Property Developments

Home Forward is a public corporation with the ability to function like a private real estate developer. We strive to invest wisely and achieve the greatest public benefit.

Home Forward’s experienced development team undertakes a wide range of activity, including major property development, property acquisition and remodeling, and capital improvements for our existing properties. We focus our development efforts on creating rental housing to serve the lowest-income households in our region.

Go to our 85 Stories web page to learn more about our plans to renovate all of our public housing apartment communities.

New Developments & Renovations


Transforming 40 affordable homes in need of extensive repairs into 187 new affordable homes by 2024.
Extensive renovations are underway to ensure this historic downtown Portland building continues to provide affordable homes for generations to come.
Redevelopment of a half acre property along North Interstate to provide 60 studio apartments with permanent supportive housing by Urban League of Portland.
Three of Home Forward's smaller public housing properties will be sold in 2025. Beginning in January 2021, Home Forward is working in partnership with current residents to ensure they have choices that make sense for their household. Home Forward is committed to provide continued housing subsidy to these current households via a range of program options.
A new apartment community with 206 affordable homes located on SE Powell Blvd near 30th in Portland will open by June 2024.
Peaceful Villa redevelopment planning is underway
As of February 2022, work is underway to design 94 affordable apartments at a site provided by Multnomah County in the historic old town area of Troutdale, adjacent to SW 257th Avenue. Metro's affordable housing bond funds are providing the financial base for this project.
Starting during the summer of 2023, Home Forward will construct 84 new affordable homes on the current site of Portland Community College's Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center (PMWTC), located at NE 42nd and Killingsworth. PCC's redevelopment of their facility began construction in January 2022. Phase II's housing construction will begin after the current workforce center moves into their new building and the existing building is demolished.
Redevelopment of this historic 82-unit SRO building will begin in Spring 2023. Existing residents will receive full relocation benefits and the choice to return to the building after significant seismic and interior improvements are completed. Located at the corner of SW Harvey Milk Blvd and SW 11th, the building is close to transit and many downtown services. After rehab there will be 75 newly renovated SRO's and studios. All new residents will have experienced chronic homelessness and receive Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) services provided by Urban League of Portland.

Completed Developments

Home Forward has completed the largest affordable housing building developed in Multnomah County in over 50 years.
Home Forward partnered with Catholic Charities and St. Francis of Assisi Parish on an affordable housing community located in a rapidly gentrifying area of inner Southeast Portland.
Construction is nearly complete on a completely new, accessible and sustainable apartment community to replace the isolated 1968 Hillsdale Terrace public housing community in southwest Portland’s Multnomah neighborhood.
Home Forward partnered with non-profit LifeWorks NW on a development in Northeast Portland that provides permanent apartment homes with supportive services and expands a culturally-focused residential treatment program, Project Network.
A cornerstone of the Portland region’s ten-year plan to end homelessness, the Bud Clark Commons is the result of a joint collaboration by the Portland Housing Bureau, Multnomah County, Transition Projects, and Home Forward.
Home Forward completed a sustainable-design renovation of downtown Portland’s historic Martha Washington Hotel in June 2010.
This building in downtown Portland was developed by Home Forward as a new home for Multnomah County’s Bridgeview program, providing short-term housing stabilization for people experiencing homelessness.
In 2009, Home Forward added a public housing subsidy to 25 units in this affordable housing community in Gresham and made improvements to the property.
Newly constructed in 2008, The Jeffrey is a modern, LEED Gold certified, mixed-use development with 80 apartments and street-front commercial space in the heart of downtown Portland’s West End.
This historic Portland landmark served as a low-income residential hotel since it was built in 1907. Over one hundred years later, Home Forward completed a renovation that brought it up to code and returned it to safe and decent service.
Humboldt Gardens is a groundbreaking green community of townhomes, flats, and apartments built around a central pocket park in North Portland.
This award-winning mixed-income apartment community in downtown Portland resulted from an innovative public-private partnership between Home Forward and Gerding Edlen Development.
New Columbia is a diverse 82-acre neighborhood built on the former site of World War II public housing for defense workers, with the help of Home Forward’s first HOPE VI federal grant.
Group 5 of the 85 Stories Initiative
Group 6 of the 85 Stories Initiative