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?
You are invited to hit the links at one of Oregon’s top golf courses and help “change the landscape of homelessness.”
Dennis’ 7 Dees is committed to supporting Human Solutions’ efforts to provide emergency shelter and services to hundreds of families experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County. Last year’s golf tournament raised more than $100,000 for Human Solutions’ programs, and this year Dennis’ 7 Dees is working hard to raise even more!
When: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Where: Langdon Farms Golf Club, 24377 NE Airport Road, Aurora, OR 97002
Time: 7:30 a.m. Shotgun Start
Check-in/registration and continental breakfast begins at 6:15 a.m.
The entry fee for a foursome is $600. Individuals may register for $150. Registration includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, hole-in-one contest and other on-course games, post-tournament awards barbecue luncheon, and more. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place teams, longest drive, and closest to the pin.
Opportunities to support Human Solutions and win spectacular prizes are also available on the course. The popular tournament raffle is back, offering several golf packages at some of Oregon’s top courses in addition to overnight stays, restaurant gift certificates, and accessories for your home and yard. Human Solutions thanks Dennis’ 7 Dees for what promises to be another outstanding event!
Innovations in Preserving Affordable Housing from around the United States
Oregon ON Voting Members CASA of Oregon and NOAH, along with OHCS and Community Development Law Center were highlighted case studies as examples where developers have navigated complex policy and financing environments to preserve affordable housing.
From Urban.org: Preserving existing affordable housing is critical for closing the gap between supply and demand for decent, safe, and affordable housing. Debates around affordable housing tend to be dominated by new construction, but preservation offers several benefits: it generally costs less than new construction, it prevents displacement, and it takes advantage of existing land-use patterns. While building new affordable housing is tough, acquiring and rehabilitating existing affordable housing is not easy either. Developers need to weave together federal, state, and local funding sources; employ state and municipal policy tools; and seek collaborative relationships with stakeholders.
Two news outlets picked up on the report: CityLab and NextCity.org. Click on these links to be directed to each report.
Click here to read all case studies involved in the report, and click here to the full brief.
Congrats to all involved!
RSVP here for the Grand Opening of The Abigail on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)
The Abigail is a six-story, mixed-use development that will energize the north end of the Pearl District with the addition of 155 new homes. The building will be mixed-income, with 128 affordable apartments for families earning 30% to 60% of Median Family Income (currently $20,800 to $41,640 for a household of four) and the balance at market-rate rents.
The Abigail includes a mixture of unit sizes from studios to three-bedroom. Amenities will include a landscaped courtyard, a children’s play area, a community room, laundry rooms on each floor, secure bicycle parking in a tool-equipped bike storage room and underground car parking.
The Abigail is named for Abigail Scott Duniway, a Portland businesswoman and activist who was instrumental in gaining voting rights for women in the State of Oregon in 1912.
Community Vision is adding to the changing skyline by developing Portland’s first universally-designed public building. To celebrate, we invite you to save the date for Community Vision’s Dream Builders Ball on Thursday, November 17, 2016. When Portland last saw these big changes, speakeasies and jazz were in vogue. We’ll be sipping classic cocktails, wearing our favorite bowler hats and flapper beads, and listening to jazz music performed by Rebecca Kilgore.
All attendees will enjoy a selection of wines and cocktails, dinner, and a live auction while supporting the meaningful work that Community Vision does for individuals and families experiencing disabilities. It will be a time to celebrate where we came from and where we’re going.
Join us in celebrating Community Vision’s growth as we build a community that fosters equity, inclusion, and accessibility for all, designed for the dreamer and dream builder.
What: Dream Builders Ball
When: Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 5:30PM
Where: The Exchange Ballroom, 123 NE 3rd Ave. Portland, OR 97232
Tickets: $150 per person, $1500 for a table of 10
For a full bio of each artist, including detailed descriptions about their illustration, please visit their profiles at mmt.org. Find out "What started Equity Illustrated?" here!
Gloria will help lead Hacienda's next chapter of growth and continued service as one of Oregon’s largest Latino-serving organizations.
Gloria Guerrero is a nationally recognized leader in the field of Community Economic Development specializing in helping communities of color gain access to capital and technical assistance to build community and individual wealth.
She was an early organizer and founder of the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), a collaboration of Latino led CDC’s and CDFI’s, and went on to earn a reputation as a highly regarded leader in the evolution of CDCs in the U.S. Read the full announcement
PCRI is excited to announce a new rental housing development which will serve low-income families in Northeast Portland. The PCRI-led team was chosen by Portland Housing Bureau earlier this year to develop the site at the corner of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Rosa Parks Way, less than a block from PCRI’s main office.
