Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities: A Whole Person Approach to Recovery

Aug 11, 2020

This year, National Health Center Week is shining a light on the impact of the COVID-19 on our health centers and our communities. Coronavirus has been particularly challenging for people struggling with substance use disorder and people in recovery. For our medical providers and recovery staff, creativity and innovation are more important than ever as we work to meet the needs of our clients and support their recovery.

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Oregon ranks nearly last in the country in access to addiction treatment. Waitlists for treatment can be months long, and treatment is virtually inaccessible in some rural counties. This is one reason why one to two Oregonians die of drug overdoses every day, sometimes while waiting to get treatment.

Substance use disorder is also a key driver of homelessness. At Central City Concern, our goal is to meet people where they are with treatment options that meet their needs. Our comprehensive approach provides critical primary care, housing and employment assistance to help people stay on the path to recovery.

 

Oregon ranks nearly last in the country in access to addiction treatment . . . One to two Oregonians die of drug overdoses every day, sometimes while waiting to get treatment.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a surge in substance use, acute withdrawal, relapse and overdose, as well as challenges for those currently in recovery. For CCC’s medical providers and recovery staff, creativity is more important than ever in meeting the needs of our clients and supporting their recovery.

Lauren Land is CCC’s Associate Medical Director of Primary Care at Old Town Clinic. She's also one of the pioneers of CCC’s Medically Managed Medication Supported Recovery Program, also known as M3. M3 is an office-based opioid treatment program helping those with an opioid use disorder through the use of prescribed buprenorphine (or Suboxone), used to help reduce harm from opioid addiction.

Office-based treatment is one tool in CCC’s toolbox of available substance use disorder programs. It's often a low-barrier window of opportunity for clients to receive recovery support while engaging with other services within CCC.

As a primary care provider, Land has the unique ability to engage across the spectrum of CCC recovery options, allowing her to support the whole person and address their physical, mental and social determinants of health (e.g. housing related issues, access to food, physical environment, etc.). CCC offers one of the most comprehensive arrays of recovery services in the region, including behavioral interventions and supports, medication management, supportive housing, acupuncture, harm reduction, mental health and culturally specific supports. These range from our Hooper Detoxification and Stabilization Center, CCC Recovery Center, and the Recuperative Care Program, to the Old Town Recovery Center, Imani and Letty Owings Center – to name a few.

Our goal is to meet patients wherever they are on their recovery journey.

“I’m so grateful to be able to offer these services to my patients,” said Land. “What makes CCC stand out is the fact that patients can engage with primary care, behavioral health and access our entire spectrum of services. We take a whole person approach, looking at all of the factors affecting a person’s physical and mental health.”

 

Our goal is to meet patients wherever they are on their recovery journey.

 

One of the cornerstones of recovery is human connection. For those in recovery, isolation is one of the biggest challenges of COVID-19 and can increase the urge to use. While in-person groups and one-on-one mentor sessions have been reduced, CCC has responded by providing tele-connections for clients – meetings with recovery mentors and support groups by phone and video. At the same time, CCC continues to offer a full array of onsite services, including medical visits and physically distanced recovery groups. We have a “no-barriers exist” philosophy.

CCC’s recovery staff often say that isolation is the opposite of recovery. That’s why CCC has made a concerted effort to ensure clients maintain connections with their support systems.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how many people in our communities have been living without proper care and stability. At CCC, we’ve stepped up quickly with a rapid response. We want Portlanders to know that help is available, and we're as steadfast as ever in our commitment to supporting people transitioning away from addiction struggles and homelessness.

 



Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities: Triage Teams & Screeners

Aug 10, 2020

We've had to innovate rapidly in response to COVID-19. Our second National Health Center Week spotlight is on the staff who screen and treat patients with COVID-like symptoms. Our screeners and COVID triage clinic teams play a big role in keeping our facilities safe and reducing the spread of the virus.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed Central City Concern’s operations, but it hasn’t slowed them down.

CCC's clients, patients and residents — more than 13,000 people across the greater Portland area — depend on CCC for health care, housing, employment and more. And while many health services are now taking place over the phone or online, some care must still happen face to face. That includes everything from picking up medications to receiving medical care for acute conditions.

