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October 2, 2013      
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Redevelopment Gears Up For First Residents

Stephens Creek Crossing in Southwest Portland attracts thousands

Preparations are underway for a January move-in for the first residents of Home Forward's newest apartment community. More than 3,000 applied for 122 homes when the waiting list opened for a week in July for Home Forward's third HOPE VI redevelopment. Those drawn from the list in the coming weeks will join a community built around opportunity.  Residents will engage in the agency's GOALS program, which is designed to help develop life goals, support education and self-development, and improve employment prospects.

Construction at the site is moving at a brisk pace. Planning has started for a new traffic light at 26th St. and Capitol Highway and progress continues on the Children's Center, which will be operated by non-profit partner Neighborhood House. "We're excited about the programs Neighborhood House will offer residents and the surrounding community," said Mike Andrews, development director at Home Forward. "The concept of opportunity will be a very real one starting with our youngest residents."  

Learn more about the redevelopment>

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Audits 2, Findings 0

Macias Gini & O'Connell LLP, Home Forward's independent auditors, presented the results of their annual audit at the September meeting of the board of commissioners, with no findings to report. A separate audit of the agency's Housing Choice Voucher program by HUD's Office of Inspector General also had no findings. "These results are a tribute to the careful stewardship of our staff and are even more impressive given the scope of our program innovations under our Moving to Work authority," said Executive Director Steve Rudman.

At the same meeting, the board approved a final budget for the fiscal year that reflects the impact of sequestration. "We are grateful to our residents and staff, whose shared sacrifices allowed us to reduce expenses without removing anyone from our programs," Rudman said.

Read the financial report and budget>

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Rx for Health: Playground, Bike Hub, and Outreach

Bike Hub at New Columbia
Photo: Community Cycling Center

A desire for a healthy lifestyle underpins three efforts involving Home Forward residents.  The first is a KaBOOM! playground built by volunteers in just one day at the Rockwood Station apartments.  The second, a bike repair center and cycling track at New Columbia, was the vision of a resident committee, with funding from the Portland Development Commission and Community Cycling Center sponsorship.

The third effort comes with the help an Oregon Health Authority grant provided on behalf of Cover Oregon, the new online marketplace for health care insurance that is a part of the state's implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  The grant will underwrite education for residents about shopping for health insurance or signing up for the expanded Oregon Health Plan.

Learn more about the grant and our outreach plans>

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Bringing Down the House

School kids
Photo: The Home Tour

Singer-songwriter Mary McBride has a mission to bring live music to the homes of people who otherwise would not have access to it.  With support from Enterprise Community Development, Inc., she flew her heart, considerable talent, and band to Portland over Labor Day weekend.  One of her stops was the Bud Clark Commons, where she entertained residents in Home Forward's apartments for people who have been extremely vulnerable living on the streets.

Watch a video and learn about the tour>
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Summer Internships Ready Youth for the Work World

Project Networ/Beech St. ground breaking

10 young people learn the value of everything from punctuality to teamwork

Almost everyone of a certain age can remember their first summer job and the lifelong lessons it taught them.  Sadly, summer jobs for teens are a rare commodity today.

To put a dent in that trend, Home Forward participates in SummerWorks, a local program to provide summer employment for youth who face barriers to work.  This year's interns joined the agency's maintenance crew and spent six weeks building a fence, learning and practicing advanced landscaping techniques, and absorbing daily tips for success.

It was a win-win for all.  "The kids liked everything about it, especially the chance to build something like a fence from scratch.  It provided leadership development for the staff who supervised them.  And the kids' enthusiasm and hard work set a great example for the young people at our apartment communities," said Tim McCormick, maintenance manager for Home Forward's properties.

Learn more about SummerWorks>


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