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Good Shepherd Village

As the first regulated affordable housing development within the city limits of Happy Valley, Good Shepherd Village will include units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for those who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, including 15 units prioritized for veterans  who have experienced homelessness.

Happy Valley's first regulated affordable housing development

Catholic Charities of Oregon is a step closer to building 143 new affordable homes in Happy Valley, thanks to $18.3 million in Metro Affordable Housing Bond funds and other public and private grants and investmentOnce completed in late 2023, Good Shepherd Village will be the first regulated affordable housing development within the city limits of Happy Valley and Catholic Charities’ largest development.

The new development—which features studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units—will include 35 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) prioritized for those who have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, including 15 units prioritized for veterans who have experienced homelessness. Residents will benefit from nearby access to public transit, grocery stores, schools, a public library, multiple parks, and healthcare resources.

Within the property itself, residents will be able to  utilize a large community room as well as a smaller room for quiet reflection and activities, play areas, protected pathways for children to ride their bikes, garden beds, and an outdoor kitchen/cooking area. These were noted as top priorities throughout engagement conducted during the design process. Community engagement partners included Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), El Programa Hispano Católico, Familias en Acción, Do Good Multnomah, and Easterseals

The project was approved with a slate of others as part of the $652.8 million Metro Regional Housing Bond approved in 2018 by Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah County voters. The Good Shepherd Village development is the second project to receive committed funding since Catholic Charities of Oregon announced participation in a national Healthy Housing Initiative in early 2019.

The Initiative, envisioned by Catholic Charities USA, officially launched in January 2020, setting ambitious goals to reduce chronic homelessness, connect newly-housed residents with primary health and mental health care, and decrease hospital readmission rates among homeless persons. Catholic Charities of Oregon’s first project in the Healthy Housing Initiative is the 110-unit Cathedral Village apartments in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Construction of Cathedral Village began in late 2020 with occupancy targeted for mid-2022.

“We are thrilled to be able to welcome families to an incredible neighborhood that is too often out of reach for low-income households. This property was generously donated to us nearly a decade ago with the vision that low-income people would be able to afford to live in an area with such great opportunities, and we’re excited to see that vision finally realized.”

Travis Phillips
Director of Community Development & Housing, Catholic Charities of Oregon

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