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Saint Francis Park Apartments

List Page Description: 
Home Forward partnered with Catholic Charities and St. Francis of Assisi Parish on an affordable housing community located in a rapidly gentrifying area of inner Southeast Portland.
Year Completed: 
2017
Hope IV Property?: 
0

Home Forward partnered with Catholic Charities and St. Francis of Assisi Parish on an affordable housing community located in a rapidly gentrifying area of inner Southeast Portland.  We served as developer and continue as a special limited partner in the new housing.

The community reserves some of its apartments and provides services for women transitioning from homelessness and for women escaping domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Resources

Homes

  • 106 affordable apartments
    • 86 affordable to people earning 60% of the median family income and lower
    • 19 deeply subsidized for people earning 30% of the median family income and lower
  • The mix includes 77 studios, 28 one-bedroom apartments, and one two-bedroom apartment.
  • Catholic Charities Housing Transitions Program will provide services to 20 dedicated apartments for women transitioning from homelessness and five apartments dedicated to women escaping domestic or sexual violence and receiving aid from Project UNICA.

Highlights

  • The location is a former private urban park owned and managed by the adjacent St Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish.  The parish concluded that the park would better serve the community by providing affordable rental housing.
  • In addition to the apartments, the development features a community room and an interior courtyard that will provide recreational and community garden space for residents. 
  • The previously vacated street, SE Oak, will remain open to the public for pedestrians and bikes, including a seating plaza.  A grove of existing mature trees will be maintained as a natural area and provide a reflection of the former park's history. 

Partners

  • Project: Catholic Charities is the general partner and has a controlling interest in the apartments, with Home Forward serving as the developer and special limited partner.  St. Francis of Assisi Parish will continue to operate its community dining room and hall.
  • Financial:  City of Portland, Home Forward, Catholic Charities, tax credits, a local energy grant, and commercial debt during construction.
  • Design and Construction:  MWA Architects, Walsh Construction

The Louisa Flowers

List Page Description: 
Home Forward has completed the largest affordable housing building developed in Multnomah County in over 50 years.
Year Completed: 
2019
Hope IV Property?: 
0

With 240 homes, this new development is Multnomah County's largest apartment building financed with low-income housing tax-credits during the past 50 years.   The Louisa Flowers is a 12-story building in a perfect transit-oriented location on the half block fronting NE Grand Avenue, between Hassalo and Holladay.

Resources

Homes

  • 240 affordable apartments
    • 217 affordable homes for people earning 60% of the median family income and lower
    • 23 affordable homes for people earning 50% of the median family income and lower
    • 20 deeply subsidized homes for people earning 30% of the median family income and lower
  • The mix includes 88 studios, 109 one-bedroom apartments, and 43 two-bedroom apartments

Highlights

  • The transit-friendly location is close to MAX light rail service and buses. 
  • In addition to the apartments, the development features a community room and an interior courtyard that will provide recreational and community garden space for residents. 
  • The ground floor will provide commercial space including on-site property management and retail.

Partners

  • Financial:   City of Portland, Home Forward equity, private activity bonds, Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Design and Construction:  LRS Architects, LEVER Architects, O'Neill Walsh Community Builders.  

Beech Street Apartments

List Page Description: 
Home Forward partnered with non-profit LifeWorks NW on a development in Northeast Portland that provides permanent apartment homes with supportive services and expands a culturally-focused residential treatment program, Project Network.
Year Completed: 
2014
Hope IV Property?: 
0

Home Forward partnered with LifeWorks NW on a development in Northeast Portland that provides permanent apartment homes with supportive services and expands a culturally-focused residential treatment program, Project Network.

Resources

Homes

  • 29 studio apartments and two three-bedroom suites will be part of the residential treatment facility owned and operated by LifeWorks NW.
  • 32 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments owned and operated by Home Forward will provide permanent supportive housing for graduates of drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs. 

