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Orchards III rendering
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Media Alert: REACH completes final phase of Orchards at Orenco development (Photo) - 09/18/18

MEDIA ALERT

What:  Orchards at Orenco III brings 52 affordable sustainable apartments to Orenco Station

When:  Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 * 3:00pm – 6:00pm  *Wells Fargo check presentation to Yes for Affordable Housing at 4pm*

Where: 6616 NE Cherry Dr., Hillsboro, OR 97124

Hosted by: REACH Community Development, Yes for Affordable Housing and PGE Renewable Development Fund

Day of media contacts: Lily Dorn, Coalition Manager, Yes for Affordable Housing; Cell: (626) 552-2241; lily@yesforaffordablehousing.com

Lauren Schmidt, Fundraising & Public Relations Manager, REACH Cell: (503) 998-1856; lschmidt@reachcdc.org

 

PORTLAND, Ore. –September 18, 2018— REACH Community Development officially opens the third and final phase of affordable apartment development at Orenco Station in Hillsboro.  REACH is partnering with the Yes for Affordable Housing campaign and PGE Renewable Development Fund to celebrate the grand opening on Wednesday, September 19 starting at 3pm at 6616 NE Cherry Dr., Hillsboro.  Wells Fargo Vice President and Community Affairs Officer, Andrew Tweedie, and Chabre Vickers, Community Development Officer will be in attendance to present a check to the Yes for Affordable Housing campaign.

The grand opening event is cohosted with Yes for Affordable Housing campaign.  The coalition is supporting Measure 102 and Measure 26-199, two affordable housing ballot measures that will ensure safe, affordable housing for more working families, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities throughout our region. The joint event provides an opportunity to show the public an example of the kind of affordable housing the Metro regional bond could support. 

“We are excited to celebrate with the housing campaign the opening of REACH’s third and final phase of Orchards at Orenco, providing much needed affordable homes for families in Hillsboro. This phased development took nearly ten years to complete,” said REACH CEO, Dan Valliere.  “With added funds from the Metro regional bond, we’ll be able to build more homes like this, and help meet the need much quicker.”

Orchards at Orenco III fulfills the need for family housing in the Orenco Station neighborhood. The property offers 52 units of affordable housing, including 33 two-bedroom units and 19 three bedroom units. Eight units will have Project Based Section 8 vouchers targeted to households earning 30% of Median Family Income ($24,420 for a family of four) or less. The balance of the remaining units will be targeted to households earning 45% MFI ($36,630 for family of four) or less on average.

Where the first two phases focused on energy efficient design through Passive House certification, Phase III incorporates energy efficient design elements and is pursuing Earth Advantaged certification.  The property also includes a solar array, made possible by PGE’s Green Futuresm participants through their Renewable Development Fund.  Visit www.portlandgeneral.com/rdf for more information about the program

Funding for Orchards III was provided by Community Housing Fund, Energy Trust of Oregon, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH), NeighborWorks® America, Oregon Housing and Community Services, PGE Renewable Development Fund, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington County Office of Community Development, and Wells Fargo.

 

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Andersen Construction and REACH Community Development Host N. Portland Neighborhood Revitalization Block Party - 09/12/18

PORTLAND, Ore. – On Friday, September 14  from 8am – 5pm, Andersen Construction is teaming up with REACH Community Development for a NeighborWorks Week neighborhood revitalization block party on North Blandena Street.  Over 75 volunteers and neighbors will work together to perform safety modifications, landscaping, and exterior house paint, supporting residents to age safely in their North Portland neighborhood.  The day’s activities will also include street cleanup by SOLV, upgrading parking strips and facilitating a street mural with this small community of homeowners.

REACH and Andersen Construction will be working in the Humboldt neighborhood, as part of neighborhood revitalization activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week. During NeighborWorks Week, REACH and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country mobilize tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness, including painting and landscaping properties, recognizing successful partnerships and hosting a number of events that educate, train and inform.

Community Builders (CBP), a program of REACH Community Development, is dedicated to helping older adults and people with disabilities age safely in their homes by providing free home repairs. Through funding from the Portland Housing Bureau, the program serves nearly 200 homeowners and makes over 1,000 free repairs each year for Portland homeowners. Services address critical home repair needs, helping homeowners avoid displacement due to unsafe housing conditions, all the while bringing neighbors and area businesses together in the spirit of volunteerism. 

“REACH is thrilled to work with Andersen Construction and community partners for our NeighborWorks Week celebration, supporting existing homeowners in an area that is changing rapidly,” says CEO Dan Valliere.  “We believe that helping our neighbors is what builds strong communities, and we can do more when we partner together.”

Andersen is holding a company-wide day of service, bringing over 75 volunteers and collaborating with multiple companies to donate labor and materials for the following scopes: paint 2 homes, rebuild 1 fence, rebuild failing stairs, prune trees, upgrade parking strips and facilitate a street mural.  The CBP program is coordinating this project and assisting with minor electrical and safety upgrades including, light fixtures, locks, rebuilding rotting steps and assisting with broken windows and screens. The more extensive scopes of work are underwritten by Andersen Construction and NeighborWorks America.

