Homelessness and housing insecurity are often described as intractable problems, so entrenched and complex that they seem nearly impossible to solve. Project Turnkey is the story of what Oregon can accomplish when communities, business, government and philanthropy join forces to take bold action.
In 2020 the Oregon Legislature allocated a total of $65 million for Project Turnkey, for the purpose of acquiring motels/hotels for use as non-congregate shelter for people experiencing homelessness, at-risk of homelessness or displaced by wildfires. In less than seven months, Project Turnkey 1.0 created 19 new shelters in 13 counties, leading to a 20% increase in the state supply of shelter beds.
Project Turnkey 2.0 (2022-2023)
Based on the success of the Project Turnkey 1.0, and in the face on ongoing need for emergency shelter and transitional housing, the Oregon Legislature allocated $50 million in new funding for more emergency shelter and transitional housing around the state for Project Turnkey 2.0 in 2022.
Oregon Community Foundation’s Role
Oregon Community Foundation serves as the grantor and fiduciary, administering state-funded Project Turnkey 2.0 grants. Grantees are selected through an application and due diligence process, with guidance from a diverse advisory committee of state, local, and community stakeholders. Projects selected for grants are community centered and equity focused and support the most vulnerable of unhoused community members. OCF has worked closely with Oregon Housing and Community Services to ensure that the selection process aligns with the state’s strategic housing plan.
Project Turnkey 2.0: Application Now Open
Eligible applicants include local entities (cities, counties, housing authorities) and nonprofit organizations. Grantees will be selected through an application and due diligence process, with guidance from a diverse advisory committee of state, local, and community stakeholders. Projects selected for grants are community centered and equity focused and support the most vulnerable of unhoused community members.
OCF has worked closely with Oregon Housing and Community Services to ensure that the selection process aligns with the state’s strategic housing plan. The application is open from June 24 to July 23, in an effort to allow applicants time for planning and community engagement. Applicants do not need to have a property identified in order to apply.
Eligible property types include hotels, motels, and other vacant properties that can readily and affordably be converted to non-congregated shelter such as duplexes, apartment complexes, care facilities, or dormitories.
Click here for the Project Turnkey 2.0 Application (Deadline: July 23)
Project Turnkey 1.0
To acquire hotels/motels as safe, socially-distanced shelters
Increase in Oregon's supply of emergent housing
19 properties, 13 counties
Project Turnkey 1.0 site locations
- March 10, 2022: Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon Housing and Community Services Poised to Launch Project Turnkey 2.0 with $50M in State Funding
- July 27, 2021: Plagued by crises, Oregon looks to motels as creative solution to sheltering the unhoused
- July 20, 2021: National Alliance to End Homelessness, Hotels to Housing Case Studies: Project Turnkey
- July 8, 2021: Oregon Community Foundation Efficiently Wraps Up Project Turnkey with 19 Properties in 13 Oregon Counties, Adding Nearly 900 Units of Emergency Housing, a 20 Percent Increase in the State’s Supply
- July 8, 2021: Oregon Community Foundation Grants Nearly $3 Million to the City of Bend and $3.45 Million to the Joint Office of Homeless Services (Multnomah County) to Purchase Area Motels for Use as Transitional Housing
- June 22, 2021: Oregon Community Foundation Grants $3.9 Million to Providence and $4.2 Million to MWVCAA to Purchase Area Motels for Use as Transitional Housing
- May 28, 2021: Oregon Community Foundation Awards Nearly $7 Million to Rockwood CDC to Bring Critical Help to One of the Poorest Areas of Multnomah County
- May 20, 2021: Oregon Community Foundation Awards $1.35 Million to House and Care for Coos County Veterans and COVID-Affected Individuals
- May 6, 2021: Oregon Community Foundation Awards $7 Million to Central City Concern to Open Recovery-Oriented Housing for Homeless People in East Portland, Oregon
- May 4, 2021: Oregon Community Foundation Awards $2.2 Million to Centro Cultural to Serve Low- Income Latino Families and Seasonal Workers Displaced by the Pandemic
- April 27, 2021: OCF Awards Nearly $2.7 Million to Bethlehem Inn to Shelter Vulnerable Redmond Community Members
- April 22, 2021: OCF Awards $6.2 Million to Washington County to Shelter Vulnerable Community Members
- March 10, 2021: Project Turnkey Gains More Steam, Creating Diverse Geographic Footprint of Safe Shelter for Displaced Oregonians
- February 26, 2021: Oregon’s Project Turnkey Gains Momentum
- February 4, 2021: Oregon’s Project Turnkey Reaches Milestone