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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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
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