Legacy one of 6 health organizations helping with $21.5M housing project
Legacy Health is one of six Oregon health care organizations that announced they will invest $21.5 million in a unique partnership with Central City Concern to respond to Portland’s urgent challenges in affordable housing, homelessness and health care. Legacy’s $4 million investment will help support the building of the Eastside Health Center, as well as two other housing projects to serve people in need.
“As an individual and as a leader at Legacy Health, I believe that adequate housing is a component of good health for our community,” said George Brown, M.D., president and chief executive officer for Legacy Health. “Legacy needs to make this investment if we truly want to fulfil our mission. I’m proud to work with Central City Concern and my health care colleagues to make a contribution to a housing project that will truly make a difference within our community and our world.”
The other health care organizations making contributions to the initiative are Adventist Health Portland, CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, OHSU and Providence Health & Services – Oregon.
The Eastside Health Center will be located at the northwest corner of 122nd Avenue and Burnside Street. The health center will have two floors of integrated primary care, substance use disorder treatment, domestic violence counseling and wellness services, as well as on-site housing that serves medically fragile people and people in recovery from addictions and mental illness.
The other two projects are the Stark Street Apartments and the Interstate Apartments. The Stark Street Apartments will have 155 apartments for workforce housing, primarily one-bedroom apartments. The Interstate Apartments will provide 51 apartments designed for families that gives priority access to applicants who have been displaced from the area or who are at risk of displacement.
Central City Concern (CCC) will own, operate and manage all three apartment buildings. CCC owns or manages 24 buildings in the Portland area with more than 1,700 apartments. The agency is also a Federally Qualified Health Center with 11 locations serving upwards of 8,000 people yearly.
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Photo Captions: 1. The Eastside Health Center; 2. Dr. George Brown, M.D., addresses reporters; 3. Leaders from CareOregon, Adventist Health Portland, Legacy Health, Central City Concern, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Oregon Health & Sciences University and Providence Health & Services – Oregon; 4. The Interstate Apartments; 5. The Stark Street Apartments.