Portland’s lack of affordable housing and affordable childcare exacerbate financial burdens on working families. To meet these challenges, Portland Housing Authority (PHA) and Youth & Family Outreach (YFO) have partnered on the development of a new multifamily building at 337 Cumberland Avenue.
To meet the tremendous local needs for more affordable homes, 337 Cumberland Avenue plans call for 60 new apartments. Of these, 48 will be permanently affordable and 12 will be priced at market-rate. Located just blocks away from downtown Portland, residents will have convenient, walkable access to jobs, stores, transit, services and more.
The project also expands YFO’s daycare center to serve even more working families of all income levels. The ground-floor of 337 Cumberland Avenue will enjoy a state-of-the-art, early education center that will allow Youth and Family Outreach to serve 80% more children. It massively expands child care opportunities for Portland’s Downtown and West Bayside neighborhoods. Next door, common space in the old chapel will be available for a broad range of community uses.
337 Cumberland Avenue’s design emphasizes environmental sustainability and wellbeing. The project aims for Passive House and Core Green Building Certifications from the International Living Future Institute, which will promote energy-efficiency, healthy indoor environments, responsible material sourcing, and inclusive community spaces. Thanks to the robust partnership between PHA and YFO, this development is positioned to serve as a powerful demonstration project for family stability within a neighborhood-based education and housing hub.
Boyd Street Apartments
58 Boyd Street
Portland, ME 04101
Conceptual Rendering courtesy of CWS Architects.
This project is being completed for Fall 2020 occupancy