Oregon ON The Beat – July 6, 2011

Oregon’s Affordable Housing and Community Development Digest

Oregon ON News
Gala Registration Open Now – Join us September 12
Industry Support Conference Open to All – Portland, September 13
Oregon ON Joins the Half of the Country on FaceBook
Thank You Dagle Law Office,  Human Solutions, PCRI, and Walsh
LEAD ON to Continue in 2012, Current Class Reports Positive
Housing Alliance Update as Session Comes to an End

Senator Merkley Grants Dee Walsh Bending Towards Justice Award
Walsh Wins Development of Year from NW ENERGY STAR Homes
Schemata’s Daybreak Cohousing Wins Livable Communities Award

Member Events
Portland Housing Center Board Member on Equity – July 7
Community Land Trusts and Foreclosure Recovery Webinar – July 12
Innovative Changes Predatory Lending Seminar – July 19
Panel on Tenant Trauma, Mental Health Issues- July 21
Cascadia Minority Mental Health Summit & Benefit Show – July 22
Financial Household Resiliency Group Workshops – July 23, 30
Two Sisters Events -  Kids’ Day, WRAP Community Congress – Aug 5

Member News
Victor Merced to be Hacienda CDC’s new Exec Director Sept 1
Columbia Cascade Opens Hood River Crossing
Lincoln CDC Garden Educates Kids on Nutrition, Builds Community
R&H/Colas Construction Weaves Mentorship into PCC Project
FHDC Harvesting Hope – Video Posted, Still Time to Help Kids
NAYA Seeks Support to Serve 7,000- Participant Increase
St. Vincent de Paul Kicks Off Oakridge Service Center Renovation
KLHC Celebrates Homeownership Month with Free Credit Reports
PCRI and Oregon Tradeswomen Partner for Training, Home Improvement
Neighborhood Partnerships Is Moving In July
CCC, City, County, Partner for New Mental Health Center
VA Will Win Fight to End Vet Homelessness, Says SVdP Manager

Member Media Coverage
Advocates: Many Farmworkers Living In Poor Conditions
Deborah Kafoury and Margaret Van Vliet “Think Out Loud”
NOAH Featured in HUD’s “Evidence Matters”
Rural Dev, Housing Works, CASA: Housing Central OR Farm Workers
Salem-Keizer CDC Benefit in Statesman Journal

Portland Metro News
The Eagle Has Landed: PHB Presents 2011-13 Strategic Plan
2011 Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness
Residents Move Into Bud Clark Commons
HUD Features Portland’s Living Smart Program

Regional and Rural News
Newport Assessment Finds Workforce Housing Needed
‘Bedbugs Are Here’: Watch Out, Lane County
Oregon’s Most Affordable Homes? Woodburn
Springfield Gains New Affordable Housing for People with Mental Illness
HACSA Lane County Receives $240K for Jobs, Self-Sufficiency
Salem HA Wins Permanent Housing, Case Management $ for Vets
Obama Establishes Rural Council at White House
HUD Will Not Fund Rural Housing Stability Program in 2011
Rural Dev & Habitat Ally to Ease Financing for Homebuyers
HUD Homeless Report Shows Progress, but Rural Need Increased
House Passes USDA Funding Bill Unchanged – Self-Help Housing Saved

Statewide News
HUD Pulls Section 8 Contracts from OHCS
HUD Updates Income Limits for CDBG Grant Recipients
OHCS Update: Bills Passed, Programs Funded, Homes Stabilized

Federal News
NLIHC Reviews Funding Options for National Housing Trust Fund
HUD, NeighborWorks Launch Program to Help Homeowners
Round 2 of Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants Posted
Flurry of Talks, But No Agreement Reached on Deficit Reduction
Public Housing Gets Clarification on Ex-Offenders, Non-Elderly Disabled
Indian Tribes Welcome Much-Maligned FEMA Homes

Funding and Award Opportunities
Homeownership Innovation RFP – July 18
USDA Invites Aps for Regional Business Development, Job Creation – Aug 1
Weyerhaeuser Funds Affordable Housing, Shelter, Services – Aug 1
Employment, Business Opportunities for Low Income People – Aug 3
New Funds: Opportunities for Agricultural Producers – Aug 29
Neighborhood Partnerships Offers Supplemental RFP for IDAs – Sept 1
Expanded After-School and Holidays Meal Program Seeks Sites

Training and Conferences
VA-Sponsored TA/Training Seminar – July 20
Oregon Econ Development Summer Conference ’11 – July 22

Reports and Resources
HUD Releases First Major Study of Fair Housing Initiative in 15 Years
Two Studies Document Housing Needs for People with Disabilities
Benefits of Housing Counseling
Housing and Community Development Reports Round-up
What to Pay Staff? Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey is Here
HUD Launches Sustainability e-Brary for Oregon

One Fun Thing
Letters to a Council Housing Office


Oregon ON News

Gala Registration Open Now – Join us September 12 - top

Get ready for THE party of the year for affordable housing and community development practitioners and supporters from around the state!

We are pleased to announce that for our members’ convenience, this year the party will be co-located with the Fall Industry Support Conference at the Portland DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, Oregon, 97232. The Conference will be on Tuesday September 13, the day after the Gala. We have a block of discounted rooms reserved there – see bottom of page for more info.

We heard from you, our members and friends, that what you love about the Oregon ON annual banquet is that it gives you an opportunity to mix, mingle, and catch up with your friends in all parts of the housing sectors and to celebrate the good work of the industry.  So this year, instead of a sit-down banquet with a keynote speech, we are planning a bigger and better party for your enjoyment, featuring:

  • An awards ceremony to celebrate the outstanding work of our industry
  • Generous array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres
  • Plenty of time to network and visit with your friends
  • Live strolling acoustic music to mingle by

Register for Oregon Opportunity Network Awards Gala  in Portland, OR  on Eventbrite

(Prefer to pay by check? Click here for a registration form.)

Prices - same prices as last year, more fun!
• Members . . . $75
• Nonmembers . . . $80
• Tables of 10: $750

Sponsorship is an excellent way to further partnerships, support the industry, and gain exposure for your great work.  Because of our increase in membership, we expect attendance to be higher than ever before. Get your name in front of over 450 nonprofit directors, community development and housing policy makers, industry executives and experts, banking leaders, and many others!

Lodging information
Staying overnight for the Conference? A block of rooms is available at the Doubletree @ $129 plus tax. Please call the hotel directly at 1-800-996-0510 and ask for the Oregon Opportunity Network block of rooms. The deadline for hotel reservations is August 22.

Also new this year, we are offering sponsorship opportunities for our Fall 2011 Industry Support Conference, being held the day after the Gala at the same location, Tuesday, September 13. The Conference will be bigger than ever, as members and non-members come together from around the state to participate in workshops, trainings and best practices sessions.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Industry Support Conference Open to All – Portland, September 13- top

We are excited to announce that this year, Conference registration is open to everyone!

Join community development and affordable housing practitioners from around the State on September 13th as they come together to catch up and participate in workshops, trainings and best practices sessions in:

  • Fiscal Management
  • Homeownership Development
  • Homeownership Education and Counseling
  • Multi-Family Development
  • Property & Asset Management
  • Resident Services

Online registration and agendas coming in July; check back here for details or sign up to get announcements. The Conference will run 9 – 4,  and registration will include a light breakfast and lunch.

We are pleased to announce that the Conference and the Gala will be co-located this year at the DoubleTree Lloyd Center Hotel in Portland, and we have reserved a block of discounted rooms; more info below.

Also new this year, there are joint sponsorship opportunities for the Gala and Conference – for $500 your organization can table the Conference, and for $1,350 you can table both events and have a sponsor table at the Gala! Click HERE for information on these and other sponsorship opportunities. Or, contact Orion Lumiere for details, 503-335-2826 or by email.

Members . . . $50
Nonmembers . . . $75

Not sure if you are an Oregon ON member? Check out our member lists, or give us a call!

For more information about the Industry Support Conference, please contact Terrie Hendrickson via email or at (503) 335-2746. For more information about Oregon ON membership, please contact Ruth Adkins via email or at (503) 335-9884.

Staying overnight for the Conference? A block of rooms is available at the DoubleTree @ $129 plus tax. Please call the hotel directly at 1-800-996-0510 and ask for the Oregon Opportunity Network block of rooms. The deadline for hotel reservations is August 22.

Oregon ON Joins the Half of the Country on FaceBook- top

Please check out our new FaceBook page and ‘like us’ and ‘friend’ us!

We update the page several times a week with info about our events and our members’ events; it’s also a good way to find our members’ FaceBook sites.

Thanks Dagle Law Office,  Human Solutions, PCRI, and Walsh- top

Thank you Dagle Law Office LLC, Human Solutions, Inc., Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI), and for renewing your memberships with Oregon ON. We are so very glad to have you!

LEAD ON to Continue in 2012, Current Class Reports Positive- top

As this year’s session of LEAD ON (Leadership – Excellence – Achievement and Development) nears completion, we are excited to announce that we will offer the program again next year!

LEAD ON is part of “Delivering Results, Developing Leaders”  — Oregon ON’s nine month leadership program designed to take on some of the toughest challenges facing the housing industry, and provide participants with tools to put to immediate use to take them on and achieve results.

We checked in with some LEAD ON participants to see what they were getting out of the program so far; reports are positive!

“The LEAD ON experience for me has been invaluable in fostering the environment to set and attain measureable goals,” said Garrick Harmel, Housing Development Manager at Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services. Although the
coaches have provided much of the framework, tools, and strategies for attaining goals; it has been the interactions with the peer group where the more salient nuances of this program come to light.  These interactions, tools, guidance, and even critical questions have helped support as well as guide me throughout the process.”

“I feel the leadership development program has helped further assist me in developing opportunities and results internally through planning and policy and externally through advocacy and community outreach in areas of equity in contracting,” said Nate McCoy, Senior Construction Coordinator at the Portland Housing Bureau.

> Joni Hartmann, Deputy Director of NOAH, and Nate McCoy, Senior Construction Coordinator at the Portland Housing Bureau

“The work is hard and can be tough, but through the leadership and communication with Stan, as my group leader, my focus on the performance challenge has been sharp and has produced some substantial results that support our equity goals at PHB,” Nate added.

“LEAD ON has provided a wonderful opportunity for me to grow as a leader,” said Maggie Reilly, Program Manager at CASA of Oregon. “With the support of a coach and a peer group, I’m working to achieve a performance-based challenge by this fall, which is very exciting.”

< Cynthia Winter, LEAD ON facilitator, and participant Debbie Lowder, Resident Services Supervisor of REACH CDC.

“The most significant learning for me throughout this process is that without support from my department, my challenge is unachievable, said Debbie Lowder, Resident Services Supervisor of REACH Community Development, Inc. “I need to continue to motivate them, assist with obstacles, and problem-solve challenges. I also really feel I have benefited from the feedback I receive in my peer group and from my mentor. I have applied some of their suggestions and gotten positive results.”

Debbie continues, “In addition, another Lead ON member from REACH and I are implementing the tools and concepts we are learning through this program towards the program planning we are working on at two of our most challenging properties.  We are working with (leading) our staff there and having them go through the same process as we are being taught at Lead On-identifying a challenge, and creating activities and SMART goals. Applying the leadership concepts has been exciting for me in this process as one of my favorite things about being a supervisor is encouraging professional growth in my employees.”

To all the LEAD ON participants striving to meet their performance challenges, “Break a Leg”!

For more information about LEAD ON, please contact Terrie Hendrickson, Industry Support Program Director.

Housing Alliance Update as Session Comes to an End- top

from Neighborhood Partnerships e-update, June 22

The Oregon State Legislative session is coming to an end.  While the session must end by June 30th, many expect the Legislature will wrap up this week.  Lots of excitement remains – still to be decided are a few remaining budget items, including the Department of Corrections budget, Lottery Backed Bonds, and several bills including the Farmworker Housing Tax Credit Extension, SB 826 and 827.

