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Please join us for the Gala on September 29, and the Conference on September 30, 2014!






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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconSeptember 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Have you got your tickets yet? Three weeks from tonight, don't miss *the* social event of the year for Oregon's affordable housing and community development industry - the Oregon ON Awards Gala, presented by Chase!

We are thrilled to welcome State Treasurer Ted Wheeler as our keynote speaker. We can't wait to see everyone and honor the great work of our members over the past year. Registration closes Sept. 17th!

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Annual Awards Gala, Presented by Chase! – Sept 29 « Oregon Opportunity Network


Housing opportunity and affordability is at a crisis point in Oregon; at the same time we are in the midst of historic transformation of health care and education and there is a huge opportunity and potential for collective impact across multiple agencies and sectors, and finding new tools and strat…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconSeptember 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

It is exciting to see Metro making this push and investment:

"By convening all these folks together we can really activate areas that aren't already activated," said Councilor Craig Dirksen. "We can coordinate work with others that are already doing it."

Councilor Bob Stacey cautioned that the project couldn't turn into a report that just sits on a shelf. "One task that this project needs to accomplish is to provide reassurance to everyone… that we are not just going to do another study," Stacey said. "We should use this two years to advance a positive dialogue."

Thank you to Metro Councilor Sam Chase for your leadership on this initiative, and the entire Council for supporting this update and re-energizing of focus on affordable housing opportunity in the Metro region!

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Metro would work with local communities in proposed affordable housing plan | Metro


By Ben KittelsonBylined writers are Metro staff. Stories with a byline do not necessarily represent the opinions of Metro or the Metro Council. Metro news is committed to transparency, fairness and accuracy.Submitted:Aug 18, 2014 12:48pm A push by the Metro Council to look at affordable housing took…

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconAugust 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

OPB discussing the grocery and affordable housing deal in NE Portland, and featuring Andrew Colas of Colas Construction, Inc. talking about their part in the development. Congrats, Colas!

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Natural Grocers Coming To NE Portland Site


FRIDAY: We'll talk with the head of the Portland Development Commission and others about the deal that was just announced that would bring a Natural Grocers store to a controversial development site.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconAugust 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

Thanks to JOIN: connecting the street to a home for sharing this.

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It's three times cheaper to give housing to the homeless than to keep them on the streets


Another study confirms that the most cost-effective way of fighting homelessness is to get some housing for the chronically homeless. Not only does it work, but it's dramatically cheaper than sporadic police and medical interventions.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconAugust 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

WHOOHOOOOO!!!!! Fantastic news!

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Board Selects Michael Buonocore to be Next Executive Director | Home Forward


PORTLAND, Ore., August 12, 2014 -- Home Forward’s board of commissioners has selected Michael Buonocore to head the agency. Buonocore, who is Home Forward’s deputy executive director, will take the reins as executive director on October 1.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconAugust 3, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Words of support and encouragement from President Obama to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but applicable to everyone working hard in the affordable housing industry. Thank you to Tom Cusack for posting it.

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The President Welcomes a New Secretary to HUD

President Obama joins staff in welcoming Julian Castro as the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Congratulations to two of this year's great Women of Vision, Peg Malloy from Portland Housing Center and Lisa McClellan from Scott | Edwards Architecture!

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Women of Vision award winners announced


The Daily Journal of Commerce will honor the winners of the 2014 Women of Vision Awards during a luncheon Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sentinel Hotel, in Portland.

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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Oregon Opportunity Network
Facebook IconJuly 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

Oregon Opportunity Network shared Access's photo.

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


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)


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!


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Oregon Opportunity Network
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


By: NeighborImpact

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


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


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:




To view a list of members or download the directory click here.