Mission and History of Northwest Housing Alternatives

Mission statement:

Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) creates opportunity through housing. NHA builds and preserves affordable housing for people earning low-incomes including families, seniors and people with special needs. Homeless Intervention Services are provided to families, couples, singles and seniors in Clackamas County through the Annie Ross House and its sister program, HomeBase. Northwest Housing Alternatives’ properties in the Portland Metro area are enriched with Resident Services to provide our residents with opportunities to live healthy and fulfilling lives.


Formed in 1982, Northwest Housing Alternatives’ (NHA) portfolio serves over 2,500 residents in 1,658 units in 17 Oregon counties. NHA has developed affordable housing with support from HUD, Oregon Housing and Community Services, and numerous local governments. NHA has built expertise in funding projects using various innovative models. One example is HUD “Mixed-Financing”, which combines HUD 202 / 811 financing with Low Income Housing Tax Credits. NHA completed the third Mixed-Finance HUD 202/811 property nationwide in 2006. Since 2006, NHA has completed two additional Mixed Finance projects and currently has its fourth project under construction. These four projects make NHA the national leader in the Mixed-Finance HUD 202/811 field. In 2009, Northwest Housing Alternatives’ became the first organization to use the Oregon Housing Acquisition Fund, an acquisition loan product that enabled NHA to purchase seven properties made up of 247 units of Section 8 Housing and prevent their conversion into market rate rentals. NHA is committed to building green homes and won the 2010 MetLife award for best practices in green senior living. The Village at the Headwaters, a 56-apartment senior building in Portland, includes an eco roof, energy-efficient appliances, solar hot-water preheat, low water-use fixtures and green materials and finishes. In addition to providing healthy living spaces, the apartments are economical to maintain. The development of the property also restored a creek critical to local salmon. NHA’s HomeBase program has tripled the number of households served by NHA’s Homeless Intervention Services while allowing it to incorporate new populations (singles, couples and seniors), and increase capacity to meet the county’s growing needs. In 2011 NHA helped 244 households transition from or avoid homelessness.

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