M. Carter Commons

In Planning
Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) and Urban League of Portland will partner to develop and build 62 units of senior housing in the Overlook Neighborhood, with priority for those on the N/NE Preference Policy waitlist.
Architect's rendering of M. Carter Commons, a six story gray and white apartment building on a leafy corner.
Spring 2026

M. Carter Commons is a new affordable apartment development for North Interstate Avenue and Overlook Park, proposed by co-owners and developers Urban League of Portland and Northwest Housing Alternatives. The project is envisioned to have 62 affordable and accessible apartment homes for residents 55 years and older, as well as one unrestricted on-site manager's unit. A community room, property management and resident services offices, laundry, and a protected courtyard will all be accessible to the residents. The developer team will utilize the N/NE Preference Policy list, prioritizing applicants who have been impacted by urban renewal in North and Northeast Portland. Urban League of Portland will lead outreach, as well as culturally-specific and responsive services in collaboration with NHA’s resident services.

The project, located on land donated by Kaiser Permanente, will be named M. Carter Commons after Margaret Louise Carter, Oregon’s first Black woman legislator. The project is directly adjacent to a light rail stop with frequent access to local services, activities, and regional mass transit connections. The site is across the street from a Kaiser Permanente medical campus and within one block of the historically Black Albina District neighborhoods. The project is ideally located for affordable senior housing and focused on serving Communities of Color. Funding sources for M. Carter Commons include Metro Bond funds, Interstate Corridor Tax Increment Financing, and project-based vouchers from Home Forward.

More information:

Developer Website

Building Profile

Project TypeNew Construction
Regulated Units62
PSH Units-
Total Units63
Bedroom SizeUnits
30% AMI21
40% AMI-
50% AMI-
60% AMI41
80% AMI-
Unrestricted1 manager's unit

AMI = Area Median Income

Estimated Development Cost

Portland Housing Bureau$9,300,000

Development Team

  • Northwest Housing Alternatives and Urban League, Sponsor / Developer
  • Salazar Architect, Architect
  • O’Neill Walsh Community Builders, General Contractor
  • Urban League of Portland, Service Partner