Conceptual Rendering of King + Parks Apartments by Merryman Barnes Architects, 2016
In partnership with Merryman Barnes Architects, Colas Construction and Cascade Management, PCRI is currently developing designs for the property, envisioning a U-shaped building surrounding a central courtyard (pictured below). Initial designs include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments serving households at a variety of income levels. The completed building is expected to feature on-site management on its ground floor, along with a community room and secure bicycle storage.
Design development is currently underway. As of July, 2016, construction is estimated to begin in Summer 2017, with completion in mid- to late-2018. When completed, the apartments will utilize a geographic preference policy developed by Portland Housing Bureau to provide leasing priority for current and former residents of North and Northeast Portland who have been negatively impacted and/or displaced by prior public action and investment. For more information about the preference policy, visit the Portland Housing Bureau website.
Contracting and hiring opportunities for the development are intended to benefit local business, especially minority- and women-owned firms. For more information about the development or to stay informed about contracting or employment opportunities, please sign up for our mailing list (check the box for King + Parks for information specific to this project).
Answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions are listed HERE and will be updated throughout the project. Sign up for our mailing list (and check back often) for more information.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer helped kick off a festive day of removing asphalt at the Human Solutions Family Center on Saturday, July 30, to make way for a new multi-use area for families experiencing homelessness. Blumenauer joined Human Solutions Executive Director Andy Miller to participate in a ceremonial depaving before 100 eager volunteers grabbed pry bars and other equipment to remove 6,000 square feet of asphalt that will be replaced with a children’s play area, raised garden beds, and a rain garden.
The Family Center is a service-oriented facility that accommodates up to 130 people in families experiencing homelessness. It is Multnomah County’s only emergency shelter for families open 24/7, 365 days per year. It is located in the former home of the Woodshed Restaurant and, more recently, the Black Cauldron strip club. Homelike amenities at the Family Center – which underwent extensive renovation before opening in February – include laundry facilities, a full kitchen, and family-style ADA-accessible showers. The facility has limited open space inside but has a vast parking lot, which prompted Human Solutions to team up with Depave and another long-time partner, Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers, to turn a portion of the lot into a welcoming and functional greenspace.
A ceremonial depaving took place before the day’s work began. Pictured left to right are Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer; Suzanne Easton, Grants Program Manager at East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District; Eric Rosewall, Depave Executive Director; and Andy Miller, Human Solutions Executive Director.
The beautification project is being completed in phases. Under the direction of Dennis’ 7 Dees, volunteers from Human Solutions and the community completed Phase I on July 18, planting drought-tolerant native vegetation in newly laid soil and in large galvanized bins. Depave led Phase II of the project on July 30. In Phase III, scheduled for late summer or early fall, Dennis’ 7 Dees will install the garden beds, rain garden, irrigation system, and other open space features, creating a safe and welcoming outdoor area for children to play and parents to relax. Families in shelter will have the opportunity to help grow vegetables in the raised garden beds which will then be served at mealtimes.
Depave Executive Director Eric Rosewall, Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and Human Solutions’ Executive Director Andy Miller.
Depaving and landscaping activities at the Family Center are largely funded through a grant to Depave from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District as well as by funds raised by Human Solutions. Dennis’ 7 Dees, R&H Construction, and Urban Forest Pro Arborists are generously providing additional volunteer and material support to complete the project.
For Depave’s wrap up of the event and a photo gallery, visit http://depave.org/humansolutions/.
Depave is a nationally recognized innovative urban greening organization that works with community groups and willing land owners to tear out unnecessary pavement and revitalize urban spaces. Depaving is typically done by hand using pry bars and sweat equity. Depave plans to tear up pavement and create garden spaces at seven locations in the summer and fall of 2016. Each site will be transformed from lifeless over-paved space to its own unique community asset. The projects tackle a number of environmental concerns — from managing storm water runoff to increasing neighborhood livability and providing urban habitat for wildlife and people. Depave is currently seeking sites to re-green in 2017. For more information, visit www.depave.org/greenspaces.
Human Solutions focuses on helping homeless and low-income families in East Multnomah County gain stability through safe housing, family support, job readiness programs, and economic opportunities. The agency works not only to remedy the symptoms of poverty, but also to creatively address its root causes by giving families the tools they need to thrive. Human Solutions is the largest nonprofit affordable housing developer and operator in its 245-mile East Portland/East Multnomah County service area, with 18 low-income apartment complexes featuring 720 units of permanently affordable housing. The agency offers utility assistance to prevent homelessness and operates five employment programs to help individuals with significant barriers to employment find living wage jobs and/or improve their job skills to increase their household incomes. For more information, visit www.humansolutions.org.
The most recent newsletter of Fair Housing Council of Oregon is up and in it includes Q7A with Allan Lazo. Click here to read the latest!
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