As a centerpiece of Portland’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Bud Clark Commons represents a new approach to providing dignified permanent housing and comprehensive services to help those experiencing homelessness move toward a stable, safe and healthy life. The architecture helps achieve the mission laid out by the Housing First approach in the expression of both form and function in three distinct program areas: a day center with a public courtyard and access to services, and a temporary shelter with 90 beds for men. In addition, there are 130 furnished studio apartments for homeless women or men seeking permanent supportive housing, with nine of the units offering universal accessibility. Applicants seeking a studio apartment are the most difficult to house and are less likely to qualify for housing in a typical building. Home Forward, formerly called the Housing Authority of Portland, prioritizes the placement of individuals in apartments using a vulnerability assessment tool, which uses 10 indicators, or “domains of vulnerability,” to measure an individual’s vulnerability to continued homelessness. Less than 350 square feet, the studio apartments at Bud Clark Commons were designed to provide residents with the amenities and comforts of a standard-size unit. They are cozy, efficient, and domestic. Each apartment has a full kitchen and bath, and a cleverly detailed storage area that doubles as a bike rack. A clerestory window on the interior wall separating the bath from the living area allows natural light to illuminate the inner space. Operable windows allow fresh air circulation in the apartments but to ensure energy efficiency a smart sensor turns the heat off when a window is left open for too long. Furnishings, fixtures, and building materials were chosen for easy maintenance and durability; a neutral palette allows residents to color their own space and add personal touches to reflect unique histories and tastes.