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Housing We’ve Developed

Building Homes for a Vibrant Community

REACH develops buildings that provide Oregon and Washington families with safe, attractive, affordable homes, enabling residents to invest in their future. To date, we have developed and acquired 2,073 units of housing that are affordable, attractive, and built to last.  In 1982, REACH began revitalization efforts in the neighborhoods of inner southeast Portland by buying and renovating single family homes.  Our portfolio now includes new and renovated plexes, apartment buildings and mixed-use developments located across the City of Portland and Clark County Washington. 

REACH has developed a wide range of properties including single-family rental homes, high-density apartment towers, affordable row houses for first-time buyers and historic apartment buildings.  Building low-income housing that is both affordable and welcoming is an art and a science.  It’s a journey filled with public meetings, lengthy negotiations, and complex financial transactions.  REACH has a long and successful history of developing affordable homes for some of Portland’s neediest residents.  Partnering with some of Portland’s leading architects and general contractors, REACH builds innovative multi-family projects that reflect neighborhood character and address the needs of the targeted population.  Financing is provided through a combination of hard and soft debt from private and public sources, Low-income Housing Tax Credits, and grant funding.  To view a complete portfolio of REACH’s properties, please visit our Property Management website.

A few examples of properties developed by REACH:

Projects in the Pipeline

Orchards at Orenco Phase I

We are building and renovating hundreds of units in the Portland metro area and Washington state to provide quality, affordable housing for individuals, families and communities to thrive. Click here to download a quick overview of our Projects in the Pipeline.

Career Opportunities

REACH Staff Photos

Join Us!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of our team. REACH’s compelling mission and clear vision create the foundation for rewarding and challenging careers.  Each person at REACH has a unique set of skills and talents which help our organization run efficiently and effectively. We are often looking for more people who are dedicated and reliable to add to this community.

Whatever your expertise, you’ll find an environment that encourages innovation, collaboration and professional development. The success of our work depends on the contributions made by every employee of REACH.  We are honored to rank as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For, as well as 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon, year after year.

REACH honors and encourages diversity.  We value employees who contribute to our organization, which embraces a variety of thinking and perspectives. We are a growing, innovative organization that encourage minorities, women and bilingual applicants. REACH is a drug free workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer.  Criminal background check and post-offer of employment drug test required.  REACH also uses the E-Verify system to establish the right to work in the United States.

REACH does not consider resumes or employment applications unless there is a current open position being advertised.

Take a look at the benefits we offer.

Hillsboro: Orchards at Orenco, Phase III

52 apartments (Completion Date: August 2018)

Orchards III• Family and workforce housing
• First family sized affordable units in the coveted Orenco Station neighborhood
• Located close to light rail and multiple community amenities

Southeast Portland: 72Foster

101 units (Construction Date: Feb 2019)

• 101 units
• Intergenerational, mixed-use building
• REACH is partnering with Asian Health & Services Center (AHSC) to provide outreach and resident services for this property

Central Vancouver: Isabella Court, Phase II

49 apartments (Construction Start: Summer 2018)

• Serving formerly homeless families in Vancouver
• 30 Project Based Section 8 vouchers to REACH to aid extremely low income families

East Portland: 124th and Ash

175 apartments (Construction Start: Fall 2018)

124th and Ash• Serving working adults and families
• Transit oriented in East Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood
• Pilot site for Cost Efficient Design & Construction Initiative with funding from Meyer Memorial Trust

North Portland: Argyle

198 apartments (Construction Start: Fall 2018)

The Argyle• Transit oriented in the Kenton neighborhood
• Serving low income families and working adults
• Longtime and displaced residents of N/NE Portland can apply to receive preference through Portland Housing Bureau’s N/NE Housing Strategy

Argyle Apartments – Building in Changing Times

Downtown Portland: Taft Home

70 apartments (Start Date: TBD)

• Currently one of only two licensed Residential Care Facilities in Portland serving very low income adults with physical, mental and behavioral challenges
• REACH will develop a new and permanent home for the Taft residents and redevelop the current building

Isabella Court

Isabella Court Vancouver, WA

Bringing much needed affordable housing to Clark County Washington, Isabella Court is the first of a planned two phase project, located within the Central Vancouver Neighborhood Revitalization Area.

Isabella Court, the first of a planned two phase project, will be located on the northern portion of a site in one of the last high density zoned vacant parcels within the Central Vancouver Fourth Plain Corridor in Washington. All units at Isabella Court will be available to residents 62+ with incomes at or below 60% area median income.