"They say necessity is the mother of invention – and we’ve had to innovate rapidly,” said Lauren Land.

These days, when patients arrive to CCC’s health clinics for face-to-face care, they’re greeted by a new kind of welcoming committee. At Old Town Clinic, Old Town Recovery Center and Blackburn Center, a group of employees screen all patients for COVID-like symptoms or exposures before they enter the building.

Anyone with concerning symptoms or potential exposures to COVID-19 is directed to a separate entrance. From there, they are guided to an isolated space — called the COVID triage clinic — where another group of CCC providers assess the patient and determine whether a COVID-19 test is needed.

Nastya Gallagher distributes face coverings and screens patients for COVID-like symptoms at the entrance of the Blackburn Center health clinic. COVID screeners and care providers in the COVID triage clinics have played an essential role in protecting the safety of patients and CCC staff during the pandemic.

"They say necessity is the mother of invention – and we’ve had to innovate rapidly,” said Lauren Land, Associate Medical Director of Primary Care at Old Town Clinic.

That innovation has meant a complete overhaul of the way CCC’s health clinics provide care, so they could continue to do it as safely as possible.

A large part of that overhaul depended on the flexibility and dedication of clinic staff.

“In the beginning, none of us knew what this was going to look like. We didn’t know if the NYC surge was going to happen in Portland, too. Staff stepped up right away, with flexibility and grace under pressure,” said Land.

Some clinic employees have been reassigned to work exclusively as COVID screeners and in the triage clinics. Others rotate through these roles while still performing their regular jobs.

 COVID screeners control the flow of people into CCC’s health clinics. Melody Barber screens any individual entering building, hands out free face masks to patients and receives mail deliveries in order to reduce the number of people going in and out.

Nastya Gallagher is usually a front desk receptionist at Blackburn Center, but she has worked as a screener nearly every day since March.

For Nastya, the main challenge has been clear communication with patients.

“I want folks to know that I’m going to make this short and sweet, and that they'll still get the care they need,” Gallagher said. “But with a mask and face shield on, it’s so much harder to signal that I’m on the patient’s side. I still want to establish a relationship, build trust and normalize the process for folks.”

Blackburn Front Desk Supervisor Shane Durham has been working to make the screening process more accessible and approachable for a client population that has often had traumatizing experiences with health systems.

“We had to think about how patients would feel if they were faced with a person in a mask, gloves and face shield,” he said. “We wanted to be able to get the information we need, but in a trauma-informed way.”

Over time, the screening questions have been distilled down to make the process quicker and friendlier.

The main message is that clients can answer the questions truthfully without worrying about being turned away.

“We tell them, ‘You’re going to get the care you need — we just need to know which part of the clinic will be the best fit for you right now,’” Durham said. For patients who are seen in the COVID triage clinic, it’s reassuring to know that they will get the right care, right away.

A rare quiet moment for screener Rene Stewart outside the Old Town Recovery Center (OTRC). Screeners at Old Town Clinic, OTRC and the Blackburn Center usually interact with around 200 patients each day.

Screening allows CCC clinics to ensure that symptomatic patients receive care that is both streamlined and also separated from the rest of the clinic.“It’s like a gate that we want to help you get through – but it’s still a gate,” said Barbara Martin, Senior Director of Primary Care.

“Screeners and triage workers are helping to protect all the other patients and our staff. I have been so impressed and grateful for their flexibility and willingness to jump in when needed,” Martin said.



Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities: Around-the-Clock Care Never Stops

Aug 07, 2020

It’s National Health Center Week, an annual opportunity to show appreciation for our patients, our health services staff and our community as we care for one another. Throughout the week, we’re putting the spotlight on the resiliency of our patients and staff in adapting to the reality of COVID-19, and elevating the partnerships, ingenuity and hard work that help us keep our community safe and healthy.

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At three of Central City Concern’s Federally Qualified Health Center sites, caring for patients as they heal and start on the path toward recovery happens around the clock.

Hooper Detoxification Stabilization Center, Letty Owings Center and the Recuperative Care Program provide inpatient care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These three programs serve different populations, but each faced similar challenges when it came to safely serving patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hooper Detox provides inpatient treatment for acute withdrawal from addictive substances. Letty Owings Center gives mothers and pregnant women who are recovering from substance use disorder a safe, supportive place to heal with their children. The Recuperative Care Program (RCP), located inside CCC’s Blackburn Center, gives people with serious medical conditions a safe and sanitary place to stay for continued healing once they leave the hospital.

