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AmeriCorps service in Portland, OR

Budgeting for your service year

In addition to a biweekly living stipend, you’ll receive free healthcare coverage, a transportation and mileage reimbursement, and deferment of your student loans during your service year. To help you envision how to make your budget work, we’ve offered some resources below about living in, and getting around, Portland.


Affordable neighborhoods in Portland

Wondering where many of our College Possible AmeriCorps coaches live? Here are three Portland neighborhoods to scope out for housing if you’re looking for an affordable one-bedroom apartment. They’re easily accessible by public transportation and stipend-budget friendly.

  • Inner southeast neighborhoods along Hawthorne, Division/Clinton, and Belmont

  • Outer southeast neighborhoods including Foster-Powell, Lents and Montavilla

  • Downtown Beaverton

Looking for a roommate?

You’ll have a chance to meet fellow incoming coaches before the school year begins for more roommate possibilities. You can also check out Diggz and Silvernest, apps offering roommate matching and house sharing services. 

Check out these housing apps

Find affordable rentals not listed on other, more-common apps:


Getting to work

Getting to the Portland office is a breeze, whether you have your own ride, or you’re opting for public transportation. Our office is located one minute walking distance from the A or B Line Portland Streetcar stop at Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, or Stark Street, as well as many TriMet bus stops. Many of our staff utilize the affordable TriMet buses, Trimet Max Light Rail, or Portland Streetcar for their daily commute.

Those who prefer to drive to the office enjoy free street or office-lot parking. 

Portland is also one of the most bike friendly cities in the country. In addition to ample bike infrastructure, find bike and scooter share throughout the city from BikeTown PDX. You can even subscribe for bike share + Lyft for exclusive pricing on Lyft rides.


Where Portland coaches hang out

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