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Portland Architect Designs Modular Studio Unit for the Homeless

December 19th, 2013 Comments off

Architect Stuart Emmons of Portland, Oregon has designed a 265-square-foot, modular, mini-studio for homeless people called I’mHome. After seeing shipping containers converted into living quarters in China, Emmons, realizing a container could not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), took a different approach, designing the modular nine-unit Kah San Chako Haws (Chinook for East House) housing project for Native Americans, as MHProNews covered here Feb. 14, 2013. The Gold-Certified LEED apartments range from 375 square feet to 835 square feet, according to

I’mHome units have a living room and bath with just a microwave and refrigerator for a kitchen, and are priced at $40,000, everything furnished. Emmons states there are 10,000 homeless in Multnomah County, including couch surfers, those living ten-deep in one-bedroom apartments and those on the streets.

Blazer Industries of Aumsville, Oregon will be making the affordable homes, which Brent Buchheit of Blazer says are earthquake-proof. “We’ve had these buildings fall off a trailer on the freeway and they’re fine; we just load them back on,” he says.

Susan Emmons (no relation to Stuart) of Northwest Pilot Project, which counsels people in danger of homelessness, noting the dire need for housing, says, “There’s a shortage of 20,000 units for people at 30 percent of median income. That could be a family of four, people on limited Social Security, or veterans on a pension. We’re not developing much housing for those people.”

Stuart Emmons says he has the product needed, but so far, there has been more interest in San Francisco and Seattle than Portland for I’mHome.

(Image credit: Emmons–Kah San Chako Haws)

Modular Housing for Native Americans

February 14th, 2013 Comments off

RedLakeNationNews informs MHProNews the first modular housing development in Portland, Ore. opened move-in ready to fanfare Wed., Feb. 13. Commissioner Nick Fish greeted those gathered at the opening ceremony of Kah San Chako Haws (East House in Chinook), a LEED Gold-certified energy-efficient modular apartment complex. Since Native Americans living in poverty are reluctant to use public housing and tenant vouchers, the project is a step in addressing that problem in their community. The nine-unit complex is comprised of three studio apartments, three one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments. Total time for design through financing and construction was 13 months, as compared to the 18-24 months site-built construction would have required. Collaboration for the section 8 modular housing included the Native American Youth and Family Center, the Portland Housing Bureau, Meyer Memorial Trust, State Housing and Community Services, and Capital Pacific Bank.

(Photo credit: Global Deployable Housing, LLC)

Affordable Modular Multi-family Rises in Oregon

October 12th, 2012 Comments off

OregonLive tells MHProNews the first modular multifamily affordable apartment project in the Northwest was sited in Portland, Oregon Thurs. Oct 11. Built in Aumsville, OR, Kah San Chako Haws–”East House” in Chinook— took 13 months to design and construct and cost $1.7 million, about $190,000 each unit. Architect Stuart Emmons says this was a pilot project, and the cost should fall to $150,000 per unit in the future. Conventional affordable housing projects generally run $200,000 per unit or more. The nine unit complex includes three each of two bedroom, one bedroom and studio apartments. While Blazer Industries, Inc. has constructed modular classrooms, single-family homes, stores, and an assisted living facility, this was its first multi-family residence.

(Image credit: Stuart Emmons/oregonlive—Kah San Chako Haws)