The Housing Alliance has enjoyed many successes over the session.  Check out our latest update.  The Housing Alliance has worked hard to pass many important and critical bills.  However, there is still work to be done and things to be decided.  Watch your e-mail for an end of session wrap up with the final tally of all of the accomplishments for the session!  We’ll also post the wrap-up on the NP Blog – join us and tell us your favorite moment of the session!


Senator Merkley Grants Dee Walsh Bending Towards Justice Award- top

Congratulations to REACH Community Development, Inc.‘s Executive Director Dee Walsh who recently received the first annual Bending Towards Justice Award from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley!

Bending Towards Justice is an annual celebration of individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary efforts to ensure a more just society and a better world.

Walsh Wins Development of Year from NW ENERGY STAR Homes- top

June 13, 2011, Walsh Construction Company Recognized by Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes with 2010-2011 Development of the Year

Northwest ENERGY STAR® has named Walsh Construction Co. with the 2010-2011 Development of the Year award for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the field of energy efficient home building. The annual awards program, now in its fifth year, recognizes builders and verification companies that support the advancement of Northwest ENERGY STAR new homes throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. As Development of the Year, Walsh Construction Company will be featured on the program’s website, www.NorthwestENERGYSTAR.com, over the next year.

“We are so impressed by the dedication of ENERGY STA R builders to continue to build high quality, energy efficient homes in a market where downward price pressures are causing many builders to cut costs and cut corners. ENERGY STAR builders’ commitment to excellence is exemplified by Walsh Construction Company who is a true leader in building high performance, energy efficient homes and educating the home buyer on the importance of energy efficiency and better quality construction.”

Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label are at least 15 percent more efficient than homes built to standard state building codes. During 2010, Walsh Construction Company built 91 ENERGY STAR certified homes in Washington. The awards are judged on a range of criteria including the number of ENERGY STAR certified homes built, marketing and sales efforts for certified homes, commitment to quality control standards, and other contributions and success related to the ENERGY STAR program.

“Walsh Construction Co. (WCC) and Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) wanted to understand and show that together as a team we could build and provide highly energy-efficient and healthy homes within a very tight affordable budget,” said Derek Johnson, superintendent for Walsh Construction Company. “An important fact to understand is that federal and state incentives do not apply to the affordable/nonprofit housing market, which is a significant portion of new construction. As a result, nonprofits that build affordable housing have a much bigger hurdle than most in new construction. However, through WCC’s and THA’s combined effort, we achieved well beyond our goal. These homes are built better than most anything on the market.”

“With the technical assistance from Northwest ENERGY STAR and sustainable consultants O’Brien & Company, we accomplished this in a number of innovative ways,” Johnson continued. “Some of the most notable accomplishments include 91 homes performing at 2.5 air changes per hour or better. This is a 48 percent increase in energy efficiency, removing 27 homes from Tacoma Power’s electrical grid. Most notable of all was certifying 91 homes with Northwest ENERGY STAR and LEED for Platinum Homes within an affordable budget.”

In 2010, 3,207 Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes were constructed by more than 1,600 active builders in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Since the program’s inception, 11,337 homes have been certified. In order to gain certification, homes are performance-tested and inspected by an independent third party to ensure all requirements are met to earn the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR qualified homes employ a combination of energy efficient construction practices, such as increased insulation, tightly sealed ducts tested to ensure comfort in every room, high-efficiency windows, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, and appliances. The result is better-built, more comfortable homes that save energy and money every month.

About ENERGY STAR and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Today, the ENERGY STAR program delivers the technical information and tools that organizations and consumers need to choose energy-efficient solutions. For a complete list of ENERGY STAR qualified products, retailers, manufacturers and energy savings information, call 1-888-373-2283 or log onto: www.energystar.gov.

ENERGY STAR qualified homes in Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington are built by home builders participating in the Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program, which is funded by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). NEEA is a non-profit corporation supported by the Bonneville Power Administration, electric utilities, public benefits administrators, state governments, public interest groups and energy efficiency industry representatives. These entities work together to make affordable, energy-efficient products and services available in the marketplace. In 2009, NEEA was awarded the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award in part due to the implementation of the Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program.

For more information regarding NEAA, visit: www.neea.org. Consumers can learn more about ENERGY STAR qualified homes by visiting www.northwestENERGYSTAR.com or calling 1-800-539-9362.

Schemata’s Daybreak Cohousing Wins Livable Communities Award- top

Schemata Workshop Architects‘ Daybreak Cohousing project in Portland won a 2010 national Livable Communities award from AARP/National Association of Homebuilders – congrats!

Story below from AARP website, photographs by Jay L. Clendenin/Aurora

For Oregonians over age 55, cohousing might be just the answer to living independently but having the support of neighbors and friends.

A Portland development is one of five in the country to receive awards from the National Association of Home Builders and AARP, as good living options for people as they age. Daybreak Cohousing, in the Overlook Neighborhood at 2525 N. Killingsworth St., is credited as being on the cutting edge of a trend toward smaller homes, and neighbors who share common spaces if they wish, like big dining areas, gardens and workshops.

See a slide show and video  on AARP’s website: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-12-2010/lca_portland_1.html

Some cohousing developments are designed only for seniors, but others are open to all ages. Daybreak’s architect, Grace Kim of Seattle’s Schemata Workshop Architects, believes people over age 55 will make or break the cohousing trend.

“The boomers are here, and they’re very proactive about taking care of themselves. And I think cohousing will be something that is very attractive to them for a lot different reasons – about self-destiny, about being able to develop themselves, about gathering their friends around them – so that they know how they’re going to be supported in their later years.”

Kim says cohousing is a way to have privacy but also be part of a community that is committed to getting along and being good neighbors. Daybreak’s residents have come from as far away as Ohio, Illinois and Arizona to be part of the cohousing trend.

Jerry Cohen, state director of AARP Oregon, says safety is a big concern as people age and want to remain in their own homes – but so is the desire to stay connected with their community. Cohousing can provide both.

“They thought ahead in terms of how to design and lay out a home – I mean, not just in terms of stairs, but of true accessibility. It also really provides an opportunity to stay engaged with neighbors, family and friends.”

In Oregon, there are also cohousing communities underway in Corvallis and Eugene. The Cohousing Association of the United States offers information about existing developments, or starting your own. It is online at www.cohousing.org.

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Member Events

Portland Housing Center Board Member on Equity – July 7- top

The City of Portland’s Equity Council presents… PSU Professor Dr. Lisa K. Bates


Thursday, July 7th, Noon to 1 PM,
Water Pollution Control Lab, Smith/Bybee Rooms
6543 N. Burlington  (in St Johns, by the River)

Dr. Lisa K. Bates is an Assistant Professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University. Her research focuses on the housing policy’s impacts on opportunities for people of color and low-income families and on the potential of urban planning to achieve social justice goals. Dr. Bates is a member of the Portland Housing Center‘s board of directors and currently serves as co-lead of the Portland Plan’s Technical Advisory Group on Equity.

The City of Portland’s Equity Council is an independent forum examining institutional racism from within.

Our mission is learning how to apply an equity lens to our daily decisions.Equity can be determined by how we share risks and benefits.

For more information on this presentation and the Equity Council, please contact
Ruth Lane at 503-823-5001.

This event is FREE and open to everyone

Community Land Trusts and Foreclosure Recovery Webinar – July 12- top

Join Proud Ground Executive Director Jesse Beason and other experts on this PolicyLink webinar:

“Rebuilding Strong, Stable Neighborhoods: Community Land Trusts as a Foreclosure Recovery Strategy” Tuesday, July 12, 2011 – 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST

Low-income neighborhoods and communities of color were hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis, yet many of them are turning their foreclosed properties into new community assets using federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) resources.

One innovative strategy gaining traction across the country is redeveloping foreclosed homes as community land trusts (CLTs). CLTs are a shared equity homeownership model that provides homeownership and asset-building opportunities for low- and moderate-income homeowners while creating new homes that will remain affordable for generations to come.

Click here to register for this webinar to hear from local practitioners that are using NSP funding to expand or create community land trusts.

Innovative Changes Predatory Lending Seminar – July 19 - top

You’ve heard about predatory lending. Maybe you have used predatory financial services in the past without realizing what you were getting yourself into. Attend this enlightening seminar, led by Sarah Chenven, Executive Director of Innovative Changes, to find out the ins, outs and alternatives to predatory lending: How does it work?, What are the attractions?What’s legal? And, what are all these fees that draw people into a never-ending cycle of debt? What are alternatives to the reckless lending system?

When:Tuesday, July 19th 2011, 5:30-6:30pm

Where: 3rd Floor, Lloyd Center (2011 Lloyd Center), near Nordstrom side of building

To Register: call or email Talia: (503)-249-5205/via email.

The seminar is $5 and fee waivers are available for those who qualify.

* This seminar is part of our ongoing monthly series covering special topics of interest to our clients. Seminars are open to all. For more information or to suggest a topic, contact Talia (information above).

Download flyer to post in your buildings: predatory lending seminar flyer

Panel on Tenants with Trauma, Mental Health Issues- July 21- top

Property managers and social service providers are invited to the next meeting of the Housing Partnership Workgroup is on Thursday, July 21.There will be a brief presentation on the connection between trauma and tenant behavior. In addition, an experienced panel of service providers from area mental health agencies will discuss how they work with property managers to help tenants with mental health issues be successful in their apartments. An agenda for the July 21 meeting is here: HPW AGENDA 7-21-11.

The goal of the HPW is to create new partnerships between property managers and service providers for the mutual benefit of applicants, tenants, and the property.

  • Thursday, July 21, from 3:00-5:00pm
  • First United Methodist Church,  1838 SW Jefferson, Fireside room
  • The location is near the Goose Hollow Max stop and bus lines.
  • The church parking lot entrance is at SW 18th & Clay.

Feel free to invite interested coworkers to this meeting. For those bringing handouts about your building or social service program, we expect 70 people to attend.  Please contact Bobby Weinstock at Northwest Pilot Project to be added or removed from the email list.

Cascadia Minority Mental Health Summit & Benefit Show – July 22- top

2nd Annual Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Summit: “Young, Gifted & Stereotyped: The Impacts of Racism on the Mental Health of Youth of Color”

Friday, July 22, 2011/9a-3p/ Portland Community College – Cascade Campus – Free!

Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD

Kenneth V. Hardy, Ph.D. returns in 2011 as our morning keynote presenter.  He is a Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and also directs the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York, New York.   Ken is an internationally recognized therapist, clinician and trainer.    He is the co-author with Monica McGoldrick of Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Gender (Guilford) , is co-author of Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions for Breaking the Cycle of Violence , (Guilford), and Minorities and Family Therapy (Haworth Press).

John Rich, MD, MPH

We are pleased to welcome Dr. John Rich, MD, and Dr. Theodore “Ted” Corbin, MD.  Dr. Rich is Professor and Chair, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, Drexel University.  He is the co-director of the Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice, a collaboration of the College of Medicine and School of Public Health at Drexel. In 2006, Dr. Rich was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.  His recently published book, “Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men, has drawn critical acclaim.

Ted Corbin, MD, MPP

Ted Corbin, MD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine, serves as the Medical Director of the “Healing Hurt People” Program, an emergency department based trauma-informed intervention strategy that identifies victims of intentional injury and co-directs The Center for Nonviolence & Social Justice.

The summit is free and includes lunch.  RSVP via email.


An Evening with Daniel Beaty, 2007 Obie-Award winning playwright, poet and singer.

Fri, July 22 @ PCC-Cascade-Moriarty Arts Auditorium. 5:30P Reception/7:00P Performance

“By the end I was on my feet shouting like someone in church ~ I was so moved!” ~ Ruby Dee, Legend of Stage & Screen, after viewing EMERGENCY!!

Daniel Beaty will be in Portland, Oregon for one night-only, Friday July 22nd to perform his acclaimed play, EMERGENCY!! Go too http://danielbeaty.com/wordpress/?page_id=331 to watch Daniel performing his acclaimed ‘slam’ poem, “Knock Knock.”

Daniel’s performance will close out Cascadia’s 2nd annual summit, designed to bring our larger community together to increase knowledge and education, support family mental health, de-stigmatize mental illness, and build awareness that leads to wellness and resiliency in minority and communities of color.

