Building starts on substance-free apartment building

Northeast Portland housing development with 47 units will be drug- and alcohol-free.

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Construction has started on a Northeast Portland housing development with 47 units that will be drug- and alcohol-free.

The building is a partnership between the Portland Housing Bureau, Central City Concern and the Miracles Club. The units will be affordably priced.

“With this building, somebody will get a chance to get their first apartment, get a chance to stand on their own two feet, do their recovery and be accountable,” Michael Booker, interim executive director of The Miracles Club, said in a news release.

With an expected completion date of July 2016, the Miracles Central Apartments will consist of 47 units of affordable housing, including 28 apartments affordable to lower-income households earning up to 50 percent of the area median income, which is currently $25,750 for an individual. Central City Concern and Miracles Club will use the building’s ground floor for program-related services, including meetings and counseling.

On-site staff will help tenants with life skills, employment readiness, and eviction prevention, and work closely with tenants to develop action plans that may include steps like workforce development or education.

(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)

This development is a response to calls for more affordable housing options. With government coffers slimming, public-private partnerships like these are becoming more common.

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