Neighborhood Partnerships 2014-2015 Annual report
For 25 years Neighborhood Partnerships has been a tool for increasing opportunity in Oregon. As communities grow and change, so does NP. 2014/15 was a year to celebrate the past, revel in the present and, as always, lean toward the future.
NP emerged as an idea on the back of a napkin. That idea became The Neighborhood Partnership Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, a mechanism to support Community Development Corporations. Next came asset building with Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). In 2005, NP reorganized and honed in on advocacy leadership for policies that bring safe, decent, affordable homes to Oregonians. A focus on strategic communications emerged from the advocacy work, and now a new branch of leadership development and an Asset Building Coalition are dawning.
The Year at a Glance
The First RE:Conference
On Oct. 29 and 30 more than 300 people gathered for the first RE:Conference at the Salem Convention Center. Our partners connected and exchanged ideas about housing and asset building as well as celebrated the history of NP at a gala dinner. The RE:Conference will serve as an annual gathering to focus and gather partners around key goals for growing Oregon’s prosperity.
Historic Year for Housing Opportunity
Hundreds of advocates gathered 20,000 socks and piled them on the capitol steps to remind legislators of the 20,000 kids who experienced homelessness the year prior. They told harrowing stories of too few homes to rent, too little space at shelters on freezing nights and too many hurdles to jump when faced with foreclosure. Because of those stories and conversations with elected officials 12,000 to 16,000 Oregonians will have new homes. Thousands will get money they need to pay the rent and avoid eviction. Others will stay in affordable homes, be more successful in a foreclosure settlement and more. 2015 was a historic year for housing opportunity.
Oregon IDAs Renewed!
Results By The Numbers
Housing Opportunity - $60 million for new homes • $2.5 million to preserve affordable homes • $9.75 million for emergency housing assistance • 11 support bills passed
Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative - $7.5 million in state funding • 7 new savings categories • 1,600 new savers
2014 RE:Conference - 90% of attendees said the RE:Conference was one of the best conferences of the year
Strategic Communications - Nearly 200 people trained in advocacy and strategic communications to increase housing and financial opportunity.
Partnerships - 2 new coalitions nurtured: Bank On Oregon & Oregon Asset Building Coalition
2014-2015 NP Team
As of June 2015
Board of Directors
Susan Ban • Mike Barr • Bruce Dobbs • Elena Fracchia • Bill Hall • Sybil Hebb • Stephanie Jennings • Roberto Jimènez • Kenny LaPoint • Martha Lyon • Neisha Saxena • Brian Stewart • Charley Thompson
Janet Byrd • Karie Herrlinger • Omar Carrillo Tinajero • Laina Green • Anna Jen • Jessica Junke • Matt Kinshella • Mercy Rossi • Itzel Spehar • Em • Amy Stuczynski • Jill Winsor