“We believe in the Golden Rule.  It’s at the core of who we are, it’s a part of our value statement, and it’s the people that we hire,” says Andersen Construction President, Joel Andersen.  “We have built in this neighborhood and have had offices in this neighborhood for over 40 years.  Giving back is the foundation of who we are.  It’s not enough to just give money; you have to be willing to do the work.”

Three beneficiaries of the neighborhood revitalization project are seniors on limited incomes and have owned their North Portland homes for over 20 years. The Blandena Revitalization block party is an initiative of Andersen Construction and REACH Community Development in celebration of NeighborWorks Week.  In-kind support is donated by Miller Paint, CalPortland, Twinco, ASI Structures, Vaughn Environmental, Inc., and Andersen Construction employees.

 

About Andersen Construction

Andersen Construction, founded in 1950 by Andy Andersen, is Oregon’s largest family-owned Construction Manager / General Contractor. With a staff of over 800 employees, Andersen is led by CEO David Andersen and President Joel Andersen. With Portland serving as the company headquarters, Andersen also has offices in Eugene, OR, Seattle, WA and Boise ID. With a goal to earn each client’s designation as their “Builder of Choice”, Andersen excels in technically challenging projects, utilizing the latest technology and management trends in construction. This includes highly collaborative management approaches such as Integrated Project Delivery, Design-Build and CM/GC services. Andersen’s diverse portfolio includes healthcare, research, multi-family housing, educational, commercial offices, industrial, mission critical, retail, parking, institutional, and places of worship.

 

About REACH CDC

Since 1982, REACH has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the Portland metropolitan region. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH’s portfolio includes 2,343 units including single family homes, apartment buildings, and mixed-use developments located across Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties. REACH has won numerous state and national awards for its creative approach to building healthy communities and its innovative housing projects. More information at http://reachcdc.org.

 

About NeighborWorks America

For nearly 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. (d/b/a NeighborWorks America), a national, nonpartisan nonprofit, has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and safe, affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $34 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation's leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

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Isabella Court Phase II rendering - MWA Architects
Isabella Court Phase II rendering - MWA Architects
REACH Begins Construction on Housing Development in Clark County (Photo) - 08/28/18

PORTLAND, Ore. –August 28,2018—REACH Community Development (REACH) officially broke ground on Isabella Court II, the second of a phased affordable apartment development in Vancouver, WA.  Located on the Fourth Plain Corridor, this property is adjacent to Isabella Court I, which is home to a senior population.

As Vancouver’s population growth outpaces the housing supply, there is an increasing shortage of rental housing affordable to very low and extremely low-income families.  REACH is addressing this need by building Isabella Court II, a four-story building with 49 apartments serving the needs of Vancouver’s families experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homelessness. The new building will include 34 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom apartments; with rents affordable to families who earn 50% or less of median family income—approximately $40,700 or less annually for a family of four. Additionally, thirty of the apartments will include a project-based rental subsidy, making them affordable to households earning 30% or less of median income ($24,400 or less annually for a family of four).

“When a family has stable housing, the focus can go to other important pursuits like education, work and health,” says Community Services Northwest Executive Director, Bunk Moren.  “We are excited to partner with REACH in our joint commitment to create a healthy and vibrant community.”

Designed by MWA Architects and being built by TEAM Construction, Isabella Court II will be constructed with a focus on energy efficiency and promotion of sustainable living, adhering to the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS). To help promote a strong sense of community in the building key features have been included such as a large community room, a children’s playroom and outdoor play area.

“No child should have to worry about where they’re going to sleep that night,” says REACH CEO, Dan Valliere.  “The demand for affordable apartments is very high and finding housing that accommodates families is even more challenging. Isabella Court Phase II is a step towards filling that critical need for Vancouver.”

The $13.9 million project is financed with funding from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, City of Vancouver Community and Economic Development, Clark County Community Services, NeighborWorks® America, Raymond James Tax Credit Funds Inc., U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Vancouver Housing Authority, Washington State Department of Commerce, and Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Construction will take approximately twelve months to complete. 

This will be REACH’s seventh apartment community in Southwest Washington and REACH's first project to incorporate the voter approved City of Vancouver Housing Levy funds.

 

About REACH CDC

Since 1982, REACH, a NeighborWorks® member, has built innovative and affordable housing for low-income families and individuals in the metropolitan region. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to our residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners. Today, REACH’s portfolio includes 2,343 units, including single family homes, apartment buildings and mixed-use developments located across the Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon and Clark County in Southwest Washington. REACH has won numerous state and national awards for its creative approach to building healthy communities and its innovative housing projects. More information available at http://reachcdc.org.

 

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