About the Project
Florence House is an innovative “Housing First” project that provides homeless women with stable, affordable housing. The partnership between Avesta Housing and Preble Street that made this project possible demonstrates how a tight partnership with local social service agencies can help people meet their basic needs in previously unattainable ways.
Florence House was inspired by the success of Logan Place, the original “housing first” model created by an Avesta Housing and Preble Street partnership that has focused on creating stable, accessible housing for those who are the most vulnerable and under served.
Housing first works because it removes barriers, builds trust, and creates community.
Since 2005, Logan Place has provided apartments and 24-hour supportive services to chronically homeless people in Portland for whom there had been no appropriate housing options. Tenants volunteer in the community. Some go back to work. Others volunteer in the community. Their health improves; they reconnect to families; they work on mental health and substance abuse problems.