Extensive renovation work that began last fall is complete at Providence House Portland. The $1 million dollar project was funded by proceeds from the refinance of an old U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mortgage at Providence House in Yakima, Washington and from a HOME grant provided by the Portland Housing Bureau.
Efforts to raise funds for the work began in earnest in 2007 after confirmation the building envelope had been compromised and that exterior water was penetrating the building. Temporary repairs were completed in 2009. The new building envelope and windows will not only ensure that Providence House is watertight, but will also provide added insulation benefits.
“Almost immediately, residents with new windows commented on how much quieter their units are,” said Housing Director Barbara Soihr. “The building is located on a busy intersection and the added sound insulation is a real and valuable benefit.”
“Our residents and applicants need to trust that our buildings are reliable and safe,” added Providence Director of Housing Tim Zaricznyj. “We were determined to tap every potential funding resource until we accumulated enough to get this job done.”
A celebration and “re-blessing” of the newly remodeled Providence House Portland will be held later this year.
Providence House is one of 14 Providence Supportive Housing programs located in Washington, Oregon and California. Each house offers independent living in an apartment setting along with services coordination for the residents. The seniors on fixed incomes and disabled adults who call these ministries home enjoy a sense of well-being, independence and more fulfilling lives as a result of living in a safe and affordable apartment and welcoming community.
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