A race is on to increase the number of affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities in both Oregon and Washington.
PCRI- Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc.
The new homes are part of PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Initiative, a response to involuntary displacement of families from North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods where affordable housing has become increasingly difficult to find or maintain. These new home will help ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in neighborhoods where community resources are robust, schools are easily accessible, and transit services are frequent and readily available.
New Mixed Use Development
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, a Portland non-profit, has unveiled plans to build a new integrated health clinic and low-income apartment complex. The new Garlington Center is set to break ground in late summer, 2016, and will include an area for primary care and mental health services as well as a separate four-story 52-unit affordable apartment building with 10 to 12 apartments dedicated specifically for the mentally ill. The development is expected to open in fall 2017.
New Mixed Income Development
Bridge Housing, a California based non-profit housing developer, is coming to Portland.
The Abigail will bring 142 new homes to the northern end of the Pearl District. The building will be mixed-income, with 123 affordable apartments for families earning 30% to 60% of Median Family Income (currently $20,800 to $41,640 for a household of four) and the balance at market-rate rents.
The six-story building is being designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects, one of Portland’s top design firms. The ground floor will offer a welcoming lobby accessed from NW 13th Avenue, commercial space, and a community room for residents.The Abigail will be at Northwest 13th Avenue and Raleigh Street, near the Ramona building, a new condo building, and The Fields Park.
Read more about the Abigail.
Read more about Bridge Housing.
Home Forward Affordable Housing Projects
As the start of a five-year phase-in, Home Forward — the housing authority serving Multnomah County — has pledged money toward 80 low-income units at a downtown RiverPlace project set to get underway by 2017.
A new Pearl District development project is expected to provide at least 30 family-size units. Construction is projected to begin in 2017.
New Pearl District Development Will House Homeless Families (portlandoregon.gov)
St Francis Park Apartments
Home Forward is partnering with Catholic Charities and St. Francis of Assisi Parish on an affordable housing community located in a rapidly gentrifying area of inner Southeast Portland comprised of 77 studios, 28 1-bedrooms, and 1 2-bedroom.
The building’s 106 units will include affordable housing for women transitioning from homelessness and victims of domestic and sexual violence. Construction began in September 2015 and completion of project scheduled for summer 2017. The project is being delivered as a partnership between government agency Home Forward and nonprofit Catholic Charities.
Design Commission Approves Affordable Housing on St Francis Park (nextportland.com)
Senior Living Development
The Isabella Court Project — a REACH development construction project — is due to begin in November 2015.
Bringing much needed affordable housing to Clark County Washington, Isabella Court is the first of a planned, two-phase senior project located within the Central Vancouver Neighborhood Revitalization Area.
Isabella Court will be situated on the northern portion of a site in one of the last high-density-zoned vacant parcels within the Central Vancouver Fourth Plain Corridor in Washington. All units at Isabella Court will be available to residents 62+ with incomes at or below 60% area median income. The property is strategically located on the Fourth Plain Corridor to address an area that is underserved for seniors but with great accessibility to a wide range of services, emphasizing REACH’s commitment to affordable living.
Read more about Reach Development Isabella Court.