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Central City Concern

232 NW Sixth Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Contact: Ed Blackburn, Executive Director
Phone: 503-294-1681
Fax: 503-294-4231
Central City Concern

Central City Concern (CCC), established in 1979, is a housing developer and homeless services provider located in Portland, Oregon, with a mission of providing pathways to self-sufficiency through active intervention in poverty and homelessness. CCC maintains a continuum of affordable housing options and supportive services with more than 1,400 units of transitional and permanent housing, and 200+ units in development. Services include primary and mental healthcare, addictions treatment, recovery support, and employment options.


Housing- 1,400+ units of transitional and permanent housing; 70% is alcohol and drug free and 88 units are for families. Housing Support Services help residents in agency buildings focus on maintaining stability and becoming self sufficient.

The Community Engagement Program- a multidisciplinary healthcare, recovery and housing model for chronically homeless individuals.

Detox Centers- outreach, sobering and medical detoxification for individuals.

Recuperative Care Programs- post hospitalization housing and follow-up care for homeless patients.

Recovery Center- outpatient drug and alcohol treatment primarily serving homeless and low-income clients. A mentor program is also available matching long-term and newly in recovery individuals to assist, support and offer guidance.

Employment Services- job resource center with specialized programs to assist homeless individuals to find and sustain employment. Programs also teach on-the-job skills and impart work experience to formerly homeless clients.

Community Service Corps- meaningful volunteer opportunities for people in CCC housing; program is structured to develop skills and experience that can lead to employment.

Client Population

CCC serves homeless and low income single adults and families, with most earning between 0 and 30% of the local area median income. This is an ethnically diverse population with many special needs such as addictive disorders, chronic health problems and/or mental and physical disabilities. Clients include veterans and those transitioning from incarceration.


CCC serves an estimated 13,000 people a year, helping vulnerable and at-risk clients access and maintain stable housing, break their addictions and engage in recovery, develop effective parenting skills, maximize their health, and find and keep fulfilling jobs. CCC's innovative and highly successful approach continues to earn the respect and recognition of national and local stakeholders. Recent notable awards include the Nonprofit Sector Achievement from the National Alliance to End Homelessness (2008) and the National Innovators Award given to Emeritus Executive Director Richard L. Harris in 2006. (U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (2006).


Central City Concern
For Miguel Cintron and Sarah Johnson, hitting rock bottom coincided with the birth of their daughter Jasmine. Trapped in a nightmare of drug abuse and homelessness, the couple reached out to CCC and other community partners for help. The combination of parenting classes, drug and alcohol treatment, and supportive, affordable housing has turned their lives around. Now clean and sober, both work in the social services field and provide a healthy, stable home for Jasmine. Full Story

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