Residency units aimed at recovering families

DALLAS -- Plans to build housing for families with a parent recovering from substance abuse is now becoming reality as construction crews buzz around the East Ellendale site of the future Jen's Place.



DALLAS -- Plans to build housing for families with a parent recovering from substance abuse is now becoming reality as construction crews buzz around the East Ellendale site of the future Jen's Place.

Funding for the five-unit, $1.2 million project was provided through a variety of grants from Oregon Housing and Community Services, said Rita Grady, the executive director of Polk Community Development Corporation.

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund, in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, also provided a $50,000 grant for the project.

Polk CDC and Polk County Mental Health will be cooperating on finding families who would need to be placed in stabilized housing to assist with the parent's recovery.

An on-site mentor will live in one of the units to help keep tenants on track, Grady said. She said the project should be finished late this year and available for tenants by December.

Jen's Place will provide a unique opportunity for residents, as there is no other housing of this kind in Polk County, Grady said.

The program is designed to provide stability for those who have completed treatment to reclaim their life and overcome obstacles, such as poor rental history or unemployment.

"Our goal is to help these families become self-sufficient," Grady said.



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