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Oregon nonprofit Northwest Housing Alternatives renovates Milwaukie headquarters and campus.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - NHAs renovation of its campus includes 28-units of affordable housing wrapped around the Annie Ross House, Clackams Countys only full-family shelter. Northwest Housing Alternatives hosted a grand reopening of its Milwaukie campus and headquarters, Tuesday, Aug. 20.

"We're really excited, and we hope this (expansion) is going to make a huge impact in achieving our mission," said Kristin Barber, NHA's director of resource development.

NHA is the leading nonprofit developer of affordable housing in the state of Oregon. It develops, builds and manages rental housing designed for Oregonians on an extremely limited income, often $16,000 a year or less. These developments total 1,885 units across 100 properties located all over the state.

The expansion saw a complete transformation of the Annie Ross House, which will reopen in September.

PMG PHOTO: SAM STITES - Expansio of NHAs offices will allow the nonprofit to expand from 36 to 50 employees over the next five years to achieve their goal of bringing more affrodable housing to Oregons market. The Annie Ross House is Clackamas County's only full-family shelter, and it serves to help local families experiencing homelessness transition into stable, affordable housing. The new shelter features eight expertly designed rooms that waste zero space including kitchenettes and private bathrooms.

The $20 million campus renovation completed by O'Neill Walsh Construction Group also includes 28 brand new units of affordable housing. The on-site development offers one, two and three-bedroom units, all centered around the NHA headquarters, Annie Ross House and a courtyard featuring a small playground and green space.

"This launches us to a point where will be able to get another 800-900 units of affordable housing to extend our reach in Oregon," Barber said. "The big takeaway is how amazing the community support was. This wouldn't have happened without it."

Executive Director Trell Anderson has a plan to increase staff by about 14 over the next five years in order to hit the goal of bringing 800-900 new units of affordable housing to Oregon during that same time period. According to Barber and Ash, NHA currently has about 125 units of housing coming down its pipeline for new development.

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