Senator Merkley speaks at Oregon’s 2013 Asset Builders Conference

We were honored to have Senator Merkley speak to us at Building Oregon’s Future: 2013 Asset Builders Conference on Wednesday, April 24th. Sen. Merkley continues to be a champion of policies that strengthen pathways to the middle class for all our neighbors. He spoke about his own part in Oregon’s asset building history, beginning with […]

A Place to Call Home Remains Unaffordable for Many Oregonians

Higher prices in the rental market continue to force Oregon families to choose between paying rent, putting food on the table, and paying utility bills.  A national study reports that the cost of renting an apartment in Oregon has increased again, while unemployment remains high at 8.3%. The slow economic recovery, high unemployment and continued […]

Creating Pathways to Opportunity

Today, the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) released their annual Assets & Opportunity Scorecard, which grades each of the fifty states on how well they are doing to create opportunity for their residents.   Oregon received a “B” for its work, and this Scorecard reminds us that there is clearly more we can do to help […]

2013 Promises to be an Exciting Year for the Oregon IDA Initiative!

Neighborhood Partnerships is excited about the year ahead and our expanding opportunities to build household financial resilience through the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative. We wrapped up a successful year in 2012 by reaching our $10 million goal, thanks to the Oregon IDA 75% Tax Credit. We are grateful to the many individual and […]

Coming Soon: CFED Scorecard

On January 30, 2013, the national organization CFED will be releasing their annual Assets & Opportunities Scorecard. The scorecard grades states across the U.S. on how well they help their residents build financial resiliency and offers recommendations for improvement. Neighborhood Partnerships is pleased to be a Lead State Organization for the Assets & Opportunity Network, […]

Oregon IDA Initiative Evaluation shows long term success

Today, the Oregon IDA Initiative is excited to release the 2011 Year End Evaluation. The report again indicates positive, long term changes to financial habits of IDA Participants, plus demonstrates the benefits of assets such as a home, an education, or a small business. Oregon is home to one of the largest IDA Initiatives in […]

Help Build Household Financial Resilience in Oregon

Are you interested in working with others to figure out how we can: Re-build the financial strength of Oregon’s communities from the ground up, Increase access to the tools and strategies that will work to help Oregonians build pathways to the middle class, and Use tested public policy tools to help us move forward? Please […]

Celebrating Bridges to Housing

On Monday, July 9, we celebrated the release of the Final Evaluation Report from Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute for Bridges to Housing. We met together to celebrate this momentous occasion with the Regional Steering Committee, as well as many other partners including service and housing providers, Coordinating Team members, jurisdictional staff, and elected […]

Oregon IDA Initiative Announces 2012 Awards

Neighborhood Partnerships and the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative are pleased to announce awards to IDA providers who serve Oregonians with lower incomes across the state in 2012. The award decisions were made jointly with Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), which provides fiscal and program oversight of the IDA program. Over seven million […]

Bridges to Housing Selected as “Promising Practice”

Earlier this year, Bridges to Housing was selected as a “Promising Practice” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is a huge honor, and we were thrilled to be named along with other great programs serving homeless families across the U.S. The study commissioned by HHS focused on local programs that linked […]