In January 2017, neighbors found out about a project planned at SW 170th Ave. and Bany Rd. in Beaverton, OR. On July 25, 2017, Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to donate the 1.29 Acre land parcel to Luke-Dorf for apartments with tenants who are chronically homeless with severe mental illness. These residents will be living alone and treatment is not a requirement of their rental agreement (“treatment” can include: substance abuse rehabilitation, medical treatment for a contagious disease and/or taking prescribed medications). Washington County has signed their support for a grant through HUD.
HUD recognizes this project as a “low barrier” and “housing first” project. HUD’s definition of these housing models means that participants/tenants will not be screened out for active or history of drug abuse and having a criminal record (except for state mandated restrictions). According to HUD, “housing first” projects are not a sobriety-contingent (tenants can not be evicted for active drug use). Below, is an excerpt of the application Washington County submitted on behalf of this project:
This site is less than 600 feet from Cooper Mountain Elementary School and half a mile from Errol Hassell Elementary. All children residing within a 1-mile radius of each school do not qualify for school bus service; leaving scores of children to walk past this development. The Washington County Sheriff’s office has explained that any unpredictable activity in the area, may cause these nearby schools to go into “Lock Outs” at the discretion of the Beaverton School District.
We have compiled a list of links to news articles, law suits and complaints involving Luke-Dorf. We encourage all of our neighbors to learn more about this project and the company who is in charge of it:
Howard Spanbock [director of Luke-Dorf] questioned the reliability of the media reporting a recent incident where a resident had wandered off, broken into two homes and having raped a young woman at knife point and sexually molested a female child in a second home.
*(link to original document)
Write letters to Board of Commissioners at Washington County:
Washington County Commissioners’ mailing address:
155 N First Ave. Suite 300, MS-22
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Also express your concerns to:
8915 SW Center Street
Tigard, OR 97223
1220 SW Third Ave., Suite 400
Portland, OR 97204-2825
WHO ARE WE?
We are a group of citizens and members of the Aloha Beaverton Neighborhood Association, working to help keep our neighborhood and children safe near SW 170th Ave and Bany Rd. close to our two neighborhood elementary schools.
This is a website for neighbors to receive information and engage in actions to communicate with Washington County, Luke-Dorf, and HUD. On this site, we will provide links, research papers, and government documents for you to read and educate yourself about this development.
The Stop Clover Court Steering Committee will also post regular updates on events and actions you can participate in to help our cause. Sign up here to receive periodic email notifications from this group so that you can remain informed.
We are concerned for ourselves, our children, and our livability. We are also concerned for the vulnerable, mentally ill residents who would be living in isolation in the middle of a neighborhood without on site care, services or assistance.