Housing as Health

The total contribution of $21.5 million – from Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Oregon Health and Science University, Legacy Health, Providence Health & Services Oregon, and CareOregon – will support 382 new housing units at three locations, including one with an integrated health center in Southeast Portland.

“This project reflects what we’ve known for a long time – health begins where we live, learn, work and play,” said Governor Kate Brown. “Stable, affordable housing and health care access are so often intertwined, and I’m gratified to see collaborative solutions coming from some of our state’s leading organizations. I applaud the efforts of all those involved and am grateful for the partnership in moving Oregon forward and making ours a home where each Oregonian thrives.”

The Eastside Health Center will serve medically fragile people and people in recovery from addictions and mental illness with a first-floor clinic and housing for 176 people. The center will also become the new home for an existing Central City Concern program, Eastside Concern, and will offer 24-hour medical staffing.

The Stark Street Apartments in East Portland will provide 155 units of workforce housing; and the Interstate Apartments in North Portland will provide 51 units designed for families.

“Health and home go hand-in-hand,” said Nan Roman, President & CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. “This is a breakthrough collaboration with the health care community and a partnership that has the potential to change the landscape of how we can end homelessness in this country.”

Here is what health care leaders had to say about the project:

“It’s a privilege to live our mission focused on improving the health of our community. Adventist Health’s long history of preventive care and wellness compels us to align our services with the changing needs of the community. We are proud to support safe, affordable housing for residents of East Portland through this collaborative effort.” – David Russell, President and CEO, Adventist Health Portland

“We see this unique housing partnership as supportive of both mental and physical health at a time when people are most in need. We know that health is more than medical care. And we need to eliminate barriers to health for the most vulnerable members of our community.” – Andrew McCulloch, President Kaiser Permanente Northwest

“Part of Legacy Health’s mission is good health for our community. As an individual and as a leader at Legacy Health, I believe that adequate housing is a component of good health for our community. Legacy needs to make this investment if we truly want to fulfil our mission. I’m proud to work with Central City Concern and my health care colleagues to make a contribution to a housing project that will truly make a difference within our community and our world.” – George J. Brown, M.D., President & Chief Executive Officer, Legacy Health.