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NEWS FLASH – We are thrilled and honored to announce that Treasurer Ted Wheeler will give the keynote address at our Gala!

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 25, 2014 at 8:59 am

Hey friends, just one click and we'll be at the mini-milestone of 350 page likes - who will be lucky #350? Please share and invite your friends to like us, if you have a minute. Thanks, and happy Friday!

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Facebook IconJuly 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

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Southern Oregon friends, here's a great volunteer opportunity with our awesome member Access!

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ACCESS Food Share Gardens

The ACCESS Food Share Gardens are already in harvest stage thanks to the early warmth this summer season. If interested in helping at the Central Point garden on Thursday mornings, or in Medford or Gold Hill on Monday and Friday mornings, contact Nan King, Food Share Garden Coordinator at freshaccess@accesshelps.org.

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 23, 2014 at 10:52 am

Portland friends, please join us and Street Roots, Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF), Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Northwest Pilot Project and many others supporting the proposal by Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Nick Fish that 100% of any new Portland short-term rental fees should be dedicated to affordable housing.

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Organizations call for 100% of short-term rental fee to go toward affordable housing | Street Roots

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by Israel Bayer | 23 Jul 2014Click to view largerAs organizations working to preserve and expand opportunities for low-income people to live and thrive in Portland, we support the proposal by Portland City Commissioners Dan Saltzman and Nick Fish for a dedicated stream of funding for affordable hous…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 23, 2014 at 10:01 am

Exciting opportunity at Portland Housing Bureau!

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Equity and Policy Manager, Portland Housing Bureau (Principal Managment Analyst)

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The City of Portland’s Housing Bureau (PHB) is charged with solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland. PHB meets its mission through policy development, allocation of capital funding, and management of programs that address affordable housing, ending homelessness, and homeownership.…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Congratulations to Scott | Edwards Architecture on winning not one, but two Gold Nugget Awards!

http://oregonon.org/blog/2014/two-scott-edwards-architecture-designs-win-gold-nugget-awards/

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Facebook IconJuly 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

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Exciting news from our Central Oregon members NeighborImpact and Housing Works, partnering to address the affordable housing crisis.

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For Immediate Release: July 17, 2014

Local nonprofits respond to affordable housing crisis
NeighborImpact and Housing Works enter into joint venture

Redmond, OR – With many families still priced out of homes and rental units in Central Oregon, NeighborImpact and Housing Works announce a unique partnership to bring more affordable housing to the region. With rental vacancy rates still less than one percent and home prices rising, two of the region’s senior nonprofits are answering the call to make a difference.

“This is a great example of organizations forging a collaborative partnership to create additional resources for development of affordable housing at a critical time in Central Oregon, which is experiencing a serious housing crisis,” explains Tom Kemper, executive director of Housing Works.

Housing Works is the local housing authority for Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties. The organization provides affordable housing and rental assistance for low- and moderate-income residents. Housing Works currently owns and operates 23 properties including Putnam Pointe in downtown Bend, Canyon East and Chennai Landing in Madras, Reindeer Meadows and Aspen Villas in Redmond, Prairie House and Riverside Apartments in Prineville, and Eastlake Village on 27th Street in Bend. NeighborImpact is the area’s largest social services nonprofit and is also a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, a national organization focused on the development of affordable housing and promotion of home ownership. The joint venture formed between Housing Works and NeighborImpact will allow NeighborImpact to bring capital available only to NeighborWorks organizations to benefit Central Oregon and to construct new affordable housing.

The board of directors for NeighborImpact recently approved the joint venture, which will allow Housing Works to move forward with plans for two possible communities, which remain in the early stages of planning. Without this partnership, it is unlikely that those developments would occur.

“I’m thrilled that NeighborImpact and Housing Works have found a creative means of bringing the resources of both organizations to the table to address this problem,” says Scott Cooper, executive director of NeighborImpact. “Collaboration is the way of the future for nonprofits, and this partnership feels like a leading- edge concept, which can be replicated over and over again for the benefit our region.”

NeighborImpact and Housing Works have a long history of collaborative partnerships. In 2013, NeighborImpact sold its only affordable housing development to Housing Works to assure its long-term viability. Housing Works also sets aside rental units for clients utilizing NeighborImpact’s transitional housing program.

