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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Council Commits to 2,000 New Supportive Housing Units

October 18, 2017

The Supportive Housing A-Team

Today, Council adopted a shared vision of adding 2,000 new units of supportive housing in the next 10 years. Supportive housing combines deeply affordable and safe homes with intensive services for people struggling with mental illness and/or addiction.

About two-thirds of the people living outside in our community report a mental illness, addiction, chronic medical addiction, or some combination. These women and men face significant barriers and are at greatest risk of dying on our streets.

Fortunately, we know what works – supportive housing. Today’s action is a commitment to our most vulnerable neighbors. Although it won’t solve our housing crisis or end homelessness, it will make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

This bold vision builds on recent actions the Council has taken to address our housing crisis: opening new shelter beds, extending the housing state of emergency, enacting historic renter protections, and making significant new investments in the Joint Office of Homeless Services.

Nick's resolution was co-sponsored by Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Eudaly. And it builds on a strong partnership with Multnomah County, the State of Oregon, Home Forward, and other community non-profits.

Tomorrow, the Multnomah County Commission will adopt the same resolution.

You can read the resolution and Nick’s statement here.

Media

Supportive Housing Saves Money and Saves Lives

Ted Wheeler, Deborah Kafoury and Nick Fish in The Oregonian

 

Supportive Housing Saves the Lives of Portland’s Chronically Homeless

Nick Fish in The Oregonian

 

Helping Portland's Chronically Homeless is a Choice to Save Lives

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Portland and Multnomah County Will Look at Pairing Housing with Services to Keep Homeless Housed

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

  

Portland City Councilors to Pass Resolution to Add 2,000 Affordable Housing Units

KATU Staff

 

Portland Wants To Build 2,000 New Units Of Supportive Housing

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Portland is Plotting to Set Aside 2,000 Apartments For Its Hardest-to-Reach Homeless Residents

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Council Sets Goal of Creating More Supportive Housing

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune