Bud Clark Commons

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A cornerstone of the Portland region’s ten-year plan to end homelessness, the Bud Clark Commons is the result of a joint collaboration by the Portland Housing Bureau, Multnomah County, Transition Projects, and Home Forward.

Bud Clark Commons is certified as the first LEED Platinum project of its kind: permanent supportive housing apartments, a transitional shelter, and a daytime resource center all in one central Portland location. Home Forward developed, owns, and manages the Commons, which opened in June 2011.



  • 90-dormitory beds for men needing short-term housing  (including 45 beds reserved for veterans)
  • 100 studio apartments with project-based Section 8 subsidy
  • 30 studio apartments with public housing subsidy


  • The Apartments at Bud Clark Commons provide studios for the most vulnerable homeless individuals as screened by four medical clinics using a vulnerability index tool.
  • An on-site operations team and partner organizations assist residents with case management; medical, mental health, substance abuse treatment; vocational, employment, and money management services; life skills training; and advocacy.
  • The day center, managed by TPI, provides services for people experiencing homelessness
    • Basic needs – showers, laundry, clothes, food, information and referrals
    • Learning center – education, GED, computer skills
    • Wellness center – basic care, health and nutrition education, links to medical providers
    • Housing center – assists with locating, successfully applying and maintaining housing
  • Doreen’s Place, managed by TPI, coordinates volunteer-based cooking for one meal each day; case managers, counselors and advocates work with 90 residents to achieve permanent housing (average stay is approximately two months).
  • The facility is certified LEED Platinum and includes numerous sustainability features including solar hot water pre-heat panels, heat recovery ventilators, and greywater recycling.


  • Financial – City of Portland; Oregon Housing and Community Services; US Department of Housing and Urban Development (2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus funds)
  • Design and construction – Holst Architects, Walsh Construction Company of Oregon
  • Community organizations – The program handout for the grand opening event on June 2, 2011 provides a summary of the many community partners.