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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Let Dr. Crystal Hall Challenge Your Assumptions and Improve Your Impact

By Jill Winsor We’re continuing to give you previews of what the RE:Conference will bring. Don’t forget to take advantage of Early Bird registration before this Friday (September 23rd)! On November 16th, Dr. Crystal Hall will join us at the RE:Conference to share what she’s learned with her work with the White House Social and…

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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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Our Trip on the ‘Discrimination Bus Tour’ of Portland

A few weeks ago, NP staff had the opportunity to join other non-profit organizations on the Fair Housing Council of Oregon’s bus tour of historic housing discrimination. We knew it would be educational, full of insights, and also difficult as we journeyed back in history to better understand the legal and illegal tools and strategies…

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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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March 2016: Links Worth Clicking

Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite articles from March 2016. See what else we’re sharing on Twitter. Matthew Desmond, a sociologist at Harvard and author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” penned an essay about his recent work on evictions Make sure you tune into CFED.org for their month-long campaign…

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Executive Director Reflections from the 2016 Legislative Session

By Janet Byrd The Legislature adjourned Thursday, March 3rd after a fast-paced and intense 32-day short session. The 90 members made history and headlines on many issues. Most important to me and the Neighborhood Partnerships team are of course the advances in housing policy, critically needed funding for housing, the minimum wage, and the small…

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Assets & Opportunity Scorecard Underscores Work Ahead for Oregon

The Corporation for Enterprise Development’s (CFED) Assets & Opportunity Scorecard was released on Monday. The news isn’t rosy for Oregon. However, we know that there are steps we can take and that working together we can remove the barriers to opportunity that persist. Oregon Ranks 26th Overall in Financial Security of Residents Here’s the analysis…

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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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