Emmons Place Grand Opening Celebration

March 11, 2024

Elected officials, community leaders and housing advocates celebrate opening of Northwest Housing Alternatives’ Emmons Place 

Northwest Portland’s Alphabet District apartment community adds 146 units of deeply affordable housing 

PORTLAND, ORE. Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) celebrated the grand opening of Emmons Place, an affordable housing community in Northwest Portland’s historic Alphabet District today. Elected officials, housing advocates, community leaders and residents joined NHA and Northwest Pilot Project to celebrate the 146 new affordable housing units in an area profoundly impacted by gentrification.

“Emmons Place represents a milestone in our collective commitment to addressing the affordable housing crisis,” said Ore. State Rep. Maxine Dexter (HD-33). “The collaboration between NHA and its partners showcases a dedication to inclusivity and providing a home for vulnerable populations. I am proud to see this cherished resource come to life in my district. It is already creating a vibrant and supportive community that will have ripple effects throughout the neighborhood, community, city and state.”

The development was made possible, in part, by Portland Housing Bureau’s allocation of $19.7 million from the Portland Housing Bond. The new community includes 48 studio apartments for seniors exiting homelessness who will receive Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) services from Northwest Pilot Project. It also includes 98 studio apartments for adults with low incomes, with priority given to seniors, people of color and people with disabilities. NHA will provide resident services to every tenant, connecting them with various community resources.

The building is named after Portland affordable housing advocate Susan Emmons. Emmons currently serves as the Portland Bond Oversight Committee. Before that, Emmons served as the executive director of Northwest Pilot Project for nearly 30 years and chaired Portland’s Housing and Community Development Commission.

“Naming the building after Susan Emmons highlights just how important it is to advocate for affordable housing in every neighborhood and every community,” said Trell Anderson, executive director of NHA. “Susan has been a passionate voice for preserving and adding affordable housing to Portland’s downtown neighborhoods. We are proud to honor her life’s work today.”

Emmons Place is centrally located with a remarkable 99 Walk Score, offering access to reliable public transit and essential services. The property includes thoughtfully designed community spaces, a courtyard, bike storage, a lounge, and resident services.

The building was completed in two phases: Emmons Place South opened in February 2023 and is fully leased. Emmons Place North opened in December 2023 and applications are currently being accepted. The apartment community combines new construction with the preservation of a century-old building.

“I am overwhelmed with pride and joy to stand with this community today and celebrate the opening of Emmons Place,” said Emmons. “This community embodies the culmination of a lifelong dedication to affordable housing and community advocacy. This development underscores the enduring importance of accessible housing and creating a place called home.”

Affordable housing nonprofit NHA sponsored the development of the community. Construction and design of Emmons Place was led by Bremik Construction and Carleton Hart Architecture. In addition to the Portland Housing Bureau, other funding was made possible by Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), the Metro Transit-Oriented Development Program, Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS), Home Forward, and KeyBank.

Learn more about Emmons Place and access photos from the event here.


About Northwest Housing Alternatives

Northwest Housing Alternatives’ mission is to create opportunity through housing. NHA provides affordable housing options for families, seniors and people with disabilities across Oregon. Go to nwhousing.org for more information.


Ariane Le Chevallier