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Young Black Professionals Workforce Housing

Portland, OR

Young Black Professionals Workforce Housing

Portland, OR

[This] is the most visionary and revolutionary strategy I have seen in a long time. The sheer fact you have these different partners collaborating around the concepts of social justice and equity in creating something with generational impact is a true example of building community.

Michelle H., Community Member

The Young Black Professionals (YBP) Workforce Housing seeks to create opportunities for Black architecture/engineering/construction professionals to thrive in a world plagued by systemic racism and an AEC industry devoid of diversity.

In partnership with Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) and HMS Development, Bora and Andersen Construction are collaborating using a design-build approach and Design Justice principles to create two housing communities in Southeast Portland, each a steel-framed modular build five stories high. YBP Ankeny will include 41 apartments on an L-shaped site nestled among existing homes. YBP Holgate, in collaboration with Home Forward, will offer 83 studio apartments on a centrally located corner site. Proximal to transit and other urban conveniences, both housing initiatives will include shared amenities, a central hub for after-hours gatherings and neighborhood events, and ground-floor amenities to engage the streetscape.

Ample daylighting, healthy materials and inviting spaces will foster a special place young professionals can call home. Residents will also participate in a three-year Professional Apprenticeship Program to be mentored, develop leadership skills, and work for a local AEC firm—helping ensure a pathway for success.

Both communities are scheduled to open in early 2023.

–Read more about the innovative and collaborative business model behind the project.

–Check out our recent AIA panel presentation on YBP.


YBP Ankeny: 19,370 sf (41 apartments)
YBP Holgate: 34,100 sf (83 apartments)


Andersen Construction

Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI)

HMS Development

RLand Development

Home Forward