The Joyce

Located at 322 SW 11th Ave., Portland OR 97205

The Joyce is a historic building located at the corner of SW 11th Avenue and SW Harvey Milk Street, commemorating the center of LGBTQ+ culture in Portland. The newly renovated building has 66 efficiently designed single room occupancy apartments in four stories with an elevator. It also features a community room with a kitchen for on-site activities. Individual rooms have full, efficient kitchens, air conditioning, and each floor has three shared bathrooms.

CPAH worked with Carleton Hart Architecture for a trauma-informed design that includes elements of biophilia, which strives to provide a sense of healing and calmness in residents to help bring them out of a fight or flight response. Examples of biophilia in the project come from the use of natural materials, calming earth-toned paint colors, use of natural light, and connections to the outdoors.

Serving formerly houseless individuals, the ground floor of The Joyce is where residents can connect with on-site supportive services, including care coordination, crisis intervention, housing stabilization support, and wellness activities. Service providers have offices for on-site mental health and addiction support for residents, and include Cascadia Health, a community-based behavioral health and substance use treatment services agency, Native American Rehabilitation Association NW, a Native American owned and operated mental health and addiction services agency, and Cascade AIDS Project, a local agency for those living with HIV/AIDS. All 66 units have Project Based Section 8 vouchers.

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