2019 Week of Gratitude

During our annual Week of Gratitude, we share the love over Valentine’s Day week for all of our outstanding partners who make our work possible. We certainly couldn’t do this work of ending homelessness and keeping folks stable in their housing alone!

Bank of America

Bank of America is committed to building pathways to economic mobility for underserved populations through housing supports, workforce development and addressing hunger. This makes them a wonderful partner for Northwest Housing Alternatives.

NHA is proud to have Bank of America’s ongoing support. Bank of America has helped NHA reach its capital campaign goal as well as supported programming to keep people stable in their housing and prevent homelessness. We are so grateful for Bank of America’s support!

State of Oregon’s Department of Human Services Stabilization and Crisis Unit

SACU operates 21 homes in Oregon providing stable, safe housing for individuals with intellectual disabilities. They operate group homes that house individuals with many challenging behavioral needs. NHA leases four of our finest purpose built group homes to SACU and have been in partnership with this organization for over 20 years. SACU’s direct care staff and management exemplify some of the highest professional standards in compassionate care for high needs individuals.

As tenants, SACU has demonstrated a continued commitment to solid and consistent communication with NHA to ensure that the group homes that it leases are maintained to the highest livability standards. Additionally, they have sought reasonable accommodations to enhance the lives of the people who live in the homes they lease. SACU’s professionalism safeguards NHA’s homes and ensures that our missions align to provide a safe place to call home.

A big thanks to SACU for all of their great work!

Happy Valley Moms

The Happy Valley Moms who have come together every November for more than 20 years to make up over 70 gift baskets for our families in the Annie Ross House. We use them as welcome baskets for new families as they arrive. Even through this transition period while we are rebuilding the Annie Ross House, this group has continued to come together.

Last year they made up over 80 hygiene bags for men, women, and children. This year, they collected gift cards. They donated $1100 worth of gift cards for our families served through the HomeBase program. This will allow NHA to continue to provide for those little things like groceries, or clothing for their kids, or maybe a Christmas or birthday present.

For our week of gratitude, HomeBase would like to recognize the Happy Valley Moms not just for the work they did for our families in 2018, but for what they have done for us and families living in poverty, every year.

Lift Urban Portland

Lift Urban Portland works to reduce hunger and improve the lives of low-income households in Northwest and Downtown Portland. The Adopt-a-Building program began in 2016, and we quickly formed a partnership with Lift UP to serve three of NHA’s properties in their service area: Roselyn, Upshur House, and 333 Oak.

The Adopt-a-Building program has a tremendous impact on this communities, helping us address food insecurity through several avenues. The Delivered Food Box program often serves those residents who are homebound, while an on-site Emergency Food Closet allows residents to easily access nutritious food options on an emergency basis.

In addition to supplying food to residents, Lift UP’s Supper Club: Healthy Eating Workshops teach residents healthy cooking skills, while providing an opportunity to socialize with their neighbors and strengthening the residential community.

Nonstop Wellness

Founded in 2012, Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services Inc. believes that everyone should have access to high quality affordable healthcare.Traditional healthcare options leave much to be desired and nonprofit organizations are being forced to either reduce benefits to employees, increase costs for employees or both. Any other health insurance model, such as self-funding, was out of reach to nonprofits due to the model’s high barriers to entry and financial exposure challenges.

With Nonstop Wellness, organizations with 50 or more employees on benefits can get the best of both worlds resulting in reduced costs for organizations and improved employee benefits. Nonstop was built to support the nonprofit sector because nonprofit employees shouldn’t have to choose between their financial and physical health.

Nonstop has served NHA for several years, and we are so grateful for the extensive coverage employees receive through the program. Thanks to Nonstop for being such a strong partner of ours and making NHA a great place to work.

O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders

Here are some words from the O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders to describe their unique partnership:

“O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders, LLC (OWCB) is the natural progression of a relationship between O’Neill Construction Group, an MBE/DBE certified (#2007), veteran-owned firm, and Walsh Construction Co. Our relationship has spanned the last 13 years and has resulted in working together on over 25 projects worth over $150 million.

OWCB is passionate about creating opportunities for business and people and with investing in and cultivating a diverse workforce. How we build a project is as important to us as what we build. We have established a reputation for building quality projects and lasting relationships, while providing significant employment opportunities for members of the minority community.

We encourage our employees to get involved in the community and to share their stories. As we head into 2019, OWCB is committed to our partnership, to our clients, trade partners and community and to the pursuit of our mission “Building Projects with Purpose.” “

NHA is incredibly grateful for the hard work OWCB has put in to our new campus! We are so excited to partner with such a strong and insightful development firm. Thank you for all your hard work on our new home.

Northwest Pilot Project

Here are some words from Northwest Pilot Project to describe their role in the community:

“Since 1969, Northwest Pilot Project (NWPP) has been providing services to very low and extremely low-income, disabled, disenfranchised seniors (age 55+) living in Multnomah County who are facing challenges with rent, who are at-risk of homelessness or who are currently homeless. Our mission is to offer opportunities for a life of dignity and hope to very low income seniors in Multnomah County. Our services are focused on the most vulnerable seniors, especially those living at or below 30% of the Median Family Income.

We provide placement assistance into emergency housing; short term rent assistance; placement into permanent affordable housing; eviction prevention services; housing case management; referrals to mainstream benefits and employment programs; ongoing support to enable and assist low-income seniors to live at their maximum level of independence. In the current housing crisis NWPP’s services are of critical importance to the Portland and Multnomah County community, keeping seniors from becoming homeless or getting them off the streets.

Because NWPP does not own or manage housing, we work with many apartment owners and property managers in Multnomah County to find the best and most affordable housing for our clients. One of our longest and strongest partnerships is with Northwest Housing Alternatives (NHA). NHA’s staff embodies a resident-centric approach to housing and their staff truly understand the challenges low-income seniors face when seeking housing. The partnership between NHA and NWPP is built on mutual respect, responsiveness and support.”

NHA is proud to partner with NWPP to provide opportunities for the seniors in our buildings! Thanks for helping us provide the best care possible to this population of folks.