forward joined the 25 Cities Initiative, a national movement to intensify local efforts to end veterans’ homelessness. The team set an ambitious goal for the local community: provide homes for 100 disabled veterans experiencing homelessness by Veterans Day. The goal was adopted as part of the community effort, A Home for Everyone, and supported by the many organizations that have joined the collective fight against homelessness. With the deadline less than a week away, Portland has already exceeded this goal, housing 139 as of the end of September.

“This is evidence that with focused will -- together as a community -- we can do right by the people who have served our country,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. 

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2014 HUD report on homelessness

Latest homeless estimates not a complete picture for Multnomah County

You may have heard or read in the news of HUD’s latest estimate of the number of people experiencing homelessness in the United States. The 2014 HUD Annual Homeless Assessment Report may be useful in tracking the national trends, but because of issues related to data reporting rather than people, it does not provide an accurate comparison of homelessness from year to year in our community.

Unfortunately, most of the decrease in homelessness reported for Multnomah County this year reflects a partial shelter count and a change in the way HUD classifies some homeless programs. No new count of unsheltered individuals was conducted last year. The next count will be conducted the last week of January, 2015.

That said, as a community we have committed to a new way of doing business. We are working together across government lines toward ending homelessness for the most vulnerable members of our community, including an on-going collaborative that is housing homeless disabled veterans. We look forward to proving that we can change these numbers in a real and meaningful way. 

Sincerely,
Dan Saltzman, Commissioner, City of Portland
Deborah Kafoury, Chair, Multnomah County
Traci Manning, Director, Portland Housing Bureau   

For more information, contact Martha Calhoon in the Portland Housing Bureau at Martha.Calhoon@Portlandoregon.gov

The Pearl District welcomes The Abigail to the neighborhood

The City breaks ground on a new affordable housing model

Picture of a preschool class "Bienvenidos al vecindario!" That was how a group of preschool students from the Pearl District's Early Education Academy welcomed California-based Bridge Housing Corporation -- and its new project, the Abigail -- to the neighborhood during last week's groundbreaking ceremony.

When the Abigail opens its doors in the Spring of 2016, it will offer 155 new apartments, from studios to three-bedrooms, 127 of which are guaranteed to be affordable. The range of unit sizes and income levels will connect more families to the amenities of the River District: a location with great access to employment opportunities, parks, and public transit. 

In his address, Mayor Charlie Hales said the project was in "the right place at the right time with the right partnerships" while Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici said that for the families who would call the Abigail home, it represented "more than a roof over their head. It makes it possible for them to focus on their work and take care of their families."

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PHB-Supported Project Gets National Recognition -- Again!

Bridge Meadows awarded the 2014 Eisner Prize

Picture of an elderly woman holding a babyLast month, PHB-supported project Bridge Meadows was highlighted in Newsweek magazine as an innovative housing solution for the elderly and vulnerable families. The project provides affordable housing for seniors and families adopting children out of foster care. Beyond that, the unique model creates a supportive multigenerational community for residents by intentionally fostering caring connections through support groups, workshops, recreational activities, and volunteerism. 

This month, Bridge Meadows was awarded the 2014 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, a national award that recognizes efforts to unite multiple generations – especially seniors and youth – and bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities. Read more about this award here.

This highly successful model is currently being replicated both in Portland in the recently-funded NAYA Generations project, and also in other states and for various at-risk populations.