For more information about NeighborImpact, Housing Works, and NeighborWorks America visit their websites:

NeighborImpact: http://www.neighborimpact.org
Housing Works: http://www.housing-works.org

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

We welcome Ms. Salazar back to Oregon, and we look forward to working with her at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Oregon Field Office!

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Hood River Native Margaret Salazar Named HUD Field Office Director « Oregon Opportunity Network

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PORTLAND – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Bill Block today announced the appointment of Margaret S. Salazar as Director of HUD’s Portland Field Office. She succeeds Robin Prichard who retired at the end of June.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

An important message from our friends 211info:

211info is moving! Become a sponsor and join our relocation campaign | 211info

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We're moving to new headquarters! We’ve outgrown our office and are seeking community partners to help sponsor our relocation efforts in early September. New office space has been secured that will enable us to continue:

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 15, 2014 at 9:59 am

Today is the last day for early bird pricing on Gala tickets and tables. Tables are an especially good deal: $850 now, $1000 after 11pm tonight. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oregon-on-awards-gala-2014-tickets-11894730459

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Facebook IconJuly 14, 2014 at 8:35 am

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Beat the heat: Cooling centers open for hot weather across the region | 211info

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Multnomah County Department of Human Services’ Aging and DisabilityServices Division (ADS) will activate its cooling center system for elderly residents beginning Sunday, July 14. The centers are expected to remain open at least through Thursday, July 17.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 11, 2014 at 11:51 am

ICYMI, wonderful news for housing opportunity from Central Oregon with 40 more quality, affordable rental homes coming soon via our member Housing Works: "With [Bend's] vacancy rates below 1 percent and rents rising, the need for affordable housing is greater than ever...Eastlake Village II will provide a home where individuals and families with low incomes can thrive."
http://oregonon.org/blog/2014/more-affordable-housing-due-on-bends-eastside-housing-works/

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm

We are thrilled to hear that USDA gave NeighborWorks Umpqua a $416K Self-Help technical assistance grant to help low-income homeowners complete their own home repair projects! The grant will allow NW Umpqua to leverage other grants and investments to rehabilitate 47 homes throughout Douglas, Coos and Curry Counties over the next two years, preserving affordable housing stock and improving peoples' health and lives.

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USDA Self-Help Grant to NW Umpqua Helps Repair Homes, Health « Oregon Opportunity Network

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On June 9th, USDA Rural Development presented NeighborWorks Umpqua with a grant award for $416,500. This technical assistance grant will allow NeighborWorks Umpqua Housing Rehabilitation staff to help homeowners like Bill Wimberly to complete their own home repair projects.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 10, 2014 at 9:59 am

Congratulations to new homeowners Niecy and little Kaliyah, and to Proud Ground, Portland Housing Center, Portland Housing Bureau, Wells Fargo, Community Frameworks, and the African American Alliance for Homeownership for adding one more home to the region's growing supply of permanently affordable homes!

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Proud Ground Welcomes 275th Homeowner « Oregon Opportunity Network

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A wide variety of community partners, including Wells Fargo and the Portland Housing Bureau, help create an affordable homebuying opportunity

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm

ONE WEEK LEFT......What's it take to plan a Gala? A ginormous cup o' joe! Get your Gala table while it's still $850 (by July 15)! http://oregonon.org/get_involved/annual-awards-gala-september-29-2014/

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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 9, 2014 at 8:26 am

We were excited to help celebrate the launch of this exciting intergenerational housing and school project in Portland's Lents neighborhood. Congratulations Native American Youth and Family Center and thank you to all the partners who have come together to make this project happen!

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NAYA dance students perform at future "Generations" housing site

Native American musicians and young dancers helped celebrate the signing of a "Declaration of Cooperation" July 7 at the site of a future housing development, early learning school and community center spearheaded by the Native American Youth and Fam

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Welcome to our newest member, Bremik Construction! And, thank you for signing up as a sponsor of our Sept. 29 Gala!

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Oregon ON Welcomes Bremik Construction! « Oregon Opportunity Network

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Oregon ON is delighted to welcome our newest member, Bremik Construction! They will be sponsoring the Gala as well, so if you aren’t already acquainted, be sure to say Hi to them in September! Here is a message from them to the Network:“Bremik Construction was founded in 2004 with a focused vision t…

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