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#TheNittyGritty: How Membership Works.

We love independence, and part of that is being able to make your own choices. Here’s how it works.

Membership Fee

This one-time fee, also called an entrance fee, is required at move-in and is determined by the size and location of the apartment. It’s neither a real estate transaction nor is it transferable. Once your application is accepted, an application fee (which is part of the membership fee) is due and holds the apartment for up to 60 days. The remainder of the fee is due when you take possession of your apartment. The Membership Fee may be partially refundable and refundability is determined by the type and terms of your Residency Agreement.

Maintenance Fee

This fee is based on the size of and number of persons in the apartment. It includes:

  • Utilities (electricity, local phone, heat/AC, water, garbage, basic cable television)
  • Free laundry rooms
  • 24/7 licensed staff
  • Bi-monthly housekeeping/weekly flat linen service
  • 24-hour emergency systems
  • Storage and bike lockers
  • A complimentary three-day stay in our licensed healthcare center for independent members who want or need additional medical support on a short-term basis
  • Tech support is available for an additional fee


Around here, you don’t even need a car. Whether it’s by foot, bike, streetcar or the MAX train, you can easily get around Portland. You’re also so close to downtown, you’ll have the #CityAtYourFeet. But if you’d like to bring your car, parking spaces are available for an additional fee.

Tax Advantages

As a member of a non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community, you are eligible for certain tax advantages. A portion of your membership fee and monthly maintenance fees may be deductible as a medical expense for these purposes. Consult your financial advisor.

Fitch Rating

Terwilliger Plaza continues to be one of a handful of retirement communities across the nation who has an “BBB” Rating from Fitch Ratings, a global credit rating agency.

Internationally Accredited

Less than ten percent of Continuing Care Retirement Communities are accredited, which is proof of our dedication to quality care. Terwilliger Plaza has been recognized with a CARF-CCAC accreditation since 1997. To earn this seal, we meet or exceed over 1,200 measurements of excellence, including vital issues such as governance, finance, accessibility and health and safety.

Our Policies

Terwilliger Plaza is a not-for-profit, self-governed community. We’re also tobacco-free, don’t discriminate, and are pledged to the letter and spirit of the federal and state policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunities. We encourage and support affirmative advertising and marketing in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing due to race, color, religion, gender, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation.

How To Apply

Whether you want to move next month or a few years from now, plan for your future by putting your name on our wait list. People love living here, so we generally maintain a full house. If you’re interested, it’s a great idea to start the process today. Please note, we charge a fully refundable $1,000 fee for the wait list.

Do you need more information? Want help completing your application form? Interested in getting on the wait list? Please call our Marketing Department at 503-808-7871. It’s a good idea to start as early as possible, because as most of our members will tell you, it’s definitely worth the wait. Thank you for considering Terwilliger Plaza.

Questions? Call us at 503-808-7871 or e-mail us at