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City planning -- Architecture, Community design, Sustainable design, Sustainable development -- Social aspects, Neighborhoods -- Social aspects


A development of Community Development Partners (CDP) and the Northwest Housing Authority (NOHA), the St. Helens affordable housing project will address the community’s need for high-quality affordable housing, while promoting an intergenerational and intercultural community. In partnership with engAGE NW, a leading organization in intergenerational housing programming, the project also aspires to support the larger needs of the community as a whole by providing a hub for all residents of St. Helens to come together. In addition, the importance of nature and the larger theme of ecology and connection to the natural environment, acted as a framework to guide the research, design, and development process. This project also seeks to address the acknowledgement to this connection with the natural context and of the Indigenous history of the land it sits on.

As an initiative of the Center for Public Interest Design (CPID), this report aims to support and inform the development of this intergenerational, affordable-housing community. The role of the CPID is to identify community assets using the ABCD model, conduct community outreach and engagement, and provide design and programming recommendations based on the outreach process. The desired outcome of this work is to encourage a more robust community-building strategy and provide a more sustainable, community-oriented approach to design and programming, while leveraging the already existing infrastructure and assets in the St. Helens community, and creating an agef riendly community, following in line with the global Age-Friendly Communities movement.

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  • Northwest Oregon Housing Authority
  • Community Development Partners
  • EngAGE NW
  • MWA Architects
  • Ecotone Environmental

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