Portland to Offer Housing for Frontline Social Workers

Atomic Orchard Experiment

The Atomic Orchard Experiment aims to honor what people do as workers and as Portlanders

Balancing work they are passionate about with being able to pay rent is a challenge for many people engaged in helping on the front lines of the homelessness crisis. A creative solution for some of these workers is on the way with occupation-specific housing for those who work with homeless Portlanders.

“It’s a huge problem,” Woodward said. “A lot of people on our teams are homeless when they’re hired. It’s really hard because those people want to give back and are ready to work.”

Katie O’Brien, Rose Haven’s Executive Director, discusses housing for not only guests of Rose Haven and the thousands of other Portlandians who are without homes but for frontline workers who are part of the solution.

“The challenge is being able to afford to do the work,” Katie O’Brien, executive director of Rose Haven day shelter for women, said. “Affordable housing and higher wages might allow people to stay in the work longer and have less financial stress.”

Source: Ellen Clarke | Street Roots
Date: December 21, 2022

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