Urban League of Portland, in partnership with Oregon’s housing authority, Home Forward, is hosting the Hattie Redmond Apartments grand opening in early April. With about one third of its residents ready to move within days, the Hattie Redmond Building is the first of several culturally specific housing projects to be spearheaded by The League. The building, which is rightfully named after a Black female leader in Oregon’s suffrage movement, will serve as home to at least 60 formerly houseless Black Oregonians.
The Hattie Redmond Building consists of 60 brand new affordable apartment units with communal amenities to include a bike room, free on-site laundry, a wellness space, an office and a kitchen, as well as several lounge areas. “The Hattie Redmond Building is a step in the right direction, " says Urban League of Portland President/CEO, Nkenge Harmon Johnson. “The issue of Black houselessness should be addressed by Black developers. And for that reason, we are happy to be positioned as not only service providers, but as actual developers of the Hattie Redmond Building.