Outcomes you can bank on!

There is a long held myth that low income individuals cannot save money.  However, the Oregon IDA Initiative is proving otherwise.  Individuals Development Accounts, or IDAs, are a matched savings program that builds the financial management skills of low income Oregonians while they save towards a goal – homeownership, business development, higher education, or an…

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Collaboration: as good as chocolate?

I was struck by this opinion piece in today’s Oregonian by Larry Wallack, now Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. I had the pleasure of working with Larry beginning in 2004 as a group of us worked to hone messages that would help us build affordable housing champions.…

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A cadre of champions

As the 2009 Legislative session draws near an end, I’ve been reflecting on our experiences and success. There have been a lot of especially rewarding moments, and a recurring theme. When a small group of advocates formed the Housing Alliance in 2004, we had three main goals. First, we wanted to increase ongoing resources available…

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Introducing Neighborhood Partnerships

We’re almost halfway through 2009, and excited about a year that promises dramatic change, new and unforeseen challenges, and a host of new opportunities. In that spirit of change, we have adopted a new name – Neighborhood Partnerships – and an updated and vibrant new look. Our name change reflects a reality that we internally…

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