PORTLAND, OR, June 6, 2016--Following a national search, the Innovative Changes (IC$) Board of Directors has appointed Traci Rossi as Executive Director effective June 1, 2016.
Rossi has spent her career in service to children and families -- partnering with and serving historically underrepresented, low-income and under-served communities -- to reduce barriers and provide key services that foster upward mobility and support personal empowerment. Rossi comes to IC$ from the“I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon, where she built out, then led, the first Dreamer School in the country, creating a nimble, high impact delivery model, influencing education reform and inspiring additional Dreamer Schools in the U.S. and elsewhere.
"We are excited that Traci Rossi will lead our next chapter in the life of Innovative Changes.” said Board President Rosanne Marmor, adding, “Traci will create new opportunities for the organization to partner and serve so that all people have access to fair and secure financial services."
As Executive Director, Rossi will lead an amazing team of staff and volunteers to implement Innovative Changes’ mission, vision, values and programs. She will work to grow and continuously improve Innovative Changes’ lending, credit and asset building, and powerful coaching and training programs in order to help its clients achieve their financial and other goals. Rossi will also focus on long range and collaborative planning and on cultivating and strengthening strategic partnerships to do so.
Rossi has a proven record in developing and managing successful programs and partnerships. As the Vice President for Programs at “I Have a Dream” Foundation-Oregon, she was responsible for an ambitious growth plan, building the related infrastructure including many staff, 600 volunteers and over 70 partners. In her previous work as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Catlin Gabel and the Program Director at Summerbridge Portland, Rossi developed and managed systems to streamline, increase, and improve student enrollment and enrichment efforts with numerous internal and external stakeholders.
Traci has been inspired by a long line of change-makers, including the late Benjamin and Rose Dean, her grandmother and grandfather, owners of the first African-American owned Beauty Salon and Barber Shop, affectionately known as Dean’s, still in operation in Northeast Portland. On the surface, they were business owners, but true community organizers at heart. Traci is an American Leadership Forum Fellow, a founding Women's Foundation of Oregon Board member among other volunteer opportunities that connect her with beloved organizations and her community.
Founded in 2009, IC$ is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) loan fund whose mission is to help low-income people build their long-term financial health. IC$ operates with 5 staff and the help of 52 volunteers and 54 community partnerships. IC$ is governed by a community-based board of directors. Funding for Innovative Changes comes from the United States Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund, earned income, charitable foundations, and individual donors.
PCRI is planning an open house and ribbon-cutting celebration June 14, 2016 for our newest affordable rental homes.These three-bedroom townhome-style rental homes are our most recent example of transit-oriented infill homes to help mitigate and prevent displacement in Northeast Portland’s rapidly changing neighborhoods.
Neighbors and community members are invited to help us celebrate these new homes at an event June 14, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Email Travis Phillips or call PCRI’s main office for more information and to RSVP.
On May 18, Oregon ON Voting Member, Human Solutions, celebrated the completion of its newest mixed-use project, Rosewood Plaza, with a festive grand opening event. Nearly 200 people gathered to recognize this collaborative partnership between Human Solutions and The Wallace Medical Concern. The project combines 45 units of rehabbed and new affordable housing units, in addition to office space and a new affordable Dental Clinic for Wallace.
Rosewood Plaza is an expansion of Human Solutions’ adjacent Rockwood Multi-Service Center campus, and builds on the co-location theme of health, housing and human services for low-income and homeless individuals.
Speakers at the grand opening included:
Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President of Community Development Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Andrea Sanchez, Director of Housing, Human Solutions
Lisa Cline, Executive Director, The Wallace Medical Concern
Mayor Shane Bemis, City of Gresham
The overall project budget was approximately $13 million, with funding received from private and public sources. A capital campaign raised over $1 million in contributions. Rosewood Plaza plays an integral part in stabilizing the Rockwood community by ensuring that affordable housing and health services are available to those most in need.
As of the grand opening, all of the units were leased. Wallace’s new Dental Clinic will begin serving patients this month. Human Solutions and Wallace wish to thank the many funders and construction partners who made Rosewood Plaza possible.
Jan Laskey of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis share ribbon cutting duties. Assisting are Andrea Sanchez, Director of Housing at Human Solutions; Andy Miller, Executive Director at Human Solutions; and Lisa Cline, Executive Director at The Wallace Medical Concern.
