Fairhaven Gardens, Salem, OR


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 HAP contract was renewed for 20 more years.

Patient Seller and strong upside potential providing for a robust
renovation budget
Extra plot of land included that could be transformed into community building and garden

Poor condition of the property
Incumbent Mom and Pop managers in place without access to strong reporting or compliance

Number of units: 87
Lot Size: 4.18 acres
Density: 20.8 units/acre.
Unit Size:
Parking Spaces:
Affordability: Section 8 50% AMI maximum
Financing: 4% LIHTC, tax exempt bonds, Oregon agricultural worker housing tax credits, Oregon low income weatherization program
Architect: Waechter Architecture
Contractor: LMC
Property Management: Pinnacle
Non-Profit Partners: AOF, Marion-Polk Food Share, Salem Housing Authority
Total Cost: $17,302,412
Cost Per Unit: $198,878


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