Central City Concern (CCC), founded in 1979, brings together health care, housing, and employment to end homelessness in Portland. We understand that the best results come from addressing all aspects of a person’s life. Our integrated approach provides a stable foundation for people experiencing homelessness by combining safe and supportive housing, primary and behavioral health care, meaningful employment, and peer support.

CCC’s evidence-based approach to ending homelessness recognizes that housing and health care go hand in hand. For people managing physical and behavioral health conditions, housing challenges can be a major barrier to better health outcomes. And when we provide access to employment services, we can improve the health of individuals. Through an integrated, person-centered and team-based model of care, we can improve the well-being and sustainability of entire communities.

Soon, CCC’s integrated services will be available under one roof. Blackburn Center, opening summer 2019 in East Portland, will give our city’s vulnerable populations access to housing, employment, and health services, as well as the support they need to stabilize and rebuild their lives—all in one place. Blackburn Center will provide our signature holistic treatment to meet people where they are with quality, evidence-based care. Our programs will feature person-centered and trauma-informed approaches that have evolved over 40 years in response to the needs of a diverse homeless population.

Everyone in Portland needs a place to call home. And to be successful, everyone needs to feel part of a community. Learn more about Blackburn Center at www.centralcityconcern.org/blackburn.

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