From the Director – December 2018

By Janet Byrd It’s December, the dust is settling from the election, and here at NP we’re looking ahead to the Legislative session. Before we jump into that, though, we want to pause and reflect. The ballot measures we just voted on in November were in no small way a test of who we want…

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From the Director – October 2018

By Janet Byrd We’re just a few days out from an election that will set a path for Oregon. As I write this, I’m hoping that the Oregon I love will prevail, and that we will vote to embrace our neighbors (NO on 105!) and to ensure that we all have the foundation for success…

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From the Director – October 2018

By Janet Byrd In September several of us here at Neighborhood Partnerships had the opportunity to hear DeRay McKesson speak about his views on what we need now, in this particular moment in America’s story. He talked about what we need as individuals, and what we need as a community. He called on us to…

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IDA Success Story – Jasmine Tran, Founder of Essance Skincare, Portland

In 2011, Jasmine Tran had been working for many years in the lab of an Oregon skincare manufacturer when, in the wake of the slow recovery from the Great Recession, her position was cut. She decided to take her product knowledge and create her own formulations that use essential oils and natural ingredients. When it…

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Welcome Reyna!

Neighborhood Partnerships is excited to announce our newest staff member, Reyna Gillet.  Reyna graduated from Portland State University in 2015, and has been a Portland resident for 12 years. She is excited to work with NP to help ensure Oregonians have access to housing and better lives. She has been an organizer for over 10…

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From the Director – September 2018

By Janet Byrd Happy September! There’s a hint of fall in the air, election season is in full swing, and RE:Conference is coming right around the corner! Many of us at NP are focused on the coming election, and the choices that face us on the ballot. Neighborhood Partnerships is active in the campaign to pass…

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From the Director – August 2018

By Janet Byrd August is here, and the summer is racing by. I hope that you’re all relaxing and spending time with loved ones, taking time to savor the long days and our beautiful state, and taking time to restore and reflect. At the same time, I assume that your inbox and social media are…

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Saying Goodbye to Jessica Junke

By Jessica Junke It was with a heavy heart that I came to the decision to leave Neighborhood Partnerships (NP) and my role as the Director of Economic Opportunity. It was one of the more difficult decisions I have ever had to make. It’s hard to believe that just 7 years ago I came to…

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From the Director – July 2018

By Janet Byrd Summer is officially here with the calendar turning over to July. The team here at NP is taking some time to savor the long summer days, the beautiful state we live in, and time with friends and family. We hope you’re finding some time for those things as well. We’re also focusing…

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EITC Coalition

By Janet Byrd The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) puts money into the pockets of working people. It’s a great way to pay down debt, make a big one time purchase like new auto tires, or put money aside for an emergency. Surprisingly, as important as the EITC is, one in four Oregonians who qualify…

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