Avesta, Preble Street propose 30 to 50 Housing First apartments on former Oxford Street shelter site

Avesta Housing and Preble Street are planning to turn the site of Portland’s former Oxford Street shelter into a Housing First project, offering both housing and support services for residents.

Avesta CEO Rebecca Hatfield said her organization is proposing to demolish the existing shelter and construct a new building on site.

“That would be comprised of approximately 30 to 50 units, and that would be site-based Housing First,” Hatfield said. “That would be permanent housing, and also contain 24/7 supportive services for those who have suffered from chronic homelessness.”

Avesta and Preble Street have already partnered on three similar developments that utilize a “housing first” model. Those buildings comprise about 85 units total, and they currently have a waiting list of more than 150 people.

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