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PORTLAND, Ore. – Six Oregon health care organizations on Friday announced a $21.5 million investment in affordable housing to address the Portland homeless crisis.

They plan to build a total of 382 units at three locations, including a 176-unit project at Burnside Street and Southeast 122nd Avenue that will also contain a 24-hour medical center to provide primary care, addiction treatment, mental health treatment and employment services.

Two additional projects are planned. The Stark Street Apartments, near Southeast 126th Avenue and Stark Street, will provide 155 units of workforce housing. The Interstate Apartments, near North Interstate Avenue and Dekum Street, is designed to help 51 families return to their neighborhood.

The Eastside Health Center. Central City Concern.

The Eastside Health Center.

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The Stark Street Apartments. 

The Interstate Apartments. Central City Concern.

The Interstate Apartments. 

“This is a huge investment, and it is going to help a lot of people in our community at a very critical time,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury.

Representatives from Legacy Health, Adventist Health Portland, CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Oregon Health & Science University and Providence Health & Services were on hand for the announcement at Central City Concern, which partnered with the organizations to plan the project.

“Stable, affordable housing and healthcare access are so often intertwined, and I’m gratified to see collaborative solutions coming from some of our state’s leading organizations,” said Oregon Governor Kate Brown in a news release.

The investment in affordable housing is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Construction on the three new buildings is expected to start in the summer of 2017, with openings scheduled for the following year.