Home Forward is partnering with Catholic Charities and St. Francis of Assisi Parish to create an affordable housing community located in   inner Southeast Portland The plan for the St. Francis Apartments is to develop 102 apartment units that will include 73 studios, 28 one-bedroom units, one two bedroom unit and 33 parking spaces.

Ninety percent of the units will be for families earning less than 60 percent of the median income and ten percent will be units for those earning less than 30 percent of the median income. In addition 25 units will be reserved for victims of domestic or sexual violence.

The building will extend the full length of SE 12th Ave., along SE Stark St. and then continue halfway up SE 11th Ave. The apartment building will cover about fifty percent of the block. Most of the north half of the park will be landscaped as a semi-private open space

The project will replace a private park adjacent to St. Francis of Assisi Parish.  St Francis Dining Hall, located in the basement of the church, serves 150-300 hot meals   daily to the homeless of the area.    Ground breaking for the housing project is expected in December of this year.

Home Forward is now the largest provider of affordable housing in Oregon.  It has served all of Multnomah County, including the cities of Portland and Gresham, since 1992.  The agency owns 2,600 public housing  3,700 affordable housing and administers 8,200 Section 8 housing assistance vouchers.*

 NOTE: The Home Forward (HF) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently CLOSED. It was last open for five days in September 2016, and prior to that in November 2012. There is no notice of when the list will reopen and vouchers become available.    There are currently 3,000 on the waiting list.