Director’s Desk: Welcome 2017

By Janet Byrd, Executive Director Welcome 2017! It’s shaping up to be quite a year in Oregon and across the country. Here at Neighborhood Partnerships we are looking forward to working with you to build increased opportunity for all Oregonians, to protect the progress we’ve made, and to bring people together to think and talk…

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Everyone deserves a safe place to call home

Neighborhood Partnerships is pleased to endorse the historic Yes for Affordable Homes campaign! Neighborhood Partnerships was founded back in 1990 with the understanding that having a safe place to call home creates opportunity, stability, and safety, and that understanding has helped shape our work for the past twenty-six years. Today, in Oregon, far too many people lack the…

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Small housing advocacy community grants available

By Alison McIntosh, Deputy Director – Policy and Communications We are excited to announce the availability of small housing advocacy community grants to elevate your voice and strengthen our housing advocacy and agenda development process. (Thanks to Meyer Memorial Trust for creating this opportunity). As you may know, the Housing Alliance is committed to securing…

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The Science of Conversation: Help Government Be For and By the People

It’s difficult to watch the news recently and not feel a sense of despair. We’re angry and pained by violence and discrimination. We want all our neighbors to have homes, yet many are sleeping on the streets. Our friends and family spend days and nights worried about the bills, rather than enjoying their community. We…

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Apply for 2016 Advocates College

For more than six years, leaders from across Oregon have come together to learn how we can change the way we speak about the issues we care about to be more effective in our advocacy with decision makers. We call it Advocates College. Now you too can learn the research-backed techniques for communicating powerfully and…

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Scanning the Horizon for Opportunity: What’s Ahead in Oregon Politics

2016 is a year of big changes in our political landscape. What does this mean for opportunity for all of Oregon? How will we use our tools to create a better future, and to open doors for all Oregonians? How will we harness our innovative spirit, our talent, and our energy to invest in people…

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Testimony in Support of EITC

House Committee on Revenue February 4, 2016 House Bill 4110 Relating to Taxation Chair Barnhart and members of the Committee, Neighborhood Partnerships’ mission is to create opportunity for Oregonians with low incomes. We believe that communities are stronger and more resilient when more of our neighbors are able to navigate financial bumps in the road…

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How to Find the Magic Middle Between Awareness & Action in Advocacy

By Jill Winsor and Jenny Lee On November 16 and 17 we had the pleasure of working with Tanya Beer from the Center for Evaluation Innovation. Tanya shared the Center’s Framework for Policy Advocacy and challenged us to remember that when we engage in advocacy, we must do more than simply build awareness around our issue, we must…

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Your brain is getting in the way of your mission (but it doesn’t have to)

  Your brain doesn’t work the way it appears to. Is this general statement a surprise? Probably not. Behavioral economics and neuroscience is taking over the world. We’re told that understanding our mental foibles is the key to success, happiness and persuasion. You may have imagined, as I have many times, figuring out the brain…

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QUIZ: What’s your ideal summer, Oregon? (Question 5 may surprise you)

We all daydream in the summer time. Take a second out of your day to find out what your ideal summer says about you.   If your ideal summer includes more Oregonians having enough money for rent, share this post with the hashtag: #idealsummerOregon.

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