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Adventist Health one of six health organizations supporting $21.5 million housing project

Community Needs

Adventist Health is joining five other Portland health care organizations to donate $21.5 million to a unique partnership with Central City Concern to respond to Portland’s urgent challenges in affordable housing, homelessness and health care.

Adventist Health’s $1.5 million donation will support the Eastside Health Center located near Adventist Medical Center in southeast Portland, as well as two other housing projects to serve people in need.

“It’s a privilege to live our mission focused on improving the health of our community,” says David Russell, president and CEO of Adventist Health Portland. “Our long history of preventive care and wellness compels us to align our services with the changing needs of the community. We are proud to support safe, affordable housing for residents of East Portland through this collaborative effort.”

The Eastside Health Center will be located at the northwest corner of 122nd Avenue and Burnside Street. The health center will serve medical fragile people and people in recovery from addictions and mental illness, with two floors of integrated primary care, substance use disorder treatment, domestic violence counseling and wellness services.

The other two projects are the Stark Street Apartments in southeast Portland and the Interstate Apartments in northeast Portland. The Stark Street Apartments will have 155 apartments for workforce housing, primarily one-bedroom apartments. The Interstate Apartments will provide 51 apartments designed for families that gives priority access to applicants who have been displaced from the area or who are at risk of displacement.

The other health care organizations joining Adventist Health in this initiative are CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, OHSU and Providence Health & Services – Oregon.

“Supporting stable, affordable housing and enhanced health care access builds on the important community benefits we provide throughout East Portland,” Russell adds. “By addressing these issues together we can further enhance the health and outcomes of our community.”