The Alcena

In Planning
PCRI is partnering with St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church to develop 75 affordable units in Boise-Eliot for seniors, with priority given to displaced or longtime residents of North/Northeast Portland through the City’s Preference Policy.
Spring 2025

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) is partnering with St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church to develop The Alcena: 75 units of affordable housing adjacent to St. Philip in the Boise-Eliot neighborhood, one of Portland’s historic Black neighborhoods. The project will be a 6-story building containing 19 units of permanent supportive housing (PSH) and 56 additional housing units.

The Alcena is designed and located to address the displacement of communities of color from the neighborhood. The project is subject to the City’s N/NE Preference Policy, which aims to address the harmful impacts of urban renewal by giving preference to housing applicants with generational ties to North/Northeast Portland. The PSH portion of the project targets seniors who need supportive housing with culturally specific services for Black households. Northwest Pilot Project and PCRI will deliver PSH services.

Planned amenities at The Alcena include a rooftop terrace, patios and terraces accessible to all residents, and on-site PSH services. The location is highly walkable; the site is located across the street from Matt Dishman Community Center, next door to the Albina Branch Library, within blocks of frequent bus routes, and close to shopping, groceries, and other amenities. The building design maximizes access, light, and views, and will incorporate green building standards and pursue Earth Advantage Multifamily certification.

Developer website

Building Profile

Project TypeNew Construction
Regulated Units75
PSH Units19
Total Units75
Bedroom SizeUnits
30% AMI31
40% AMI-
50% AMI-
60% AMI44
80% AMI-

AMI = Area Median Income

Estimated Development Cost

Portland Housing Bureau$11,250,000

Development Team

  • Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc., Sponsor / Service provider
  • St. Philip the Deacon Church, Initiator and Community Partner 
  • Housing Development Center, Consulting
  • Second Stories, LLC, Design/Development Consulting
  • Design Research Office, LLC, Architect
  • Salazar Architect, Inc., Interior Design Architect
  • Colas Construction, General Contractor
  • Northwest Pilot Project, Service Provider