Affordable Housing Coming to Rosewood

We’ve broken ground on 93 new apartments that will help address our housing crisis. Pre-leasing is scheduled to begin in fall 2022.

If you’ve been around the Rosewood neighborhood lately, you may have noticed changes happening where our emergency family shelter used to be. The building with the wonky wooden roof that looked better suited to the Swiss Alps than East Portland is gone. We’re now looking forward to how this space will continue to address our region’s housing crisis and honor the neighborhood.*

As of this writing, the grounds have been leveled and the forms for the foundations are in, making way at SE 160th and Stark for 93 affordable apartments: a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units for people with 30% and 60% of the area median income. Of these apartments, 16 will be permanent supportive housing designed for those transitioning out of homelessness. This new development is a critical part of our housing-first strategy to address our region’s affordable-housing crisis. It will be our 18th affordable-housing community in our service area east of 82nd Avenue (on the heels of The Nick Fish, newly opened in Gateway).

Wraparound services, free high-speed internet in every unit, 27 on-site parking spaces, a children’s play area, preserved and new trees, safety upgrades to public spaces around the building (via community partners), and robust community engagement make this an exciting new venture.

Rosewood is one of the most multicultural neighborhoods in Multnomah County, rich with diversity: 28% of residents were born in other countries, and the students in local schools speak 28 different languages. The area is home to more than 14,000 people from all over the world: people who are strong, talented, inspiring and full of dreams and potential. We’re honored to be part of this neighborhood, and we’re working closely with nearby partners, like the Rosewood Initiative, to make sure we’re the best neighbor we can be – from groundbreaking to move-in to decades down the line.

It is a priority for us at Human Solutions to understand the rich – and too often problematic – history of the land we occupy. Please get in touch if you want to share your knowledge and history of this site.

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Take good care.

*What we now call Portland and Multnomah County span the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Cowlitz, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes and Bands who have long made their homes along the Columbia River. Today, people from these Tribes and Bands are members of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, as well as the Chinook Nation and Cowlitz Nation in Washington State.

We do not know the specific historical uses of this land, but acknowledge that it was taken forcibly by white colonizers from Indigenous peoples. We also acknowledge the ongoing trauma on the people whose ancestors stewarded this land, and we invite conversation about the Indigenous history of the land and our role in it today. If you have information about this land’s history, we welcome you reaching out to us: 503.548.0222 or