Highland Affordable Rental Home

December 12, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction

This new construction 4-bedroom, 2-bath home in Portland’s Woodlawn neighborhood was completed in December 2014. The home earned Earth Advantage Platinum certification for its’ sustainable construction and serves as a prototype for future developments. A main floor bedroom and bathroom, as well as all living spaces, are accessible to a resident with mobility impairments. Upstairs, three additional bedrooms and a full bathroom provide space for a larger or extended family.

As with other homes developed by PCRI, this home benefits from finishes, cabinetry and flooring chosen because for good looks and durability as well as their absence of unhealthy chemicals used in production and finishing. Space and water heating, appliances and lighting fixtures were all selected to maximize the home’s energy-efficiency, reducing utility costs for residents.

When PCRI determined that the existing home on this property wasn’t practical to rehabilitate, we looked to replace it with a new home that was not only affordable and practical, but also healthy and efficient. The new home is part of a larger strategy by PCRI to ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods. This home and future developments aim to mitigate–and when possible, prevent–the forced displacement of long-term residents due to rising rents and gentrification.

This new construction project, built by Albina Construction, also provided good paying construction jobs for historically underutilized firms. Construction work performed by certified minority-owned businesses comprised approximately half of all subcontracted construction expenses. In addition, volunteer partnerships helped stretch the project budget while ensuring the new home was a compliment to the neighborhood.

Funding for this project was provided by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), equity invested by PCRI, and the use of energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

 

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