None of these programs could close their doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the public health emphasis on limiting face-to-face interactions. Instead, they shared ideas and best practices in order to remain open, installed plexiglass barriers where possible, increased the frequency of sanitization and cleaning, changed how meals were prepared and served, decreased traffic in shared spaces and more.

Since March 1, Hooper Detox has supported more than 900 patients in safely withdrawing from addictive substances and transitioning to long-term treatment.

Together, the programs found ways to increase physical distance – by adding more space between patient beds at Hooper Detox and reducing the number of group counseling sessions at Letty Owings, for example – without sacrificing supportive connections.

And their work has continued.

Since March 1, Hooper Detox has supported more than 900 patients in safely withdrawing from addictive substances and transitioning to long-term treatment. Letty Owings is currently housing 25 women and their children while they take the first steps to transform their lives. RCP hasn’t slowed down either. As the only program of its kind in the state, they have supported the recuperation of nearly 200 clients since March 1 — and they continue to connect patients to stable housing once they have healed.

When new clients arrive at the Recuperative Care Program, they are greeted by friendly faces and private rooms. Having a clean, safe and secure place to recuperate from illness or injury is more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jessica Savara, RCP Manager, said that fear and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for RCP patients, who have histories of mental health challenges, trauma, substance use and homelessness, in addition to their current medical needs.

“For many of our clients at RCP, this is the first time that they can go behind doors that lock. To have that extra layer of security during COVID is so important for their well-being,” Savara said.

Clients at Hooper Detox, Letty Owings and RCP are also assured that if they do develop COVID-like symptoms, they will have a safe place to go.

“Patients get annoyed when we ask about symptoms every day, but they’re reassured too,” said Savara. “They know we’re attuned to their health, and that if they show symptoms, they won’t just be booted out.”

Instead, each program has developed isolation protocols so that patients can safely recover on-site if needed.

The ongoing successes at Hooper Detox, Letty Owings and RCP are dependent on the dedication, diligence and resilience of their staff members.

The ongoing successes at Hooper Detox, Letty Owings and RCP are dependent on the dedication, diligence and resilience of their staff members.

“We’re navigating this together, tending to our clients and to one another. I have so much respect for the folks here,” said Savara. For the patients working toward recovery and self-sufficiency at each of these programs, that culture of mutual support has never been more important.



CCC Remembers Letty Owings

Aug 06, 2020


On July 3, 2020, Letty Owings, co-founder of Central City Concern’s Letty Owings Center, passed away at her home in Edmonds, Washington.

As an English teacher in Lake Oswego, she formed bonds with students and colleagues that lasted until the end of her life. She also served as president of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

In 1989, Letty and co-founder Nancy Anderson opened the doors of the Letty Owings House. It was a building with room for eight women and ten children. In 1997, the Letty Owings Center became a program of Central City Concern. This center has provided both long-term addiction treatment and living skills to pregnant women and women with children. This is a place where mothers become sober and hopeful – able to reconnect with their children who might otherwise be placed in foster care. It has changed so many lives for the better that the second generation, the children, have become advocates for the center.

Since its inception in 1989, over a thousand families have recovered their lives at Letty Owings Center and hundreds of babies have been born drug-free. Click here to read more about the center. Here is Letty’s obituary.

All of us at Central City Concern send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Letty Owings. Her legacy lives on in all of the families who find hope and healing at the Letty Owings Center.




Supporter Highlight: Oregon Community Foundation

Jul 29, 2020

Central City Concern is very grateful to the Oregon Community Foundation for supporting our COVID-19 response efforts in multiple ways. In March, CCC received a grant of $41,500 from Oregon Community Foundation’s COVID Response Fund. Since then, we’ve received a total of $225,700 from 14 Donor Advised Funds, including the Paul and Sally McCracken Fund, the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation and the Oshiro Family Fund. We also received very generous grants from two donor advised funds at OCF that gave anonymously.

