Focus: 33 Affordable Housing Developments Planned for Portland (images)

St Francis Park Apartments

The St Francis Park Apartments, currently under construction in the Central Eastside.

Last December the Portland Housing Bureau delivered its second annual State of Housing Report to the City Council. The report noted the many challenges facing Portland, including that in 2016 “data indicates that housing affordability in Portland in the last year has gotten worse, an issue that is disproportionately impacting low-income residents, Communities of Color, seniors, and individuals with disabilities”. Nonetheless, the report also looked at what the Bureau is doing to address these issues, including: gaining voter-approval of a $258 million Affordable Housing Bond; passage of an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance; increasing urban renewal funding dedicated to affordable rental housing; and dedicating short-term rental revenue tax to affordable rental housing.

The report listed nearly 1,900 affordable housing units in the production pipeline, split between 33 developments. Next Portland is re-publishing the entire list, along with images and information about the architect / developer where we have it.

Some buildings on the list are exclusively reserved for lower income people, while others include a mix of market rate units and subsidized affordable units. Figures for levels of affordability, expressed as number of units reserved for individuals or families at a percentage of Area Median Income (AMI), are taken from the Housing Bureau Report. Buildings that include market units are only receiving city funding towards the affordable units. Note that this list does not contain any buildings which will be required to provide affordable housing as part of the newly passed Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (which came into effect this month); any future projects funded through the voter approved affordable housing bond; any developments that are funded without the help of the Portland Housing Bureau; or any developments that have been allocated funding since the publication of the report late last year.

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Portland Housing Bureau announces Super NOFA projects (images)

The Block 45 development at 1010 NE Grand Ave will include 127 affordable units and 77 market rate units

The Block 45 development at 1010 NE Grand Ave will include 127 affordable units and 77 market rate units

The Portland Housing Bureau has revealed the projects selected as part of the $47 million Super NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability). The award is the largest in the agency’s history, and will help build six new developments with 585 new units of affordable housing, as well as preserve another 255 units through renovation. Included in this will be 120 units reserved for the lowest-income households, earning up to 30% of the Median Family Income ($15,400 a year for an individual and $24,300 for a family of four).

Read on below for information about the six new build projects selected.

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Under Construction in the Central Eastside: 419 E Burnside (images)

This post is an updated version of a post originally published on December 3rd 2014.

Construction is underway on 419 E Burnside, a 6 story mixed use building in the Central Eastside. The building will contain 157 residential apartment units, as well as two ground floor 2 live / work units. Continuous retail spaces will front onto E Burnside. 50 parking spaces will be provided for residents, as well as 12 parking spaces for the adjacent Central City Concern building, which will remain. Bike parking will be dispersed throughout the building. The design of the building is by Portland based Myhre Group Architects for Dallas based developer Trinsic Residential Group.

419 E Burnside
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Permit issued for Miracles Central, an affordable housing project planned for the Lloyd District (images)

A building permit has been issued to Carleton Hart Architecture for Miracles Central, a 47 unit affordable housing building planned for the Lloyd District. The proposed building will offer long term housing for low income adults wishing to live in an alcohol and drug-free building. The project is being developed by the Miracles Club and Central City Concern, in collaboration with Guardian Real Estate Services.

Miracles Central

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