A healthy community begins at home. REACH's mission is to create quality, affordable housing for individuals, families and communities to thrive. Founded in 1982 by a group of friends and neighbors in response to the deteriorating neighborhood conditions in Southeast Portland. Today, REACH has over 2,300 affordable apartment homes across the Portland metropolitan region and SW Washington. REACH serves a diverse range of low-income individuals and families, including children, senior citizens and people impacted by a disability or past homelessness. Approximately 3,100 people make their home in our properties. Nearly 80% of our residents earn under 40% of area median family income-less... read more A healthy community begins at home. REACH's mission is to create quality, affordable housing for individuals, families and communities to thrive. Founded in 1982 by a group of friends and neighbors in response to the deteriorating neighborhood conditions in Southeast Portland. Today, REACH has over 2,300 affordable apartment homes across the Portland metropolitan region and SW Washington. REACH serves a diverse range of low-income individuals and families, including children, senior citizens and people impacted by a disability or past homelessness. Approximately 3,100 people make their home in our properties. Nearly 80% of our residents earn under 40% of area median family income-less than $33,000 for a family of four. In addition to our focus on creating and helping maintain safe, affordable places to live, we help people we serve to grow personally and professionally through services and programs. Our services and programs help people meet basic needs, build financial assets, find and retain employment, and get involved in community leadership. Our Vision is to build communities where all people live in quality, affordable, sustainable homes - empowered to achieve goals, and enjoying a strong sense of community. REACH's Resident Services program works with REACH residents to support residents' housing success and build economic stability through coordinated programs that include financial education classes, employment and career support and referrals, and access to emergency food, clothing and rent assistance. The key services provided by Resident Services are: Eviction Prevention and Housing Stability: Provide support to REACH residents through effective one-on-one referrals to outside resources and provide immediate, short-term access to food, clothing, and rent and utility assistance. STARTS (Support, Training and Assistance to Realize Tomorrow's Success): A participant led class with a focus on leadership development and community involvement. The curriculum concentrates on strengthening leadership skills including communication, conflict management, goal setting and achievement. Each 6-week course includes a community service project determined by participants. Past groups have volunteered with OMSI, Northwest Children's Outreach, The Oregon Humane Society, and The Oregon Food Bank. Graduates of each class session receive a $75.00 incentive award. Budget, Buy & Save: A basic financial education course for adult residents teaching the fundamentals of money management, budgeting, and credit. During the course, participants complete a series of assignments designed to help them assess their current financial situation, get organized, and make plans for their future. After the class series, each participant meets individually with a trained financial coach to get support overcoming any challenges they face and get connected with information and resources to help them move forward. Program graduates also receive a $75 incentive. Adult IDA: In collaboration with CASA of Oregon and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Individual Development Account (IDA) program works with residents to support them saving for a home, education, the start of a small business, and employment-related goals. Participants receive individual financial coaching with REACH staff to develop a plan and start making monthly deposits towards their savings goal. The program matches participant's savings 3:1 over a three-year period. Youth$ave: A nationally recognized IDA program designed to teach youth residents ages 9-18 the importance of saving, budgeting, critical shopping and positive credit management. Participants set savings goals, save money throughout the nine-month program in real bank accounts, and attend twice-monthly, two-hour, financial education classes. Students organize field trips to local businesses and have a strong voice in how the Youth$ave program is implemented, giving them more opportunities to develop leadership and social skills. Committees are organized and run by participants who plan appropriate community service projects and small business days. REACH matches the money they save, in addition to what they earn through community service activities, 2:1. At the end of the program, youth are able to purchase educational, artistic, athletic, or entrepreneurial activities - enrichment and learning opportunities they would not be able to afford otherwise. Youth may participate in the program for multiple years, or until they reach 18. The Youth$ave program schedule mirrors that of the Portland Public schools. In addition to building affordable housing and residents services, REACH offers the Community Builders Program, a free, bilingual, home repair program dedicated to providing healthy homes, aging-in-place modifications, and critical fire, life, health and safety repairs for vulnerable community members. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Builders Program has provided over 15,600 free home repairs for more than 3,100 homeowners. Individuals served by the CBP must be at least 55 years old or have a permanent disability, and own and occupy their own home in the city of Portland. Our services focus on individuals earning 50% of Median Family Income or less. Program recipients average 69 years of age and live on approximately $19,000/year, with over 55% reporting living with some type of disability. In 2017, nearly 30% of our recipients identified as a person of color and overall, 40% of all subcontractor funds went to Minority-owned, Woman-owned, or Emerging Small Businesses (MWESB). The CBP is like no other in our region in its mission, scope and commitment to safe housing for low-income elderly and disabled homeowners. Our objectives for the program are to improve the quality of each recipient's life, help avoid displacement due to gentrification and poverty, address significant public health concerns due to sub-standard and unsafe housing conditions, and bring neighbors and area businesses together in the spirit of volunteerism. We continue to prioritize homes with Bureau of Development Services (BDS) notices, sidewalk repairs reported via PBOT and Urban Forestry citations. These are high risk properties that may face multiple challenges such as health and financial deficits. These citations threaten the homeowner's housing security and are a priority for our program to serve. We leverage grants and individual donations with in-kind material and labor donations from area businesses. Grant funding from the Portland Housing Bureau is used to support our work making the following repairs: Carpentry (installation of hand railings, accessibility ramps); Installation of safety aides (smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, lighting); Installation of energy-efficient plumbing and electrical fixtures; and Resolution of dangerous conditions We often work with clients in need of much larger repairs that our City grant funds do not cover. In these cases, we look to foundations and community partners to sponsor projects and/or donate labor and materials to address these critical needs. REACH is a long-time leader in the field of community development, gaining local and national acclaim for innovation and responsiveness to difficult urban issues. Our staff and Board of Directors represent many years of combined experience in the fields of real estate development, property and asset management, non-profit operations, social services and accounting and finance. Our staff is led by Daniel Valliere and our senior management team has over 35 years of experience at REACH. We are members and active participants in local, state and national organizations. We received an "Exemplary" rating from our annual NeighborWorks America review in 2016.
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