Housing Is Health

In the fall of 2016, six health organizations from the Portland area announced the Housing is Health initiative, which provides major funding to Central City Concern (CCC) for a new clinic and 379 units of urgently needed new housing. Housing is Health partners include Adventist Health Portland, CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and Providence Health & Services – Oregon.

These projects are a reflection of Central City Concern’s evidence-based approach to ending homelessness: housing and health care go hand-in-hand. You can’t get well if you’re not housed and you can’t stay housed if you’re not well. This housing will remain affordable for generations and it couldn’t come at a better time.

The three developments funded by the initiative are spread across three separate locations in North and East Portland, one of which is anchored by a community health care clinic. Hazel Heights and Charlotte B. Rutherford Place opened in Fall/Winter 2018. Blackburn Center opened in July 2019.

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Blackburn Center:

Blackburn Center - Fact Sheet Blackburn Center - Fact Sheet (896 KB)

» Learn more about the Blackburn Center project.

» Learn more about Blackburn Center's services.

Hazel Heights:

Hazel Heights - Fact Sheet Hazel Heights - Fact Sheet (875 KB)

» Hazel Heights property page

Charlotte B. Rutherford Place:

Charlotte B. Rutherford Place - Fact Sheet Charlotte B. Rutherford Place - Fact Sheet (692 KB)

» Charlotte B. Rutherford Place property page

Further Reading

Housing is Health Full Press Kit (Sept. 2016) Housing is Health Full Press Kit (Sept. 2016) (1333 KB)

Innovative Models In Health And Housing - Mercy Housing and The Low Income Investment Fund Innovative Models In Health And Housing - Mercy Housing and The Low Income Investment Fund (2350 KB)

Blackburn Building officially named, breaks ground
Portland Tribune,  Nov. 10, 2017

Competitors band together for the homeless
Portland Business Journal,  Oct. 11, 2017

Housing to target specific groups
Portland Tribune,  Oct. 5, 2017

6 Portland health providers give $21.5M for homeless housing
AP News, Sep 23, 2016