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Housing secured for 343 houseless seniors through Metro 300 Initiative

Housing secured for 343 houseless seniors through Metro 300 Initiative

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The Metro 300 program has secured housing for 343 houseless seniors, surpassing the program’s original goal of housing 300 houseless seniors in the tri-county area. Metro 300 is led by Health Share of Oregon through a unique partnership with the tri-counties, area non-profits and Kaiser Permanente. An additional 22 individuals currently working with the program are likely to gain housing by year-end. 

Beyond surpassing its initial goal, the Metro 300 program also offers an early opportunity to leverage funding from the region’s Supportive Housing Services program – showing the immediate impacts made possible when health and housing efforts are joined together.  

In January 2020, Kaiser Permanente invested $5.1 million to house 300 houseless, vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities in the tri-county region through the Metro 300 program administered by Health Share of Oregon. Health Share of Oregon collaborated with Washington County, Multnomah County’s Joint Office of Homeless Services, Clackamas County, and housing service providers to help these individuals access safe, stable housing — while creating cross-sector collaboration and new system approaches to ending homelessness for these populations. 

Thanks to funds allocated through Metro’s voter-approved Supportive Housing Services program, every client served through the Metro 300 program who needs permanent housing and long-term rent assistance will now be able to receive that support. In the coming months, an evaluation will assess the impact of the Metro 300 program to help inform ongoing health and homelessness system collaboration. 

Metro 300 is the first major project of the Regional Supportive Housing Impact Fund (RSHIF). RSHIF is an innovative effort based at Health Share of Oregon that aims to align health care, housing, and philanthropic partners around a shared response to the region’s homelessness crisis that is aligned with the Metro Supportive Housing Services program. RSHIF’s initial start-up was supported by the Cambia Health Foundation, CareOregon, Central City Concern, Collins Foundation, Health Share, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Meyer Memorial Trust, OHSU, the Oregon Community Foundation, and Providence Health & Services. 

Metro 300 Service Providers 

  • Bienestar 
  • Cascadia Behavioral Health 
  • Central City Concern
  • Clackamas County Health Centers
  • Clackamas Service Center 
  • Oregon Department of Human Services 
  • Disability, Aging and Veteran Services (DAVS) of Washington County 
  • Do Good Multnomah 
  • Greater Good Northwest 
  • Native American Rehabilitation Association 
  • Northwest Pilot Project