Baldwin Redevelopment

Design is underway for 60 new studio apartments in North Portland along the Interstate light rail line.  Home Forward and Urban League of Portland are partnering to provide permanent supportive housing to people who have experienced homelessness.  The vision for North Baldwin is inspired in part by Urban League’s successful Project HAVEN, founded in 2016. Urban League’s model provides focused and intensive services to address homelessness in the Black community, a population over-represented in the homeless community yet underserved.

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Homes & Amenities

  • 60 new studio apartments will include linear kitchen (sink, range, refrigerator & microwave), bathroom, and bedroom/living area
  • Rents affordable to residents making 30% Area Median Income and below (approx $18,500 for a single person in 2019)
  • Full relocation benefits will be provided to the 8 households currently on-site
  • A large community room with kitchen and adjacent outdoor patio area will be located at the southern end of the building
  • Classrooms, a work out room, computer access and lots of room for bike parking will be included

Highlights

  • Services will be designed to help folks regain purpose and dignity living in an area they may once have called home. An on-site team will include a resident services coordinator, case managers and peer support specialists from both Home Forward and Urban League of Portland.

  • An active community engagment process includes focus groups with Urban League participants and staff to provide input into the physical design of the property, economic participation during construction, and on-going resident support programs.

  • Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2021 and new residents will be welcome to their homes during summer 2022.

Partners

  • Resident Services:  Urban League of Portland
  • Financial: Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) and the Oregon Health Authority (Governor's PSH Initiative); and Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Design and Construction:  SERA Architects and Bremik Construction