LEED Housing For Portland Homeless Coming

Homelessness has long been an issue in downtown Portland, Oregon, and now the City’s Housing Bureau has announced that the Bud Clark Commons–a cornerstone of the City’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessess–is slated to open this June.

The building (previously known as the Resource Access Center) is being developed by a partnership composed of the Portland Housing Bureau, the Housing Authority of Portland, Transition Projects, and Multnomah County. When complete, it is expected to be the first LEED Platinum facility of its kind in the nation.

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image via Portland Housing Bureau

The new Bud Clark Commons (named after Portland’s former mayor, Bud Clark) will feature 130 studio units of housing for individuals and couples experiencing homelessness with 1 – 40% Median Family Income for the area, as well as a 90-bed men’s transitional shelter with sleeping, living and dining areas, as well as food storage, restrooms, and laundry facilities.

The facility will also feature a Day Center that will serve clients with phone and internet access, physical and mental health services, food boxes and more.

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image via Portland Housing Bureau

The Bud Clark Commons is located in North Old Town, on a site currently owned by the Portland Development Commission, between Old Town/Chinatown and The Pearl District. Green features include incorporating grey-water harvesting and a rooftop solar hot water system.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.