HDC Community Fund Loans

Glisan Commons and Gilman Court

About our loan recipient: Based in East Portland, Human Solutions eliminates barriers to escaping poverty through emergency family shelter, job training, affordable housing, eviction prevention, and emergency household assistance. Human Solutions stops the cycle of poverty by offering key opportunities: homes, jobs, and help during a crisis.

About this project: Human Solutions, Inc. partnered with two other nonprofit organizations, Ride Connection and REACH Community Development, to develop Glisan Commons and Gilman Court. The two-phase mixed-use development is sited on a major regional transit hub in East Portland’s Gateway urban renewal district. Glisan Commons, which opened in winter/spring 2014, contains 67 units of affordable workforce housing and a new operations center for Ride Connection, a nonprofit provider of transit services for seniors and people with disabilities. Gilman Court, which completed construction in summer 2015, added 60 units of affordable senior housing to the site.

Why we're invested: HDC Community Fund is committed to supporting innovative mission-driven development, including projects that involve special complexities—in this case, multiple owners, a mixed architectural program and compliance obligations to multiple transit jurisdictions. By providing early land-acquisition gap funding for this creative collaboration, we helped kick-start development and leverage investment from major permanent funders.

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