All of this funding has been deployed to meet critical needs in response to the COVID pandemic, helping to offset increased costs associated with screening, personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning and disinfection services, and protection of vulnerable residents in CCC housing. These funds also help CCC respond to emerging needs, such as delivering food and technology for clients who need to self-quarantine, and providing rent assistance for clients experiencing a loss of income due to COVID-19.

Thank you, Oregon Community Foundation, for your continued support of CCC and our most vulnerable neighbors during these unprecedented times!

“One of our key priorities in the early, proactive stage of our COVID grantmaking was to support access to services offering hygiene and shelter for those most vulnerable to COVID, which includes people experiencing homelessness. Central City Concern has the capacity and expertise to provide critical support to people experiencing homelessness in our community, and could immediately put the funds to work supporting those most disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.”
Eva Miller, Associate Program Officer, and Megan Loeb, Associate Program Officer, Economic Vitality & Health



30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Jul 23, 2020


In this era of ramps, lifts and other hallmarks of accessible design, it is sometimes hard to remember in our near distant past, inaccessibility was the norm. Barriers abounded.

However, today is a day to celebrate.

National Disability Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, opening the door and breaking down barriers individuals with disabilities faced every day. Today the ADA celebrates its 30th anniversary!

The ADA is a civil rights law, prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the public.It provides individuals with disabilities with protections similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion.

The day not only celebrates the anniversary of the ADA — it also serves several other purposes. First, the law broke down barriers individuals with disabilities faced every day. It also marked several changes that soon developed. Over time, common barriers such as narrow doors and small bathroom stalls became accessible to wheelchairs. Other examples include braille signs and crosswalks for the vision impaired. These changes improved mobility and safety.

 

Central City Concern (CCC) is committed to ensuring our programs and services are welcoming and accessible to all staff, patients, clients and residents— regardless of type of disability. To be respectful of the independence of people with disabilities, here are a few guidelines CCC uses:

  • Do not make assumptions about the person based on their disability. It isone small part of the person’s overall personhood and experience.
  • If it appears someone needs help, always ask permission to help first: Would you like help? If the person says, yes, then ask: How would you like me to help?
  • Always speak directly to the person. Make eye contact and address comments and questions directly to the person even if they are accompanied by a caregiver, sign language interpreter or other support person.
  • Respect the person’s privacy. Do not ask questions about the person’s disability unless you have a reason to know (such as a provider working with someone whose disability is directly related to the office visit).

Check out this helpful guide on being respectful of persons with disabilities and honoring their independence. Let’s celebrate today while continuing to advocate for more inclusive changes.



A New Model for Sobering Centers

Jul 01, 2020

For the past 40 years, CCC has worked hand in hand with the Portland community by providing critical housing, health care, recovery treatment and employment services for people affected by homelessness. In 1985, CCC assumed operational responsibility for the Sobering Station. Over the past decade, we saw an increase of clients acutely intoxicated by methamphetamines and with co-occurring severe mental health challenges.

CCC recognizes that instances of self-harm occurred in the Sobering Station. It became increasingly difficult to manage the needs of clients in crisis in a facility based not on health care design, but on a correctional design, even with timely transfer out to the Emergency Department. As the needs of clients changed and risks of self-harm increased, we took several actions, including: 1) performing a comprehensive safety review of the program; 2) revising admissions criteria; 3) restricting the use of isolation rooms to only stable patients with hygiene needs, and; 4) enhancing de-escalation training for Sobering Staff.

Even with these changes, we knew the current model for the Sobering Station was not meeting Portland’s need for effective behavioral health crisis intervention. Grounded in a correctional model, the design of the program did not meet the emerging standard to provide a safe, comfortable, voluntary space for intoxicated individuals to shelter when they need support. Last September, we had already made the decision to close this program at the end of our contract in June 2020.

Evolving problems call for evolving solutions. Beginning in September 2019, CCC shared a vision, based on the work of the National Sobering Collaborative, for how Portland can meet its need for effective behavioral health crisis intervention. We connected with multiple stakeholders including the City, County, Portland Police Bureau and local area hospitals. We suggested the Sobering Station be replaced by a Voluntary Sobering Center combined with a Crisis Stabilization Unit, independent of the Portland Police Bureau.

