Social Services and Supportive Housing
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 projects, and educational programs for all ages and abilities.
History and Activities
Sabin CDC has a 25 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 130 units of affordable housing in a variety of unit types.
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, the choice of successful schools, and 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 Inner N/NE Portland.
Sabin CDC also participates in neighborhood wide events. Staff have 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 2013-2016 Fox 12 Toy Drives, Sabin has been able to help our tenant families enjoy a brighter Christmas. In addition, Sabin has shared art and school supplies donated by the staff and patients of Retina Northwest with our tenants and neighbors.
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 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. Our staff regularly attend neighborhood meetings to participate in discussions of the impacts of local land use changes, environmental justice, community policing, and disaster preparedness. 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 25 years.
Location / NMTC Qualification
– Census Tract #: 41051003301 (Metro, Portland, OR) / Highly Distressed
– Poverty Rate: 31.8%; AMI Ratio: 44.4%
The Harvey Rice Heritage Center (“Project”) is a mixed use development that will house commercial spaces to accommodatea Sabin satellite office and community development programs, in partnership with the Vernon Neighborhood Association, that focus on using art as a means of bringing tenants and neighbors together. Above these spaces, approximately 22 residential units with supportive services will ensure that low-income residents remain in their community where gentrification has occurred. . During the 1990s, the census tracts in the neighborhoodsthat Sabin serves were60-70% African-American. Since then, gentrification, and its residual disproportionate displacement of low-income communities of color, has contributed to the revitalization of the neighborhoods of Inner N/NE Portland, and populations have shifted to a predominantly white population. In contrast to this shift, Sabin CDC’s tenant base is currently 76% African-American, and many of these residents lived here all of their lives, the Project can be a catalyst to preserve diversity in our community.
But for NMTCs: Sabin is a small nonprofit organization that needs financial support in making the Project a reality. While the organization has significantly improved its financial performance in recent years, Sabin needs NMTC support in order to develop and operate the Project. Without NMTCs, the Project would not move forward.
– Preservation of African American Community and its Heritage: Gentrification has occurred in the African American neighborhoods, and many of local low-income residents have and continue to be at risk of being displaced. The Project will help preserve the African American neighborhoods and related cultural heritage.
– Job Creation / Supportive Services for Local Low-Income Residents: Sabin expects to create approximately 50 construction jobs and up to 20 FTEs for the social services operations of the Project. The Project will also enable Sabin to provide supportive services (e.g., case management) through partnerships with other community-oriented organizations.
– Leverage Loan: Source of the leverage loan is expected to be some combination of grants, Sabin equity contribution, and a bank loan.
– Construction: General contractor has been selected, site is under control by Sabin, and construction will be ready to start as early as 2Q 2017.
ADDRESS: 5421 NE 14TH PL
CURRENT ZONING: R-1
LOT SIZE: 9,481 SF
PROPOSED ZONING: CS
CURRENT NUMBER OF UNITS: 9
PROPOSED NUMBER OF UNITS: 22
- Project leader: Mary Schoen-Clark; Sabin Executive Director
- Project Architect: Lisa McClellan; Scott Edwards Architecture
- NMTC consultant: David Altman; IPR Consulting
- NMTC legal counsel: Alan Pasternack; Butler Snow LLP
- NMTC tax accountant: Nicolo Pinoli; Novogradac & Co LLPP
Architectural DrawingsHRHP Drawings (351.5 KiB)