Proceeds from the benefit will support Cascadia’s Garlington Center FAME Program (Families Achieving Maximum Excellence) which provides intensive support and services to African American families to strengthen parenting skills, to improve family cohesion and safety, and to reduce the over-representation of African American children entering and remaining in our state’s child welfare system.

Tickets to the performance are $35 reserved, $25 general admission, and $10 for young people – as well as parents, guardians or mentors who accompany them.  The evening includes a pre-program reception.   Tickets will not be available at the door. To purchase tickets, call Autumn or Jeannie Snow at (503) 238-0769.

Financial Household Resiliency Group Workshops – July 23, 30 - top

Innovative Changes’ will be hosting it’s quarterly series of classes which give participants the financial management tools to plan for a sound financial future. Classes can be taken individually or as a whole series. For a more detailed description of our classes please visit our website: http://www.innovativechanges.org/about/what-we-do/workshops, or download here: Summer 2011 Course Schedule_Lloyd Center

Day 1: Saturday, July 23

  • Part 1: Making Ends Meet, 10am-12pm
  • Part 2: Budgeting and Saving, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Day 2: Saturday, July 30

  • Part 3: Hands-On Banking, 10am-12pm
  • Part 4: Building, Repairing and Protecting Credit, 12:30pm-2:30pm

Workshops will be held on the 3rd Floor of the Lloyd Center Mall in Suite 2011 (near the Nordstroms), 2011 Lloyd Center, Portland, OR 97232

Registration is required! Classes are $5 each or $15 for the entire series and fee waivers may be available for those who qualify.

To reserve a spot: Contact Talia Kahn-Kravis at (503) 249-5205 or via email.

Register online at http://www.innovativechanges.org/workshop-registration


Two Sisters Events -  Kids’ Day, WRAP Community Congress – Aug 5- top

Kids’ Day – Portland – August 5

August 5, Sisters Of The Road is holding another Kids’ Day in our Cafe – 133 NW 6th ave., Portland. One of the Cafe Team’s goals is to provide a safe space, particularly for women and children. Kids’ Day is a chance for families, youth and especially young children to check out the Cafe and play! Building on the successes of previous Kids’ Days, we will have stories, games, friends, and food available for all. If you have young people in your life, we hope to see you August 5th from 10am to 2pm. Although every day of the year is a kids’ day, we’re especially looking forward to making this day extra special!

WRAP Community Congress – San Francisco -  August 5

by Julie McCurdy, Sisters Of The Road Housing Organizer: Sisters Of The Road is helping to organize the upcoming Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) Community Congress, which will be held in San Francisco August 5th and 6th. Over 250 grassroots leaders from WRAP member organizations in Portland, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Oakland, Seattle, San Francisco and other cities across the country are coming.

The Systemic Change Team is really excited about this Community Congress. Why are we excited? Well, here’s the thing: powerful movements for change aren’t built by politicians—they’re built by ordinary people, like you and me who’ve had enough of the way things are. The WRAP Congress presents our community with a concrete opportunity to participate in creating change. Anyone, in any circumstance, can be a part of making a difference. For me, it was in participating in the January 2010 “Homelessness Ends With a Home” WRAP protest in San Francisco that changed the direction of my life. Participating in this action  led me to the discovery that it is only in standing together on issues that directly affect our community that we can begin to create those changes we want to see happen. Click here to read more about the upcoming WRAP Congress!

Member News

Victor Merced to be Hacienda CDC’s New Exec Director Sept 1- top

After a thorough nationwide search, Hacienda CDC is pleased to announce that Victor Merced will be joining the organization as Executive Director effective September 1, 2011. Mr. Merced brings a wealth of varied experience to the position, having worked in the government, philanthropic, and non-profit sectors.

“I am excited to help lead such a stellar community organization and look forward to achieving many great accomplishments,” said Mr. Merced of his new position.

Born in Puerto Rico, Mr. Merced was raised in a bicultural household in the South Bronx. He showed an early passion for housing and community development, becoming a director of the People’s Development Corporation at just 21 years of age. After pursuing degrees in Housing & Urban Studies and later Law, Mr. Merced moved to Portland to serve as Executive Director of the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement, a statewide Latino advocacy organization.

Since 1990 he has been a leader in Oregon’s state government and philanthropy communities. His past positions include Deputy Administrator of the Oregon Department of Human Services’ Adult and Family Services Division; a decade-long tenure at Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon’s largest private foundation; and, most recently, Director of Oregon Housing and Community Services. Mr. Merced brings with him this extensive experience as he returns to the grassroots level to continue his community development work.

Hacienda CDC Board, staff and community are excited to welcome Mr. Merced aboard to lead us into a new chapter of the organization’s history. As we prepare for an orderly transition, we gratefully acknowledge departing executive director Pietro Ferrari who presided over six years reaching 65% growth for the organization. Under Mr. Ferrari Hacienda embraced a comprehensive community building model where residents and clients, young and old thrive in their pursuit of a better life.

“As I move on to pursue new challenges, it’s a comfort to know that Hacienda will be in Victor’s capable hands,” said Mr. Ferrari of the transition. “I know he will continue to build upon the legacy we have created during my tenure by finding innovative new ways to serve Latinos and others in Oregon.”

Mr. Ferrari will remain as acting Executive Director throughout the summer until August 30th to transfer the position to Mr. Merced.

Columbia Cascade Opens Hood River Crossing- top

from Rick Crager, Oregon Housing and Community Services Acting Director’s Message, June 20, 2011

I also had a chance to attend the opening of Hood River Crossing Apartments on June 10. Dee Luckenbill and Luckenbill-Drayton & Associates did outstanding work, along with their partners, Ruby Mason and the Mid-Columbia Housing Authority on the 40-unit project that serves families with children. OHCS provided nearly $1 million in federal and state grants, as well as more than $2 million in federal and state tax credits.

Hood River has had no new affordable housing constructed in more than a decade and the need for it was obvious when the apartments filled up within two weeks of opening. Hood River Crossing also represents sustainability and energy efficiency. Our department aims to finance affordable housing and take advantage of efficiency measures that ensure longevity for buildings. In addition, Hood River Crossing has supportive services for families. This important development will serve families for many years to come.

Lincoln CDC Garden Educates Kids on Nutrition, Builds Community- top

The Ridge Apartments, located in Lincoln City Oregon, is an 80 unit low income housing project for families, seniors, singles and domestic violence victims owned by the CDC Of Lincoln County.  In 2004, twelve raised beds were built for the residents of the Ridge through a grant and were overseen by the Resident Services Coordinator at that time.  But upon her departure, the beds were left unattended (above)

In late 2009, Sheila Stiley became the new Resident Services Coordinator for LCDC.  She noticed the beds one day and began inquiring about them.  Out of the twelve beds, it was obvious nine of them were not being cared for due to the lack of maintenance and overgrowth.  Sheila wanted to incorporate the beds into the T-Rex Kids Summer Program focusing on Childhood Obesity.

> At right, Alex shows his ‘food face’ made with healthy food he helped grow in the community raised bed garden



In spring of 2010, with a green light from her Director, David Huntington of the LCDC, the process began.  Sheila was contacted by Sharon Kelley, the Master Gardener who had assisted in building the beds.  The Parole and Probation Work Crew assisted both Sheila and Sharon in weeding the beds preparing them for crops (above). [editor's note: Sheila says if you need to get a big labor-intensive job done in a short amount of time, you might check with your local County office about their Parole and Probation Work Crew program - they offer low rates and do great work.]

< At left, Freddie displays his ‘food face’ made with healthy food he helped grow

The first year the T-Rex Kids planted lettuce, beans, sweet peas, beets, radishes, strawberries, blueberries, squash, carrots and tomatoes.  With the assistance of the Master Gardener, fruits and vegetables were grown and harvested by the kids throughout the summer then incorporated into their snacks as a nutritionist, Jann Ostby, with the OSU Extension Office discussed healthy eating habits and health.

Although the first year was a success, the beds were still in further need of repair.  A bad rainy season caused a large reduction in soil, the weeds began to grow again, and the beds were beginning to fall apart.

Again, the LCDC called on the Parole and Probation Work Crew.  In half a day, they weeded the beds, repaired the ones falling apart, cleaned up the pathways between the beds, filled the beds with new soil, spread around new bark dust, and limbed trees so the visual of the beds would be more evident to those passing by (at right).



The new beds are now not only great for healthy crops but are aesthetically pleasing.  They have been planted with new crops by the T-Rex Kids Summer Program consisting of peas, beans, radishes, lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, squash, broccoli, blueberries, strawberries, potatoes and dill.  The kids will harvest the crops to use not only in their snacks but to take home with recipes to incorporate into their homes as well.

< At left, Justina displays her ‘food face’ made with fruit and veggies she helped grow in the community garden

At right, young affordable housing residents learn about healthy eating habits and health by making ‘food faces’ with the fresh food they helped grow >

With a remodel due to take place in the next year, they plan to install a better pathway to the beds, landscape with transplanted bushes and possibly add a picnic table or seating area for residents.  Sheila hopes to have more involvement from adult residents with the beds so there is a sense of ownership and pride.

R&H/Colas Construction Weaves Mentorship into PCC Project- top

R&H + Colas Construction is currently constructing Portland Community College’s newest campus, the Newberg Center. This $5 million dollar project is slated to achieve Net Zero Ready and LEED Platinum certification and will be completed in time for fall semester classes.  In line with R&H/Colas’ goal of providing meaningful opportunities for minority contractors and craftsworkers, the PCC Newberg project itself has become a classroom.

Photo below, Quincy and Sam

Assistant Foreman, Quincy Attaway is assigned to the project to learn the ropes of onsite supervision.  Each day, he works side by side with some of the most seasoned construction professionals in the Portland area, who mentor him in areas such as project safety, subcontractor oversight and quality assurance and control.  Quincy also has the unique opportunity to learn first hand what goes into the construction of one of the most sustainable and advanced buildings in our region, featuring technology such as solar panels and special Structurally Insulated Panels to keep moisture and air from getting inside the facility.

R&H/Colas Construction is a corporation formed in 2009 by two established commercial general contractors, R&H Construction (32 years in business) and Colas Construction (14 years in business.)  The company was founded with a distinct mission and goal; to provide greater and more meaningful opportunities for minority contractors on projects within our local community.

For more information on R&H/Colas’ mentoring program at PCC Newberg, visit: http://news.pcc.edu/2011/06/attaway-feature/

FHDC Harvesting Hope – Video Posted, Still Time to Help Kids- top

Here are some the key highlights of Farmworker Housing Development Corporation’s 1st Annual Fundraising Event, Harvesting Hope (held June 23), and a two minute video:

  • Over 130 guests joined us
  • Nearly $26,000 was raised (sponsors, tickets, donations)
  • The Oregon Community Foundation presented a check for $15,000 to FHDC to continue building its capacity in fundraising.

Event Video: http://animoto.com/play/dkmGHFeGrtkG8EsErpg4ww

Unable to join us?

You can still help out by supporting one of our children in our Summer Enrichment Program, which begins on July 11, 2011. For more information visit: www.fhdc.org

$155 covers the cost of one child. $5 will allow a child to enjoy a free meal and a day of enrichment and academic activities.

To give online go to: http://fhdc.chipin.com/fhdcs-2011-summer-enrichment-program


NAYA Seeks Support to Serve 7,000- Participant Increase - top

While NAYA Family Center has celebrated many successes with you this past year, we have also witnessed an alarming increase in the number of families and individuals seeking our services. While it is wonderful to know that our services are respected and valued within our community, this unexpected increase in need (literally 7,000 new participants) has created a financial burden and challenge to our programmatic capacity. We are writing you today to ask for your help in meeting the needs of our community. Won’t you consider making a gift today?

Portland’s urban Native American community experiences the highest rates of homelessness, poverty and unemployment of all ethnic groups locally. These harsh realities have driven many of our families to seek first-time services and support. NAYA Family Center responds to community need by providing an array of wrap-around services that target the challenges facing our youth and families, from education attainment to energy assistance and beyond. Since we have grown our programs to accommodate an increase in community need, we need your help to sustain these levels of service.