Sobering Centers are designed to address the needs of people who are acutely affected by substances and who need a safe space to rest and recuperate. These are not detoxification facilities and do not provide the level of care of a hospital. Sobering Centers utilize trained healthcare, peer support and lay staff in a supportive shelter setting to assess and monitor the wellness of individuals. Most Sobering Centers admit voluntary clients and will take referrals from a variety of community partners. CCC’s Sobering Station was unique, as it utilized a police involuntary hold on clients during admission.

Crisis Stabilization Units (CSUs) are designed to provide specialty behavioral health crisis stabilization requiring a more immediate response than a regularly scheduled behavioral health visit. Often thought of as an alternative to psychiatric emergency services, CSUs provide participants a secure environment, less restrictive than a hospital, but equipped to meet the medical needs of individuals who may be in a mental health or substance induced crisis, or a combination of both. People experiencing this level of crisis can present erratic behavior towards others or themselves. Individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis require a safe and therapeutic environment ideally supported with highly trained behavioral health professionals and staff skilled at complex care coordination.

It should not take getting arrested to gain access to quality healthcare programs. Just as Portland and our nation are considering changes to interventions for people in need, the closure of the Sobering Station and the review of what replaces it should contemplate both the program model and how people gain access to its services.

There is significant national research and models supporting voluntary Sobering Centers combined with a Crisis Stabilization Unit, focusing on the health needs of the clients. We hope the community can learn from our experience and leave behind what is no longer working for today’s needs, develop services that center people most impacted, and take a healthcare approach to health needs.



Celebrating One Year of Blackburn Center

Jun 30, 2020

In July 2019, Blackburn Center opened its doors to patients and job-seekers — weeks after welcoming nearly 100 residents to their new, affordable homes. This moment was the culmination of years of dreaming, planning and designing a first-of-its-kind, deeply integrated care model. Finally, CCC's signature services, from housing to health care to employment assistance, would all be available under one roof.

A group of Blackburn Center staff celebrated their first resident moving into housing in June, 2019 with a playful birthday cake. In many ways, Blackburn Center felt like a birthing process, and staff wanted to commemorate the building's first days of existence!

The hard work didn't end with opening the doors to Blackburn Center, and it continues each day as we connect with clients and deepen our roots in the East Portland community.

Since opening, Blackburn has served:

  • 214 residents
  • 1,956 health patients
  • 68 job-seekers

As we celebrate one year of Blackburn Center, we also celebrate every individual who has walked through our doors seeking housing, health care, recovery support, employment, or any combination of our services. One of those individuals is Charlette, who came to Blackburn Center as soon as it opened seeking a new path. Today, we're celebrating two anniversaries: one year of recovery for Charlette and one year of services at Blackburn Center.

Charlette was one of the first people to walk into the newly opened Blackburn Center in 2019. Now she's celebrating one year in recovery!

Charlette was homeless and addicted to heroin for six years — living in cars, sleeping in bus stops or just walking around all night. Then, six friends died of overdoses in one week. That was when she knew she had to turn her life around.

Charlette was one of the first people to walk into CCC’s new Blackburn Center. Within a single day, Charlette:

  • Saw a primary care provider, who treated her for her chronic thyroid condition 
  • Saw a psychiatric nurse practitioner, who started her on buprenorphine (also known as Suboxone) for acute opioid withdrawal 
  • Immediately filled her buprenorphine prescription via the Blackburn Pharmacy 

Over the next few weeks, Charlette saw a drug counselor and became active in groups and one-on-one counseling. She was also one of the first residents of Blackburn’s alcohol- and drugfree transitional housing.

“Having my housing and health care together in one building is a big thing!” Charlette says. “I can just go right downstairs and get my Suboxone at the pharmacy, or go to a group meeting, without ever leaving the building. That’s huge.”

Within less than six months, Charlette graduated from her outpatient program and, guided by Blackburn’s on-site employment specialist, began training as an on-call employee in CCC buildings.

“Having my housing and health care together in one building is a big thing!”

One year later and Charlette has stable housing, is working at CCC's Letty Owings Center, and has one full year of recovery under her belt.

Clearly, the full slate of services available at Blackburn Center is working well for Charlette. She says, “I’m paying back everything that CCC has given me by being a success. That’s exactly what I want to be.”



