Martha Washington

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Home Forward completed a sustainable-design renovation of downtown Portland’s historic Martha Washington Hotel in June 2010.

Originally built in 1923, this former boarding house is now home to more than a hundred low-income households living in a mix of studios and one-bedroom apartments. The property was conveyed from Multnomah County to Home Forward for development in 2009. Central City Concern provides property management and social services for residents.



  • 108 units provide a mix of studio and 1-bedroom apartments serving households below 60% MFI.
  • Operational subsidies include 45 project-based Section 8 units and 25 public housing units. Of these units, 50 operate as Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) serving homeless and chronically mentally ill populations.


  • Current operations:  Central City Concern provides property management and social services for residents, including case management for 50 residents in PSH units
  • Sustainability:  high efficiency central water-heating system, unit heaters that switch off when windows are opened, a high efficiency ventilation system with heat recovery capabilities, and lighting with occupancy controls will yield LEED Silver certification; to comply with historic preservation guidelines, the building’s exterior appearance and interior features such as the long corridors and intricate details of doors, windows, ceilings, trim, and railings were maintained.
  • A Rich History: Opened as the Campbell Court Hotel and later served as the Martha Washington Hotel operated as a boarding house for many years.  During a brief period in the mid-80’s, the building was owned by Rajneesh Investment Corporation and known as Hotel Rajneesh.


  • Financial: City of Portland (Urban Renewal Area); Oregon Housing and Community Development (LIHTC Equity); Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (Historic Tax Credit Equity)
  • Design/Construction: LRS Architects, R&H Construction