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Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

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421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Health Outcomes Study -- Bud Clark Commons

The Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) at Providence Portland Medical Center did a study on health care outcomes for the residents of Bud Clark Commons apartments. Because the building's tenants, who were homeless, are selected because they are especially vulnerable on the street due to health and other concerns, the effectiveness of housing on their health is a key component of the success of the model.

Major findings of this study include:

  • There are significant reductions in medical costs after moving into the Bud Clark Commons – total Medicaid cost reductions topped $500,000 in the first year following resident move-in.
  • Cost savings came from residents avoiding acute health crises and more expensive medical services.
  • Residents saw a significant decline in unmet health care needs and improvements in physical and mental health.

A pdf of the study is available here.

Click here to read a story in the Portland Business Journal that features two apartment residents.