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UPDATED: MLK Day Press Event, 1/20 - Mayor Wheeler will join Kaiser Permanente to Announce New Housing Initiative - 01/17/20

Hope to see you on Monday! The full media alert is below and I also wanted to share a few final details:

- There is a driveway on site where there will be room for 3 news trucks to park. Otherwise there is on-street parking. 

- When you arrive please come directly to the tent, there will be someone at the entry to point you in the right direction. You will also be able to go into Argyle Gardens to film the volunteer project, I'll have a waiver from the construction company for you to sign (this is a formality due to the fact that it is still technically a construction site.)

- If you plan to send someone over earlier than 9am, please let me know so I can be sure we're ready for them. 

Thanks!
Debbie

MLK DAY PRESS EVENT
Mayor Ted Wheeler and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury will join Kaiser Permanente to Announce New Portland Metro Area Housing Initiative

When:

Monday, January 20

  • 11:30 a.m.: Press briefing
  • 12:15–12:30 p.m.: Participants will be available for interviews

Where:

Argyle Gardens, 8550 N Argyle Way, Portland, OR 97217

Argyle Gardens is Transition Projects’ new Low Income Single Adult Housing Development in Kenton Neighborhood, which is opening soon.

The event will be held in a heated tent outside of the facility – there may be mud and dirt on the site, so appropriate footwear is recommended.

 

What:

 

Kaiser Permanente will announce a significant grant to help homeless seniors in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties. The grant will kick off a new larger initiative with Health Share of Oregon and other regional partners that will also be announced.

 

Visuals:

 

 

Who:

 

 

 

Background:

 

  • Argyle Gardens, the site of Kaiser Permanente’s MLK Day of Service volunteer event
  • 180 Kaiser Permanente volunteers completing a variety of projects, including painting, organizing a food pantry and building raised garden beds
  • Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland
  • Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair
  • Washington and Clackamas County Commissioners
  • Ruth Williams-Brinkley, President, Kaiser Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest

 

In recognition of the clear link between housing and health, Kaiser Permanente has made several significant investments in housing over the last four years, including:

  • A $4 million grant in 2016 as part of the unique "Housing Is Health" partnership (total of $21.5 million) with five other health care organizations and Central City Concern to address homelessness in the Portland region.
  • 2.27M in grants announced on MLK Day 2017 to help people with behavioral health challenges find and stay in housing.
  • A $750,000 contribution in 2019 to the Commons on MLK project in Eugene, a “housing first” development that will provide 51 studio apartments for the chronically homeless and medically fragile. 

This newest community investment reflects the continued need for innovative solutions and cross-sector partnerships as we look for ways to address the crisis of homelessness in our region.

Additionally, as part of Kaiser Permanente’s annual MLK Day of Service volunteer activities across the region, over 180 Kaiser Permanente employees, friends and family members will be volunteering at the new housing development by Transition Projects, where they will be painting, setting up kitchens with supplies, organizing a food pantry, cleaning, and building raised garden beds.

 

Contact:

 

Debbie Karman: 503-798-1223, bie.a.karman@kp.org">debbie.a.karman@kp.org

 

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