Harvey Rice Heritage Center




Social Services and Supportive Housing

Mission Statement

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

kids painting of a heartSabin 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.


Project Overview

This is a mixed use development that will house commercial spaces to accommodate our satellite office and community development programs. We will work in partnership with the Vernon Neighborhood Association using art as a means of bringing the community together.

Above this space, approximately 22 residential units with supportive services have the means to stay in their community. A community with a high amount of gentrification is occurring. During the 1990s the census tracts in our area were 60%-70% African American. Gentrification has caused the disproportionate displacement of low-income communities of color. This has lead to the destruction of the communities of Inner North and Northeast Portland.

We are fighting to keep our tenet base that is currently 76% African-American, many of whom have lived in this area their whole lives. This project will be a catalyst to preserve the diversity of the community.

Community Benefits

– 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.




Lisa McClellan; Principal AIA, LEED and Sid Scott LEED AP of Scott| Edwards Architecture, SEA http://www.seallp.com

Development Team

  • 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 Drawings

Icon of HRHP Drawings HRHP Drawings (351.5 KiB)

Current Drawings and Corrections


Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

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