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How DO federal tax credits produce affordable housing?

Tax Credit InfographicAffordable housing costs the same as market-rate housing to build, so to keep rents low nonprofit developers have to find ways to lower costs to pass on the savings to our residents.

To keep rents affordable, developers compete for subsidy funds in the form of tax credits.

And that’s when things get really complicated.

To better understand how this complex process works, we developed a handy infographic to help us navigate this windy road.

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The Nuts & Bolts of Building Passive House

Passive House case studyEver 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… Read More »

Building Green AND Affordable

Energy Tracking monitorOnce known as a green building mecca, Portland’s city permitting policies and diminishing availability of incentives is making it less and less friendly for Portland developers to build green, a concept that made Portland a trendsetter for the sustainability and low carbon movement in America ten years ago. Due to rising costs and fewer incentives, living sustainably is something that is often only available to the wealthiest among us. 

However, going green is… Read More »

Governor Brown Tours Orchards at Orenco

Governor Brown Orchards at OrencoREACH had the opportunity to tour Gov. Kate Brown at Orchards at Orenco in March. She learned more about Passive House building, the work REACH is doing to provide affordable housing and supportive services to our residents.

Gov. Brown met several residents and heard first-hand about life at Orenco and in REACH housing. It was very successful and the Governor said she was really impressed. A big thanks to the Orchards team for all of the prep work and for hosting… Read More »

Opportunities for Urban Growth Boundaries & Affordable Housing

South Cooper MountainAs part of Meyer Memorial Trust’s AHI Cost Efficiency/Innovations strategy, we received a $150, 000 feasibility grant to study cost-efficient rental housing in Beaverton, Oregon.

This award will help us analyze innovative affordable housing solutions on a greenfield site in the new 544-acre South Cooper Mountain annexation to the City of Beaverton, added to the Urban Growth Boundary in 2011 where a new high school is currently under construction by the Beaverton… Read More »

REACH’s Director of Housing Development Receives Forty Under 40 Award

Jessica WoodruffREACH’s Director of Housing Development, Jessica Woodruff, has been selected as a 2016 Forty Under 40 honoree by the Portland Business Journal.

The Portland Business Journal Forty Under 40 celebrates those who are making a big impact early in their career within the Portland community. Over 300 nominations were submitted.

Working at REACH since 2008, Jessica led the development of 10 affordable housing properties totaling over 500 units of housing as a Housing… Read More »

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