County approves affordable housing and services fund

From: Beth Byrne, Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4353

Media and Interested Parties

Last July, the Board of County Commissioners and the County Budget Committee approved $1.2 million toward finding affordable housing solutions in Clackamas County.

The unprecedented investment, which will continue annually, is intended to support innovative and sustainable programs through private and public partnerships to develop capacity and year-to-year continuity for essential affordable housing programming.

In establishing this breakthrough fund, the county hopes that affordable housing and service providers will be able to kick-start creative, new solutions for Clackamas County’s most vulnerable community members, including families with children, veterans, disabled and elderly residents.

“Affordability in housing is a growing concern for Clackamas County,” said Commissioner Paul Savas. “There are residents that are vulnerable today and many more who may become homeless as rents increase. This investment will help leverage opportunities and develop solutions to keep our citizens in their homes.”

Clackamas County will accepting proposals for funding between Oct. 15 and Nov. 19. Projects should fit in in the following categories:

  • Development or Preservation of Housing
  • Safety off the Streets – Immediate Temporary Housing
  • Resident/Veteran Services and Houseless Services
  • Houseless Prevention and Placement Services

Detailed descriptions of these categories and the county’s priorities for funding are available at https://www.clackamas.us/homelessness/servicesfund.html.

Projects that meet the descriptions of more than one category are encouraged to apply in up to two categories. Additionally, applicants may apply for multiple year awards, depending on the project or service provided.

All projects to be funded will serve the most vulnerable, low-income county residents earning 50 percent or less of Area Median Income. Submitted projects will be reviewed and scored by members of the county’s Houseless Task Force.

For more information about the fund, members of the media or public may contact Vahid Brown at 503-742-5345 or VBrown@clackamas.us.