It is difficult to put a price on the value of the services our community finds at NAYA Family Center, from students realizing their educational abilities and hidden talents to families making their dreams of economic stability a reality. Many of our community members find their strength and reaffirm their identity by engaging with the many strategic services and supports they find at our center.

NAYA’s challenges are great, and our community’s needs are many, but our dedication and commitment is strong, and our successes are building!

Please make a gift of support today, and thank you for all that you do for our community!

St. Vincent de Paul Kicks Off Oakridge Service Center Renovation- top

by Sophia Bennett, SVdP of Lane County Special Projects Manager, Friday, June 3 2011

 <p>Oakridge Service Center after renovation </p> <p>

On Thursday, June 9 at 10:00am St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc. is officially kicking off the renovation of the Oakridge Service Center. The project will bring new jobs, services and opportunities to this rural Lane County community. The Service Center will include a retail thrift store, laundromat, business incubator, community room, and social service center. Join Oakridge Mayor Donald E. Hampton, SVDP Executive Director Terry McDonald, and other dignitaries for this special celebration. More information is available here.

KLHC Celebrates Homeownership Month with Free Credit Reports- top

June was Homeownership Month, and KLHC (Klamath & Lake Homeownership Center) celebrated by creating a day of “free” credit report pulls with scores for the community.  Two Certified Homeownership Counselors were on site to help people understand and decipher their way through their report.  Folks received refreshments, information, and education, with a better understanding of the benefits of good credit.

PCRI and Oregon Tradeswomen Partner for Training, Home Improvement- top

It’s a gray Wednesday morning and a half-dozen women are fastening their tool belts and setting up saw horses in front of a Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) rental home.  There’s some serious work that’s about to happen here, but the real purpose goes much deeper than what first meets the eye.

The crew that’s getting ready to install new floors in PCRI’s affordable rental home is a Trades and Apprenticeship Careers Class (TACC) from Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc.  The class is a free seven-week pre-apprenticeship training program that helps women prepare for high-wage, high-skill construction careers through hands-on construction experience, classroom instruction and field trips.  Upon graduation, the program helps graduates with job searches, applications to apprenticeship training programs, and post-placement support.

Hands-on construction experience brings students into PCRI’s homes during the course of the class. Several groups of students will complete phases of new floor installation including removing old carpet tack strips, installing the new floor and re-installing doors and trim.  At other PCRI homes, Oregon Tradeswomen students have built new fences and re-built porches and decks.

“It’s good work that offers a sense of accomplishment for our students,” said Amy James Neel, Instructor and Job Placement Specialist at Oregon Tradeswomen.

These diverse projects provide useful training opportunities for the students.  Just as importantly, they help supplement PCRI’s maintenance crew in order to more quickly prepare homes for future renters.

“It’s part of our values to serve the community—not just through the hundreds of women we serve through our program, but for the many non-profits we assist,” said Dawn Jones, Training Manager at Oregon Tradeswomen.  “We’re grateful to have PCRI as a consistent and true partner for us in providing a wide range of skill-building opportunities for our students that at the same time help ensure affordable housing in our Northeast community.”

While PCRI and Oregon Tradeswomen have a long history of partnership, cooperation between the two organizations is reaching new heights: including both student and paid instructor time, Oregon Tradeswomen crews have worked more than 1,100 hours on PCRI projects so far in 2011.

“This is a great path for our two organizations.  At the core of our efforts are affordable housing and living wage jobs,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI Executive Director.  “And it’s personally rewarding to see the women in these classes empowering themselves to create a better future for themselves and their families.”

Oregon Tradeswomen and PCRI will continue their work together during (and beyond) the three remaining 2011 TACC classes.  Women interested in joining Oregon Tradeswomen’s program should visit www.tradeswomen.net for more information.

Neighborhood Partnerships Is Moving In July- top

After more than twelve years in the Jeffrey Center, Neighborhood Partnerships is relocating to new offices on July 11, 2011 to the Board of Trade Building on Southwest Fourth Avenue between Southwest Stark and Oak Streets.  We will be setting up our telephone and computer systems (including email) during the week of July 11.  If you are trying to reach us during that period, we appreciate your patience!  We will do our utmost to respond as quickly as possible that week!

NP’s new address will be 310 Southwest Fourth, Suite 715; Portland OR 97204, effective July 11.  Until July 11, please use our current address of 1020 SW Taylor, Suite 680; Portland OR 97205.  Our phone and fax numbers, email and website addresses will remain the same.

CCC, City, County, Partner for New Mental Health Center- top

On Monday, June 20, Mayor Sam Adams joined Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen and other partners to celebrate the grand opening of the 16-bed Crisis Assessment and Treatment Center.

The center–with construction funded in part by $2 million from the Portland Development Commission, and operations split between the City and the County at $600,000 per year each–will house people who will stay from four to 14 days while medical professionals, mental health professionals and peer counselors work to stabilize their symptoms, and create a follow-up plan for treatment.

“We come across folks who are suffering from mental illness every hour, every day. One of the most demoralizing tasks a police officer or firefighter has to do is to take folks who are clearly suffering from mental illness and put them into a jail,” said Mayor Adams.

> Photo: A team of mental health advocates gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Crisis Assessment and Treatment Center in Northeast Portland.

“This is an innovative partnership that’s going to address one of our community’s toughest problems: How to help people in a mental health crisis. Because we all know how bad it is when we don’t help people in a crisis,” said Chair Cogen.

Multnomah County collaborated with the city of Portland, the state and several other partners to renovate the center and secure funding for year-round crisis services. Other partners include Central City Concern, the Oregon Health Authority and Telecare– the private provider that will run the CATC.

Officials expect to serve approximately 850 clients in crisis each year. A typical CATC stay will be more cost effective than hospitalization and less frightening than jail time for residents who can no longer manage symptoms on their own.

“By connecting people with peer advocates, treatment and other vital services, we are giving hope and support to people who might have otherwise gone to prison,” said Multnomah County Chief Operating Officer Joanne Fuller.

The CATC is located on the second floor of the David P. Hooper Sobering Center at 55 N.E. Grand Ave. in Portland. The center is targeted toward vulnerable individuals who qualify for the Oregon Health Plan or who do not have health insurance.

To admit someone to the CATC, contact the Mental Health Call Center at 503-988-4888. Staff will speak with concerned residents, providers and police to determine a person’s treatment needs and assess if the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Center is appropriate.

Providers can also call Telecare, which operates the CATC, directly at 503-232-1099. For more information, visit the CATC website.

Watch videos of opening remarks by Chair Cogen and Chief Operating Officer Joanne Fuller here.

VA Will Win Fight to End Vet Homelessness, Says SVdP Manager- top

Sec. Eric Shinseki of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is determined to end homelessness among our country’s military veterans.

Based on what she heard this month at the annual convention of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, Inc.Vet LIFT’s Tina Corey believes it will happen.

Find out why.


Member Media Coverage

Advocates: Many Farmworkers Living In Poor Conditions- top

by Kristian Foden-Vencil / OPB, June 23, 2011

You may not have noticed, but Oregon’s in the middle of a big migration.

Thousands of people from California and Mexico are converging on the state to pick strawberries.

After that, they’ll work on the blueberry harvest, then cucumbers, cherries and by the fall it’s pears.

< Photo: Oregon has about eight inspectors to check the conditions at farmworker camps. Kristian Foden-Vencil / OPB



They live for as long as a couple of months in rudimentary housing provided by farmers. Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Division has strict rules about what has to be provided at those worker camps.

But farmworker rights groups estimate there may be up to two hundred camps that aren’t registered with the state, and they say conditions at some are poor.

Juana Santiago is from Oaxaca, Mexico. She’s 22-years-old, and has worked picking fruit on Oregon’s farms for the last four years.

> Photo: Registered camps must follow strict guidelines by OSHA. Kristian Foden-Vencil / OPB

Today, she’s showing a small group around the “Larry Road Camp” for the Farmworker Housing Development Corporation.

That’s a non-profit group that raises money to build high-quality farmworker housing. Santiago used to  . . Click here to read the story.

Deborah Kafoury and Margaret Van Vliet “Think Out Loud”- top

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury and Portland Housing Bureau Director Margaret Van Vliet were featured in OPB’s “Think Out Loud” discussion on the city and county’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness. To listen to the conversation, download the podcast at:


NOAH Featured in HUD’s “Evidence Matters”- top

An article about the importance of multi-bank consortia – profiling NOAH (Network for Oregon Affordable Housing)- is featured in the current edition of HUD’s Quarterly magazine Evidence Matters.  The article includes quotes from Sen. Merkley, Bill VanVliet and John Epstein from Wells Fargo.  Many of the photos are from NOAH preservation projects including the cover photo of children who live at Nuevo Amanecer II, a Section 515 Farmworker Housing Development Corporation project in Woodburn and Walnut Park, a REACH CDC Section 8 preservation project in Portland.

Here is a link to the article on the HUD PD&R website: http://www.huduser.org/portal/periodicals/em/spring11/highlight3.html#title

Here is a link to the PD&R website where folks can subscribe to Evidence Matters: http://www.huduser.org/portal/emaillists/subscr.html.

Rural Dev, Housing Works, CASA: Housing Central OR Farm Workers - top

from USDA blog, “Rural Development Program Provides Quality Housing for Central Oregon’s Farm Workers” Jill Rees, USDA Rural Development Public Affairs Specialist, on July 1, 2011

While on a recent visit to Oregon, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Victor Vasquez visited the Canyon East farm worker housing complex currently under construction in Madras. The USDA-supported facility is scheduled for completion in August, with families moving in shortly thereafter. Vasquez was joined by Oregon Rural Development State Director  Vicki Walker.

The community of Madras in Central Oregon is surrounded by numerous farming and ranching operations that provide fresh foods and products for regional markets. Many of these operations, including irrigated seed crops, potatoes and mint as well as the numerous hay and livestock operations, can be labor intensive, and rely on an infusion of farm workers. Yet, housing options in the Madras area have been limited for farm workers and their families, despite the integral and valued role they play in local agriculture as well as the overall community.

To address the issue, a partnership of local officials, state agencies, non-profits, advocacy groups, farmers and ranchers began roughly six years ago to look for a way to build new, affordable multi-family community in the area. Despite the number of proactive, invested partners, the group could not secure adequate funding for the project. Last year, however, Rural Development was able to access funds in addition to regular program resources through the USDA Multi-Family Housing Program to assist the effort. In addition, Rural Development will provide rental assistance to help low income families.

The Canyon East complex will offer 24 units of housing for farm workers and their families.  The design includes two, three and four bedroom units, along with a playground, basketball court and community building featuring meeting space, laundry facility and on-site management offices.

Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Victor Vasquez with USDA Rural Development Vicki Walker at the site of a USDA-funded housing facility for central Oregon farm workers.


Deputy Undersecretary for Rural Development Victor Vasquez with USDA Rural Development State Director Vicki Walker at the site of a USDA-funded housing facility for central Oregon farm workers.

Thanks to this partnership effort of the Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority (Housing Works), Community And Shelter Assistance Corporation of Oregon (CASA), Oregon Housing and Community Services, the City of Madras and numerous local champions, USDA Rural Development is helping farm worker families access quality housing and live in an environment where they can thrive.

To learn more about how USDA assists in the effort to provide safe, sanitary housing to America’s farm workers, click here.

Salem-Keizer CDC Benefit in Statesman Journal- top

from Statesman Journal, Column “Out and about … with Mary Louise VanNatta,” Jul. 2, 2011

With the dream of helping stabilize families by assisting with safe and affordable housing, the Salem-Keizer Community Development Corporation owns and operates 149 housing units in our area, and their portfolio is growing.

With this mission, the SKCDC has attracted an impressive group of supporters, many of whom attended its annual theater night at the Pentacle Theatre.

Sponsors and committee members . . . click here to read more.

