Portland, Oregon, Completes Its First Mass Timber Affordable Housing Project

Designed by All Hands Architecture and billed as a “deeply affordable” by its developers, Sister City & Catholic Charities of Oregon, Chiles House in Portland is considered the first completed mass timber affordable housing in the state.

The building’s 27 units provide transitional housing for people currently experiencing homelessness and for international refuges.

Speaking about the project with World-Architects magazine (2-13-23), All Hands Architecture designer Ben Carr said, “Chiles House is the first mass timber affordable housing built in Oregon and took less than a year to get from groundbreaking to completion. The project was financed with almost no public funding.”

“The building proves that this hybrid construction and financing model can and should be used for affordable housing in other locations as well,” Carr added.

Additional details can be found in the full World-Architects feature here.

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