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Our Town: Year-Round Shelter | New Senior Housing | Housing Strategy
Open Door Housing Works Selected as Year-Round Shelter Operator
The city, Metro, Washington County, state and federal representatives, and other supporters gathered on Nov. 3 to mark the beginning of construction on the city’s first year-round shelter. The gathering was a chance for leaders to come together and demonstrate their support for this new facility, as well as other resources and services for people experiencing homelessness.
The city is developing a year-round shelter to provide greater stability to individuals experiencing homelessness and offer a critical link to housing. The shelter will include space for 60 guests, three meals a day, showers, laundry, clinic space, and supportive services on a 24/7, 365-day basis.
The 12,000-square-foot property located at 11380 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway is situated in an established business area, centrally located near transit, and within walking distance to groceries, social service agencies, and employment opportunities.
The shelter is a valuable community asset made possible by the availability of new funding for shelter acquisition and operations. The city is expected to receive approximately $9 million in state and federal funding, including American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
The event also marked the announcement of the nonprofit operator of the shelter, Open Door HousingWorks. Open Door offers a warm and supportive environment for homeless individuals to come and receive encouragement and assistance in attaining their goals. They focus on helping individuals experiencing homelessness connect to stable employment and secure housing.
Open Door HousingWorks has years of experience providing shelter services and were selected for their trauma informed approach to staffing, neighborhood relations, and coordinated care services that will provide stability and a link to housing for residents of the shelter when it opens.
Other project team members include InkBuilt as the lead architect, Shiels Obletz Johnsen, and P&C Construction.
Completion of the year-round shelter will be an additional investment in our community. The new shelter is expected to open in late summer.
For updates on construction and the future of the Year-Round Shelter, visit: www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Shelter
City Council Approves Strategies to Promote Needed Housing
In September, the City Council approved a strategy to promote production of more homes to meet the needs of the city’s current and future residents. Beaverton is expected to grow by more than 19,000 people in the next 20 years and will need nearly 10,000 additional homes.
Example strategies in the city’s Housing Production Strategy include considering new funding sources for affordable housing; improving the city’s development rules to make it easier to build homes in mixed-use and commercial areas; seeking legislative changes at the state level to make condominium developments more likely to occur; and evaluating how the city could encourage more homes accessible for people with disabilities.
To see the complete list of strategies and learn more about the city’s housing needs, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HousingBeaverton. Questions? Contact Brian Martin of the Community Development Department at bmartin@BeavertonOregon.gov or 971-708-8894.
Developers Selected for Senior Housing on 5th Street
City Council has selected Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) as the developers for the Senior Affordable Housing on 5th project. The project will be developed on what is currently the Beaverton Community Center.
This housing project proposes 104 studio and one-bedroom affordable housing units for Beaverton’s senior community (55+). Senior housing was prioritized for this site because of the great need our seniors have for quality affordable housing near amenities, public transportation, and social services. The ground floor has potential for multiple uses and will be a space open to the public.
Construction is anticipated to begin in Spring 2025 and open its doors to the community in Spring 2027.
To stay informed on the project, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/SeniorHousingOn5th.
Beaverton Temporary Shelter is Open
The Beaverton Temporary Shelter will remain open 24/7 until the Year-Round Shelter opens in late Summer. The temporary shelter provides beds, meals, service navigation, and housing assistance for adults experiencing homelessness and is operated by Just Compassion of East Washington County.
For referral of adults 18 and older and families seeking shelter, contact Community Connect at 503-640-3263 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.