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At REACH, we are dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals, families, and communities to thrive. We are working hard to bring more affordable housing to the communities that need it most.

Return to this page for updates on construction timelines and project developments.

Projects in the Pipeline


Bringing much needed affordable housing to our region, REACH is working hard to build and maintain over 800 homes over the next 3 - 5 years. Check back for more updates as these projects go from the drawing board to completion.

Projects in the Pipeline (PDF)

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.

72Foster

   

  • Construction Start Date: Fall 2017
  • Completion Date: Early 2019
  • Located in Southeast Portland, OR at 5005 SE 72nd Ave. Portland, OR
  • 101 units ranging from studios to 3 bedroom units
  • Intergenerational, mixed-use building
  • REACH is partnering with Asian Health & Services Center (AHSC) to provide outreach and resident services for this property

Orchards at Orenco, Phase III

   

  • Construction Start Date: Summer 2017
  • Competion Date: Summer 2018
  • Located in Hillsboro, OR at 6688 NE Cherry Drive, Hillsboro, OR
  • 52 units (33 two-bedroom and 19 three-bedroom units
  • Family and workforce housing
  • First family sized affordable units in the coveted Orenco Station neighborhood
  • Located close to light rail and multiple community amenities

Hillsboro: Orchards at Orenco, Phase III

Construction Start Date: Summer 2017






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

 

SE Portland: 72Foster

Construction Start: Fall 2017






  • 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

Construction Start: Fall 2018








  • 49 units
  • Small sized homeless families in central Vancouver
  • 30 Project Based Section 8 vouchers to REACH to aid extremely low-income

East Portland: 124th and Ash

Construction Start: Fall 2018








  • 175 units
  • Serving low-income seniors
  • Transit oriented in East Portland’s Hazelwood neighborhood
  • Pilot site for Cost Efficient Design & Construction Initiative

 

North Portland: Argyle

Construction Start: Winter 2018








  • 198 units
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income project in the Kenton neighborhood
  • Priority given to those displaced from N/NE Portland
  • Located close to light rail

Additionally, the Portland Housing Bureau awarded REACH $10M in gap funding to aid in financing the affordable housing units. The project is early in the pre-development process but is tentatively slated to include 215 units (150 affordable, 65 market rate) and 15,000 SF of retail space.

Downtown Portland: Taft Home

Start Date: TBD








  • 70 units
  • Currently one of only two licensed Residential Care Facilities in Portland serving very low income adults with physical, mental and behavioral challenges
  • Current building has several structural and design inadequacies that need to be addressed to ensure resident safety, accessibility and well-being
  • REACH staff are seeking land to 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.

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
CASTELNUOVO Design

Ron Alexander
REACH Resident

Debbie Burke
HR Consultant

Edward Knightly
REACH Resident

Robert Koury
Jordan Ramis PC

Jill Lam
PlusPoint





   






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 Financial Officer

Jessica Woodruff
Director of Housing Development

Brian Bieler
Director of Asset Management

Kay Hutchinson
Director of Programs

Anthony Petchel
Director of Philanthropy

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.

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