GarlingtonCenterNFront-300x174-1PORTLAND, OR – Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare will host a grand re-opening of Harriet Court (7505 SE Henry Street, Portland, OR 97206) on Monday, December 8, 2014 beginning at 2:30PM. In collaboration with Multnomah County’s Mental Health & Addictions Services Department (MHASD), Cascadia’s new and improved Harriet Court will provide much-needed housing to fifteen people who have experienced mental health challenges and who have a history of receiving care within the state hospital system.

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury will offer the keynote for the event. Chair Kafoury is a staunch advocate for people suffering from homelessness in Portland and has spearheaded a comprehensive effort to end homelessness locally by establishing partnerships between advocates like Cascadia. “The renovation of Harriet Court is a wonderful example of the County’s and Cascadia Behavioral Health Care’s dedication to providing safe and supportive housing to help those recovering from serious mental illness,” said Chair Kafoury.

After months of remodeling to meet the needs of the resident population, Harriet Court now offers fifteen efficiency studios; an apartment manager who lives on-site; laundry facilities; updated floors, paint, and landscaping; and a fantastic open common space where residents can gather, share meals, and enjoy community events. Harriet Court is designed as a stepping stone for residents to move toward independent living in the community. This program provides on-site services and support with the overall goal of integrating residents back into the community setting of their choice equipped with the tools and skills needed to make a successful transition to independent living. Residents will stay at Harriet Court anywhere from 1 to 5 years.

“With over 50% of Portland’s homeless suffering from mental illness and addiction, Chair Kafoury’s mission to end homelessness increases Cascadia’s capacity to provide healing, homes and hope to people in need. It is an honor to partner with the County on this critical and humane project,” said Derald Walker, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare CEO.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit organization providing services in Multnomah, Clackamas and Lane Counties. For over 25 years, Cascadia has been a leader in the State of Oregon in the development and management of affordable housing for people with mental illness and addictions. Cascadia provides a comprehensive range of innovative clinical and housing support programs.