“Project HOME” Seeks Emergency Housing for Occupants of Portland’s EXPO Closing Mid-August


Kevin Bunker, of Developers Collaborative, is Currently in Alaska With His Family, “Checking out Bears,” he said in an email message.

Project, HOME, a new program to provide housing for the families currently staying at the temporary emergency shelter at Portland’s EXPO, was announced this morning by a coallition of stakeholders.  That’s because residents of the EXPO must vacate the shelter next month because it will be closing on August 15th.  A plan that was to transfer these residents to 90 Blueberry Road did not materlalize.  Currently there is no housing that will be available for these residents when the EXPO closes next month.

So, this coalition of three is looking for home owners and landlords to provide housing for the families to be evicted in less than a month from the EXPO.   The HOME project emphasizes that each landlord or home owner providing housing will be guaranteed that monthly rent will be paid.  Project HOME staff will serve as a liaison to facilitate good comunications between all the parties involved.  The coalition is composed of:  Quality Housing Coalition, the Greater Portlad Council of Governments, (COG),  and the city of Portland.

Homwowners and landlords who want to learn more about the program can contact QHC Program Manager Lucas Schrage at:  207 – 321-1276 or lucas@qualityhousing coalition.org.

Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative, was to have transformed a former furniture warehouse at 90 Blueberry Road into housing.  But it did not materalilze.  Rather, he is working to convert a former beverage distribution center into housing which is expected to be ready by Thanksgiving according to an email received from him today.  The location is at 166 Riverside Industrial Parkway.