Catholic Charities of Oregon – Chiles House

Portland, OR

Located on the campus of Catholic Charities’ Clark Family Center in SE Portland, Chiles House will fill a critical need with highly affordable apartments for those who need it most. Guided by trauma-informed design principles to balance opportunities for socialization – indoors and out – while ensuring privacy and security, the 17,500sf building provides 27 housing units and two ground floor retail spaces.


Utilizing a design-build MEP delivery, Chiles House offers a lighter environmental footprint afforded by the cost-effective cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure. Consisting of five stories––four full floors and a tuck-under basement that takes advantage of the natural north-to-south slope of the site––the unit types include 18 studios, seven (7) one-bedrooms, and two (2) two-bedrooms. In addition, the building has communal amenity spaces such as laundry, storage, sanitization room, community room, and an elevator. There is also a grand gathering space in the interior shared courtyard.

  • Total Square Footage
  • 17,500
  • Architect
  • All Hands Architecture