Non-Profit Organization Dedicated to Student Success

Our Mission

College Housing Northwest is a non-profit organization that enhances student success by creating supportive housing communities, providing programs and services, and reducing the financial burden for students.

1969

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

Outside View of Goose Hollow Apartments

1972

CHNW opens 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, is funded through a loan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and represents CHNW’s first major asset.

1988

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

1999

Goose Hollow Plaza is constructed and connected to Goose Hollow Tower.

2006

After extended renovations in this public-private partnership, CHNW opens The Gem on the Oregon State University campus, a 231-unit facility renovated by CHNW and owned by OSU.

2007

CHNW, as Housing Northwest, Inc., expands into traditional affordable housing at multiple sites across Oregon.

2010

The Board of Directors hires Dave Garnand in August to lead CHNW as it transitions back into student housing.

Outside view of The Amy apartments

2016

CHNW breaks ground on the development of The Amy, a 141-unit facility on the south side of the PSU campus.

2017

CHNW is ranked 10th among Oregon's “Best Nonprofits to Work For” in the large organization category.

2019

After considerable challenges beyond CHNW’s control, the team navigates The Amy construction project to closure and opens this modern, new apartment community.

2020

ARCS (Affordable Rents for College Students) pilot program is created in collaboration with local colleges and nonprofit organizations to assist students experiencing houselessness.

2021

College Housing Northwest acquires Curry Court, a 21-unit apartment community located close to Oregon Health and Science University and the National University of Natural Medicine.

2022

Pam Blumenthal is hired as the Director of the ARCS program. Pam’s experience includes over 16 years at Portland Community College, where she built innovative programs that supported low-income students, foster youth, and other historically marginalized students.

2022

CHNW acquires The 601, which becomes CHNW’s first community located on Portland’s eastside. This student housing property was purchased to house and support students attending Mount Hood Community College (MHCC) and other nearby educational institutions.

2023

Connery Place is purchased in partnership with ODHS (Oregon Department of Human Resources), located one block from Portland Community College’s southeast campus and providing up to 20 permanently affordable units for ARCS students.

2023

CHNW acquires the former Pony Soldier Motel in Gresham near MHCC via an Oregon Community Foundation grant to provide 75 low to no-rent apartments for ARCS students.

Low Barriers to Entry

We do our best to make it easy for college students to find housing. Below are just a few of the low barriers to entry that help make this possible.

No first and last month's rent required!

No employment history or proof of income is required.

Rental history is not required - first time renters welcome!

We offer low move-in deposits and application fees.

We do not require a cosigner.

Outside View of Goose Hollow Apartments

Partnership Opportunities

CHNW is seeking collaboration and partnership opportunities with higher education institutions and development organizations to construct or redevelop new apartment housing exclusively for post-secondary students.

CHNW’s 501(c)(3) status allows for the unique opportunity to bond-finance projects, requiring little to no equity and allowing colleges and universities to focus on education while still providing a close-to-campus housing experience for students.

CHNW is interested in purchasing apartment buildings in and around campuses that allow us to provide more affordable housing and targeted services to college students.

CHNW is interested in master leasing apartment buildings that are conducive to housing college students in the general vicinity of colleges. Our non-profit status allows us to pass our tax savings on to students in the form of enhanced services and below market rents.

Jim Rader has been a director since 2005. His professional experience is primarily in banking, from managing lending units to operational functions and product groups. Jim was Regional Vice President at Bank of the West, where he oversaw the Treasury Management function and staff for offices throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and California.

Bob Magnuson enjoys an extensive executive management background primarily in healthcare, private equity, and finance. He served in a variety of senior roles including stints as a company Vice-President, CFO, President and CEO across multiple domestic and international geographies. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science from The University of Oregon and a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University. He resides in Salem, Oregon with his wife Jennifer and their five children.

Eva Park has a degree from Portland State University. She currently works as an analyst conducting various investigations for major international companies. Her involvement with CHNW goes back to 2016 when she was still an undergrad. Eva has been a welcome addition to the board.

Javier Gomez is a communications student at PSU and has been a resident at The Amy since 2022. He believes in the mission of CHNW, loves to engage with the community, and informs them of new initiatives and projects the organization has to offer. His favorite thing about CHNW is how student-centered it is and how passionate the whole team is to make this happen.

Diane L. Odeh is a PhD student at Portland State University studying social equity as it pertains to public affairs and policy. Diane first became involved with the Goose Hollow Resident Council in 2020 after being so impressed with how well College Housing Northwest supported student residents. She then became a CHNW board member in 2022 after serving on the CHNW Racial Equity Committee. With a decade of experience working with college students, Diane serves as an advocate for both traditional and non-traditional residents within CHNW.

Laura Thomas is currently a Regional Manager with Prime Residential Property Management. Earning her real estate license in Texas in 1994 and completing her CAM Courses in 2001, Laura worked for R.M.I. Property Management as a Property Manager from 2000-2002. From 2002-2004 Laura was the Regional Training Director for the Texas region and from 2004-2007 she worked as a Regional Property Manager managing over 3500 units and over 10 communities. Laura moved to Washington State in 2007 where she continued her career as a Regional Property Manager through 2011 with Aspen Square Management and with IPM as a Portfolio Manager. Laura was also the Market Sales Manager at RentPath and a Vice-President with Templeton Property Management.

Tenisha Tevis is an Assistant Professor in the Adult and Higher Education program at Oregon State University. Drawing on her former administrative experience, she has improved the practice of higher education administrators, re-conceptualized theoretical frameworks, and given voice to underserved and marginalized populations.

Jennifer Beal has spent much of her professional career working and volunteering in education. More recently she has worked for a non-profit that partners with schools serving low-income students to provide a reading intervention program with a focus on education equity. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University.

Hollis Kinner (he/him) is a student affairs program coordinator and a 2020 graduate of Portland State University’s Master of Social Work program. In that program, he particularly became more interested in mezzo and macro-level social justice issues. He is currently a candidate in PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs where he studies nonprofit/public management and organizational leadership. Hollis has been part of the CHNW community since 2017 and a board member since 2018.

Jason Wold has 30 years of experience working in education, with extensive experience working in Special Education environments. He spent 12 years working in therapeutic schools. He has been a teacher, a vice principal, an assistant principal, and a principal. His most recent experience was as Principal at Edison High School in Portland, Oregon. Edison is the only school in Oregon and Southwest Washington dedicated to serving students with complex learning differences or learning disabilities. The work there was powerful and profound: helping every student to reach his or her full potential. 

Board of Directors

Have we mentioned that we’re committed to serving students? That mission runs deep through our entire organization.  You can feel it when you meet our team, from community assistants to the board of directors, and you can see it in our community involvement.  We walk our talk through collaborative service and professional excellence.

Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report

Take a look at our 2023 Annual Report below. We take pride in the money we save students and keeping a high level of transparency in our organization.

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