northwest housing alternatives campus redevelopment

Having made do for 30 years operating their non-profit and family shelter out of three single-family houses, Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA) needed suitable facilities to support their work of providing much-needed affordable housing. MWA worked with NHA to develop a master plan for their property in Milwaukie. The new campus provides a development and management office, an eight-unit family shelter, and 28 multifamily affordable housing units, ranging between one and three bedrooms.

Amenities include a resident community room, resident services, property management spaces, on-site parking, outdoor terrace, and playground.



Milwaukie, OR


Northwest Housing Alternatives


O’Neill Walsh Community Builders


Site: 1.7 acres
Shelter: 8,460 SF
Housing: 29,851 SF
Office: 11,755 SF




2020 Green Best Project, Regional Best Projects, ENR


Thomas Harris

The family shelter is located at the heart of the campus and was developed in conjunction with shelter management, and guided by trauma informed design. MWA was sensitive to the need to provide a temporary home for some of the community’s most vulnerable families within a protected environment.

Designed with a variety of spaces, the office building negotiates the sloping site with a light-filled split level that facilitates the informal building of community.

Family housing units share the central courtyard with the shelter and the new office headquarters. Sightlines between units and buildings were carefully managed on this tight site in order to create an intimate campus.


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