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Central City Concern offers our sincerest thanks to Legacy Health for their recent grant of $500,000 which will enable CCC to provide enhanced services at two new, deeply affordable housing developments.
Cedar Commons, named for the tree that symbolizes healing, resilience, strength and hope, is set to open in the summer of 2021. Cedar Commons will be CCC’s first housing development serving individuals with and surviving mental health struggles, offering onsite clinical services as part of our wraparound support. These 60 new homes are located within one mile of CCC’s Blackburn Center, where residents can access primary health care, employment services and more under one roof.
CCC is also in the process of acquiring a 70-room hotel property located in NE Portland to serve as transitional, early recovery housing. CCC’s substance use disorder and recovery programs will be able to send clients to this property while they continue receiving intensive recovery support. That includes clients of our culturally specific programs, Puentes and Imani Center, which serve our Latinx and African American communities. In addition, the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA) will refer clients for up to 15 of the rooms. That means more culturally specific transitional housing for Native Americans in recovery. Set to open in the fall of 2021, these new units of transitional housing will provide a compassionate and stable place to heal for those who have struggled with substance use and addiction.
“We’re deeply grateful for our partnership with Legacy Health,” said CCC President and CEO Rachel Solotaroff. “Legacy has long recognized the direct connection between safe, stable housing and improved health outcomes. This grant strengthens our mutual commitment to providing safe spaces for those needing an extra level of compassionate care as they continue on their journeys of health and recovery.”
Legacy Health has been a longtime, valued partner of CCC.
Most notably, in 2016, Legacy invested $4 million in CCC’s Housing is Health Initiative. A pioneer among health care organizations, Legacy recognizes health can’t happen when people don’t have safe and stable homes.
This new gift strengthens our partnership. Because of this gift, CCC can provide enhanced onsite health services for those who have experienced homelessness and are navigating serious mental illness or are on their own recovery paths.
“Housing security is fundamental to good health,” said Sarah Brewer, Vice President of Medicaid Services and Senior Director of Population Health at Legacy Health. “We are proud to support Central City Concern in their work to create housing for vulnerable populations as part of our mission of good health for our people, our communities and our world.”
Thank you, Legacy, for your continued support of Central City Concern and our staff, patients, residents and clients!