Fairhaven Gardens


Goal: Preserve and renovate this important affordable housing / HUD property and incorporate a significant community gardening element to provide education, gathering, and food harvesting opportunities for the residents.

Fairhaven Gardens preserves a fifty-year-old, 87-unit affordable housing community in Salem, Oregon. The ten residential buildings and new community center spread over the site’s four acres. Residents live in the midst of a community garden and urban farm, fruit orchard, and edible landscaping with berry bushes and fruit trees, as well as native plants chosen to attract pollinators. A new greenhouse and support from the community allow the garden to thrive and give neighbors a chance to participate in community life.


Fairhaven Gardens, formerly Viking Village, is an extensive interior and exterior rehabilitation of a fifty year old community, preserving it as very low income housing and extending the HAP contract. It includes ten units of agricultural worker housing, and a partnership with the Salem Housing Authority dedicates five units to individuals transitioning out of homelessness.

A one-acre community garden includes twenty raised beds, a greenhouse, two small orchards, berry frames, and in ground gardening or urban farming plots. Partnerships with the City of Salem and Marion-Polk Food Share have helped us to anchor the gardens within the community. Construction was completed and 100% occupancy was achieved in 2017, with a grand opening in April 2018.

Financing was provided from the sale of 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Tax Exempt Bond financing in partnership with Citi Community Capital and Oregon Housing and Community Services, Oregon Agricultural Worker Tax Credits and support from the OHCS Low Income Weatherization Program. The existing HAP contract was renewed for 20 more years.

  • Number of units: 87
  • Lot size: 4.18 acres
  • Density: 20.8 units/acre
  • Affordability: 60 % AMI
  • Total Cost: $17.3 M
  • Architect: Waechter Architecture
  • Contractor: LMC Construction
  • Property Management: Guardian Management LLC
  • Non-Profit Partners: AOF, Marion-Polk Food Share, Salem Housing Authority


CDP is proud to partner with these organizations, dedicated to bettering the lives not only of Fairhaven Gardens’ residents, but of those lower-income residents in surrounding communities.

Marion Polk Food Share

Marian Polk Food Share was formed as an independent nonprofit to help lead the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk counties since 1987. Today, The Food Share collects and distributes food to a network of more than 100 partner-agencies. Every month more than 46,000 people – including 15,000 children – access emergency food through the Marion Polk Food Share partner work.

Support from the agencies and community makes it possible to distribute food to meal sites, food pantries, foster homes, low-income day care centers, shelters, and senior housing sites.

Salem Housing Authority

Established in 1969, Salem Housing Authority serves approximately 9,000 Salem area residents within Salem’s Urban Growth Boundary with both safe and affordable rental housing assistance.

Salem Housing Authority’s mission is to assist low- and moderate-income families to achieve self-sufficiency through stable housing, economic opportunity, community investment, and coordination with social service providers. They are committed to building stronger communities through public housing, housing choice vouchers, affordable housing, and supportive services.