The Commons on MLK
Construction was recently completed in January 2021 for The Commons on MLK project in Eugene, Oregon – a supportive housing facility for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Hohbach-Lewin had the honor to work with Bergsund DeLaney Architecture to help shape this new space that residents can now call home.
The 35,000 square-foot, L-shaped, 4-story wood-framed building includes 51 studio apartment units, common areas, laundry facilities, meeting rooms and support staff offices. Bergsund DeLaney Architecture has been on the forefront of ‘trauma-informed’ design, creating thoughtful solutions to design spaces with safety and security in mind while aiming to promote social engagement and provide spatial choice.
The Commons on MLK follows the ‘Housing First’ model, which provides permanent housing with wrap-around services and programs to provide a platform from which residents can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. The project was a cooperative effort between the design team, many service oriented non-profit organizations, local jurisdictions, and Oregon healthcare organizations. This project provides a blueprint for future similar projects and takes a significant step in helping to break the cycle of homelessness.
The Commons on MLK is a vital community resource for some of our most vulnerable community members and is the first of its kind in the Eugene area. Hohbach-Lewin is honored to be a part of this collaborative project.
Architect: Bergsund DeLaney Architecture and Planning
Owner: Homes for Good Housing Authority
Contractor: Meili Construction
Construction completed: January 2021