Director’s Desk: September 2021

One year ago, on September 8, 2020, I had the privilege and honor of transitioning into my new role as the Executive Director at Neighborhood Partnerships. This transition has been both one of the most challenging and rewarding endeavors I’ve had the opportunity to undertake. It has been a significant change in my life, both in the level…

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We’re hiring!

We are hiring an IDA Program & Training Specialist! Neighborhood Partnerships (NP) manages the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative. We raise funds, collect data, and coordinate the IDA-related work of ten non-profit direct service and network partners statewide. With an IDA, Oregonians with low incomes have their savings for an education, home, small business…

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Neighborhood Partnerships has gone (temporarily) remote!

As of August 1, 2021, the Neighborhood Partnerships team will be working remotely as we reimagine our office space, ensuring that our physical space reflects our equity goals. We anticipate a return to a physical office in late spring of 2022. NP prioritizes equity in all our work, and one of our core equity agreements…

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Director’s Desk: August 2021

As I left the NP offices for the last time before the lockdown back in March of 2020, some of my last goodbyes were to the two indoor weeping figs trees we had in our office. After experiencing working amongst trees, I thought to myself how I would miss their calming and refreshing energy with me while at work but figured like many that we would be back to working from our office…

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What Makes a “Good” Emergency? Narrative and Policy in IDAs

“. . . I can advocate for all of the policies in the world—I continue to advocate for those policies . . .—but it really really occurred to me that there is a generation that is being formed right now that’s deciding what they will allow to be possible, what they will be capable of…

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How we Arrive at Goals

Neighborhood Partnerships is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This commitment doesn’t start or end with an equity statement on our website. We recognized some time ago that if we are to live the words that we write and the ideals that we espouse, then we need to rethink existing policies and develop measurable goals…

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Neighborhood Partnerships Stands with our AAPI Neighbors

Neighborhood Partnerships stands with our AAPI neighbors against the white supremacist hate crimes you have experienced in the last week, during the past year, and throughout generations of this nation’s history. We recognize these attacks as symptomatic of systemic issues. We stand with you against bigotry and xenophobia, histories of legal discrimination, and individual acts…

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Director’s Desk: June 2021

The American Dream is based on the promise of financial and economic security, but we know that promise isn’t an option for many of our neighbors because of extractive and racist policies that have disproportionately harmed BIPOC communities. The financial insecurity our systems have produced is not a new challenge. Even prior to the pandemic,…

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Committing to our equity goals in seeking our new office space

For the past fourteen months, the Neighborhood Partnerships office on First Avenue has stood empty. With our lease ending in August of 2021, our team was faced with a decision: Renew the lease on a mostly-unused office with no return to in-person work in sight; or seek out something new? Our staff formed a subcommittee to…

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Welcome Michael!

We’re excited to announce that Michael Ninen has joined Neighborhood Partnerships as the new IDA Program Coordinator! In the past he has worked in community organizing and development in order to support marginalized communities locally and internationally. In his work he employed diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks and he hopes to bring his experience with…

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