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New Homeless Center Opening Today In East Portland

Portland, Oregon – A brand new center to help homeless residents is opening this afternoon in East Portland. The Blackburn Center at 121st and East Burnside will provide health care, housing, and employment services for homeless and for people at risk of becoming homeless. The new center operated by Central City Concern opens today at 2:30pm.

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Central City Concern’s new Blackburn Center will officially open on July 9 to provide health care, housing and employment services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Grand Opening program begins at 2:30 p.m.; speakers listed below

Where: 12121 E Burnside St.

Learn more about:

  • Blackburn Center’s integrated services including:
    • Office-based Opioid Treatment (OBOT)
    • Hepatitis C treatment
    • Recuperative Care Program for 51 people exiting the hospital with nowhere to go
    • Transitional and permanent recovery housing
  • The building’s design and construction

“Central City Concern has long been a leader in innovative health care for people impacted by homelessness. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and clinics across the country, are excited to learn from Blackburn Center’s integrated, culturally competent, compassionate care that changes lives and elevates the entire community. We’re excited about Blackburn Center as a potential new model of holistic care for other states to consider replicating,” says Bobby Watts, National Health Care for the Homeless Council CEO.

Blackburn Center Grand Opening Speakers (Program begins at 2:30, July 9)

  1. Rachel Solotaroff, M.D., President & CEO, Central City Concern
  2. Chair Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County
  3. Mayor Ted Wheeler, City of Portland
  4. Shannon Callahan, Director, Portland Housing Bureau
  5. Councilor Shirley Craddick, District 1, Metro
  6. Heather Lyons, Northwest Region Director, Corporation for Supportive Housing
  7. Darren Van’t Hof, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Environmental & Community Capital, US Bank
  8. Margaret Salazar, Director, Oregon Housing and Community Services
  9. Steve Allen, Behavioral Health Director, Oregon Health Authority
  10. Arlene Kimura, Hazelwood Neighborhood Association
  11. Julie Smith, Apprentice Laborer, Walsh Construction
  12. Ralph Prows, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Adventist Health
  13. Eric C. Hunter, President & CEO, CareOregon,
  14. Dan Field, Executive Director, Community Health & External Affair, Kaiser Permanente
  15. Danny Jacobs, M.D., CEO, OHSU
  16. Doug Koekkoek, M.D., System Chief Medical Officer, Providence
  17. Kathryn Correia, President & CEO, Legacy Health
  18. Ed Blackburn, President & CEO Emeritus, Central City Concern



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