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Cascadia Clusters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit training houseless Portlanders to build affordable, sustainable and high quality workforce and transitional housing.

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We develop “tiny homes” and other small-footprint structures for governmental, nonprofit, and private use and offer affordable residential and commercial construction services.


Our Values

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COST EFFECTIVENESS

Affordable materials and labor

Our partnerships with local businesses, nonprofits and places of worship and our connection with Portland’s houseless population mean we are uniquely able to do construction work at a below market rate.

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TRAINING

Promoting healthy living and success

Cascadia Clusters trains houseless individuals in framing, roofing, insulating and finish carpentry. They are paid a daily stipend and receive housing while building tiny homes for other houseless people.

 
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SUSTAINABILITY

Innovative SOLAR TECHnology

Our partner, Shine, provides our tiny structures with cost-effective, powerful, environmentally sustainable systems that bring light, electricity, heat, hot water, showers and laundry facilities to our clients.

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GREEN CONSTRUCTION

Environmental stewardship

Reclaimed windows, plywood, framing materials, flooring, and sheeting are paired with a solar powered electrical system to create a green living environment.

 
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COMMUNITY

Meeting Basic Needs

Tiny home villages offer more than protection from the elements and a safe space. They offer community; complete with social services and rules.

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SAFETY

ensuring security

Our tiny homes are cost-effective, lockable, insulated, solar powered transitional housing. Having a dependable place of their own to come home to enables people to seek services, training and employment. 

Cascadia Clusters has provided me with a versatile skill set while helping me support my community.
— Bob, Houseless Construction Trainee