Highlights

  • Project Network is a LifeWorks NW program that provides extensive treatment services for women recovering from alcohol and drug use. 
    • More than 75 women receive treatment each year, and most are involved with both the child welfare and criminal justice systems.
    • The average stay in treatment is six months, with a goal of transitioning to permanent supportive housing.
  • Graduates from treatment programs living in Home Forward's apartments will be able to be reunited with their family members in a supportive dry community.  Resident services staff will provide ongoing support.
  • A multipurpose room and computer stations will be available for training and education. 

Partners

  • Financial: City of Portland, Home Forward, tax credits, and commercial debt under consideration
  • Development, Design and Construction: Gerding Edlen Development, Holst Architecture, O'Neil/Walsh Community Builders, LLC
  • Key Community Partners: LifeWorks NW

New Columbia

List Page Description: 
New Columbia is a diverse 82-acre neighborhood built on the former site of World War II public housing for defense workers, with the help of Home Forward’s first HOPE VI federal grant.
Year Completed: 
2006
Hope IV Property?: 
Yes

New Columbia is a diverse 82-acre neighborhood built on the former site of World War II public housing for defense workers, with the help of our first HOPE VI federal grant.

Resources

Homes

  • 556 rental households managed by Home Forward including:
    • 297 units with public housing operating subsidy
    • 73 units with project-based Section 8 subsidy
    • 186 additional units for households earning less than 60% MFI
  • 234 homeownership units including:
    • 128 market rate homes
    • 98 homes developed by non-profit builders such as Habitat for Humanity
    • 8 homes developed using a cohousing model
  • 66 rental apartments developed and managed as senior housing by NW Housing Alternatives

Highlights

  • Community-friendly design includes a street grid that reconnects the site with the surrounding neighborhood, front porches that encourage interaction with neighbors, multiple parks and public spaces.
  • The Community Campus, including a new elementary school and new Boys & Girls Club, were the first in the country to be financed using New Market Tax Credits.
  • Public art in the central city park and along “main street on Trenton” reflect the variety of resident’s cultures and traditions.
  • Sustainable stormwater management system retains 98% of stormwater onsite; the pocket swales, or “rain gardens,” are now maintained by resident volunteers.
  • Two community gardens and a new “Village Market” provide access to healthy food along with entrepreneurial opportunities for residents.
  • An extensive community advisory committee and design process involved hundreds of people over a ten month planning period.
  • Awards are numerous, including 2007 Smart Growth Achievement winner in overall excellence.

Partners

  • Financial:  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOPE VI program; City of Portland; Oregon Housing and Community Development LIHTC Program; (plus additional partners to finance community campus)
  • Design and construction: Mithun, Michael Willis, Robinson Merryman Barnes (architects); Walsh Construction of Oregon

Programs

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School (Portland Public Schools)
  • NW Housing Alternatives
  • Janus Youth Programs

The Morrison

List Page Description: 
This award-winning mixed-income apartment community in downtown Portland resulted from an innovative public-private partnership between Home Forward and Gerding Edlen Development.
Year Completed: 
2007
Hope IV Property?: 
0

This award-winning mixed-income apartment community resulted from an innovative public-private partnership between Home Forward and Gerding Edlen Development.

Located next to Jeld-Wen Field, The Morrison is part of a mixed-use development that was completed in 2007, replacing a 1940s building that was well past its useful life. The site also includes 261 market-rate condominiums, extensive ground-floor retail space, underground parking, and a central pedestrian plaza featuring public art created by renowned Oregon sculptor Lee Kelly.

Resources

Homes

  • 140 apartments for households earning less than 60% MFI, including
    • 21 two-bedroom apartments
    • 74 one-bedroom apartments
    • 45 studio apartments serving as Permanent Supportive Housing with case management provided by two local non-profits (30 of these units are supported by project-based Section 8 subsidy)

Highlights

  • Sustainability features include a prime downtown location as a transit-oriented development; LEED Gold certification; bioswale gardens and eco-roof to treat storm water; and water-efficient fixtures.
  • Regional Arts and Culture Council’s “per cent for art program” assisted with coordination of public art installations at each end of Howard’s Way by Oregon sculptor Lee Kelly.
  • Public-private partnership created unique opportunity for immediately adjacent mix of incomes, ranging from no income individuals at The Morrison to upper income condo owners at The Civic.

