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Community of Seniors and Foster Children Propsers in Portland

Bridge Meadows community spaces allow residents to meet informally. Image courtesy of Bridge Meadows.


PD&R The Edge
July 8, 2014

Bridge Meadows, in Portland, Oregon, is a diverse community which provides 36 affordable housing units for low income seniors and adoptive families of three or more foster care children.  The development incorporates green features, community meeting rooms, social spaces, and bicycle parking.  In an effort to create an intergenerational environment, seniors are required to volunteer 100 hours with the Bridge Meadows’ foster children in areas such as arts, recreation, and cooking.  Staff has noticed great success in the mixed community; seniors often volunteer more than their required hours, families assist elders and bonds have strengthened, improving the lives of both seniors and families.  More…