Portland Metro News

The Eagle Has Landed: PHB Presents 2011-13 Strategic Plan - top

from Portland Housing Bureau e-update, June 30:
We greatly appreciate all the feedback we received so far on our strategic planning process. When we started this effort more than a year ago, we knew we had huge challenges ahead of us. Against a backdrop of diminishing resources and growing demand for affordable housing to serve low-income Portlanders, we needed to charter a bold new course for the bureau. Our goal: greater effectiveness and accountability with the way we invest public dollars in housing.

After synthesizing available data on trends, needs and program outcomes, as well as community input gathered from focus groups, surveys and the strategic plan community forum, we are proud to present the bureau’s Strategic Plan, a goals- and outcomes-driven framework that will guide our housing investments over the next three years.

read more

2011 Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness- top

Despite the prolonged recession and double-digit unemployment, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County increased only slightly between 2009 and 2011, according to a 2011 point-in-time count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The Portland Housing Bureau, Multnomah County and their partners worked together to produce the “2011 Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness,” a comprehensive report examining a point-in-time snapshot of homelessness in our community.  More than 200 local agencies collected data contributing to the report [Editor: bragging moment -  Oregon ON member Kristina Smock wrote the report :) ]

Click on the links below to download the report: http://www.portlandonline.com/phb/index.cfm?&c=43985

HUD Features Portland’s Living Smart Program- top

This month, HUD USER introduced a new online resource, the Case Study Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse features case studies of innovative projects and programs that promote sustainable and affordable housing.

The first series of case studies focus on small housing development and include:

Portland, Oregon: Living Smart Program

Portland, the most populous city in the state of Oregon, is known for its proactive land use planning and growth management policies. In 1973, Oregon adopted legislation requiring its cities and metropolitan areas to limit development by establishing urban growth boundaries (UGBs). In keeping with statewide planning goals, the Portland metropolitan area established its UGB in 1979. As Portland’s population grew to more than a half-million residents by 2000 (a 44-percent increase from 1980), demand for new housing combined with limited availability of land led to the development of single-family homes on narrow, infill lots. These narrow-lot homes provided affordable housing options for many of the city’s low- and median-income families as well as first-time homebuyers. However, because these homes were architecturally incompatible with existing neighborhood residences, community opposition to their development grew. To address neighborhood concerns and ensure an adequate supply of affordable single-family homes, Portland initiated the Living Smart Program in 2004. The city’s efforts resulted in permit-ready, high-quality designs for “skinny-lot” houses on small, infill lots.

Skinny Lots in the City of Roses

In the early 1900s, before Portland had adopted a municipal code, large areas of land in the city were platted as long, narrow lots measuring 25 to 33 feet wide and 100 feet deep. Most single-family homes, however . . . Click here to read more.

Residents Move Into Bud Clark Commons- top

Portland Housing Bureau‘s Bud Clark Commons, located at 650 NW Irving, celebrated its grand opening this month. Guests from the former Glisan Shelter moved into Doreen’s Place short-term housing at the Bud Clark Commons on June 10th. The Day Center opened Monday, June 20th, at 7:00am. Residents began moving into the 130 permanent supportive housing units on June 21st.

The permanent supportive housing consists of 130 studio units of housing built on a half-block building footprint. Income ranges are anticipated to be between 0 – 40% of Median Family Income. Operating subsidies will include an allocation of public housing units and project-based Section 8 vouchers.

For questions about the permanent support housing units, contact Rachael Duke at 503-280-4001. http://www.portlandonline.com/phb/index.cfm?c=53110. For information about the day center or Doreen’s Place, call 503-280-4700.

Regional and Rural News

Newport Assessment Finds Workforce Housing Needed- top

The City of Newport recently released the Housing Needs Assessment results from a study conducted by EcoNorthwest over several months. The study reveals data showing a lack of workforce housing for residents for Newport. The research shows that affordable workforce homeownership opportunities are both in short supply and steadily out of reach for average working families, where home prices grew rapidly during the period of 2000-2010.

The study also highlights the high cost burden among large portions of Newport residents. Cost burden defined as 30% or more of a families’ monthly gross income towards housing related expenses helps housing experts agree on what is considered affordable. In Newport, according to the study, 39% of Newport households were cost burdened, 51% renters and 30% of homeowners. Numbers like these make a compelling case for the need for workforce housing and underscores the affordability problem in Newport.

The study concludes with recommendations both for renters and owners. Questions on how much land and how many units are needed are answered in this comprehensive report. The scope of this study is valuable for those interested in the root causes of lack of available affordable housing, the results to the average family or indi-viduals, and solutions to overcome the problem. Read the full report with policy recommendation at The City of Newport Community Development Department’s [labyrinthine] website, or follow these links:

‘Bedbugs Are Here’: Watch Out, Lane County- top

“Bedbugs are here, but help is at hand: The biggest danger with infestations is when homeowners misapply pesticides,” By Diane Dietz, The Register-Guard

Don’t be alarmed, but bedbugs are here in Lane County.

No government agency or industry source keeps count of the number of infestations, but there are reports from all around the county of the blood-sucking insects.

A Lane County health inspector found the bugs at a motel at the coast. A St. Vincent de Paul employee found some on a donated hide-a-bed in a thrift store drive-thru. A pest management company reports finding bugs on rented furniture in three separate instances. A Eugene man got a stubborn infestation after taking home a mattress he found in an alley. And two affordable housing apartments saw infestations.

The age-old pest, which had been all but eradicated in this country in the 1940s, has made a resurgence in the . . . . Click here to read the story.

Oregon’s Most Affordable Homes? Woodburn- top

Portland Business Journal – by Wendy Culverwell, Thursday, June 16, 2011

Woodburn is Oregon’s most affordable home market and Lake Oswego is the least affordable among 21 real estate markets surveyed by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC for its Home Listing Report.

The survey is a quirky take on the residential industry that looks solely at the prices of four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes listed between September 2010 and March 2011. Only markets with at least 10 homes on the market that met the criteria during the survey period were included in the report.

You can view all the Oregon results in the table below, and to see how the state compares to other markets, the national results are worth a look as well. . . click here to continue.

Springfield Gains New Affordable Housing for People with Mental Illness- top

By Arrianee LeBeau KVAL News, June 13, 2011

ShelterCare opened a new 16-unit low income housing facility last Friday called the Afiya Apartments. The housing complex is helping people with mental illnesses live on their own in downtown Springfield.

The apartments assist people with mental illnesses by helping them live independently but also having support from staff on hand. Executive Director Susan Ban said the complex helps give residents support to live.

“Folks with a psychiatric disability that don’t somehow connect with support services in the community can get lost,” said Ban.

Residents at the Afiya Apartments benefit from receiving counseling, skills training and medication monitoring on site.

Ban said the new facility begins to fill a huge need for affordable housing but the demand is still high. She said ShelterCare currently has about 130 people in housing throughout in Lane County.

But there are still about 100 homeless people waiting for housing to become available.

“Homelessness really becomes extraordinarily disruptive and even more for people without disabilities. The disruptiveness of homelessness creates all kinds of chaos and distress,” said Ban.

The $2.5 million dollar project was funded mainly by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, with grant contributions from the state of Oregon and the city of Springfield.

Click here to see news video at KVAL.

HACSA Lane County Receives $240K for Jobs, Self-Sufficiency- top

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on June 9 awarded $240,000 to the Housing and Community Services Agency (HACSA) of Lane County to help its residents connect to job training and opportunities to increase their economic independence and elderly residents to maintain independent living.

“We need to take a wider view of the needs of public housing residents beyond just housing if we’re to be true to the goal of promoting self sufficiency,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “The caseworkers that housing authorities can hire or keep on staff help thousands of public housing residents connect to opportunities to obtain jobs or increase their incomes that lead to self-sufficiency and improve quality of life.”

“ROSS allow housing authorities, resident associations and others to offer a helping hand to residents want to take a step or two up the ladder to economic independence or to the elderly who want to maintain an independent lifestyle,” said HUD’s Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride.  “Sometimes that’s all it takes for people to succeed in ways they never imagined.”

The grant to HACSA was part of $31 million awarded nationally today to some 110 public and tribal housing authorities, resident associations and non-profit organizations under HUD’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) – Service Coordinators Program.  ROSS enables grantees to hire or retain service coordinator who works directly with residents to assess their needs to connect them with education, job training and placement programs and/or computer and financial literacy services available in their community to promote self-sufficiency.  For an elderly or disabled resident, the service coordinator arranges supportive services that allow them to maintain their independent lifestyle.

The purpose of HUD’s ROSS – Service Coordinators Program is to encourage local innovative strategies that link public housing assistance with public and private resources to enable participating families to increase earned income; reduce or eliminate the need for welfare assistance; and make progress toward achieving economic independence and housing self-sufficiency.

Salem HA Wins Permanent Housing, Case Management $ for Vets- top

from HUD June 13 -Since 208, Oregon & Washington Housing Authorities Have Been Awarded Total of 1,599 HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Vouchers

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki announced June 13 that HUD will provide $689,530 to public housing authorities in Oregon and Washington to supply permanent housing and case management for 108 more homeless veterans in the states. This is the fourth and final round of the FY 2010 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) funding appropriated by the Congress to support homeless veterans.

In the announcement, the Salem housing authority was awarded $69,531 to support 13 VASH vouchers, the Bellingham authority was awarded $63,919 for 10 VASH vouchers, the King County authority was awarded $92,178 for 10 VASH vouchers, the Spokane housing authority was awarded $126,636 for 25VASH vouchers, the Tacoma authority was awarded $171,216  for 20 VASH vouchers and the Vancouver authority was awarded $176,040 for 30 VASH vouchers.

Since 2008, Oregon housing authorities have won a total of 493 VASH vouchers and Washington state housing authorities a total of 1,106 VASH vouchers.

HUD-VASH is a coordinated effort by HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and local housing authorities to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans.  For a local breakdown of the rental vouchers announced today, visit HUD’s website.

“As our young men and women return from Afghanistan and Iraq, they deserve to be treated with dignity and honor. Yet our nation’s veterans are 50 percent more likely than the average American to become homeless,” said HUD Secretary Donovan. “These vouchers continue to get more of our veterans off the streets and out of homeless shelters into permanent housing.”

“Serving those who have served us so bravely and well is an honor,” said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride.  “But for veterans who are homeless, it is also a necessity and often the surest and swiftest way for them to get back on their feet and live independent lives.”

The vouchers announced today are part of a set-aside of project-based vouchers HUD announced last September that would be competitively awarded to  housing authorities that received HUD-VASH vouchers in 2008, 2009 or 2010. Under HUD’s project-based voucher program, housing authorities can assign voucher assistance to specific housing units. These vouchers will enable homeless veterans to access affordable housing with an array of supportive services.

This funding to local housing authorities is part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to end veteran and long-term chronic homelessness by 2015.  Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local agreements to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women.

The grants announced today are part of a $75 million investment to support the housing needs of homeless veterans.  This is the fourth and final competitive round to allocate the remaining FY2010 HUD-VASH funding.  With today’s announcement, HUD will have funded 10,186 housing vouchers for homeless veterans nationwide for 2010.  HUD will announce the 2011 HUD-VASH funding during the summer. In addition to the rental assistance, the VA Medical Centers provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans.

Veterans are referred to the public housing authority for these vouchers, based upon a variety of factors, most importantly the need for and ability to benefit from supportive housing.  Supportive housing includes both financial help the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff provides.

Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent. VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Obama Establishes Rural Council at White House- top

The White House June 9 announced the establishment of the first White House Rural Council.  While rural communities face challenges, they also present economic potential.  To address these challenges, build on the Administration’s rural economic strategy, and improve the implementation of that strategy, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Rural Council.

“Strong rural communities are key to a stronger America,” said President Barack Obama.  “That’s why I’ve established the White House Rural Council to make sure we’re working across government to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth.”

The White House Rural Council will coordinate programs across government to encourage public-private partnerships to promote further economic prosperity and quality of life in rural communities nationwide.  Chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the Council will be responsible for providing recommendations for investment in rural areas and will coordinate Federal engagement with a variety of rural stakeholders, including agricultural organizations, small businesses, and state, local, and tribal governments.