Partners

  • Financial: City of Portland, Oregon Housing and Community Services
  • Design and Construction: SERA Architects, Gerding Edlen, Hoffman Construction

Programs

  • 45 studio apartments provide homes to residents needing Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Case management provided by
    • Cascade Aids Project
    • NW Pilot Project

Humboldt Gardens

List Page Description: 
Humboldt Gardens is a groundbreaking green community of townhomes, flats, and apartments built around a central pocket park in North Portland.
Year Completed: 
2008
Hope IV Property?: 
Yes

Humboldt Gardens is a groundbreaking green community of townhomes, flats, and apartments built around a central pocket park.

Developed to replace the badly aging and inaccessible Iris Court apartment complex off Vancouver Avenue in North Portland, Humboldt Gardens is Portland’s second redevelopment effort anchored by a federal HOPE VI grant. Designed from the ground up with input from the entire community, the site incorporates a high number of green features such as low-flow showers and toilets, storm water swales, and Energy Star appliances.

Resources

Homes

  • 130 apartments for households earning less than 60% MFI, including
  • 100 units with public housing subsidy (with 20 of these units serving as permanent supportive housing using the Bridges to Housing model)

Highlights

  • Community-friendly design includes new mixed use building on newly acquired highly visible corner, front porches, green spaces, and neighborhood connections
  • Pocket park provides community meeting space, play equipment and public art by Mike Suri
  • Working able residents agree to participate in Opportunity Housing Initiative
  • Community center includes a computer learning lab
  • Sustainability - LEED Gold for mixed use building; first-of-their kind bioswales combine public and private stormwater filtration; energy savings from solar panels that produce electricity for community spaces in the mixed use building.
  • 21 homeownership opportunities were created within one mile of the redevelopment site with priority for Home Forward residents

Partners

  • Financial: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOPE VI program; City of Portland; Oregon Housing and Community Development LIHTC Program
  • Design & construction: Michael Willis Architects; Walsh Construction of Oregon and  C.J. Jackson Construction

Programs

  • Humboldt Gardens is a location for Home Forward’s Opportunity Housing Initiative, a support program that asks participants to set life goals and move beyond housing assistance to economic self-sufficiency.
  • Albina Head Start operates a program on-site for Humboldt Gardens and neighborhood children.
  • Human Solutions provides case management services for the 20 Bridges to Housing family households.
  • Humboldt Learning Garden is taking root on a lot adjacent to Humboldt School and across the street from Humboldt Gardens.

Grove Hotel

List Page Description: 
This historic Portland landmark served as a low-income residential hotel since it was built in 1907. Over one hundred years later, Home Forward completed a renovation that brought it up to code and returned it to safe and decent service.
Year Completed: 
2008
Hope IV Property?: 
0

This historic Portland landmark served as a low-income residential hotel since it was built in 1907. One hundred years later, Home Forward completed a renovation that brought it up to code and returned it to safe and decent service.

Resources

Homes

  • 70 Single Room Occupancy (SRO)

Highlights

  • During renovation, units were restored with new sinks, added storage, paint, windows, sprinkler system and flooring.
  • The acquisition and renovation were completed under an accelerated schedule on behalf of our jurisdictional partner, the City of Portland, in order to address serious code violations and safety concerns for the former residents.
  • Of the 130 units constructed at Bud Clark Commons, 70 units are considered “replacement units” for The Grove in compliance with the City’s policy of “no net loss” of low income housing in the central city.

