Kah San Chako Haws (‘East House’ in Chinook) is the Pacific Northwest’s first completed modular multi-family affordable housing project, and one of the first in the United States. It has 3 two bedroom, 3 one bedroom, and 3 studio apartments. The project has 15 modules. NAYA Family Center, a Native American social service non-profit organization, is the owner of the project. The goal of Kah San Chako Haws was to set the stage for a new generation of affordable housing in Oregon and other states that reduces unit costs, reduces delivery time, increases quality, improves unit design, is greener, and most importantly, has a positive impact on the number of affordable units built in the US.
Kah San Chako Haws demonstrates, that modular construction is a viable option to address cost, time, red tape, quality, design and sustainability in affordable housing.
Our goal was to give residents a place that exceeds expectations. We wanted to make better designed apartments that were replicable for future projects. People from all over have walked into the units and said: ‘I’d like to live here.’ We want the living units to speak a positive message to residents, to give them a smile and a new hope.
Kah San Chako Haws apartments are designed to comply with affordable housing standards, be durable and be adaptable for accessibility. The target population for Kah San Chako Haws will be single young mothers, families, youth aging out of foster care and seniors in need.
The model units, shown in the interior photos, were a test to see how the units could be economically furnished, and provide a path to consider delivering furnished units in the future.
The units are fully equipped with washers and dryers and fully outfitted kitchens. They also have lots of natural light and ventilation, and front doors opening onto a covered landing.
The floors are vinyl plank flooring, bath floors are Marmoleum, and bedrooms have durable carpet. Walls have a smooth wall finish and trim is upsized to give a nicer look.
Kan San Chako Haws will be certified LEED Gold.
The floor plan.
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