Telling Our Stories: Matt

Telling Our Stories

Matt’s vision has been deteriorating for 16 years and his sight will sadly continue to diminish. Living in Portland’s walkable inner SE neighborhood, which offers great public transportation, grocery stores, restaurants, and community parks and gardens, helps him live independently and stay connected to his community.

Matt’s home is Hawthorne East, 71 units of affordable housing for Oregonians with special needs and older Portlanders living on fixed incomes. He has called Hawthorne East home since 2003, but the building was in jeopardy of market-rate conversion.

When asked whether he could still afford his home if the rents increased, Matt replied “Oh, absolutely not. The rent would have been more than my entire disability check. Staying here would have been impossible.”
A safe, dignified, and affordable place to call home is something that everyone needs. Stable housing helps families succeed, allows older adults to age in place and remain connected to their community, and makes it possible for people like Matt to maintain their quality of life.
As the largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing in Oregon, Northwest Housing Alternatives creates opportunity through housing for over 2,600 Oregonians like Matt.

Northwest Housing Alternatives recently acquired Hawthorne East and rescued the building from market-rate conversion. Now Hawthorne East will remain an affordable place to call home for Matt and all of the building’s tenants, and it will continue to be affordable for at least 60 years.
Matt truly appreciates Hawthorne East. “It is kind of like an oasis for me. It enables me to enjoy this city, this community. I’m close to my sister, and I’m close to friends.”

NHA is now providing Resident Services at Hawthorne East.  For the first time, Hawthorne East’s residents have services connected to their housing. 
NHA’s Resident Services program is designed to help our residents live healthy, stable, and independent lives. Hawthorne East’s residents benefit
from onsite nursing visits, financial education, emergency food boxes, and community building events.   

Northwest Housing Alternatives is proud to preserve Hawthorne East for Matt, his neighbors, and for generations of Portlanders to come.

Pease consider donating to Northwest Housing Alternatives and help us continue to serve people like Matt.
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