PDC a proud partner in Transition Projects/Catholic Charities proposal for Kenton site
March 10, 2017
On Wednesday, March 8, the PDC Board of Commissioners approved a proposal by Transition Projects Inc. (TPI) to create modest, permanent housing for low-income people exiting homelessness on property in the Kenton neighborhood that will be an interim homeless village for the next year.
The TPI 72-unit affordable housing project represents an organic evolution of the site currently owned by PDC and slated to be a temporary tiny-house community developed in partnership between the City of Portland, Multnomah County’s Joint Office of Homeless Services, and Catholic Charities. The tiny homes will house 14 homeless women at the 2221 North Argyle Way site via a pilot program set to run for at least 12 months prior to the start of the TPI project.
In January 2017, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded TPI a $500,000 capital grant for the housing project. Even with this momentum, TPI will need more than a year to secure approximately $11,200,000 necessary to finance, design, and permit the project. In the meantime, PDC will issue a near-term use permit to allow the tiny house community to move forward, thereby facilitating both temporary and permanent housing proposals and working with partner agencies to combat homelessness and activate this long-vacant property.