In mid-June, the Portland City Council approved $7.1 million to develop Miracles Central, a Portland Housing Bureau, Central City Concern, and Miracles Club collaboration to provide affordable housing with services for adults who wish to live in an alcohol- and drug-free building. To be located on vacant land at Northeast Second Avenue and Wasco Street, the project will follow the Miracles Club Apartments model at 4150 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and specialize in culturally competent recovery support for the African American community partnering with Central City Concern to meet a continuing demand for services.
“Even as the economy is rebounding,” said Portland Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman, “we know there are deep, persistent disparities in housing access and economic opportunity. Miracles Central is important and timely because it increases affordable housing and also fills a need for the kinds of culturally specific services and programs that can help us begin to address some of these disparities.”
Michael Booker, Miracles Club interim executive director, agreed, “Miracles is proud to continue its partnership with Central City Concern through this project … Central City Concern has extensive experience in combining housing and services and we look forward to our collaboration.”
In addition to capital funding, the Housing Bureau is contributing land toward the project. When complete, it is expected to provide 47 units of affordable housing, 28 of them affordable to lower-income households earning up to $25,750—50 percent of individual median income in the Portland area. “Adding units of desperately needed affordable housing has been on our radar for a number of years,” said Central City Concern Executive Director Ed Blackburn. “We are proud to count Portland Housing Bureau as a major funder on this project.”
Central City Concern and Miracles Club will use the building’s ground floor for program-related services, including meetings and counseling. On-site staff will help tenants with life-skills, employment readiness, and eviction prevention, and work closely with tenants to develop action plans that may include steps like workforce development or education.