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The Ellington

The Portland Housing Bureau purchased and renovated the Ellington, converting its 263 market-rate units to dedicated affordable housing for families in the Madison South neighborhood.
Completed – Opened 2018

The Portland Housing Bureau purchased the Ellington Apartments in February 2017. Before the acquisition, its 263 garden-style apartments and townhomes were being marketed to higher-income clientele, threatening to displace residents. Now, the City has renovated the development to preserve all units as affordable homes, welcoming at least 80 extremely low-income families and stabilizing hundreds who were previously at risk of losing their housing. Notably, 95% of the units in the Ellington are family-sized (two and three bedrooms). The property is located three-quarters of a mile from the 60th Avenue MAX station, providing access to three light rail lines connecting residents to downtown Portland and the city’s suburbs.

Building Profile

Project TypeAcquisition / Rehabilitation
Regulated Units263
Total Units263
Bedroom SizeUnits
30% AMI80
40% AMI-
50% AMI-
60% AMI183
80% AMI-

AMI = Area Median Income

Estimated Development Cost

Portland Housing Bureau$47,000,000

Development Team

  • Home Forward, Service Provider
  • JOIN, Service Provider


Jill Chen

Housing Investments and Portfolio Preservation Manager

phone number503-823-2375

For email inquiries, please include the name of the project in the subject line to promote an efficient response.