MEDFORD, Ore. — The mission to transform a Medford motel into housing for vulnerable members of the community will get additional funding from the City of Medford and Providence Health & Services in order to help make it a reality.
The City of Medford announced on March 10 that Rogue Retreat would receive $2.55 million from Oregon's "Project Turnkey" program to buy and renovate the Redwood Motel on Riverside, with the goal of operating it as emergency housing. When the transition is complete, the new shelter is expected to provide 47 apartments with kitchenettes for families and individuals in desperate need of housing.
Despite the major windfall of state funding, the City said that its Urban Renewal Board would meet to consider allocating more funds that would help finish needed renovations and see the project continue in the years ahead.
On Thursday night, the board approved a $450,000 grant agreement with Rogue Retreat to aid in renovation efforts.
Above and beyond the grant for Rogue Retreat, the City of Medford received its own grant of $120,000 from Providence Health & Services. This funding is specifically set aside for the renovation of four rooms into a "recuperative care component."
"Four units will be reserved for unhoused community members who are being discharged from the hospital that would not be able to heal on the streets," the City said in a statement. "Patients can be temporarily sheltered in a hotel room so they can heal with dignity."
While staying in the Project Turnkey facility's recuperative care rooms, patients can receive low-level medical care and consult with housing placement services to either connect them with another shelter or transitional housing option once they are cleared to leave.
"Or, best case scenario, they [will be] connected with permanent or permanent supportive housing," the City said.