The property is strategically located on the Fourth Plain Corridor to address an area that is under served for seniors but with great accessibility to a wide range of services, emphasizing REACH’s commitment to affordable living. The site is located along new planned infrastructure improvements with the local Bus Rapid Transit and is within the Central Vancouver Neighborhood Revitalization Area. Isabella Court is being built to the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS) with its focus on energy efficiency and promotion of sustainable living. 

Isabella Court is bringing much needed affordable rental housing to Clark County and will utilize several partners to bring appropriate services.

For more information on the Isabella Court Apartments, read the Isabella Court Project Overview.

Southeast Portland: The Rose

57 apartments (Rehab Start Date: TBD)

The Rose• Existing single room occupancy (SRO) housing for formerly homeless women
• Originally constructed in 1910 and in need of renovation and seismic upgrades
• REACH will fully preserve this important community asset through renovation and extension of Section 8 contract

Passive House & Affordable Housing

Orchards Passive HouseEver wonder how we brought down energy use by 68%? Now you can read about our journey to develop and build Orchards at Orenco, the largest multi-family passive house certified building in North America.

Passive House building is gaining momentum, and for good reason. The focus of passive design is to consciously reduce the amount of energy a building is using. But that is simplifying things immensely. Building to passive house standards means building differently - depending on the climate, location and style of building (i.e. single family home vs. multi-family complex).

We learned a lot building Orchards at Orenco, so we compiled a report of lessons learned and best practices so that you can benefit from our successes and setbacks.

Read: Passive House & Affordable Housing: The Development of Orchards at Orenco

Passive House Links for More Information

REACH’s Orchards at Orenco Project Fact Sheet

Orchards at Orenco’s PHIUS+ Certification Listing

Orchards at Orenco: North America’s Largest Passive House video (courtesy of Ankrom Moisan)

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables (see page 62), North American Passive House Network

Q & A with Craig Kelley of Housing Development Center on Orchards at Orenco

“The Largest Passivhaus Building in the U.S.,” Green Building Advisor, Guest Blog by Mike Steffen, General Manager of Walsh Construction (General Contractor for Orchards at Orenco)

“Multifamily Passivhaus Project Starts in Oregon,” Green Building Advisor

“North America’s Largest ‘Passive House’ Opens in Hillsboro, and It’s Actually 57 Affordable Homes,” The Oregonian/OregonLive, June 29, 2015.

“Atypical Affordable Housing,” Daily Journal of Commerce, June 19, 2015.

Passive House 101: Ankrom Moisan Blog, August 20, 2014.

Orchards at Orenco awards and press

Board of Directors

Nancy Bond, President
Portland Public Schools

Rebbecca Maese, Vice President
Providence Health and Services (retired)

Whit Spencer, Treasurer
Enterprise Community Investment

Marc Tedesco, Secretary

Ron Alexander
REACH Resident

Debbie Burke
HR Consultant

Edward Knightly
REACH Resident

Robert Koury
Jordan Ramis PC

Jill Lam


Jim Lodwick
Innovative Services NW

David Sacamano
Berger ABAM

Benjamin Werner
The Standard

Cameron Whitten
City of Portland

Marshawna Williams
Portland State University    

Staff Leadership

Dan Valliere  [bio]
Chief Executive Director

Pamela Benoit
Chief Operating Officer

Jessica Woodruff
Director of Housing Development

Brian Bieler
Director of Asset Management

Kay Hutchinson
Director of Programs

Anthony Petchel
Director of Philanthropy and Communications

Mary Lou Cleary
Director of Human Resources

Towne Square Apartments

Towne Square Apartments

In September 2014, REACH purchased the Towne Square Apartments in Washougal, WA. Towne Square is a Rural Development apartment complex with 40 units of subsidized apartments built in 1977.

The apartments consist of 12 one-bedroom units and 28 two-bedroom units.  The community serves families with very low incomes, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Rural Housing rent subsidy remains available.

REACH fully rehabilitated the exterior of the building including new siding, building wrap, insulation, flashing, roofs, windows and doors so the building is better insulated and protected from water intrusion and weather. We also re-configured the building to add back a community room and computer lab. All commons areas and two units are now ADA accessible.

Inside the apartments, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, counters and flooring have been replaced in most units; baseboard heaters have been replaced with more efficient cove heaters; more water efficient fixtures were installed; and new air ventilation systems were installed to improve the air quality. Construction began in October 2014 and completed in April 2015. For more information on the Towne Square Apartments, please download the Towne Square Project Overview.

Gilman Court

Gilman Court

In February 2011, the Portland Housing Bureau announced that a team including REACH CDC has been selected to develop a City-owned site in the Gateway Urban Renewal District, using $6 million in City funding.

