Southeast Portland affordable housing reopens after renovation

The inside of one of the renovated units of Hawthorne East in Southeast Portland. (KATU Photo)

Some affordable housing units in Southeast Portland will be around for a few more decades thanks to the completion of a big project.

The 11X13 Preservation campaign came to an end with the grand reopening of the Hawthorne East Monday morning.

It’s the last of 11 buildings to be renovated and preserved as Section 8 housing.

Because of the desirable location of the building it was a risk of being converted to rentals but will now be preserved for the next 60 years.

“While we talk a lot about building new, it’s important not to lose what we have,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “And what we have here is a real asset to the community.”

The building got new energy and weatherization upgrades as well as elevator renovations and a new security system. The project was funded by several partners, including the Portland Housing Bureau and Wells Fargo Community Lending.

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