Miracles Central Celebrates Ground Breaking

Ground broke last week on a 47-unit apartment building that will offer affordable, alcohol- and drug-free living in Northeast Portland.

The Miracles Central Apartment building at 1306 N.E. 2nd Ave. is a collaboration between the Portland Housing Bureau, Central City Concern, and the Miracles Club. The model is based on the Miracles Club Apartments, a similar building on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, which specializes in culturally competent recovery support for the African American community.

“With this building, somebody will get a chance to get their first apartment, get a chance to stand on their own two feet, do their recovery and be accountable,” said Michael Booker, interim executive director of The Miracles Club, in a release.

With an expected completion date of July 2016, the Miracles Central Apartments will consist of 47 units of affordable housing, including 28 apartments affordable to lower-income households earning up to 50 percent of the area median income, which is currently $25,750 for an individual. Central City Concern and Miracles Club will use the building’s ground floor for program-related services, including meetings and counseling.

On-site staff will help tenants with life skills, employment readiness, and eviction prevention, and work closely with tenants to develop action plans that may include steps like workforce development or education.

The Portland Housing Bureau dedicated $7.1 million in capital funding toward the project, plus the land. Other major funders include Oregon Housing & Community Services, National Equity Fund and JP Morgan Chase.

Also contributing to the project are Banner Bank, The Collins Foundation, Downtown Development Group, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Legacy Health Systems, Mitzvah Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Providence Health & Services, UnitedHealthcare and USI Northwest.

Multicultural Development Group is the project developer with Guardian Real Estate Services LLC leading the project. Carleton Hart Architecture is the lead architect and LMC Construction is the general contractor.

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