Glisan Commons (Phase I) and Gilman Court (Phase II) is an innovative, mixed-use, transit oriented development located in Portland’s Gateway Urban Renewal District, leveraging expertise from three of the region’s most successful nonprofit agencies. The project will provide affordable homes, transit options, and important social services to lower income seniors and working class households in East Portland. The project is being developed in two separate phases.

Glisan Commons (Phase I), developed by Human Solutions opened in February 2014 and includes one mixed-use building with 67 units of workforce housing with 16,000 square feet of commercial space located on the ground floor, owned and operated by Ride Connection, a transportation service provider catering to seniors and people with disabilities.

Gilman Court (Phase II), developed by REACH, opened in April 2015 and includes a 60-unit residential building for those 55+, bringing the total number of units to 127. The project leverages local tax increment financing to bring much needed affordable rental housing and economic development to the neighborhood. Gilman Court broke ground in March 2014. Gilman Court is named in honor of Dennis Gilman, REACH’s founding Executive Director.  You can read more about Dennis here.  For more information, please download the Gilman Court Project Overview.

Orchards at Orenco

Orchards at Orenco Strategies of providing affordable housing built at transit-oriented (TOD) design locations with green building technology match REACH’s goals of providing a more comprehensive model of affordable living.

In 2013, REACH set out to secure an affordable TOD site in the Orenco Station neighborhood in Hillsboro, given its proximity to light rail and multiple community amenities.

Over the past 15 years, several thousand housing units have been developed in and around Orenco Station, but currently there is no affordable workforce housing available to those earning under $30,000/year. In 2013, REACH purchased a site abutting the MAX light rail station at Orenco Station. The land is being used to build a three phase project over the next 5-6 years totaling approximately 150 units of affordable housing for working families.

Orchards at Orenco Phase I opened in June 2015 and is the largest certified multi-family building in N America built to Passive House energy standards. Tenants will receive unprecedented savings on their energy bills, achieving nearly 90% energy reduction for heat usage and 60-70% for overall energy use as compared to a LEED Certified building.  Some of the key innovative features include triple-paned windows, a heat recovery system and a super-insulated building envelope.

Orchards has won several awards already:

  • 2015 Portland Business Journal’s Better Bricks Sustainable Project of the Year award for its commitment to green technology and energy efficiency
  • 2015 Passive House Institute U S (PHIUS) Building Project Competition in the Best Overall Project and the Best Affordable Housing Project categories
  • 2015 Oregon Opportunity Golden Hammer Award for Best Overall Project

Orchards has also received a significant amount of local and national press. A select group of articles include:

For a full list of media coverage, visit our Newsroom.

Members of the Orchards Development Team, consisting of REACH CDC, Walsh Construction, Ankrom Moisan Architects, Green Hammer, and the Housing Development Center have attended numerous local and national conferences, making presentations about lessons learned about the design, construction and development of the project. 

For more information, please download the Orchards at Orenco Project Fact Sheet. You can also download the Anatomy of a Passive House (compliments of Ankrom Moisan Architects). (Image: copyright Ankrom Moisan Architects)


Affordable Housing Like Never Before

Gray’s Landing

Gray's LandingREACH CDC and the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) partnered to develop the first affordable rental housing in the emerging South Waterfront neighborhood, Gray’s Landing.  REACH was selected by PHB through a “Request for Qualifications” process in 2010.  Gray’s Landing broke ground in April 2011 and celebrated it’s grand opening in December 2012.  Portland’s newest neighborhood now has access to 209 units of affordable, attractive housing. The project utilizes bond financing and tax credit equity, along with tax increment funds from the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area.  Gray’s Landing is a collaborative development between REACH, City Commissioner Nick Fish, and the Portland Housing Bureau. Gray’s Landing is close to public transit options, providing easy access to Oregon Health and Sciences University, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and other community services. Support services and rent assistance for residents are provided by REACH, the Veterans Administration and Home Forward, and focus on serving veterans experiencing homelessness.  The building features 56 studios, 123 one-bedrooms, and 30 two-bedroom units, many with breathtaking views of Mt. Hood and the Willamette River.  It also contains 17,000 sq ft of commercial space, and REACH’s new headquarters.  Green features play a significant role at Gray’s, with fresh air ventilation directly to all apartments; on-site storm water management through the green roof and second level courtyard; well insulated exterior envelope, low use plumbing and electric fixtures; and Energy Star appliances.  Gray’s Landing has received LEED Platinum certification for new construction by the US Green Building Council.  The building is named after philanthropist and developer John Gray to honor his longstanding support of affordable housing and his contributions to the built environment in Oregon.  For more information, please download the Gray’s Landing Project Overview or frequently asked questions.  To view pictures of the building and Grand Opening event, click here.  Gray’s Landing is featured on Enterprise Community Partner’s website.

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