Designed to bring diverse communities displaced by gentrification back into Eliot, a once-predominantly Black neighborhood in Northeast Portland, the Songbird Apartments provides more accessible housing to people who urgently need it.
This ground-up community along North Williams Avenue serves very low- to low-income families, giving priority to longtime and displaced prior residents of North and Northeast Portland. Funded by the Portland Housing Bureau, the five-story apartment building includes 40 units for Section 8 residents and 61 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as a learning kitchen, large event space, and outdoor seating areas.
BRIDGE worked closely with community leaders and members to determine how Songbird could best serve them, and their feedback informed everything from our color palette to how we programmed outdoor spaces.
Meant for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to live here who have been priced out of the neighborhood and, built to market-rate quality, Songbird fits in with the Eliot neighborhood—and makes it better.