Our statement on the 2020 Legislative Session

On Thursday, March 6, the House and Senate both ended the legislative session, adjourning without a quorum. Since February 25, the majority of the Senate and House Republicans have not been in the Capitol, denying a quorum specifically in protest over SB 1530, the bill which would address climate change.  According to Oregon’s constitution, two-thirds…

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From the Director – March 2020

The census is coming, the census is coming! Did you know that every ten years, the US Constitution requires that we count everyone who resides in the United States? It’s called the decennial census, and it is important to all of us. Why is it important?  First, it determines how much money the state gets…

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From the Director – February 2020

By Janet Byrd Our national partner, Prosperity Now, just released their Assets and Opportunity Scorecard. It shows, not surprisingly, that we have a long way to go to build the Oregon we all want to see. Oregonians are struggling to get by, and struggling even harder to be stable and get ahead. In recent years,…

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From the Director – January 2020

By Janet Byrd Happy New Year! 2020 is upon us, and already it’s shaping up to be a momentous year. The work ahead is becoming clear. Elections, the census, a short but critical legislative session, and plenty more will fill the months ahead. Our communities are facing big challenges, and it will take all of…

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Welcome Erica!

What area of expertise and interest do you have? Erica Maranowski, IDA Research Assistant I’ve studied how social, economic, and political institutions maintain inequalities, and my undergrad thesis looked at how local, state, and federal policy support white flight and resource segregation in Portland Public Schools. After Reed, I did a stint in business survey…

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From the Director – December 2019

By Janet Byrd December prompts both a look back at the year that is almost over and a look ahead at what’s to come. As I look back, I am so pleased by all of the change that has been made here in Oregon thanks to our collective hard work and dedication to making life…

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From the Director – November 2019

Neighborhood Partnerships has had an intentional focus for the past two years on thinking about how we as an organization can help to create a more equitable Oregon, one in which the bounty of our state is shared by all who live here. As a team of people who focus on meeting statewide housing needs…

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From the Director – September 2019

By Janet Byrd At Neighborhood Partnerships, we hold a vision of an Oregon in which we can all prosper and achieve our dreams. We know that we, working together, have the tools to create a better future and to open doors for all Oregonians. It is disheartening that our news is full of messages that…

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From the Director – August 2019

By Janet Byrd In our work to create opportunity in Oregon, Neighborhood Partnerships is focused on increasing equitable outcomes, and especially on increasing positive impacts and outcomes for communities of color. As we evaluate policy, and consider our advocacy priorities, we look for policies that are designed especially with equity in mind. This emphasis on…

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Welcome Gina!

Gina Pieracci, Evaluation Support Gina joined Neighborhood Partnerships in July 2019 to provide evaluation support to the Oregon IDA Initiative. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2016, and spent the past few years working in higher education and student services. She came to Neighborhood Partnerships after serving as an AmeriCorps Member at College Possible…

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