Feeding Homeless Goes Green In Portland

Green affordable housing for Portland, Oregon seems to have been the buzz of late in this city known for its eco-friendly ways. We’ve reported on the Bud Clark Commons in Old Town and also Block 49 in the South Waterfront area. Now comes word of transitional housing from a Catholic non-profit in Old Town that will be green as well.

The Blanchet House, according to the Catholic Sentinel, hopes to break ground sometime this summer on a new $9 million facility that will be used for serving meals to the homeless as well as offering transitional housing and rooms for health services, other social services, chapels and libraries. The facility is being designed by SERA Architects, and hopes to achieve LEED Gold or Platinum status upon completion.

image via Blanchet House

Planned green features of the new Blanchet House facility include “net-zero-energy and net–zero water for the residential portion of the building. The project plans to incorporate rainwater collection, tenant metering, heat recovery from the kitchen and an ecoroof with an outdoor terrace.”

Blanchet House officials say the current facility being used to feed the homeless is over 100 years old and falling apart. The new facility will be located not too far from the old one, in part to keep things simple for those served by it. It is hoped this will be one of the most “green” non-profit buildings in the country when it is completed.


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