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HUD Will Not Fund Rural Housing Stability Program in 2011 - top

HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs says the funding available this year will not allow HUD to implement many provisions of the HEARTH Act, including the Rural Housing Stability Program, although HUD is working on program regulations. SNAP’s May 16 update is posted at http://www.hudhre.info/hearth/.

more from HUD May 16 Listserv, ’2011 Continuum of Care Competition’:
Except for Emergency Solutions Grants, the appropriation language does not specifically provide funding to the other new programs authorized under the HEARTH Amendments.  In other words, the FY2011 funds are made available to the current competitive programs rather than the new programs authorized under HEARTH.  Additionally, the level of funding for the Homeless Assistance Programs overall would not allow HUD to implement many key provisions of the HEARTH Act.  Therefore, HUD will not implement the new CoC program or the Rural Housing Stability Program in FY2011.  We hope to have both the authority and the funds to more fully implement HEARTH in FY2012.

Rural Dev & Habitat Ally to Ease Financing for Homebuyers- top

Rural Development and Habitat for Humanity have signed a memorandum of agreement intended to improve program access for Habitat participants by packaging Section 502 and 504 direct applications, according to an Unnumbered Letter dated June 2, 2011 and posted at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/uljune11.pdf. Contact Brooke Baumann, RD, 202-690-4250.

The primary purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to establish a strategic alliance between the Agency and Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) for the purpose of implementing a Section 502 direct loan application packaging arrangement between the two parties to improve access to Agency financing for eligible HFHI program participants. A secondary objective involves a packaging arrangement for Section 504 direct loan applications.

HUD Homeless Report Shows Progress, but Rural Need Increased- top

HUD credits the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program with keeping the number of homeless persons unchanged from 2009 to 2010. Over 90% of HPRP clients exited the program to permanent housing. Between 2007 and 2010, however, the number of people using shelters in rural and suburban areas increased 57% and family homelessness increased 20%. 2010 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report to Congress is available at http://www.usich.gov.

House Passes USDA Funding Bill Unchanged – Self-Help Housing Saved- top

On June 16 the House approved H.R. 2112 with a 0.78% across-the-board cut. Amendments to eliminate funding for Section 523 self-help housing were defeated by both the Subcommittee and Committee, and one to reduce funding for Section 504 grants was rejected on the House floor. Also defeated was an effort to move money from the Foreign Agricultural Service to Section 542 vouchers and USDA business programs. A funding table is at http://www.ruralhome.org and the bill’s text is at http://thomas.loc.gov/home/approp/app12.html. The House will begin work on HUD funding in July. When the Senate begins action on FY12 appropriations bills it is expected to propose higher housing figures than the House.

Statewide News

HUD Pulls Section 8 Contracts from OHCS- top

from Rick Crager, Oregon Housing and Community Services Acting Director’s Message, “HUD Contract Update,” July 1, 2011

This morning we learned that the US Department of Housing and Urban Development did not select Oregon Housing and Community Services to continue serving as the Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Performance-Based Contract Administrator for Oregon. We are scheduled to be replaced, effective October 1, 2011, by CMS Contract Management Services from Bremerton, Washington.

This unfortunate decision will have impacts to our entire department and how we administer our agency programs. Additionally, this creates challenges for OHCS and our partners in continuing our ongoing preservation efforts throughout Oregon. The administration of these contracts has positioned OHCS and its partners very well in working through the complexities of preserving these projects for contract renewals and long-term affordability.

I want you to know that we will be requesting a debriefing conference with HUD to better understand the basis for their decision. In addition, we plan to exercise all options available to us in appealing this decision, as we believe OHCS is in the best position to administer the contract in Oregon. At the same time, we must prepare to transition the contract to another administrator. We will be putting together our transition plan next week and will keep you in the loop on the process.

The current contract brings $4.5 million to the department. Obviously, those who currently perform the work under the PBCA contract will be impacted directly. The rest of the department may also feel the impact as we plan for a post-PBCA reality. OHCS will work to mitigate those effects by identifying cost-saving measures.

We will work closely with staff and partners to ensure that the people we serve – low-income Oregonians who live in Section 8 housing – continue to have a safe, decent and affordable place to call home. If you have immediate concerns, please contact Diana Koppes, Asset and Property Management Division Administrator, at (503) 986-6749, or via email.

HUD Updates Income Limits for CDBG Grant Recipients- top

On June 1, 2011 HUD issued the updated low and moderate income limits for 2011.  Table D of the Method of Distribution has been updated to reflect the changes – a table for Oregon Counties can be downloaded here: 2011 Income Limits – Updated Table D

These are the updated limits to be used for any CDBG grant recipient that is tracking national objective compliance (Limited clientele community facility projects, Microenterprise projects, housing rehabilitation projects, housing center projects, and Economic Development Revolving Loan fund projects) by collecting family size and income information from the clientele.

Questions? Gloria Zacharias, PCED. CDBG Program and Policy Coordinator, Oregon Business Development Department. Office: (503) 986-0132. Fax: (503) 581-5115.

OHCS Update: Bills Passed, Programs Funded, Homes Stabilized- top

from Rick Crager, Oregon Housing and Community Services Acting Director’s Message, June 20, 2011

Legislative updates

  • The OHCS budget bill, SB 5515, passed last week and now goes to the Governor for final approval.
  • HB 2152, which eliminates caps on the portion of certain programs that the department can use to cover its administrative costs, passed.
  • HB 2154, which expands the definition of farmworker so the state farmworker housing tax credit program can work more effectively with other programs, passed.
  • SB 151, which revises the state statute to allow the department to set the interest rate on loans, was signed by the Governor on June 1.
  • HB 5005, which gives OHCS authority to issue bonds for purposes of financing multifamily housing development as well as the single family homeownership program, is in Ways and Means.
  • HB 5036, which gives OHCS $10.5 million of Lottery-Backed Bonds for the preservation of existing affordable housing, is in Ways and Means.

Program updates

In 2008, OHCS provided Oregon’s Habitat for Humanity a $.5 million, no-interest loan to create a Revolving Loan Fund. That fund in turn offers local Habitat affiliates no interest loans up to $25,000 to purchase home lots.

To date, Oregon Habitat affiliates have invested in 17 homes and the success of the program prompted philanthropic interest. An anonymous donor recently granted Habitat $1 million to leverage and expand the revolving loan fund. In the next few months, Habitat will use the funds to make 30 additional loans.

OHCS is pleased to be a part of Habitat’s success and will continue to work with other organizations across the state to assist very low-income families achieve the dream of homeownership.

Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative update

The Oregon Homeownership Stabilization Initiative (OHSI) Division continues to make payments on behalf of Oregon homeowners and is preparing another large batch of payments for July mortgages. OHSI has enrolled servicers representing more than 90 percent of Mortgage Payment Assistance Program applicants and has sent more than 5,000 applications to servicers large and small for review. On July 1, OHSI will begin its Homeowner Education Program and monthly verification process for all participants for whom we have made payments.

Federal News

NLIHC Reviews Funding Options for National Housing Trust Fund- top

from Memo to Members, Vol. 16, No. 26, National Low Income Housing Coalition, July 1, 2011

In a webinar held on June 30, Sheila Crowley, President and CEO of National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), reviewed the four current avenues for funding the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) currently pursued by the NHTF Campaign.

The first is the $1 billion that was included in the President’s FY12 budget that will have to be offset by a cut elsewhere, most likely in a tax bill.

The second is the $1 billion in S. 489 and H.R. 1477 to be offset by proceeds from sale of TARP warrants. Despite the controversy that surrounds TARP and prevents some Members of Congress from supporting these bills, the NHTF Campaign is encouraging advocates to convince their Senators and Representatives to cosponsor the respective bills in order to demonstrate their continuing support for the NHTF. Including Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who introduced S. 489, the bill currently has 16 co-sponsors. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is the latest Senator to sign on. In the House, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) has 37 cosponsors of his bill, H.R. 1477. Representatives Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Pete Stark (D-CA) signed on in early June.

These two options would provide one-time money only.

The third option the NHTF campaign is pursuing is a dedicated source of revenue from whatever entities replace Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as has been proposed by the Obama Administration. Legislation to reform the housing finance system is not expected to move before 2012 at the earliest.

Finally, the campaign is actively advocating for funding for the NHTF that would come from savings generated by reform of the mortgage interest deduction.

The details of these possible funding sources, as well as a recording of the webinar and the slides from the presentation, can be reviewed at http://www.nhtf.org/

HUD, NeighborWorks Launch Program to Help Homeowners - top

HUD, in partnership with NeighborWorks America, announced on June 20 the launch of a federal program to assist homeowners at risk of foreclosure due to unemployment, underemployment, or a medical condition.

The Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program (EHLP) will provide interest-free loans of up to $50,000 for the monthly mortgage payments of qualified and approved homeowners. HUD estimates that the program will “aid up to 30,000 distressed borrowers, with an average loan of approximately $35,000.”

HUD has approved 27 states and Puerto Rico for participation in the $1 billion program. Funds are intended to augment existing federal efforts such as the Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund, which made available $7.6 billion to the District of Columbia and the 18 states deemed most impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Five additional states—Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, and Pennsylvania—have pre-existing state-level programs similar to EHLP. These states were approved in April to directly administer EHLP funds.

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act authorized EHLP. The program has faced opposition from Republicans in Congress. On March 12, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would terminate the program (see Memo, 3/11). However, the Senate did not consider the measure and EHLP remains intact.

Dodd-Frank also requires the funds be spent by September 30, 2011. With the program guidance just now completed, the timeline for the program is very condensed. To be considered for assistance, homeowners must apply to the program by July 22 and the government is required to make application approval decisions by September 30. Advocates are concerned that the short timeframe may limit the government’s ability to enroll at-risk homeowners, and may result in unspent funds.

Information about EHLP and its eligibility requirements are available at http://www.FindEHLP.org or at 1-855-FIND-EHLP (1-855-346-3345).

Round 2 of Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants Posted - top

On June 21, HUD provided an informal advance notice that $67 million will be available for a second round of Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants. Funds will be awarded competitively to regional consortia comprised of state or local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and philanthropies.

The intent is to encourage regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure development. There will be two categories: one to support preparation of regional plans; and another to modify existing regional plans so that they are in accord with the Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ six Livability Principles (see Memo, 6/19/09), or to prepare more detailed execution plans for an already-adopted regional plan.

Of the $67 million, at least $17.5 million will be awarded to regions with populations of less than 500,000. This includes medium-sized regions with populations between 200,000 and 499,999 (eligible for grants up to $3 million) and small-sized regions with populations less than 200,000 (eligible for grants up to $1.5 million). The maximum large metro region grant is $5 million.

The advance notice, HUD media release, and information about the first round is available at the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities website, http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/sustainable_communities_regional_planning_grants

Flurry of Talks, But No Agreement Reached on Deficit Reduction- top

from Memo to Members, Vol. 16, No. 26, National Low Income Housing Coalition, July 1, 2011

Congress and the Administration continued heated debate on the parameters of a deficit reduction agreement during the week of June 27, causing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to cancel the Senate’s July 4 recess.

After June 23, when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) dropped out of the bipartisan negotiations on deficit reduction led by Vice President Joseph Biden, the negotiations  were taken up by President Barack Obama, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) (see Memo, 6/24). The Administration originally hoped to conclude the negotiations by July 4. However, with Republicans backing out of the Vice President’s negotiations, talks will continue as the August 2 debt ceiling deadline nears.

In a speech on June 29, the President criticized Republicans for refusing to discuss revenue as part of a deficit reduction plan. President Obama said that it is not appropriate for Republicans to refuse to close corporate loopholes and tax provisions that benefit the wealthiest Americans, while at the same time proposing to cut programs that assist moderate and low income households.

Senator McConnell held a press conference simultaneously with the President’s speech in which he promoted a balanced budget amendment as a solution to deficit reduction. His resolution, S.J. Res. 23, was introduced on June 29.  Earlier this year, Senator Orin Hatch (R-UT) introduced S.J. Res. 10, another resolution supporting a balanced budget through an amendment to the constitution. The House Committee on the Judiciary has already passed a balanced budget amendment which is expected to be debated on the House floor in late July (see Memo, 6/17). The Senate also voted in March in favor of an amendment expressing the Senate’s support for a balanced budget amendment.

