|5/27/2012 9:43:00 AM|
Community welcomes back affordable housing
Catholic Charities photo
Pietro Ferrari, Catholic Charities executive director, addresses residents, supporters and staff at McCoy Village opening.
Northeast Portland welcomed back 55 units of affordable housing last week. Catholic Charities renovated McCoy Village Apartments on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Shortly after Catholic Charities Caritas Housing Initiatives took over the project in June 2011, it was temporarily closed for a $13 million reconstruction.
Residents could stay on site during the work, or were offered a round trip relocation package. Now, just more than 60 percent of tenants who chose to be relocated have returned. They have found apartments with all new appliances and spacious floor plans. Units are completely full.
Renters earn at or below 50 percent of the median area average income to qualify for the housing.
“We are thrilled to revitalize this long-standing affordable housing asset in Northeast Portland where so many people are in need of assistance, and a safe, affordable place to raise their families,” said Pietro Ferrari, Catholic Charities executive director.
“It’s our goal to retain the historical character of the community as we provide this opportunity for long-time residents to remain rooted in their neighborhood.”
The site includes four new community center spaces, which will host education and play for pre-school aged children, a training center for older youth and adults, a conference room, and a main community space. Residents will have access to service organizations like the Sabin Community Development Corporation, Self Enhancement, Inc., Black Parent Initiative and the African American Alliance for Homeownership.
More than 60 percent of residents report African American, Hispanic, Latino or Native American heritage.
The addition of McCoy Village brings the total of affordable housing units operated by Caritas Housing Initiatives to 580 throughout Clackamas, Multnomah, Douglas and Washington Counties.