Join Facilitators Kathy Kniep and Paula Manley this fall to renew and sustain your leadership journey with a 2-day working retreat in the Columbia River Gorge Oct. 3-4, 2016. Get away from day-to-day pressures to reflect, recharge, and share tools with fellow executive directors at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon
Who Should Attend: Executive Director's of public benefit nonprofit organizations in Oregon and SW Washington.
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Living Cully, St. Charles Catholic Church, the Northeast Interfaith Alliance, the Leaven Community, and Oregon ON's Voting Member CASA of Oregon rallied together to stave off closure of mobile home park Oak Leaf in the Northeast neighborhood of Cully.
Oak Leaf isn't the only mobile park community to be threatened with eviction. Read the rest of the article here.
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From St. Anthony's Church in Washington County, to East Multnomah County's Wood Village City Hall, to Portland Underground Graduate School and Multnomah County Libraries, the Portland Metro region has been booming with opportunities to learn from Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) about Renters' Rights and Responsibilities!
Learn about CAT resources for Oregon renters, all about Tenant-Landlord Law and and hear about CAT's organizing and advocacy and the current Renters' State of Emergency. Our workshop series have been in hot demand and we are currently scheduling new workshops into August!
There are two Free and Open to the Public Multnomah County Library Renters' Rights workshops left - Thursday June 9 6:00 pm at Midland Library and Saturday June 18 at 2:00 pm at Central Library, for more info: https://multcolib.org/events/renters-rights-workshop
Register for CAT's Renters' Rights In-depth series Thursday nights in July with Portland Underground Graduate School and get more info here: http://www.pugspdx.com/tenants-rights/
If your organization, school, church or community group is interested in contracting CAT to present a workshop, please contact email@example.com for more info and to schedule.
Portland Housing Bureau recently engaged 93 people in 8 cultural/language specific focus groups in Lents to learn about their housing needs, and challenges.
Now the Housing Bureau is hosting two larger community-wide meetings, the first scheduled for next Thursday night, June 9th at 6:00 at Lents Adventist Church. This meeting is to hear from the broader community, what their values are around housing, what their challenges are, and inform them about the recent increase in Tax Increment Financing.
A second meeting mirroring the first will be on Saturday June 18th at 10:00 am at TEAM Event Space at the corner of 92nd and Foster Rd. Stay tuned!
Oregon ON Voting Member, Proud Ground, has been awarded a $15,000 Community Grant from the William G. Gilmore Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation. The grant’s purpose is (from the award letter), “to strengthen programs that make homeownership possible for moderate-income, first-time homebuyers through the community land trust model.” Proud Ground’s homeownership program utilizes the community land trust model of permanent affordability: All homes in Proud Ground’s portfolio of 250+ homes in its four-county service area are forever-affordable, resale after resale, family after family.
“OCF is pleased to support Proud Ground’s ongoing efforts to help working-class families purchase their first home,” says Megan Schumaker, OCF Senior Program Officer. “As housing costs continue to rise in Portland, families are forced to put more and more of their income into housing with little hope of getting ahead. Proud Ground steps in at just the right time, with guidance and resources to help families attain housing stability and begin building their assets. Great work.”
Proud Ground executive director Diane Linn explains Proud Ground’s program, “A key feature of Proud Ground’s program is permanence: Proud Ground homes are permanently affordable, resale after resale. Forever affordable means that families who have been renting finally have the opportunity to build equity and stability, while our region gains a growing supply of permanently affordable homes. This program is one of the most effective anti-displacement tools around.”
Linn goes on to express gratitude for OCF’s support, “OCF’s first-time grant support of permanently affordable homeownership, coming in the midst of a regional housing crisis, sends a strong message about the value of Proud Ground’s programs that help hardworking families stabilize and thrive through access to affordable homebuying opportunities. We are extremely grateful for OCF’s partnership in our work.”
ABOUT PROUD GROUND (www.proudground.org) Proud Ground provides affordable home buying opportunities for low/moderate-income, first-time homebuyers at up to 80% Median Family Income. Proud Ground serves households with steady jobs and stable incomes— households that can qualify for a mortgage, but not one for a market-rate home. Working with community partners, lenders, builders and others, Proud Ground prepares first-time home buyers for homeownership; renovates existing homes; administers down payment grants to make homes affordable; offers homeowners tools to be successful; and manages resale transactions to keep the homes in its portfolio affordable for generations to come. Since 1999 Proud Ground has served more than 300 first-time home buyers, has a portfolio of 250+ permanently affordable homes, and has not lost a single home to foreclosure. Proud Ground serves the entire Portland Metro Region of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties, Oregon and Clark County, Washington
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
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