Housing FAQ’s

Housing FAQ’s2018-03-29T15:09:53+00:00
Affordable Housing is operated by federal, private, state or local funded programs that provide a safe, clean and affordable place to live for individuals or families below 60 incomes.
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a private, not-for-profit whose mission is to provide healing, homes and hope for people living with mental health and addiction challenges. For information on Cascadia’s comprehensive range of innovative clinical and housing support programs, visit: cascadiabhc.org.

As of April 1, 2017, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) as part of a national two-year demonstration project to measure the benefits of expanding the integration of mental, substance use and physical health care. Cascadia’s three CCBHC clinics in Portland will expand this federal designation of services and serve as models for an innovative approach to mental health that treats each patient holistically, leading to improved mental and physical health, lower catastrophic care costs, and reduced stigma surrounding mental health. This project places Oregon in the national spotlight for health care reform. Oregon was one of just eight states chosen to participate in the two-year program, and Cascadia’s three participating clinics are part of only 13 selected statewide.

Garlington Place will be marketed to the general public. 1) 10 units taking preference for people with a mental health disability, 2) 10 units taking preference for veterans who qualify for the Veteran’s Administration Supportive Housing Program (VASH) and 3) 31 units that taking preference for individuals and families who qualify through the City of Portland N/NE Preference Policy.  The application process will be open starting on Monday October 16, 2017 and will close on Monday, October 30, 2017.  More details will be posted in the weeks leading up to the start of the application process.

Check our website at:  https://cascadiabhc.org/housing for updates.

Cascadia has a Tenant Selection Policy for each of the 3 application processes that outlines the decision making process for selecting tenants.  This is available upon request.
We expect to communicate to people whose applications have been approved in December 2017
We are planning for the move-in process to begin in early February and expect to have all units occupied by the end of March.  Our plan is to schedule up to 7 move-ins per week.
There are 6 studio units, 40 one bedroom units and 5 two bedroom units.
The City of Portland has acknowledged that urban renewal has marginalized and displaced historic residents of North and Northeast Portland and believes that Future city actions should mitigate marginalizing or displacing community members.

  • The City‘s N/NE Preference Policy will apply to rental housing and homeownership programs in North and Northeast Portland. It will affect the order of the list for services, not program eligibility, and the Housing Bureau programming will focus for low and moderate income households
  • Preference will be given to families based on the amount of urban renewal activity that occurred where they lived and is designed to give preference to marginalized families with historic roots in North and Northeast Portland, with preference for families currently in the community as well as those who have already been displaced

The desired outcomes of the policy include:

  • Address generational displacement of families by urban renewal,
  • Give preference to families regardless of where they currently live,
  • Give top priority to families with property taken by the city.

For more information, go to: https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/phb/about.cfm#aboutFAQ

Estimated 2017/2018 Rents Ranges

Bedroom Size                     Studios                     1 Bedroom              2 Bedroom

%MFI                                      50%     60%                    50%      60%             50%     60%

Estimated Rent Range        $593 – $724                    $626 – 766               $753 – $921

Yes. The minimum income requirement is 1.5X the rent. There is also a maximum income requirement which is based on household size, demonstrated in the chart below.

2017/2018 Income limits

% AMI              1person        2person       3person        4person        5person

50%                    $26,150           $29,900         $33,650           $37,350          $40,350

60%                    $31,380          $35,880         $40,380           $44.820          $48,420

The Community Manager position is a Cascadia Housing employee who lives on-site and works 40 hours per week with the primary responsibilities focused on being the steward of the property and a resource to all tenants in the building.
No.  Enrollment in any of Cascadia’s programs is not a requirement for anyone to live at Garlington Place.  Some people who live at Garlington Place may be interested in enrolling in some of Cascadia’s programs, and it is important to note that this is an individual decision for each tenant.  The Resident Services Coordinator can provide additional information about Cascadia as well as other supportive services in the community.
Yes. Cascadia has plans to offer a variety of health and wellness options for the members of the community.  As plans come together, this information will be distributed to tenants.  Additionally, The Garlington Health Center will operate a pharmacy that will be open to the public.
The State of Oregon defines Supported Housing as permanent housing with tenancy rights through a standard tenant lease and support services designed to enable people with a mental health disability to attain and maintain integrated affordable housing.  The support services are offered to people that are flexible and available as needed and desired, but are not mandated as a condition of obtaining tenancy.  Supported Housing enables individuals with disabilities to interact with individuals without disabilities to the fullest extent possible.  No more than 25% of the units in any supported housing site will be set-aside for individuals with a disability.  The Landlord cannot reject individuals for tenancy due to medical needs or substance abuse history.  At Garlington Place Apartments, 10 units will be set aside for people with a mental health disability.
No.  The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else, with research showing that only 3%-5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population. You probably know someone with a mental health problem and don’t even realize it, because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.


Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 American adults have experienced a mental health challenge;
  • 1 in 10 young people have experienced a period of major depression;
  • 1 in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression;
  • One of the biggest issues some people with mental illness face is the availability of safe and affordable housing. For many people, having a mental health condition has no impact on their housing. Most people can and do live independently in apartments or in their own homes.
The Resident Services Coordinator is a resource for all tenants at Garlington Place and focuses on planning, coordinating events and resources that are designed to promote support, stability, community building and wellness for everyone who lives at Garlington Place.
Yes.  We will require a lease addendum and a Pet Deposit for pets.  For companion animals, we will require a lease addendum, but no deposit.
Garlington Place will be a non-smoking building.  In fact, smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the property.  All of Cascadia’s properties are non-smoking.  Cascadia will provide smoke cessation resources in support of a healthy living initiative for our tenants, our staff and our clients.

Yes. All applicants 18 years of age and older are screening through an independent screening company.

Garlington housing screening criteria

There will be a non-refundable $35 screening fee per applicant that is 18 years of age and older.