Affordable housing solutions

Creative and collaborative ideas to keep housing affordable for all.

After years of remodeling homes all around Portland and seeing prices skyrocketing as demand overtakes the supply of homes and apartments, we see a real need to support more affordable housing solutions around Portland. Professionals like teachers, secretaries, journalists, and city employees are no longer able to buy or even rent homes or apartments within their means.

Please consider donating vacant lots, land, homes, or money to help us to develop more affordable housing options for those in greatest need and for those whose wages and salaries simply cannot keep up with Portland’s rising rents. 

Donate for Affordable Housing

Redfin, a real estate brokerage firm, compared listed home prices in more than 30 cities with average teachers’ salaries to gauge what percentage of available homes teachers could afford. Fewer than 9% of homes for sale in Portland would be within reach for a single teacher.

This is totally unacceptable in a vibrant and diverse community like Portland. Low-income workers, retirees, and those with disabilities should also be able to find suitable homes and apartments within the city.

The McCulloch Foundation pledges to help find more affordable housing solutions in and around Portland by

  • Offering solutions for empty properties & city blocks
  • Remodeling and providing affordable, higher density housing while preserving the historic & architectural character of older homes
  • Remodeling, developing and providing section 8 / low-income housing
  • Creating duplexes / triplexes in old houses
  • Accepting land / home / building donations on which to build or remodel affordable housing
  • Focusing efforts on multigenerational housing / aging in place – affordable housing for retired people and older people with disabilities

Affordable Shared Housing

The McCulloch Foundation is currently in the process of expanding and remodeling what used to be a small and dilapidated one bedroom house on SE 75th Street and turning it into a five bedroom, 3.5 bath house to be used as affordable shared housing. There will also be an additional house (ADU) added on the property for a small family. This will mean 9 times the density plus taking the house from a poster child for deferred maintenance, rodents and rot to a clean and handsome place that reuses the old structure and materials and adapts the original 1912 vintage look of the house, improving the look and feel of the neighborhood.

This project is directly in response to the rising rents in the city and the feedback that we have heard from construction workers about their need to find and keep affordable housing. We are keeping track of every receipt and will keep rents to cost so that Mayor Wheeler and the city can have some real data on how little rents could be if an altruistic entity wanted to supply housing at simply the cost of doing the work and servicing the debt on the house without making a killing.  Rather than letting developers cannibalize our historic homes in places such as Eastmoreland and Laurelhurst, we need to get them working in more affordable neighborhoods like this. Rather than “increasing density” by demolishing historic homes and replacing them with luxury duplexes or building two oversized million dollar single-family homes on one lot (which only increases the cost of housing around the city), we need to redevelop homes and small buildings outside of historic neighborhoods, do more internal conversions, and develop ADUs for the mutual benefit of homeowners and renters.

We are hoping to work with other organizations to help create more of these affordable housing options in the future. Not all affordable housing has to consist of large apartment buildings with individual units. Tiny houses, shared housing, co-housing developments and houses developed into multiple smaller units are all options that we explore when trying to keep quality high, costs down and locations convenient for renters.