Celebrating Juneteenth & Freedom Day

Jun 17, 2020

June 19 marks Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day), a holiday commemorating the abolishment of slavery in 1865 in Texas and the Confederate South, two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

These events eventually resulted in the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which states:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

What followed Emancipation was the disproportionate impact of mass incarceration, discriminatory housing policies and a lack of economic investment in Black communities. Although Juneteenth is a day to celebrate freedom and equality, African Americans have experienced hundreds of years of racial discrimination and injustices, and have yet to enjoy full freedom from slavery.

The events of the past several weeks have only amplified these disparities. The murder of George Floyd is another example of racist violence stemming from the roots of our country. This violence takes its form not only in the killing of Black lives and other people of color by police, but in the deep injustices we see across our systems of criminal justice, public safety, housing, education, health care and our public health systems. The protests taking place across the nation and globally, often with violent response by police, are an expression of centuries of that injustice.

Central City Concern (CCC) is dedicated to serving single adults and families in the Portland metro area who are impacted by homelessness, poverty and addictions; and to support them in achieving their dreams of stable housing, health and economic opportunities. We cannot achieve our mission under systems that perpetuate racialized violence and systematic oppression.

CCC offers the following culturally specific services and programs to the African American community:

  • Imani Center—Provides comprehensive approaches to mental health and addictions treatment for and by African Americans. The Center’s services empower clients to build community with other African Americans working toward recovery, with the support of staff members who have lived knowledge of Black culture and the African American experience.
  • Flip the Script (FTS)—CCC’s reentry program links individuals exiting incarceration to housing, employment services, peer connections and advocacy opportunities.

From a public policy framework, CCC works to center the voices of our Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) clients and those who have experience with the criminal justice system. Additionally, CCC proactively works on issues related to housing, integrated health care and social and economic opportunity.

From higher rates of poverty and food insecurity to unemployment and mass incarceration, recent events have highlighted deeply rooted issues in America: the continued existence of two histories, black and white, separate and unequal, and the stark, persisting impacts of discrimination.

Juneteenth is a holiday that should be recognized and honored by all in the United States. In our work of providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness, we are raising awareness and working towards uprooting policies, practices and behaviors that uphold systemic injustices and perpetuate conditions of poverty. We aim to build a society where everyone can thrive.



CCC Breaks Ground on New Affordable Housing Project with Wraparound Support

Jun 16, 2020

“Offering deeply affordable housing combined with comprehensive, wraparound services to our most vulnerable neighbors comes at a critical time in our region, when it’s needed now more than ever.”
— Mary-Rain O'Meara, Director of Housing Development at CCC

On June 11,Central City Concern and Related NW broke ground on a new project, Cedar Commons!

Cedar Commons moves CCC forward in our mission of serving the most vulnerable in our community, especially those facing severe mental health challenges. The project will be home to 60 new units of housing, forty of which will provide Permanent Supportive Housing services. Of those, ten units will serve people living with severe mental illness. The building will be located at SE 115th and SE Division, and is a turn-key venture with Related NW serving as the lead developer and CCC retaining full ownership and operations at completion (June 2021). Click here to download a Fact Sheet about the project.

“We’re thrilled to break ground on this new project,” says Mary-Rain O’Meara, CCC’s Director of Housing Development. “Offering deeply affordable housing combined with comprehensive, wraparound services to our most vulnerable neighbors comes at a critical time in our region, when it’s needed now more than ever.”

In a unique partnership, long-term operating subsidies are being provided by the Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services, allowing CCC to support ongoing services. These include integrated health services, case management and enriched programs to maximize the well-being and health of residents. Additionally, we specifically located Cedar Commons within a mile of our Blackburn Center so that residents may take advantage of all the added wraparound services.

We’re excited by the name Cedar Commons, which was intentionally chosen for two especially important reasons:

  • Cedar is a reference to the historic prevalence of cedars in the area and the large Western Red Cedar on-site.
  • Cedar symbolizes healing, cleansing, resilience, support, strength and hope. 

This project is about hope, healing and coming home.

Celebrate with us — watch the video of the virtual groundbreaking. We’re looking forward to next June, when we’ll celebrate the grand opening and welcome residents to their new homes!