Meanwhile, the Senate Committee on Appropriations passed the FY12 Military, Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) bill, despite not yet having a subcommittee spending allocation from the Senate Committee on the Budget. Committee on the Budget Chair Kent Conrad (D-ND) said in a statement that Democratic Committee members have come to agreement on the framework for a budget resolution and that the Committee may mark up a resolution in the coming weeks. Committee on Appropriations Chair Daniel Inouye (D-HI) decided to proceed with the first of the Senate’s 12 appropriations bills instead of waiting for a Senate budget resolution.

The Senate Committee on Appropriations included funding for the Veterans Affairs (VA) portion of the HUD Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) program. HUD requested $75 million for new HUD VASH vouchers for FY11 and received only $50 million in the final continuing resolution that provided FY11 funding. HUD has again requested $75 million for new HUD VASH vouchers in FY12.

The first HUD appropriations votes of the year are scheduled to start in July. The House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) is scheduled to mark up its FY12 T-HUD bill on July 14. The full Committee on Appropriations is scheduled to mark up the bill on July 26.

The mark up will come just prior to Congress’s August 2 deadline for taking action on the debt ceiling in order to avoid the nation defaulting on its loans. While the House Committee on Appropriations may pass a T-HUD bill in July, deficit reduction and debt ceiling negotiations may further impact Congress’s resources to fund HUD programs in FY12.

Public Housing Gets Clarification on Ex-Offenders, Non-Elderly Disabled - top

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HUD Secretary Issues Letter on Ex-Offender Re-Entry

On June 17, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan sent a letter to public housing agency (PHA) directors regarding efforts to allow ex-offenders to reunite with their families living in subsidized housing.

“Research shows that ex-offenders who do not find stable housing in the community are more likely to recidivate than those who do, yet people returning to their communities from prison often face significant barriers to obtaining housing,” Secretary Donovan said in his letter.

The letter describes what PHAs must do related to bans on occupancy because of criminal behavior, and what standards PHAs must develop to prohibit admission if PHAs determine certain kinds of activity warrant bans.

There are only two explicit bans on occupancy from HUD assisted housing based on criminal activity. PHAs must establish a lifetime ban on admission to the public housing and voucher programs for individuals found to have manufactured or produced methamphetamine on the assisted housing premises, and for sex offenders subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program.

PHAs must also establish standards, the letter reminds PHAs, that prohibit admission if the PHA determines that any household member is currently engaged in illegal use of a drug, or the PHA has reasonable cause to believe that a household member’s drug use, alcohol use, or pattern of such use may threaten the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment the premises by other residents.

PHAs must also prohibit admission of an applicant for three years from the date of eviction if a household member has been evicted from federally assisted housing for drug-related criminal activity. Here, the Secretary writes, PHAs have discretion to consider mitigating circumstances, such as participation in drug rehabilitation programs, or that the circumstances that lead to the eviction no longer exist.

“Beyond these restrictions, PHAs have broad discretion to set admission and termination policies for the public housing and housing choice voucher programs,” the Secretary writes.

A 2004 report from Human Rights Watch found that many PHAs were using their discretionary authority to keep out numerous people. “Our research indicates that, in practice, these discretionary categories are used to exclude a wide swath of people with criminal records without any reasonable basis to believe they may actually pose a risk,” the 2004 report said.

In its June 23 testimony on a draft Section 8 Savings Act bill, NLIHC testified in support of including language from previous versions of the bill that would help communities respond to re-entry issues (see related article on the hearing in this issue of Memo).

NLIHC’s written testimony urged adoption of language that would limit denials of assistance for criminal activity to “violent and drug-related activity or a pattern of other criminal activity during a reasonable period before the admission date and where there is credible and objective evidence.”

View Secretary Donovan’s June 17 letter at http://www.nlihc.org/doc/Donovan-PHA-ExOffenders-Letter.pdf

View the 2004 report from Human Rights Watch at http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2004/11/17/no-second-chance

HUD Clarifies Non-Elderly Disabled Voucher Policies

On June 14, HUD issued Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Notice 2011-32 clarifying that when a voucher originally designated for a non-elderly disabled (NED) household turns over, the voucher must be reissued to the next NED family on the waiting list.  Advocates believe the Notice will better ensure NED households will continue to have access to these vouchers in the future.

The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act, enacted in late 2010, states that, upon turnover, all vouchers for NED families received from appropriations since 1997 must be used for NED families “to the maximum extent possible.”

In the Notice, HUD states that it is “extremely unlikely” that a public housing agency (PHA) could legitimately claim that it was not practical to reach NED families to apply to its waiting list. Therefore, a PHA will be responsible for maintaining the same number of vouchers for NED families as it has gained since 1997 by securing special purpose NED vouchers from various Notices of Fund Availability (NOFAs). This number will be the PHA’s NED baseline, establishing the number of NED families it must continue to serve.

The Notice also states that NED vouchers should be affirmatively marketed to a diverse population of NED-eligible families in order to attract households covered by the Fair Housing Act that are least likely to apply, such as racial and ethnic minorities.

Waiting list guidance is also provided. For instance, a PHA currently serving the required number of NED families cannot skip over a NED family on the waiting list. For example, if that PHA has five regular vouchers to issue and the next five families on the waiting list are NED households, the regular vouchers should be issued to those next five households. However, the regular vouchers used by NED families would not increase the PHA’s NED baseline. Another waiting list reminder is that a “Category 2” voucher must only be used by another Category 2 household, one that has a NED person transitioning from a nursing home or other healthcare institution into the community.

The Notice also outlines several reasonable accommodations issues, beginning by reminding PHAs that a family may always request a reasonable accommodation in order to enable program participation by individuals with disabilities. If a family with a disabled person finds a home that provides a necessary reasonable accommodation but the rent is higher than the PHA’s payment standard, the family may request and the PHA approve, a higher payment standard of up to 110% of the fair market rent (FMR). The HUD Field Office may also approve an exception payment standard of up to 120% of the FMR.

NLIHC testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity that housing authorities should be able to increase payment standards to 120% as a reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities without HUD approval (see related article in this issue of Memo).

Additional reasonable accommodation guidance includes allowing an extra bedroom in order to enable disability-related overnight care, and requiring PHAs to permit the use of any special housing type such as congregate housing, group homes, and single room occupancy housing.

The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) estimates that there are more than 60,000 NED vouchers. The TAC website provides information on the number of NED vouchers in a given community at http://www.tacinc.org/resources/data/vouchers

PIH Notice 2011-32 is available at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=PIH2011-32.PDF

Indian Tribes Welcome Much-Maligned FEMA Homes- top

By Murray Evans, Associated Press, July 6 2011

(AP) — Thousands of mobile homes that were rejected as temporary housing following Hurricane Katrina are finally being put to good use.

Nearly six years after the storm, the government has quietly given many of the homes to American Indian tribes in need of affordable housing. The trailers were once a symbol of bungling by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but they’re being welcomed by poor families.

In the aftermath of the 2005 storm, the government bought thousands of mobile homes and travel trailers for $20,000 to $45,000 each. But the mobile homes proved impractical. And people living in some travel trailers fell sick after the RVs were found to have high levels of formaldehyde.

Since then, it seemed doubtful that many of the homes would ever be used.

Funding and Award Opportunities

Homeownership Innovation RFP – July 18- top

The State of Oregon acting by and through its Housing and Community Services Department is issuing a multiple award Request for Applications for funding Homeownership Innovative programs for Oregonians. DUE DATE:  July 18, 2011

The purpose of the Homeownership Innovations is for funding innovative programs or projects with strategies to increase homeownership opportunities for households among underserved populations and to reduce the minority homeownership gap.

The purpose of HOAP  is to expand the percentage of low and very low income Oregonian families and individuals who own their homes  including but not limited to, more than 65 years of age, persons with disabilities, minorities and farmworkers. Funding gives preference to supporting a comprehensive program to reverse the decreasing rates of home ownership among minorities, giving priority to activities that support adopted comprehensive community plans that incorporate recognized best practices or demonstrate proven success in increasing home ownership for minorities.

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USDA Invites Aps for Regional Biz Development, Job Creation – Aug 1- top

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to support regional economic development strategies and promote job creation.

“The Obama Administration is working on a regional basis to build networks of strong, self-sustaining rural communities,” Vilsack said. “This program will help create jobs and assist in identifying and developing business opportunities in rural areas.”

Almost $2.5 million is available through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program. The program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities and regions with exceptional needs. Last year, for example, Ecotrust in Oregon received a RBOG grant to increase recruitment of producers and buyers in rural communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. It also used the grant to provide training and assistance for FoodHub, which is an online directory and marketplace designed to connect wholesale food buyers and sellers. The system will help agricultural producers tap into the consumer demand for food, help link food buyers and producers and shorten the supply chain between producers and wholesalers.

The RBOG program provides training and technical assistance grants for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and assists with economic development planning. Funding is available to rural public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes and cooperatives with primarily rural members that conduct activities for the mutual benefit of the membership.

Applications for Rural Business Opportunity Grants are due August 1, 2011. Application instructions may be obtained from the July 1, 2011 Federal Register, page 38604, www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-01/html/2011-16555.htm or by contacting a USDA Rural Development State Office.

In June, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White House Rural Council, chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The White House Rural Council will work throughout government to create policies to promote economic prosperity and a high quality of life in our rural communities.

Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America’s rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining, and thriving economically.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $150 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Weyerhaeuser Funds Affordable Housing, Shelter, Services – Aug 1- top

The Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund‘s mission is to nourish the quality of life in company communities, and foster the understanding that sustainable working forests meet important human needs. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations that serve a community within a 50-mile radius of a major Weyerhaeuser facility in the U.S. and Canada. Grants are also provided to organizations that support a statewide issue of interest to Weyerhaeuser in the key states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, or Washington. The Fund’s interest areas include Affordable Housing and Shelter; Education and Youth Development; Environmental Stewardship; and Human Services, Civic, and Cultural Growth. Applications for 2011 are reviewed as they are received, and must be submitted by August 1. Visit the Weyerhaeuser website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application.

Employment, Business Opportunities for Low Income People – Aug 3- top

The Department of Health and Human Services‘ Job Opportunity for Low Income Individuals Projects Program provides support for new business ventures, business expansion, and self-employment/micro-enterprise projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families including low-income refugees, asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, certain victims of human trafficking, and special immigrant visa holders through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities. Activities eligible for support include the provision of technical and financial assistance to create sustainable new jobs and business opportunities for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Refugee Cash Assistance, and other low-income individuals whose income level does not exceed 100 percent of the federal poverty level. The application deadline is August 3, 2011.

New Funds: Opportunities for Agricultural Producers – Aug 29- top

USDA Invites Applications for Value Added Producer Grant to Assist Farmers   Investing In Rural America Essential to Job Creation and Business Growth

U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced June 28 that applications are being accepted for grants to provide economic assistance to independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives and agricultural producer groups through the Value-Added Producer Grants Program.

“By creating value-added products, farmers and ranchers can expand economic opportunities, create jobs and keep wealth in rural communities,” Merrigan said. “These funding opportunities will promote business expansion and entrepreneurship by helping local businesses get access to capital, technical assistance and new markets for their products and services.”

For example, in Caroline County, Md., Richard and Wenfei Uva owners of Seaberry Farm received a Value-Added Producer Grant to expand their processing capacity to produce beach plum jams and jellies, juice, and puree for retail and wholesale markets. The Beach plum, Prunus maritime, is a native fruiting shrub that grows in coastal sand dunes from southern Maine to Maryland. Seaberry Farm planted three acres of Beach plum in 2006 and will double the acreage in 2011.

Located in Oxnard, Calif., San Miguel Produce is owned by Roy Nishimori and Jan Berk, independent producers of organic and conventional cooking greens. In 2009, they received a Value-Added Producer Grant for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. With this grant, San Miguel Produce has been able to expand markets for their “Cut ‘n Clean Green” products and increase revenues.