PCRI’s Fifth Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala was the most successful gala yet, raising a record $104,500! The dancers delivered an amazing show and the event’s sponsors, volunteers and guests raised more than ever before to support the affordable housing and services PCRI residents depend on.
The headlining entertainment of the evening, the Dancing with the Stars-style competition, was also one for the record books! Trained by and paired with professional dancers from Portland’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio, each dancing couple put on a spectacular show. In the end, only one dance couple could be named champion and while Adrienne Nelson, Frank Taylor and reigning champion Pamela Weatherspoon had a tough decision, they named Cupid Alexander and Jessi Aillon this year’s winners.
For more photos and details, visit www.pcrigala.org
Connecting to Our Community During NeighborWorks Week!
ROSEBURG, OR – On Friday, June 3, volunteers will finish rehabbing a home in Yoncalla with an exterior painting party. This work party will be the local kick off of a week-long celebration of neighborhood revitalization activities across the country.
During national NeighborWorks Week, June 3rd through 11th this year, NeighborWorks Umpqua and other NeighborWorks organizations in all 50 states, will mobilize tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials in a week of positive neighborhood change and awareness.
Locally, NeighborWorks Umpqua will rehab and repair homes, paint and landscape properties, conduct neighborhood tours and cleanups, recognize successful partnerships and host a number of events that educate, train and inform.
Neighbors all across the country are coming together, helping their neighbors and improving their communities. Join NeighborWorks Umpqua this year and make a difference!
Local Volunteer Opportunties
- Friday, June 3, volunteers will be helping a homeowner in Yoncalla with an exterior painting party. Volunteers are welcome!
- Monday, June 6, volunteers will be putting in raised garden beds in Roseburg and Myrtle Creek. It’s estimated that 100 square feet of garden space will help Kitchen Garden Project recipients grow $600 to $800 worth of healthy, fresh food, substantially stretching their food budget. Volunteers, especially those with trucks, garden tools and experience are very welcome!
- Monday, June 6 at 736 SE Cass Ave, Roseburg from 8-9:50am, Umpqua Local Goods will host a Morning Poetry Reading. Students from Amanda Monique’s Roseburg High School Writing class will be reading their poetry for their class final. Come and show your support to our local students.
- Wednesday, June 8, in Roseburg, more community residents and volunteers will beautify Newton Creek Manor, the mobile home park formerly known as Sterling Mobile Home Park. Residents in the park at 499 Sterling Drive can use your help from 8 am to 4 pm to clean up abandoned properties, weed whack for seniors and disabled neighbors, and haul debris to Dumpsters for those who don’t have vehicles or strength. Please help the folks in this neighborhood to get a fresh start! Lunch, gloves and water will be provided to volunteers.
- Wednesday, June 8, in Coos Bay, the Southwestern Oregon Food Systems Collaborative will have an informational booth at the Coos Bay Farmer’s Market from 9 am to 2 pm at 320 Central Avenue. Stop by the booth and learn where you can access local seafood and maybe pick up a recipe or two! Learn how the SWOFSC is making a difference by supporting local fishermen and other producers giving us better access to local foods! Call Michelle at 541-414-6368 to learn more!
- Saturday, June 11, in Roseburg, join the SERVICE neighborhood organization, residents and volunteers in beautifying Roseburg’s historic district. From 8 am to 4 pm, you can volunteer with the National Guard’s Charlie Company at the SE Roseburg Neighborhood Clean Up. Launching from Roseburg Rental, 1240 SE Stephens, neighbors will be helping neighbors to make the Heart of Roseburg beat stronger. You have a lot to offer; help us make our downtown and historic neighborhood the jewel or our city.
Please call 541-673-4909 to volunteer!
NeighborWorks Umpqua is your local private rural 501(c)(3) organization. It was established in 1991 to build homes that are affordable for Veterans, seniors, developmentally disabled and everyday working people trying to make ends meet in Southern Oregon. NWU provides almost 600 apartments and homes across Douglas, Coos, Curry and Lane counties. NWU supports first-time homebuyers; makes home repairs possible; helps people improve their credit; matches funds so savers can build lifelong assets; supports neighbors to work together and connects people to business knowledge to successfully impact your communities. For more information, NWU:541-673-4909, www.nwumpqua.org
Not September 2nd as reported in the May newsletter. For all events, please visit our Events Calendar.
PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick was honored for her outstanding work in the community, both as a business leader and for her work in developing the Pathway 1000 Initiative.
