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DHS news release

Feb. 8, 2008


General contact: Ken Palke, 503-947-5286

Program contacts: Bob Nikkel, 503-945-5763


DHS awards $13 million for housing of persons with mental illness


The Oregon Department of Human Services has awarded more than $13 million to organizations to develop supportive community living opportunities for 307 persons with mental illness. Beneficiaries range from young adults and homeless persons to people ready for discharge from state psychiatric hospitals.


The DHS Addictions and Mental Health Division (AMH) granted funds for projects in 15 counties under the Expanding Community Living Opportunities (ECLO) Awards program. Many projects will support individuals in community apartments and more structured residential programs.


"The ECLO awards will expand our array of supportive living options all over the state for people with mental illness," said Bob Nikkel, DHS assistant director for addictions and mental health. "I'm pleased to support new residential facilities in areas where we have fewer resources, which moves us toward a more equitable distribution of community resources for people safely leaving our state facilities."


According to a 2005 AMH survey 1,940 people were in immediate need of mental health supportive housing and 577 were waiting for structured or specialized residential accommodations. In the 2005-07 biennium AMH assisted in the development of 42 similar projects in 21 counties with additional housing opportunities for 361 residents.


ECLO funds will support:

  • Structured and specialized residential programs for 71 persons including people with a history of civil commitment or jurisdiction under the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB). These are 24-hour supervised and licensed residential treatment homes and facilities, three of which will be secure (locked) programs;
  • Supportive housing or similar programs for 179 individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and other serious mental health conditions who will receive support to live successfully in independent community housing; and
  • Housing development awards to support the purchase of property or construction of new community housing.

Here is a list of the counties, funding, awardees, and their projects:


  • Benton ($414,331) -- Shangri-La, residential treatment home.
  • Clackamas ($307,000) -- Northwest Housing Alternatives, apartment complex and residential treatment home.
  • Columbia ($612,548) -- Columbia County Mental Health, supportive apartments.
  • Deschutes ($85,000) -- Housing Works, transitional apartments.
  • Deschutes ($1.94 million) -- Telecare, two residential treatment facilities.
  • Lane ($75,000) -- Brethren Community Services, apartment complex.
  • Lane ($156,300) -- Empowerment Services, two brokerage services.
  • Lane ($248,006) -- Laurel Hill Center, supported housing services.
  • Lane ($1.22 million) -- Shangri-la, two residential treatment homes.
  • Lane ($372,823) -- ShelterCare, supported housing services.
  • Linn ($201,223) -- Linn County Mental Health, supported housing services.
  • Malheur ($1.28 million) -- Lifeways, supported housing and a residential treatment facility.
  • Marion ($649,285) -- Pelton Project, residential treatment home.
  • Morrow ($199,485) -- ColumbiaCare, addition to existing residential treatment facility.
  • Multnomah ($468,805) -- Empowerment Initiatives, brokerage services.
  • Multnomah ($812,771) -- Cascadia, supported housing services.
  • Multnomah ($338,071) -- CODA, supported housing services.
  • Multnomah ($125,927) -- Luke-Dorf, supported housing.
  • Polk ($85,000) -- Polk Community Development Corporation, apartment complex.
  • Polk ($795,686) -- Polk County Mental Health, supported housing services and a residential treatment home.
  • Tillamook ($68,000) -- J. Stewart, supportive apartments.
  • Union ($735,802) -- Center for Human Development, residential treatment home.
  • Washington ($459,530) -- Washington County Mental Health, supportive housing services
  • Washington ($295,333) -- Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, supported housing services.
  • Wheeler ($1.06 Million) -- Morrow/Wheeler Behavioral Health, residential treatment facility.

All award amounts are conditional and subject to further negotiation.