Native American groups break ground on new affordable housing in NE Portland


PORTLAND, Ore. – Native American leaders celebrated a new resource for their community that will be coming to Northeast Portland, breaking ground on a 59-unit, affordable housing complex in the Cully neighborhood.

Twenty of the units at the Nesika Illahee Apartments will be reserved for members of federally-recognized tribes.

Several native groups came together to make the project happen, including the Native American Youth and Family Center - or "NAYA."

The new housing is going up just minutes from NAYA Family Center's location in Northeast Portland.

"To have it so close, just a half a mile away, will not only benefit the Native American community in terms of housing, but all the services we provide at naya will also benefit the residents here," said Paul Lumley, the Executive Director for NAYA Family Center.

NAYA and other groups plan to introduce other services on-site at the complex, including dental, behavioral health, and recovery programs.

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