December 10, 2009
In a ceremony held in Washington D.C. December 9, President Obama announced nearly $600 million in federal grants to 85 community health centers across the country. Central City Concern, a Portland non-profit serving single adults and families experiencing homelessness, poverty, or addiction, was the recipient of a grant for nearly $9 million, by far the largest sum for an organization in the Pacific Northwest.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money will pay for an integrated behavioral health services clinic at NW Burnside and Broadway in downtown Portland. Said CCC Executive Director Ed Blackburn, who attended the ceremony, "we understand there were more than 600 applicants and we are privileged to be among the recipients."
CCC's project will utilize green building practices and will be able to accommodate vertical expansion in the future. When completed in the next few years, it will serve the behavioral health needs of the 500 clients now using the 12th Avenue Recovery Center, and will help CCC serve an additional 1,350 patients per year. Construction of the building will create more than 100 jobs. Said Mike Kuykendall, of the PBA, "for years, CCC has played a major role in helping people find work, housing and the social services they need to get their lives back on track. With this grant, even more people will be helped, which in turn, will improve the livability of downtown Portland for everyone."
Congratulations to Ed Blackburn and his outstanding team at Central City Concern.