Partners

  • Financial: City of Portland (Urban Renewal Area)
  • Design and Construction:  William Wilson Architects, R&H Construction

Programs

  • Central City Concern

The Jeffrey

List Page Description: 
Newly constructed in 2008, The Jeffrey is a modern, LEED Gold certified, mixed-use development with 80 apartments and street-front commercial space in the heart of downtown Portland’s West End.
Year Completed: 
2008
Hope IV Property?: 
0

Newly constructed in 2008, The Jeffrey is a modern, LEED Gold certified, mixed-use development with 80 apartments and street-front commercial space in the heart of downtown Portland’s West End.

Although it is new construction, The Jeffrey is considered a preservation project, serving as replacement housing for the former Jefferson West Apartments formerly located around the corner from this site.

Resources

Homes

  • 80 apartments for households at or below 50% MFI (including 50 units at or below 30% MFI):
    • 30 units with project-based Section 8 subsidy (Twenty five of these units operate as Permanent Supportive Housing managed by four non- profit service providers.)
    • 20 units with public housing subsidy. 

Highlights

  • LEED Gold certified building, courtyard with bio-swales, a transit-oriented development with trolley access
  • 3,500 sq ft of ground floor commercial space leased to Outside In

Partners

  • Financial: City of Portland (PDC Urban Renewal TIF); Oregon Housing and Community Services (LIHTC 9% credits & Housing Trust Funds)
  • Design and Construction: Howard S. Wright
  • Initial Development:  Homestead Capital

James Hawthorne

List Page Description: 
This building in downtown Portland was developed by Home Forward as a new home for Multnomah County’s Bridgeview program, providing short-term housing stabilization for people experiencing homelessness.
Year Completed: 
2010
Hope IV Property?: 
0

This building in downtown Portland was developed by Home Forward as a new home for Multnomah County’s Bridgeview program, providing short-term housing stabilization for people experiencing homelessness.

Resources

Homes

  • 48 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) apartments

Highlights

  • Home Forward master leased the building to our project partner, Multnomah County.
  • Luke-Dorf, Inc. operates Multnomah County’s Bridgeview program and began operations in the new facility in March 2010, providing short-term housing stabilization for people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness.
  • Community Engagement:  Home Forward completed a Good Neighbor Agreement with nearby stakeholders to help ensure quality communication and problem-solving.
  • Sustainability: the new facility received an Earth Advantage Silver rating.
  • Public Art via Per Cent for Art Program: In partnership with the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Jack Archibald created a large leaded glass mural at the northwest corner of the building that wraps around the community room.

Partners

  • Financial: Multnomah County, City of Portland Urban Renewal Area, Oregon Housing and Community Services
  • Design and Construction: William Wilson Architects
    • R&H Construction
  • Program Operations:  Luke-Dorf, Inc.

Rockwood Station

List Page Description: 
In 2009, Home Forward added a public housing subsidy to 25 units in this affordable housing community in Gresham and made improvements to the property.
Year Completed: 
2009
Hope IV Property?: 
0

In 2009, Home Forward added a public housing subsidy to 25 units in this affordable housing community.

Building upon our successful experience with implementing public housing subsidy at Fairview Oaks in 2008, the majority of new public housing residents were comprised from rent-burdened residents currently living in one of Rockwood Station’s 195 affordable housing apartments.   Improvements as a result of the subsidy change focused on making the site more accessible and adding physical accommodations to some of the public housing apartments for accessibility.

Resources

Homes

  • 195 apartments including 25 with public housing operating subsidy

Highlights

  • This project is part of Home Forward’s special initiative, the Public Housing Preservation Initiative (PHPI), which enables unused public housing subsidy to be applied to eligible units.
  • Public housing operating subsidy was applied to two bedroom units to help with replacement of former public housing units of larger bedroom sizes.
  • Home Forward staff specializing in Resident Services increased service coordination at Rockwood Station during Fall 2007, including support for the adjacent Rockwood Landing property.

Partners

  • Financial:  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Design and Construction:  Merryman Barnes Architects, Hood to Coast Restoration
  • Operational:  Guardian Management
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