Aloha Inn Permanent Supportive Housing
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With strong community support demonstrated by voter approval of the 2018 Affordable Housing Bond and more recently, the metro-wide Supportive Housing Services Levy in November of 2020, Washington County has been actively seeking opportunities to provide shelter for hundreds of vulnerable homeless individuals who are currently living outdoors.
In an effort to expand access to emergency sheltering, Washington County is working with community partners and jurisdictional partners on opportunities to increase shelter access throughout the County. There is a strong emphasis on access and outreach to communities of color.
ALOHA INN PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING
The Housing Authority of Washington County purchased the Aloha Quality Inn at 3333 SW 198th Avenue in Aloha, Oregon in January 2021 after Metro Housing Bond funds were approved by the Washington County Board of Commissioners in December 2020 to convert the property into 54 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH).
Permanent Supportive Housing is a housing model that combines affordable housing assistance with voluntary support services to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. The services are designed to build independent living and life skills and connect people with community-based health care, treatment and employment services. This approach has reduced costs associated with the use of crisis services such as shelters and hospitals.
Beginning in July 2021, the northern wing of the building will operate as a 22-room short-term shelter to temporarily house individuals experiencing homelessness. A two-phase construction process will then take place, with the southern wing of the building planned to open in early 2022 and the northern wing of the building planned to open in late spring 2022.
HAWC obtained $8,465,000 in Metro Bond funds. Other sources include $500,000 in Washington County Housing Production Opportunity Funds and $35,000 in OHCS Multi-family Energy Efficiency incentives. The purchase price is $5,650,000 and was based on a third-party appraisal. Construction costs are estimated at $2,500,000. Due diligence and development costs are $850,000 for a total project cost of $9,000,000. The anticipated construction budget is informed by best practices for PSH projects in the Pacific NW region and a detailed owner’s manual with line-item cost breakdowns for each specific deliverable anticipated for the change in use.
The County has selected a local shelter provider, the Good Neighbor Center, to operate the shelter and will partner with Bienestar and the Urban League to provide culturally specific services and programming to assist clients from underserved populations. Washington County will provide contract management oversight of the operator and service providers. County staff will also provide direct support to the Good Neighbor Center to maintain a direct line of communication with local residents and businesses. This includes outreach efforts that will take place before the July 2021 opening.
Prior to the opening of the short-term shelter, Washington County will conduct outreach to local businesses, residents and community stakeholders. These efforts will include meetings with impacted community organizations, and the County will have a presence at the Aloha Community Farmers Market to increase awareness. County staff will also distribute informational door hanger flyers to all residents and businesses within a half mile of the property and will visit with nearby businesses to discuss the project. The local media has been informed about the project as well.
Another component of the community engagement efforts is to obtain input on the renaming of the property and the content for building mural art, with a focus on representation of the local community and history.
A virtual community meeting was held on June 23 to allow interested community members to learn about the project, express concerns and ask questions. The project was also be presented and discussed at the CPO 6 Community Participation Organization monthly meeting on July 1.
Read our frequently asked questions document to learn more about the Aloha Inn PSH project. If you have additional questions or concerns about the project you can reach Washington County staff by calling 503-846-4722 or sending an e-mail to Shelters@co.washington.or.us.
The shelter operator also has a dedicated contact person for the local community:
Pedro Oliveira Jr.
Good Neighbor Center
Supportive Housing Services Supervisor