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Choya Renata
 

 

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Supportive Housing Services oversight committee and work plan public comment period

Metro is working in partnership with community stakeholders and jurisdiction partners to prepare for implementation of the regional Supportive Housing Services program approved by the voters of greater Portland in May 2020. The program will fund housing and supportive services to help stabilize people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and significantly reduce the rates of homelessness across the region.
 
On Thursday, November 19, Metro Council will appoint the new 15-member regional oversight committee to provide transparent, independent accountability of program implementation. The slate of dedicated community volunteers is impressive, their first meeting is next Monday, November 23, and Metro is honored to work with them in support of this vital regional work.

Additionally, public comment is welcomed to help guide Metro's implementation of the Supportive Housing Services program.
 
The work plan incorporates direction from the stakeholder advisory table convened in summer 2020, technical coordination with jurisdiction partners, and guidance from Metro Council. It will serve as the governing document for program implementation, guiding the ways Supportive Housing Services revenues will be administered to achieve the goals described in the ballot measure.

Public comments are welcomed to further inform the final draft of the work plan. In your review please consider whether the draft work plan effectively defines the roles, responsibilities and administrative actions of the supportive housing services program.

Submit comments by email to housingservices@..., or leave a voicemail at 503-517-6893. Comment period is open through 5 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020.
 

News from the Affordable Housing Bond Program

Two projects, RiverPlace and Findley Commons, recently passed through final approval by Metro, and are on their way toward breaking ground. And one additional project by Albertina Kerr and City of Gresham received concept endorsement. This brings Metro's allotment of affordable housing bond resources to nearly 50% of its total goals! The dashboard tells more.

  • RiverPlace (Portland Housing Bureau) will be 176 new affordable housing units in the South Waterfront, directly next to the Vera Apartments. With streetcar, MAX and Tilikum Crossing nearby, and on-site resident services, these homes will provide transit-convenient safety and stability especially for extremely low income residents including families and veterans. Construction is expected to begin next month.
  • Findley Commons (Portland Housing Bureau and Do Good Multnomah) will be 38 units of supportive housing focused on underserved veterans including people of color, women and those who with extremely low incomes. This innovative project redevelops parking lot space at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on SE Powell. The project leverages 20 VASH vouchers to support the 1-bedroom units. Construction is expected to begin soon, and the project will be complete in Spring 2021.
  • Albertina Kerr is partnering with City of Gresham to develop 150 units of new affordable housing in NE Portland, with priority to women, people of color and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The project will be the first Net Zero Energy affordable housing project in Gresham.

Get involved

Community oversight committees for both programs have upcoming meetings as follows. Both take place online and are open to the public, with opportunity for public comment toward the beginning of each meeting.
Affordable housing bond committee oversight committee next meets Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Supportive housing services community oversight committee first meeting will be Monday, November 23, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 


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