Fostering a Unique Community

The NAYA Generations affordable housing complex planned for seniors and families in Southeast
Portland is not Carleton Hart Architecture’s first foray into intergenerational housing.

The Portland-based firm also designed Bridge Meadows, which was completed two years ago.
The North Portland affordable housing development pairs elderly residents with families adopting
children from foster care. This model has been lauded for its health benefits to seniors who volunteer
to support families and as a means to facilitate the adoption of more children out of the foster
care system.

Native American Youth and Family Center’s $10.5 million NAYA Generations project was heavily
inspired by Bridge Meadows. Guardian Real Estate Services is the developer, and the complex will
serve a similar population with 30 housing units for seniors and 10 for families. But this project is
definitely different, Carleton Hart principal Brian Carleton said.

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