From the Director – May 2018

By Janet Byrd Happy May! The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising, helping to fuel energy for change in our communities. That energy is a good thing, as there’s lots to keep us busy. The May primaries are almost here, and we’re already looking ahead to both the November election and the 2019 Legislative…

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National Housing Week of Action: May 1-8

By Jill Winsor It’s National Housing Week of Action and we are raising our voices to make sure that everyone has a safe place to call home! We know here in Oregon we have the knowledge and skills to address our housing and homelessness crisis. We need our communities and our local, state, and federal…

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Mark your calendars, and join us for the National Housing Week of Action, May 1 – 8!

By Jill Winsor Mark your calendars, and join us for the National Housing Week of Action, May 1 – 8!  Every year, there is a national housing week of action – it’s just one more opportunity for us to speak up and speak out together about every Oregonian having a safe, stable, and affordable place…

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We’ve Launched the Financial Education Standards!

By Jill Winsor We’ve Launched the Financial Education Standards! On March 21st, we gathered together with 100 of Oregon’s finest financial educators for the roll-out of the Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative’s Financial Education Standards. Financial education is central to the success of the Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative. The Financial Education Standards were developed…

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From the Director – March 2018

By Janet Byrd 2018 is racing along, and the team at Neighborhood Partnerships is hard at work, trying to make a positive difference by supporting our partners, moving policy changes and resources to improve the lives of our neighbors, and building towards the long term health of our communities. We are humbled by the talent…

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Housing Opportunity Day 2018

By Jill Winsor During even numbered years, the Oregon Legislature convenes for just thirty-five days. As you can imagine, during such a quick legislative session advocates and elected officials alike are working so hard and so fast that things can feel like a bit of a blur. Which makes Housing Opportunity Day that much more…

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Earned Income Tax Credit

By Jill Winsor Tax season provides a great opportunity for families with low and moderate incomes to improve their financial well-being. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is an incredible tool that helps put money back into the pockets of working families who need it most. In Oregon, far too many eligible families aren’t taking…

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Are You Ready for the 2018 Scorecard Release?

By Jill Winsor We’ll be tuning into the Prosperity Now Assets and Opportunity Scorecard launch webinar on Tuesday, February 6th. You should too if you want to get the first look at this amazing resource, which is one of the data resources we most consistently rely on to do our work. The Scorecard evaluates states…

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Oregon Bright Futures Plan

By Janet Byrd Small amounts of money set aside in children’s names for post- high school pursuits have stunning impacts on early academic success, high school graduation, and college completion, according to a growing body of research. Across the country, communities are coming together to launch children’s savings plans, and philanthropies and businesses are stepping…

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The Results Are In, Oregonians Believe We ALL Should Have Access to Affordable Healthcare!

By Jill Winsor On January 23rd, ballots were counted for a special election that asked voters to weigh in on one and only one issue, whether or not all Oregonians should have access to affordable healthcare. Voters overwhelmingly affirmed their commitment to making sure we all have access to the healthcare we need at costs…

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