Construction underway at Aloha affordable housing community
Construction on a new affordable housing community in Washington County is expected to be completed in August 2023.
Aloha Family Housing will have over 80 units, from studios to three-bedrooms, and will serve households at around 30% and 60% of the area's median income.
The project — along with other affordable housing plans in Washington County — has been in the works for a couple years. The Aloha project is sponsored by BRIDGE Housing, a nonprofit workforce and affordable housing developer.
Overall, the project will cost about $30 million.
One funder, UnitedHealth Group, invested $15.5 million in equity into the project, according to a press release.
Andrew McMahon, vice president of community investment and innovation with the company, said people's housing status has an "enormous" impact on their health outcomes.
"Housing is healthcare," McMahon said.
He also said the health group will work with the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, or SAHF, on a platform to track health outcomes for all future residents of the housing community.
Up to 80% of what impacts people's health outcomes happens outside a clinical care setting, McMahon said.
"For sure, having a safe, decent, affordable place to live is one of the primary determinants of health," he said.
The new housing community will be located at 3575 S.W. 174th Ave., a 1.11-acre site west of Beaverton. The location is near Oregon Highway 8 — signed locally as Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway — and close to a frequent-service bus line, grocery stores, schools and more.
A fact sheet from Oregon Metro says BRIDGE, the manager of the project, will establish community connections with community leaders, cultural organizations, service providers, schools, churches, and others serving local communities of color to help publicize the housing opportunity as it gets closer to opening.
These connections will help the nonprofit to spread the word about the affordable housing opportunities.
BRIDGE will also partner with Hacienda CDC to provide resident services, the fact sheet says. Hacienda will help to eliminate structural, cultural and linguistic barriers with residents and coordinate services for families.
Another nearby planned affordable housing project is a 2.15-acre site in the South Cooper Mountain area of Beaverton. That neighborhood is undergoing major construction, which city officials say includes homes at a wide range of price points both for sale and for lease.
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