Home First Development and Do Good Multnomah are developing Findley Commons, a 35-unit new construction project in South Tabor for veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness.
Findley Commons is just outside Creston-Kenilworth boundaries, located at SE 54th Avenue and Powell Blvd. It's being completed through a partnership between Do Good Multnomah, Home First Development and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The development will transform a large and under-utilized church-owned parking lot into 35 quality, affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units for veterans who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness.
Findley Commons will provide 20 one-bedroom units and 15 single room occupancy units. The SROs use the co-housing model that focuses on social interaction and group support as essential contributors to residents transitioning successfully from homelessness. The 20 one-bedroom units will serve veterans with severe mental health issues. They will also benefit from subsidies from the HUD-VASH program. Building amenities include owner-paid utilities, elevator, community area and service delivery spaces, a bike room, storage, energy-efficient appliances and fixtures, quartz countertops, luxury vinyl plank flooring and other features comparable to a market-rate development. An outdoor patio and 34 parking spaces are included.
Full veteran-specific wrap-around services will be provided by Do Good Multnomah and VA social workers. DGM provides a dedicated licensed social worker, case management, art therapy, wellness groups, gardening and employment programs, clinical alcohol and drug counselor and a peer monitor program. Findley Commons will be within walking distance of several neighborhood amenities, including Clinton Park, TriMet bus stops, affordable convenience food, a library, and grocery stores. Walkability in the area is improved by buffered sidewalks with curb ramps, signalized crossings and recently enhanced street lighting.
The Findley Commons site was selected based on a partnership with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and the desire to transform their underutilized parking to help serve the community’s need for affordable housing and support formerly homeless Veterans. Together Do Good Multnomah and St. Mark’s will provide vulnerable members of the community a safe place to call home and provide on-site amenities, including a food pantry and a community closet.