Portland Vets To Get Green Downtown Digs

Portland, Oregon, is moving forward with construction on Block 49, a new affordable housing complex exclusively for veterans.

This new six-story building, a joint effort of the in Portland Housing Bureau and REACH Community Development, is located in the city’s South Waterfront neighborhood, with easy access to public transportation as well as medical services through Oregon Health Science University, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. It has been designed to achieve LEED green building certification.

Block 49

image via Portland Housing Bureau

The building will feature 209 apartments earmarked for veterans earning 50% of Portland’s Median Family Income ($25,000 for a single-person household) or less; 42 of these units will targeted for veterans earning less than 30% MFI (about $15,000 for a single-person household).

Applications for housing at Block 49 and support services will be handled through The Veterans Administration, while the Housing Authority of Portland will provide rent assistance for veteran residents in need.

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.

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