At a luncheon ceremony on April 14, Portland Business Journal honored PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick and 24 other accomplished business leaders as Women of Influence for 2016. The award (previously called the Orchid Award) recognizes the region’s most innovative and accomplished business executives.
“Maxine is a stabilizing force in affordable housing and community development,” Portland Business Journal reported in their Women of Influence special publication. “She works as a tireless advocate for low- and moderate-income families.”
According to the Business Journal, “this year’s class was chosen from among an intense array of nominees who sported vast accomplishments and long, sometimes overwhelming, community service involvement lists.”
Ms. Fitzpatrick was also recognized as "Newsmaker of the Year" at an awards ceremony on March 16, 2016. The Royal Rosarian Foundation presented the awards for Newsmaker of the Year to local heroes who have performed acts of bravery or service to the community without regard to personal safety or public recognition. The recipients are nominated by local media representatives including Ms. Fitzpatrick, who was nominated by The Skanner News.
Jerry Foster of The Skanner News nominated Ms. Fitzpatrick for her work developing PCRI's Pathway 1000 Initiative. The Initiative aims to mitigate and prevent involuntary displacement of North and Northeast Portland's historic residents, including the African American community, which has been disproportionately impacted.
Portland Tribune | Courtney Vaughn
Low-income seniors in two apartment complexes in the county will still be able to stay in their homes, thanks to the Community Action Team and state and federal agencies.
CAT, with substantial help from Oregon Housing and Community Services, as well as U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, purchased The Victorian senior apartment complex and Olive Court apartments in Scappoose.
The purchase means the units will continue to be rented at a subsidy to the low-income tenants.
“What we are trying to accomplish at Victorian and Olive Court is to preserve the rental assistance that’s in place,” Jim Tierney, executive director of CAT, said Tuesday.
The single-family housing developments are two of a few affordable housing developments in Columbia County. CAT operates three other housing projects in Columbia County under a tax credit program that provides rental assistance.
The agency was able to purchase the housing developments with the help of Oregon Housing and Community Services.
“They gave us several million dollars to acquire the project, to do $1.5 million worth of repairs on it and to rent it out,” Tierney said.
There are 21 units between Olive Court and the Victorian senior apartments.
Tierney said the purchase doesn’t mean a guaranteed subsidy forever, but he’s confident that federal and state assistance will be renewed for the foreseeable future.
“There is no promise. On the other hand, we’ve been doing this under the same program, renewing it year after year, or every five years, since the 1960s,” he explained. “It’s a longstanding commitment.”
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Portland Monthly Magazine named Oregon ON Member Proud Ground a "game changer" in an article detailing the rapid changes taking place in our city. Proud Ground uses a property structure called a community land trust in order to make 260 metro-area homes "permanently affordable". Read all about it here.
Proud Ground Executive Director Diane Linn, along with Roger Hinshaw, Presidents of Bank of America in Oregon, wrote an opinion piece for the Oregonian. Click here to read the article.
The Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH) is pleased to announce that Ann Gray has joined the staff as the new Director of Lending.
NOAH is a certified nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that was established initially by Oregon banks to increase the state’s supply of affordable housing while fostering smart development and community revitalization. With total assets exceeding $124 million, NOAH offers a variety of loan products to support the acquisition, renovation and construction of affordable housing properties throughout the state. NOAH is also the parent company to MPower Oregon, which provides financing and technical assistance for energy efficiency upgrades for affordable multifamily properties.
Ms. Gray comes to NOAH with a strong background in affordable housing finance having held various positions at PNC Real Estate, PNC Bank over the past ten years, as well as one year of sustainability work with Gerding Edlen Development. She is experienced in acquisitions, asset management, business development and underwriting. Immediately prior to coming to NOAH, Ms. Gray managed a team of tax credit underwriters for PNC Real Estate.
“We are pleased that we are able to add such an experienced and committed professional to our team,” reported NOAH Executive Director Bill Van Vliet. “NOAH is well positioned to grow and expand its role in addressing the affordable housing crisis in Oregon”
Since its beginning in 1990, NOAH has funded over $225 million in permanent loans for 191 properties and over 8,800 units, leveraging over $1 billion in total project capital. NOAH has also led a statewide preservation initiative and has provided over $38 million to acquire 22 properties that were at risk of being sold and being lost as a source of affordable housing. NOAH lends approximately $20 million each year into affordable housing developments in Oregon.
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