Catholic Community Services has received several votes of confidence from funders for our ground-breaking work in combining affordable housing with wraparound on-site services and support. Oregon Housing and Community Services has committed to work with us through a Local Innovation Fast Track (LIFT) housing grant for $3,462,478. These funds will be used to build a new supported housing complex in Woodburn on donated land.

Kaiser Permanente also recently announced that it has granted $325,000 to help CCS serve families struggling with behavioral health or substance abuse issues in our Fostering Hope Initiative (FHI) neighborhoods.

The Kaiser Permanente grant will allow CCS to provide training to FHI staff to become Certified Community Health Workers. It will also help CCS to enhance housing support services and advocate for statewide policy changes to increase affordable housing in Oregon.

These grants are a tribute to the success of Fostering Hope Initiative’s efforts to support, strengthen and empower families. Together with the $1,700,000 St. Monica Apartments Capital Campaign, the LIFT and Kaiser Permanente grants will result in nearly 30 new supported housing units. More importantly, they will pave the way for more success stories for families like Crystal and her baby.