Our History

Here to Serve Students

At College Housing Northwest (CHNW) that mission drives every decision we make and every project we pursue. As a not-for-profit organization, we provide housing and services for post-secondary students in the downtown Portland and Corvallis areas.

What we really do is provide convenient, affordable student housing at below-market rental rates. Our properties are clean and comfortable, with controlled key fob access and a wide range of support services – from free campus shuttles to counseling referrals to financial guidance. All our buildings have on-site resident ambassadors and council representatives, plus student-directed activities, events, forums, services and resources.

At CHNW, we offer more than just a safe and affordable place to live; we create dynamic living and learning environments that help students achieve their goals – whether that means academic brilliance or personal growth (or a combination of the two). Our staff members are also engaged in a process of professional achievement, personal empowerment and daily student support.

Current CHNW Executive Director, David Garnand talks with Comcast Newsmakers' host Ken Ackerman about the College Housing Northwest.

Stan Amy, Founding Member of Portland Student Services discusses the history of College Housing Northwest.


Created by students, for students, CHNW grew out of a 1969 urban studies class at Portland State University, which was examining the need for student housing near the University’s downtown campus.


CHNW opened a brand-new, 221-unit high-rise apartment building in Portland’s Goose Hollow neighborhood to expand the housing at PSU. The building, known as Goose Hollow Tower, was funded through a loan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and represented CHNW’s first major asset.


CHNW finalized a lease-equity acquisition arrangement with the Housing Authority of Portland to renovate and manage three additional apartment buildings located near the PSU campus.


Goose Hollow Plaza was constructed. Since then, CHNW has operated seven facilities (485 units) in Portland.


Opened The Gem on the Oregon State University campus, a 231-unit facility renovated by CHNW and owned by the University.


The Board of Directors hired Dave Garnand in August to lead CHNW through a transitional period in the organization and help identify a renewed direction.

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