14th Place Rental Homes

Ainsworth Townhouse

PCRI is building new rental homes at 5206 NE 14th Place. Three attached townhomes are designed to fit with the existing neighborhood scale, utilize a vacant property, and provide the community with needed housing that is affordable to working families in Northeast Portland.

A rendering developed by the architect is pictured above; commonly asked questions and their answers are listed below. If you have questions not answered below, please email Travis Phillips or call (503) 288-2923 ext. 116.

Q: What will the new homes be like?
A: Three modest 3-bedroom, 2-story attached townhomes will be built on the corner lot at NE 14th Place and Sumner Street. The front door and porch of each home will face NE Sumner Street. Inside, each home will be approximately 1,300 sq. ft. and will house a single household. In order to be compatible with existing homes in the neighborhood, the size, style and materials of each home have been carefully considered. Outside, each home will have a private, fenced rear yard and a professionally landscaped and maintained front yard. Front, rear, and side yards will ensure reasonable separation from neighboring homes and help maintain the scale and feel of the neighborhood.

Q: Has PCRI developed other homes? What do they look like?

From Fine Homebuilding, November 2011

From Fine Homebuilding, November 2011

A: PCRI has a long history of developing and rehabilitating high-quality homes that are woven into the fabric of their neighborhoods. We have developed homes for new homeowners as well as new rental homes, and our homes have been consistently recognized for their quality construction and good design. Homes previously developed by PCRI earned the Governor’s Livability Award in 2001, were featured on the City of Portland’s Build it Green! homes tour in 2004 and 2010, and have appeared in Fine Homebuilding Magazine. Each home was built to meet green building standards, even those developed before programs such as LEED for Homes existed. They utilize high-quality materials and rental properties are professionally maintained. For the privacy of our residents, we don’t list addresses online, but you can see examples of our new construction projects HERE (and in the image below) and rehabilitation projects HERE.

Q: When will construction start and how long will it last?
A: Construction is anticipated to start in fall 2015. We anticipate construction will take approximately 6-7 months from initial site work (grading the land) until completion and move-in. Most of the noticeable work (concrete, framing, and roofing, for example) will take place in the first 1-2 months. Additional contact information will be provided to neighbors before work starts so any concerns can be easily addressed.

Highland New ConstructionQ: What does PCRI mean by “affordable” rental homes?
A: The 3-bedroom homes are projected to rent for $955 to $1,146 per month to applicants who meet income restrictions established by the City of Portland’s Housing Bureau. For these homes, applicants must earn less than 50% or 60% of Area Median Income, based on family size (income restrictions vary for different units). More information can be found on the Portland Housing Bureau website. Income thresholds and rents are reviewed on an annual basis and are subject to change.

Q: How will this impact my property?
A: Building new modestly-sized homes can improve the appearance of the neighborhood. Professional landscaping and maintenance will ensure the new homes remain attractive for the long term. Aside from short-term inconvenience from construction, the new homes are expected to have a positive impact on the neighborhood. Front, rear, and side yards will ensure reasonable separation from neighboring homes and help maintain the scale and feel of the neighborhood.

Q: Who will live in the new homes?
A: PCRI residents come from all walks of life. They are your cashier at the grocery store, your nurse at the doctor’s office, your bus driver, or the EMT in the ambulance which passed you on the road recently. Many residents (like Rachel and Betty) utilize the stability of their PCRI home as a stepping stone to homeownership. For prospective residents, PCRI maintains a waiting list for our rental properties. In an effort to mitigate forced displacement from rapidly-changing neighborhoods, current and former residents of North and Northeast Portland may receive waiting list priority for these homes (additional details are in PCRI’s rental application and by contacting PCRI). PCRI embraces Fair Housing standards and strives to go above and beyond these standards to ensure equity and opportunity for all residents. Applicants are required to meet established criteria for residency and are subject to 3rd-party background checks. Leases for PCRI’s rental homes detail our expectations that all residents maintain our high standards of property maintenance and neighborly behavior.

Q: How can I (or someone I know) rent the new homes when complete?
A: Information about how to apply for PCRI’s rental waiting list can be found HERE. In an effort to mitigate forced displacement from rapidly-changing neighborhoods, current and former residents of North and Northeast Portland may receive waiting list priority for these homes (additional details are in PCRI’s rental pre-application and by contacting PCRI). Visit or follow our Facebook page or sign up for notification emails to be informed when the status changes for our waiting list.