The application deadline is August 29, 2011. For further details about eligibility rules and application procedures, see the June 28, 2011, Federal Register. Value-Added Producer Grants may be used for feasibility studies or business plans, working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy projects. Eligible applicants include independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and agricultural producer groups. Value-added products are created when a producer increases the consumer value of an agricultural commodity in the production or processing stage. To see a video featuring Deputy Secretary Merrigan discussing the VAPG program click here.

In June, the President signed an Executive Order establishing the first WHRC chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. To better coordinate Federal programs and maximize the impact of Federal investment, the White House Rural Council will work throughout government to create policies to promote economic prosperity and a high quality of life in our rural communities.

Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America’s rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining, and thriving economically.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $150 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
To watch a video of Deputy Secretary Merrigan discussing the program click here.

Neighborhood Partnerships Offers IDA Supplemental RFP- Sept 1- top

Neighborhood Partnerships is working to broaden the IDA (Individual Development Account) pathways to prosperity by encouraging innovative efforts to reach more underserved Oregonians through a RFP released in May 2011.

Since legislation passed in 1999, Oregon IDAs are having a tremendous impact on lower-income Oregonians.  IDAs are helping to rebuild Oregon’s economy through saving for assets that are the hallmarks of the middle class – a home, a college education, a small business or employment – bolstered by savings and greater financial literacy.  Over 1,900 households have successfully graduated from the program.

To promote innovation and reach underserved communities, the Oregon IDA Initiative, a project of NP, is offering a supplemental RFP.  Approximately $1 million, in amounts ranging from $100,000–$250,000, will be awarded to competitive applicants.  Proposals are due by 5:00 PM on September 1, 2011.

Application forms, goals, priorities, additional information and frequently asked questions can be found at: http://ida.neighborhoodpartnerships.org/IDARFP2011.  Joy Garlin Hunt at (503)226-3001 x102 or jhunt@neighborhoodpartnerships.org is also available to provide more information.

Expanded After-School and Holidays Meal Program Seeks Sites - top

Over 21 million kids eat free or reduced-price breakfast or lunch at school. But what about dinner? And weekends and holidays when there is no school?  Well, the answer is the newly-expanded At-Risk Afterschool Meals in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  At-Risk Afterschool Meals are now available in all States, and USDA needs your help to open more feeding sites.  More places that serve meals means that more kids are getting the meals and nutrition they need.

In Baltimore, over 6,000 kids eat supper in afterschool programs every day. The Family League of Baltimore City has more than 100 afterschool meals sites. The Family League also feeds children during the summer when school is out, and it has served afterschool snacks and suppers to kids for two years.

Dinner is served!  The Family League serves healthy snacks and suppers to over 6,000 children a day!Dinner is served! The Family League serves healthy snacks and suppers to over 6,000 children a day!

“We fund afterschool programs for Baltimore City,” said Kaleisha Biggs, the nutrition program coordinator at the Family League.  “We make sure all of the children in our afterschool program receive a meal.  ”

The programs offer activities, including dance, arts and crafts, sports, cooking, nutrition education, tutoring, and much more.  Biggs said that the key is offering fun activities to keep kids coming back.  The meals are served at many different places, including schools, libraries, and recreation centers throughout the community.  Offering meals in places children go to often and that are close to their homes also helps attendance.

If your organization wants to help, Biggs offers some advice.  “This is a free program,” she said. If you get funding (reimbursement) for your meals through the program, you can use your organization’s money you would have spent on food for staffing or enrichment activities for the kids.”

For Biggs, feeding kids just makes sense.  “We want every child to be able to get a nutritious meal,” she said.  “It helps out the families—not every family is able to provide a meal for their kids.”

CACFP reimburses organizations for providing meals to children and adults in child care or adult care settings. The at-risk afterschool meals component of CACFP that the Family League participates in is now in all States.  Community organizations can be reimbursed by USDA for meals and snacks to kids in low-income areas.

Learn more about the program from the new online brochure called At-Risk Afterschool MEALS in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). To listen to a webcast about the nationwide expansion of CACFP afterschool meals, click here.

Training and Conferences

VA-Sponsored TA/Training Seminar – July 20- top

The VA is sponsoring a ‘Resource Strategies for Homeless Veterans’ training on Wednesday, July 20, from 9:00 to 4:00pm. Click here http://www.tacinc.org/register/reg_VA_strategiesPortland.php to register or get more information. The registration deadline is Friday, July 8.

Oregon Econ Development Summer Conference ’11 – July 22- top

July 22, 2011, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm • Oxford Hotel, Downtown Bend, Oregon

Click here for the agenda, highlighting projects, programs and resources that you will be able to take back to use in your own communities. Registration information is now on the Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA) website.

As many will be traveling in to participate, OEDA is also working with the Pacific Northwest Economic Development Council to offer pre-conference industry tours and a reception on Thursday afternoon. Pre-conference activities with industry tours and reception/dinner begin at 2:00 pm on July 21. Please note that there are a lot of activities happening in Bend in the summer, so hotel rooms will go fast. Please check the OEDA website for hotel information; we strongly suggest you reserve a room in the area as early as possible.

Reports and Resources

HUD Releases First Major Study of Fair Housing Initiative in 15 Years- top

On June 6, the HUD Office of Policy Development and Research released the first major study in 15 years of HUD’s Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP). HUD is the primary enforcer of the Fair Housing Act. HUD supplements its own enforcement, education and outreach activities through the FHIP, which enables Fair Housing Organizations (FHO) to promote public awareness of the rights provided under the Fair Housing Act, and increases the capacity of FHOs to investigate fair housing complaints.

The study, based primarily on interviews with FHIP grantee organizations, finds a number of positive outcomes from the program. First, FHIP grantee organizations reduce the burden on HUD and state and local government agencies, as they evaluate complaints and determine which merit referral to HUD or local agencies. Only 15% of the 6,208 completed investigations in FY06 were reported to HUD or state and local agencies, while 43% were found to have no discriminatory practices, and 27% of the cases were resolved without being referred to HUD or FHAP. Only 1% of investigations actually resulted in a housing discrimination lawsuit. The report notes that respondents conducted an average of 155 investigations in FY06, of which 70% were financed using FHIP funds. Moreover, the report finds that complaints filtered and referred by FHIP grantees are more likely to result in a binding legal resolution, legal conciliation or a cause finding.  Related to this, the authors find that complaints are also more likely to result in a cause finding or conciliation when FHIP organizations themselves are the complainant in a case.

Another finding of the report is that FHIP organizations remain the main entity testing landlords and realtors for fair housing violations and depend heavily on FHIP grants to fund these activities. Similarly, FHIP organizations were found to be critical to the investigation of complex cases, which the report identifies as fair lending, design and construction, pattern and practice, and zoning cases. Although they were involved in only 10% of HUD cases, FHIP organizations participate in 40% to 60% of these more complicated cases.

Since 1989, HUD has awarded 1,348 grants through the FHIP program, totaling $283 million, in three primary funding categories: 1) the Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI); 2) the Education and Outreach Initiative (EOI); and 3) the Fair Housing Organizations Initiative (FHOI). Two other funding categories have been cut from the program: the Administrative Enforcement Initiative (AEI; program active during FY89-95) and Secretary Initiated Projects (SIP; program active during FY99-04).

PEI grants support the enforcement of fair housing laws. This support includes processing discrimination complaints, investigations, and other fair housing law enforcement activities. Typically, PEI grantees conduct testing to demonstrate disparate treatment. EOI grants support Fair Housing education and outreach activities. FHOI grants increase the capacity of FHOs. AEI enabled state and local agencies to create special enforcement projects not tied to regular complaint processing, and SIP supported one-time testing activities.

According the study, PEI and EOI accounted for 89% of the total awards, at 610 (45%) and 580 (43%), respectively, while FHOI (8%), AEI (3%), and SIP (1%) accounted for the remaining 158 awards. The report breaks down the types of organizations where PEI, EOI, and FHOI grants were distributed.  FHOs received 70% of grants, legal aid organizations received 15%, state or local governments received 12%, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) received 3%.

The report looks at the program from its inception in 1987 through 2006 (with some FY07 data). The study documents the history of FHIP and analyzes the type of grants awarded through the program, describes grant recipients and evaluates the outcomes of cases investigated by them.  It also compares the outcomes of cases referred to HUD by grant recipients with those referred to HUD by other organizations.

Study of the Fair Housing Initiatives Program is available at http://www.huduser.org/Publications/pdf/FHIP_2011.pdf

Two Studies Document Housing Needs for People with Disabilities- top

Renter households that include people with disabilities are more likely than other renters to face worst case housing needs, according to Worst Case Housing Needs of People with Disabilities – Supplemental Findings of the Worst Case Housing Needs 2009: Report to Congress, available at http://www.huduser.org/portal/publications/affhsg/wcn_disability.html.

Supplemental Security Income payments are lower than HUD’s Fair Market Rents for one-bedroom or efficiency rentals in many states and metro areas nationwide, reports Priced Out in 2010 by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force and the Technical Assistance Collaborative, available at http://pricedout.tacinc.org.

Benefits of Housing Counseling- top

The Center for Housing Policy summarizes research on the impacts housing counseling has in reducing mortgage delinquency and foreclosure. Visit http://www.nhc.org/policy/Papers-Briefs-and-Fact-Sheets.html.

Housing and Community Development Reports Round-up- top

from Enterprise Community Partners

The Census Bureau, Center for American Progress (CAP), Center for Housing Policy (CHP), Government Accountability Office (GAO), National Association of Realtors (NAR) and The Urban Institute recently released the following reports related to housing and community development:

What to Pay Staff? Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey is Here- top

MBL Group LLC is thrilled to announce that the 2011 Nonprofit Salary & Benefits Survey is completed and available now for purchase. The complete details are on the 2011 Nonprofit Salary & Benefits survey website at: http://www.mblgroup.com/survey/np/index.html

HUD Launches Sustainability e-Brary for Oregon- top

HUD has launched a Sustainability e-Brary for Oregon at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/oregon_esource that can serve as a bit of a “one stop” for folks looking for local sustainability links in Oregon.  Note: HUD is always looking for more organizations with sustainability focuses to which they can link and help the world beat a path to their doors! Check out the link above for more details.

One Fun Thing

Letters to a Council Housing Office- top

Posted on Squidoo: what they promise are genuine extracts from letters sent to a council housing office. Council houses are the U.K. version of public housing.

(Warning, while written in innocence, some of these double-entendres are a little racy!)

Dangerous paths:
I wish to complain that my father hurt his ankle badly; then he put his foot in the hole in his back passage.”

“Will you please send someone to mend the garden path? My wife tripped and fell on it yesterday and now she is pregnant.”

Kitchen furniture problems:
“I am still having problems with smoke in my new drawers.”

Repairs needed:
“Send a man round with a big tool to finish the job and satisfy my wife.”

“I have had the clerk of works down on the floor six times but I still have no satisfaction.”

“I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet roof. I think it was bad wind the other night that blew them away.”

“My lavatory seat is cracked – where do I stand?”

“The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.”

“Our lavatory seat is broken in half and is now in three pieces.”

“This is to let you know that our toilet seat is broken and we can’t get BBC2 television programs.”

“I am writing on behalf of my sink which is coming away from the wall.”

“It is the dog mess that I find hard to swallow.”

“50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster and 50% are plain filthy.”

“Will you please send a man to look at my water; it is a funny colour and not fit to drink.”

“Our kitchen floor is damp. We have two children and would like a third, so please send someone round to do something about it.”

Problems with the garden foilage:
“My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has fungus growing in it”

Lady tenant complaining about DIY repairs next door:
“He has got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just can’t take it any more.”

Noisy neighbours:
“… and their 18 year old son is continually banging his balls against my fence.”

“I want to complain about the farmer across the road; every morning at 6 a.m. his cock wakes me up and it’s now getting too much for me.”

“I am a single woman living in a downstairs apartment and would you please do something about the noise made by the man on top of me every night.”