The Morrison

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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.



  • 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)


  • 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.


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


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