City of Portland Recognizes Leadership & Dedication of Individuals Working to End Homelessness

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Yesterday, Central City Concern’s John Atten was among six individuals honored by the City of Portland for dedication to ending homelessness in Multnomah County. John, Occupancy & Compliance Manager, received the honor in a ceremony led by Commissioner Nick Fish. The award was from the Coordinating Committee to End Homelessness (CCEH), now in its third year of bestowing the CCEH Achievement Awards.

John started at CCC in June of 2004 as an On-Call Client Monitor. He began working the front desk in housing in August of 2004, and worked on the initial leasing and qualification of the 8 NW 8th Building (now known as the Richard L. Harris Building). He has since built upon his knowledge and experience in the delivery of affordable housing, and today is the manager of the Occupancy & Compliance department. John currently oversees the implementation of complex project funding agreements, and the myriad subsidy and rent revenue streams which keep CCC’s portfolio vibrant and our residents safely housed.

“CCC has one of the most complex portfolios in the Portland metro area,” says John. “My goal is to ease the complexity for the client and service providers as much as possible, so that they can focus on the process of recovering from homelessness.

“Part of my own journey (before enrolling with CCC programs and services) was complicated by excessive bureaucratic red tape. As a homeless addict seeking recovery, it was too much to handle, and delayed my recovery significantly. I think it is critical that the doors to recovery are kept clear of unnecessary barriers. All of us who seek to intervene in the process of homelessness do what we can to smooth the way.”

“John’s tremendous leadership and passion to help people get the housing they need is evident in his work on a daily basis,” said Ed Blackburn, CCC Executive Director.

Other award recipients included:

Edith Ayon, Daybreak Shelter Network Coordinator, Human Solutions, Inc.

Pastor Steve Kimes, Founder & Director, Anawim Christian Community

Rick Lesniak, Board Director, Home Builders Foundation

Rev. Kate Lore, Social Justice Minister, First Unitarian Church of Portland

Tiffany Tucker, Program Director, Insight Teen Parent Program

Full press release from Portland Housing Bureau available here.