Project Turnkey is a program that brought 19 new shelters in 13 Oregon counties thanks to about $75 million in state funding. Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) coordinated that original push, reporting the creation of 865 new units of housing at an average cost of $87,700 per unit. Under legislation an additional $50 million will go towards 10 more properties through what they’re calling Project Turnkey 2.0. These funds will pay for a second round to repurpose hotels and other kinds of buildings into housing or shelter space.
“We want to focus on motels, but we want to expand that to potentially include commercial or institutional properties, as long as the property can be quickly transitioned to use as shelter or transitional housing,” Rep. Pam Marsh said in a recent interview.
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