Washington, D.C., December 1, 2016 –The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) presented Senator Jeff Merkley (D – Oregon), with the Henry B. Gonzalez Award today. This award recognizes individuals whose efforts in public service have improved the housing conditions of the rural poor in their communities. Read complete article...Sen Merkley.docx
Early morning on November 10th, a couple of local Veterans raised the American Flag and commenced the celebration of HACSA’s newest multi-family development: Bascom Village II. The Grand Opening attracted over 95 guests with speeches from City of Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy, Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr, as well as the new Director for Oregon Housing Community Services Agency Margaret Salazar. Bascom Village II adds 48 units to HACSA’s affordable housing portfolio including larger 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units for individuals and families, as well as VetLIFT units with services for Veterans. The Bascom Village II development named after former City of Eugene Mayor Ruth Bascom is located in North Eugene. The project implements a community vision to provide a launching platform for families to find or advance in their employment, and to raise their children in a self-sufficiency focused apartment community.
The event was covered by local news: KEZI9 and KLCC
Metro is kicking off its annual Charitable Giving Campaign on Tuesday, October 25th from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. at the Oregon Convention Center. If you would like to attend please email email@example.com
On Monday, October 24, Know Your City invites you to attendVisions of a Housed Community,* a teach-in and dialogue exploring the crisis of affordable and quality housing affecting many Portland residents.
Doors open - 5:30PM | Program Begins - 6:00PM This event is free to the public and open to all ages. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. If you are unable to attend in person, this event will also be recorded and live streamed. Click here...
Human Solutions will host its second annual Inspire fundraising dinner onThursday, October 27 at the Courtyard Marriott Portland City Center, 550 SW Oak St. A cocktail reception hour will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and keynote address from 6:30-8 p.m.
This year’s featured speaker is Mandy Davis, PhD. Davis is co-director of Trauma Informed Oregon, a statewide collaboration between the Oregon Health Authority, Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, and the Oregon Pediatric Society. Davis will explore the concept of Trauma Informed Care, which recognizes the impact that adverse experiences in childhood have on long-term health outcomes. She will also discuss ways to become more trauma informed, including learning about the prevelance of trauma and the potential physiological and social impacts of trauma. Human Solutions is a trauma-informed agency that provides services to families experiencing poverty and homelessness using Trauma Informed Care principles.
Tickets for the event are $50 per person or $400 for a table of 10. The price includes dinner, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary cocktail. For more information, contact Thomas Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-548-0279.
On September 23, 2016, Central City Concern in Portland, Oregon, announced that six health care groups have invested $21.5 million in its “Housing Is Health” affordable housing project. The investment will support 382 new housing units across three locations in the city, including one with an integrated health center in Southeast Portland. Five of the organizations invested $4.0 million each: CareOregon, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, Legacy Health, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and Providence Health & Services – Oregon. Adventist Health Portland contributed $1.5 million.
Nearly 100 people joined Portland officials, BRIDGE Housing and Impact NW to celebrate the grand opening of The Abigail on Sept. 16, 2016. The Abigail is a six-story, mixed-use development that is energizing the north end of the Pearl District with the addition of 155 new homes, including 128 apartments that are affordable for families earning 30% to 60% of Median Family Income.
Monday, October 24, 2016
1420 SE 16th Ave Portland OR 97214
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Site Event: 9:00 a.m.— 11:00 a.m. with light refreshments; remarks: 9:30 a.m.
Guided tours: 10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Hawthorne East provides 71 units of safe, dignified, and affordable housing in Portland.
Please RSVP to Megan Dorwin email@example.com
In August and September 2016, PCRI welcomed two new staff members to our Programs and Resident Services team. Both Linda Tellis-Kennedy (pictured, far left) and Suzanne Veaudry Casaus (second from left) bring deep connections to North and Northeast Portland as well as a diverse background of experience. In their new roles, Linda and Suzanne will help ensure that PCRI residents and other participants in PCRI programs have essential tools to achieve stability and begin building assets through matched-savings accounts and homeownership.
From Sheila Stiley, Executive Director of Northwest Coastal Housing:
There are times when many of us who have been in this industry to make a difference, an impact, for so many years sit and wonder....."Is it worth it? Was it worth it?" The sacrifice, the time, the meetings, the schedules, the late nights.....then one day you meet someone that reminds you: yes, I think maybe it was.....
We have had one such encounter, a reminder of why what we do matters as a non-profit. I, as an Executive Director, and member of this county for 30 years, am reminded of the impact we can still make. Northwest Coastal Housing (NWCH), formerly the Lincoln Community Development Corporation, has had the privilege of adding amazing Board Members. One such board member, Hanna Connett, became Founder/Executive Director of Family Promise, a homeless shelter for families with children. She recently married and moved on, but before doing so, she filled her shoes with another, who also agreed to take on Hanna's position through the NWCH Board. Her name is Elizabeth Reyes.
One of our sites owned by NWCH is The Ridge Apartments, an 80 unit Affordable Housing Complex in Lincoln City, now in it's 20th year. Upon introduction to our new Board Member, we discovered a very profound background. Elizabeth was from Lincoln City. She graduated from Taft High School, just around the corner from The Ridge. She married and moved into The Ridge where she celebrated her daughter's first birthday in the Community Room. It was there she and her husband, along with 5 other families, attended First Time Homebuyer Classes provided by the Community Services Consortium (CSC). Upon completion of the program, the special loans provided through these classes were no longer available. However, with the certification of the classes, they were able to obtain additional funding sources to purchase their first home, where she currently resides. All of the rest of the families that also attended those same classes also purchased their first homes within that same year.
Today, Elizabeth is the Executive Director of Family Promise, Homeless Shelter for Families with Children. But to bring it full circle, she is also Board Member of Northwest Coastal Housing, owner of The Ridge Apartments where she can now pay it forward and make a difference. She is now a participant of the plan to provide additional housing for families, just like hers where more opportunity to succeed can be offered in a place that so desperately needs it.
I believe at times we underestimate the impact we have as individuals and as agencies on our communities. Yes, I do believe maybe it was worth it.....do you?
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