Central City Concern

Providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness
and achieving self-sufficiency.

Announcing Central City Concern's New Logo!

Jan 23, 2015

Central City Concern has a new logo!

Through words and symbols, we have strived to communicate our work better with this new logo. We hope you see our commitment to providing: safe and stable housing to people in need, compassionate healthcare and hope for recovery provided by caring professionals, connection to meaningful employment for able clients, and the fostering of positive relationships that help all of our clients attain a higher potential.

Beyond a minor update in 2007, Central City Concern’s logo has not changed much since it was created in 1983 when the “Burnside Consortium” became “Central City Concern.” Central City Concern worked with a wide range of staff, clients, funders, and volunteers to discuss logo elements and is grateful for their input.

You’ll soon see this logo on our vehicles, signage and on printed materials. CCC’s website and social media channels carry this logo as of today. 

Partners who use the CCC logo in materials may contact Kathy Pape, Director of Communications, for an updated electronic file.

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes - Opening soon!

Jan 22, 2015

It’s not every day that your organization gets invited to participate in a groundbreaking, innovative theatre production. But that’s exactly the opportunity that came Central City Concern’s way a few months ago, when Portland Playhouse approached us with the opportunity to play a small part of their upcoming production, How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes.

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes, which opens February 4, is:

not a play; it is not a lecture; it is not an interactive workshop; it is not a physical theatre piece; it is not a public conversation. How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes is all of these things. Most significantly, it’s an opportunity to challenge a different audience every show with the question: how do you attack the problem of poverty in America, with a lens specifically focused on Multnomah County. Over the course of 90 minutes, the audience will listen, explore and ultimately choose how to spend $1,000 cash from ticket sales sitting onstage at each performance. The show is an experiment in dialogue, in collective decision-making, in shared responsibility, and in the potential for art to help us make our world a better place. Spectacularly eclectic in form, often delightful and occasionally uncomfortable, How to End Poverty will engage Multnomah County audiences alongside community experts.

Portland Playhouse staff have looked to local Portland nonprofits – including Central City Concern and dozens of other organizations doing important work – to make the show enriching, thoughtful, and provocative. According to Elliot Leffler, Director of Community Partnerships,

“…representatives of these organizations – including staff members and clients – will engage the public in a spirited, thoughtful, and unconventional dialogue about poverty, its root causes, its systemic entrenchment, and how we might collectively address it most effectively.” 

Our own Sean Hubert, Chief Housing and Employment Officer, and Gary Cobb, Community Outreach Coordinator, will bring their expertise and experience to the shows on February 4 and February 5, respectively.

Further, many of our staff, as well as clients, will be attending throughout the show’s run (February 4 – February 22). Audience dialogue is a major part of the production and we look forward to hearing how Central City Concern attendees contribute to this community-wide conversation.

We are greatly looking forward to being a part of How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes. You can find out more about the show and buy tickets for a showing at http://www.portlandplayhouse.org/htep

From 0 to 3,000 in 16 Months

Jan 21, 2015

How’s this for a milestone? As of last Thursday, January 15, Central City Concern has helped over 3,000 people enroll in the Oregon Health Plan or other affordable health coverage, or renew their coverage!

Since October 1st, 2013, our organization has engaged in ongoing outreach and enrollment efforts to enroll as many CCC clients, residents and community members as possible in the Oregon Health Plan (or, if they’re over income for OHP, in affordable health coverage).

Our Outreach and Enrollment Specialists have done an outstanding job educating individuals about their health coverage status and options, and enrolling those who are eligible. In addition to our two Outreach and Enrollment Specialists, we have 25 additional staff who are trained enrollment assisters. Various program managers, front desk staff, and others have proven to be integral in connecting previously uninsured clients to the right pathways toward being insured.

While most of the 3,000 enrollees come from Hooper Detox, Old Town Clinic, Eastside Concern, CCC Recovery Center, and CCC’s housing communities, we’ve also enrolled many people at numerous local agencies. In fact, about 18% of all enrollees came by way of coordination with and outreach to Transition Projects, Street Roots, Sisters of the Road, St. Andre Bessette Chapel, Operation Night Watch, JOIN, and other community partners.

We have already seen the great benefits for the people we’re enrolling from having health insurance. 3,000 enrollees is a wonderful number to celebrate, but our enrollment work continues on!

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How To End Poverty In 90 Minutes

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