The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) purchased the Fairfield, located in Downtown Portland at the corner of SW Harvey Milk Street and SW 11th Avenue, from the Portland Development Commission in 2010. The four-story brick building was constructed in 1911 and consists of 82 single resident occupancy (SRO) units for individuals with very low incomes. PHB will transfer the property to Home Forward to complete seismic upgrades, structural improvements, roof and window replacement, plumbing and electrical upgrades, elevator replacement, and additional improvements to modernize the building and increase safety and livability. At completion, the Fairfield will provide 75 units (66 SROs and 9 studios) of permanent supportive housing (PSH) with HUD project-based rental assistance. All units will be targeted to serve people experiencing or at risk of homelessness who request culturally specific services for BIPOC residents, with Urban League providing on-site services focused on peer support, mental health, housing retention and life skills. Current residents will be relocated during construction and have the option to return when the Fairfield reopens.
Home Forward plans to reconfigure the Fairfield’s ground floor to include community space, resident service offices, property management and maintenance rooms, and up to 3,100 square feet of commercial space. Prosper Portland will partner with Home Forward to finance, own and operate the commercial portion. Funding sources for the residential project include City of Portland River District Tax Increment Financing and 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity.
AMI = Area Median Income
Estimated Development Cost
|Portland Housing Bureau||$6,500,000|
- Home Forward, Sponsor / Developer
- Peter Meijer Architect, Architect
- Walsh Construction, General Contractor
- Urban League, Service Partner