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One of the greatest challenges to successfully transition the homeless off the streets is finding affordable housing with access to transportation to their place of employment.
Low Income Housing Solutions by Jack Kerfoot
The average rent for a 766 sq. ft. apartment in Portland is $1,544 per month . However, the rents vary greatly depending on the apartment type. The apartment rent distributions in our city are as follows:
$ 701 to $1,000 per month 8% $1,001 to $1,500 per month 47% $1,501 to $2,000 per month 31% > $2,000 per month 14%
The estimated take home pay for people working minimum wage workers in Oregon is approximately $1,500 per month. Low wages and high rents present an almost insurmountable financial barrier to the homeless.
Transition Projects is responding to Oregon's housing crisis by providing an innovative concept for low-income housing. The low-income single adult housing (LISAH) concept employs a modular system of prefabricated units, which will reduce capital and operating costs and promote a sense of community among the residents.
A LISAH project will soon provide seventy-two low-income and formerly homeless individuals a home in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland. The innovative project, designed by Holst
Architecture will consist of four buildings around a central outdoor space. Equally important, the Kenton location is situated close to the MAX light rail, bus lines and commercial shopping areas.
Transition Projects has been working to help people in Portland move from the streets in into safe housing and jobs since 1969. George Devendorf, Executive Director of Transition Projects was kind enough to take time from his busy schedule to help me understand Portland's homeless crisis.
Project Transition is consistently rated as one of Oregon's best nonprofit organizations. In my opinion, Project Transition is doing exceptional work addressing the homeless crisis in Portland. I will be an advocate for Project Transition, if I am fortunate enough to gain the support of the Portland voters in the 2020 election.
This article was reprinted with permission from Jack Kerfoot. Jack is a candidate for Portland Commissioner.
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