CCC Breaks Ground on New Affordable Housing Project with Wraparound Support

Tuesday, June 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!