Francis + Clare Place

Rental
In Planning
Catholic Charities is developing 61 units of deeply affordable housing in Portland’s Central Eastside for people exiting homelessness.
Architect's rendering of Francis + Clare Place, a gray four-story building with gabled roofs and large windows.
Winter 2024

Francis + Clare Place, a planned new construction project by Catholic Charities/Caritas Housing in the Buckman neighborhood, will consist of 61 affordable units serving people who have experienced chronic homelessness and have complex physical and/or behavioral health challenges. All units will be permanent supportive housing (PSH) with rents subsidized by Project-Based Section 8 vouchers. Catholic Charities will assist tenants with case management and peer support services and has partnered with the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA) for culturally specific service delivery. The project is feasible thanks to a long-term land lease from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and will complement the adjacent St. Francis Park Apartments (105 affordable units), also developed by Catholic Charities.

Planned amenities at Francis + Clare Place include a courtyard, quiet room for relaxation, community space that doubles as a classroom, laundry lounge, and on-site offices for property management and supportive services. The project will face Francis and Clare Commons, a pedestrian street with green space and a large plaza. The site’s location in the amenity-rich Central Eastside District offers access to workforce training opportunities, grocery and convenience stores, bike routes, and frequent service bus lines (#20, #70 and #15).

Image credit: Holst Architecture

Developer website

Building Profile

Project TypeNew Construction
LocationBuckman
Regulated Units61
PSH Units61
Total Units61
StatusPre-development
Bedroom SizeUnits
Studio51
1-Bedroom10
2-Bedroom-
3-Bedroom-
AffordabilityUnits
30% AMI61
40% AMI-
50% AMI-
60% AMI-
80% AMI-

AMI = Area Median Income

Estimated Development Cost

Total$21,662,000
Portland Housing Bureau$7,802,996

Development Team

  • Caritas Housing and Catholic Charities of Oregon, Sponsor / Service Provider 
  • Edlen & Co., Development Consultant
  • Holst Architecture, Architect
  • O’Neill Walsh Community Builders, General Contractor
  • Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA), Service Provider
  • AfroVillage, Outreach Partner