Glisan Landing

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A partnership between Related Northwest, Catholic Charities, and Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Glisan Landing will provide 137 units of affordable housing across two buildings in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood. The placement of each building anchors the two prominent corners of the site, providing a vibrant streetscape along the main frontage of Glisan. The campus style configuration allows for moments of quiet, with an inner courtyard that connects to the preschool and community garden.

Beacon — Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Building

Beacon at Glisan Landing, the smaller of the two buildings, will provide 41 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and support women survivors of domestic violence experiencing houselessness. With a trauma-informed design approach, a forest-inspired palette pairs neutral wood tones with charcoal and deep green accents. The upper floors are inspired by seasons, with the copper and brown tones of fall, gentle greens of spring, and a frosty blue/green of winter. The presence of natural light, visual and physical connection to the outdoors, and clarity of circulation all contribute to a holistic philosophy of trauma-informed space.

Glisan Landing

Aldea — Family Building

Aldea is the family-focused building, which will provide 96 units of affordable housing, with the two buildings creating a housing continuum wherein residents moving out of PSH units will have the opportunity to remain in the immediate community. A wheat-colored cladding forms the palette for the entry corner of the building, paired with shimmering ginger-hued metal panels accenting windows and insets. Where the family building steps back, it transitions to a cream cladding, a muted contrast against the colorful paneled mural that wraps the base and screens the on-site parking. Inside, the building draws from a desert-inspired palette, bringing together warm woods and earth tones with jeweled accents.

Community Rooms in each building serve as the anchor amenity spaces, with kitchens, lounge areas, and communal seating areas, with an ingrained flexibility for different types of events. A Telehealth Room adjoins the Resident Services office in the PSH building to assist virtual healthcare meetings. The café tenant of the PSH building, Stone Soup, includes a commercial kitchen and classroom space for job training. The Family Building’s amenities span a Multicultural Children’s Reading Room, Fiber Arts Studio, Teen Lounge, Computer Lab, and Fitness Room.

The amenities are carved into the ground plane with the upper façade projecting above – this allows an extension of the pedestrian experience and a sense of indoor/outdoor space. The café anchors the corner of 74th and Glisan, with the most dramatic push/pull from the façade above, and the resident lobbies and amenities use the same language. The courtyard is designed as a series of outdoor rooms that allow for different types of activity to coexist, from an activity lawn and playground to a meandering stroll garden and plazas that spill from the indoor amenities and entries. The multicultural children’s reading room has its own colorful palette, with built-in reading nooks between shelves, window seating, and areas for soft seating and activity tables.

The site is well supported by parks and amenities including Rosemont Bluff Natural Area, the Montavilla Community Center, a grocery store within walking distance, and two frequent-service TriMet bus lines.


Related Northwest
Catholic Charities
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)


Portland, OR


Beacon: Expected Fall 2024
Aldea: Expected 2025


Beacon: 26,598 sq. ft., 41 units
Aldea: 112,947 sq. ft., 96 units