The mission of Sabin Community Development Corporation (Sabin) is to stabilize and improve the livability of culturally diverse Portland neighborhoods by assuring the availability of long-term affordable housing for its low and moderate income residents, and by encouraging community partnerships for local economic development, self-help projects, and youth and senior programs.
Our Service Area
Sabin CDC provides housing as well as other community based programs such as computer classes, workforce development and many more services to the residents of the Sabin, King, Vernon, Concordia, Humbolt and Overlook neighborhoods located in inner North/Northeast Portland.Neighborhoods Map (112.8 KiB)
The mission of the Sabin Community Development Corporation is to stabilize, improve, and preserve the livability of the culturally diverse Inner Northeast Portland neighborhoods by assuring the availability of long term affordable housing for its low and moderate income residents and by encouraging community partnerships for local economic development, community help projects, and educational programs for all ages and abilities.
History and Activities
Sabin CDC was formed in 1991 when a group of concerned residents of the Sabin neighborhood decided to address needs in their community. These neighbors were concerned because rapidly rising housing costs were driving out many of their longtime neighbors. This eroded the diversity of this culturally rich, mixed income neighborhood.
Other concerns the founders felt needed to be addressed were public safety, speeding traffic, drugs, illegal dumping, prostitution, gangs, more services for youth and elderly residents, jobs for residents and revitalization of nearby commercial districts.
Sabin CDC has a 20+ year history of providing quality affordable rental and land trust housing within the Sabin, King, Vernon, Humboldt, Concordia, Boise-Eliot, and Overlook neighborhoods. Now more than ever, Sabin CDC is playing a key role in maintaining a rich diversity in these neighborhoods by providing a variety of affordable housing choices. To that end, Sabin CDC owns more than 120 units of affordable housing, including 15 units of land trust housing, 45 units of rental housing that are managed in-house, and 4 larger SAE apartment complexes that are currently managed by Cascade Management.
Sabin CDC was created in 1991 when a group of concerned neighbors came together to develop a vision and strategies for creating and maintaining socially just, economically viable, and diverse neighborhoods. Sabin’s vision is for neighborhoods where everyone is offered the opportunity to access affordable housing and healthcare, choose successful schools, and enjoy the support of neighborhoods without divisive gentrification that has had a disparate impact on communities of color. Sabin’s strategies for implementing this vision go beyond the provision of affordable housing; our technology programs for seniors and youth alike bring together neighbors to improve skills and to connect our tenants with economic and educational opportunities in and around our neighborhoods.
Sabin CDC also participates in neighborhood cleanups, street fairs, and holiday events. Staff helped out with Alberta St.’s Earth Day clean up and opened our doors for the Alberta Street Fair, where the office was decked out with artwork, donated for the display, and a local face painter donated her services for the day. As participants in the 2013 Fox 12 Toy Drive, Sabin was able to help 32 Sabin tenant families enjoy a brighter Christmas. In addition, 20 children from Head Start enjoyed an impromptu teddy bear give away on Christmas Eve.
As long-time institution of the NE Portland community, Sabin CDC strives to connect old and new neighbors, to act as a community liaison, and to provide a forum for discussions on the changes that have occurred. Sabin is currently working with both graduate and undergraduate students at Portland State University to document the historical importance of our properties to support both current organizational activities and understand Sabin’s role in the revitalization of NE Portland. Sabin strives to make a positive impact for both our tenants and our neighbors and to be part of a truly sustainable community. To this end, Sabin looks forward to being part of our community for the next 20 years.