Stephens Creek Crossing

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Construction is complete on a completely new, accessible and sustainable apartment community to replace the isolated 1968 Hillsdale Terrace public housing community in southwest Portland’s Multnomah neighborhood.

Originally built into a damp, steep location using mold-prone cinder block, Hillsdale Terrace had a long history of maintenance and accessibility issues that made it one of our highest redevelopment priorities. In Fall 2010, Home Forward submitted a successful HOPE VI grant application, resulting in the start of new construction in spring 2012. New residents began moving into their new community, named Stephens Creek Crossing, in January 2014.  The Childrens Center, which serves as the gateway to the community, opened in September 2014.



  • 122 new affordable apartments will replace 60 exisiting public housing units
    • 13 units for households less than 60% MFI
    • 109 units with Section 8 and public housing subsidy
  • 7 new Habitat for Humanity homes will be constructed for first-time homebuyers


  • Former Hillsdale Terrace residents received relocation services and will have the opportunity to return when construction is complete
  • Newly purchased property at the corner of SW 26th and Capital Highway will create a gateway to the property, increasing visibility and access
  • New early childhood center, managed by Neighborhood House, will provide three Head Start classrooms
  • Active community engagement process includes Community Advisory Committee
  • Sustainability features in the proposed design include bioswales and cisterns to manage surface water; energy-efficient geo-thermal “heat exchange” heating and cooling system; and construction materials selected for indoor air quality


  • Financial:  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOPE VI program; City of Portland, Portland Housing Bureau; Oregon Housing and Community Services weatherization and LIHTC programs; Bank of America; Network for Oregon Affordable Housing
  • Design & Construction:  Michael Willis Architects and R&H/Colas Construction
  • Key Community Partners:  Neighborhood House, Portland Habitat for Humanity, Hillsdale Community Church


  • Community and Supportive Services:  A focus on three key areas will help residents during relocation and upon their return – 1) job training and career advancement; 2) early childhood education; and 3) health and community connections.


Fact Sheets and Reports

Community Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Community Design Workshop Summary Notes


Design Schematics - March 2012

Preliminary Design Elevations

Aerial view - 2007