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Knapp House


Portland OregonThe Basics

Founded in 2008 in Portland, Oregon, by Zack Nolan, who has over ten years of recovery, Knapp House provides safe and structured sober living for newly clean and sober men and women. Their mission is to help clients better their lives, while they build a strong foundation in their recovery, as well as get back on their feet. Housing coordinator, Krystina Crume, who has been clean and sober for three years, oversees operations and interviews potential clients.

Accommodations and Amenities

Knapp House accommodates 65 clients, who are spread out among five houses, including one female-only house and four male homes. Upon arrival, clients share double-occupancy rooms. After 30 days, the residents are usually moved into singles. Amenities include paper supplies, cable TV, all utilities, Wi-Fi, a house computer with Internet, parking and laundry facilities. Smoking is permitted outdoors, but must be 10 feet away from any entrance, including doors and windows.

Clients are responsible for their own groceries, and meals are prepared in fully equipped kitchens. Residents receive designated pantry spaces, and are assigned areas in the refrigerator and freezer. Clients must label their groceries. House managers, who also act as mentors, live on the premises and oversee operations.

Rules and Regulations

Clients undergo an interview with Crume to ensure that Knapp House is an appropriate fit. Preferably, residents have attended an inpatient drug rehab prior to admission, but clients are admitted on a case-by-case basis. During the first 30 days, residents undergo a black out period. Unemployed clients must be out of the house, looking for work, between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Mondays through Fridays. During this time, the curfew is 10 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays.

After the black out period, Knapp House doesn’t have a set curfew, but prefers that residents are home by midnight or notify their house manager if they are running late. Residents must show proof of job searches to the house manager. Those receiving SSI or disability benefits must perform community service, or attend between 15 and 20 hours of weekly 12-step meetings. Other requirements include participating at the Sunday night house meeting, acquiring and working with a sponsor, and developing an outside support group, as well as offering peer support to fellow housemates.

Residents seeking a more faith-based option are encouraged to attend church services and/or Celebrate Recovery. Additionally, those who prefer an alternative to the 12 steps are allowed to attend SMART Recovery. Performance of household chores is mandatory, and residents must take turns taking the garbage out, as well as utilize recycling bins. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. At Knapp House, a zero tolerance policy is enforced and relapsed residents are immediately evicted from the premises.

Other behaviors that warrant immediate expulsion include possessing weapons, eating another resident’s food, vandalizing the property, engaging in verbal or physical abuse, and any other disruptive behavior. Besides Crume and Nolan, staff includes Rick German. All three are certified recovery mentors.


Knapp House works hard to help clients utilize additional resources within the area including employment opportunities, outpatient drug rehabs and counseling.

Other services available at Knapp House besides housing include an off-site mentoring program, case management and weekly life skills groups. The mentoring program is located at Knapp House’s main office in Portland. Clients work one on one with certified mentors, who teach them life skills including grocery shopping, as well as accompanying clients to the gym.

In Summary

Knapp House is all about recovery, and they offer highly affordable safe and structured sober living with the focus of helping clients get back on their feet. The staff seems to go out of its way to help clients, so for those fresh out of rehab that are looking for a supportive sober living, this would be a great match.

Knapp House
(mailing address)
P.O. Box 132
Clackamas, OR 97015

Knapp House
8823 SE Knapp Street
Portland, OR 97266

Knapp House Cost: $400-$475 (30 days). Reach Knapp House by phone at (503) 206-4501. Find Knapp House at Facebook and Vimeo

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