building COMMUNITY

The Center for Hope and Recovery  is a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility in Northeast Portland which includes LifeWorks NW’s 36-bed Project Network and the 32-unit Home Forward Beech Street Apartments. The facility is part of a co-development project that includes the LifeWorks NW treatment unit and affordable substance-free family housing owned and operated by Home Forward, a Portland housing agency.

The integrated development will allow LifeWorks NW’s Project Network clients who transition from the treatment facility to have access to drug- and alcohol-free permanent family housing within walking distance of their outpatient treatment.

“This innovative collaboration provides a treatment facility and permanent housing that helps families to build a solid base of recovery, maintain a crucial support network, sustain the success of their treatment and remain in their local community,” says Mary Monnat, president and CEO of LifeWorks NW. “We are truly honored to work with our families alongside Home Forward to rebuild community one family at a time.”

The Center for Hope and Recovery will increase Project Network’s treatment capacity by 9% to serve primarily African American women in the NE Portland community. To support families, the center also includes an on-site child development center, a playground, computer space, therapy rooms, medical office and group rooms.

Development Team

LifeWorks NW developed the Center for Hope and Recovery along with Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland) and Gerding Edlen, a leading West Coast developer. The center was designed and constructed by Holst Architecture and O’Neil/Walsh Community Builders LLC.

Using a single team to design and construct the two facilities into a single complex ensured design compatibility but also helped leverage public and private resources in the most cost efficient manner possible.

About LifeWorks NW

Founded in 1961 and based in Portland, Oregon, LifeWorks NW provides mental health, addiction and related social services for a healthy community. The non-profit agency has clinics and service centers throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. The agency’s services benefit children, teens, adults, older adults and families. Last year, LifeWorks NW provided services to more than 17,000 people.

“Successful programs for women with substance abuse issues are rare,” says Monnat. “Programs that address the needs of both addicted women and their children are rarer still. For women, the single most important factor in sustained recovery is access to safe, permanent and affordable drug- and alcohol-free housing.”

With availability of permanent, safe, alcohol and drug free housing, households recovering from alcohol and drug addiction can maintain the gains they have made in treatment, keep their children out of foster care, attain meaningful employment and continue the important work of rebuilding their families.

WALSH and OWCB are honored to be a part of this successful community project.


Sustainability Notes

This unique, community-oriented development aims to be a model of both social and environmental sustainability. In addition to providing much-needed support for low-income families, the project is LEED for Homes Multifamily Platinum pending, and features a green roof, stormwater planters, locally sourced materials, and non-toxic paints and finishes.