Senior Affordable Housing Project on 5th

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Senior Affordable Housing Project Updates

Metro Affordable Housing Bond Community Engagement EventFormerly referred to as “Project C,” the Senior Affordable Housing Project on 5th St is one of the Metro Affordable Housing Bond projects modeled in the Beaverton Local Implementation Strategy. As the project with the most deeply affordable units (38 out of 66), the best location for this project is one central to amenities, public transportation, and social services. The community engagement and outreach done in the development of the LIS identified senior housing as one type of housing desperately needed. Senior housing was prioritized for this site because of the large number of deeply affordable units and accessibility of amenities near the Community Center location. The Senior Affordable Housing Project ground floor has potential for multiple uses, both public or private. Below, see commonly asked questions about the project.

Why is senior housing being prioritized for this affordable housing development? 

During community engagement to develop the implementation strategy for the Metro Affordable Housing Bond, senior housing was identified as a housing priority. Over the past decade, due to stagnated social security benefits, high cost of medicine, and higher cost of living, senior residents have seen their buying power and housing options decrease significantly. Dedicated affordable housing with easier access for low income senior residents will help alleviate these challenges. 

Why are there more deeply affordable units (set aside for households making 30% or below of the Median Family Income) in this project? 

In order for very low-income households to succeed, it is important for services structured to assist these households are provided. Therefore, having a greater concentration of deeply affordable units provide an economy of scale and residents benefit from peer learning and support. 

Why was the Community Center chosen as the location? 

City of Beaverton staff explored a variety of other city owned sites with the conclusion that the Community Center was the best option for Senior Affordable Housing. It is located in Old Town across the street from City Park and the main library. It benefits from access to public transit, services, and a walkable amenity filled neighborhood. The site itself is currently underdeveloped and it is the least challenging in terms of zoning and density opportunities. 

How will the city address the loss of room reservation opportunities for the community (exacerbated by the loss of the Activity Center space for rentals three years ago)? 

Prior to COVID-19 related city closures, the Community Center was partially used for event and space rentals for city staff and community members. While the space is used as a shelter, space rental is extremely limited. With the redevelopment of the Community Center, discussions are ongoing regarding the City’s responsibility and/or ability to provide space for community members. 

When will the community gardens be displaced by construction of Project C and once the project is complete will there be an opportunity for community gardens to be included in the completed project?

 While the redevelopment of the Community Center will displace the community gardens, it will continue to operate through December 2021, potentially longer depending on when construction begins. 

What will happen to the Beaverton Severe Weather Shelter currently located at the Community Center?

 The city is exploring sites and partnerships to relocate the shelter on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on the ultimate use of the ground floor. Nonetheless, the shelter will continue to operate out of the Community Center for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. 

What will the ground floor space included in the Senior Affordable Housing project be used for? 

The ground floor is expected to be for public use, the format in which this use is made available is still under discussion. 

To learn more about this project contact Javier Mena at jmena@beavertonoregon.gov or 503-748-9534.

Learn more about other Metro Affordable Housing Bond projects.