Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East serves Multnomah County and northern Clackamas County. It has the ability to reach out to families who are one step away from homelessness. Habitat sells homes to hardworking people in need of decent, affordable housing. An independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, it is the oldest Habitat affiliate on the West Coast and the largest in Oregon.
Habitat offers homeownership opportunities to families making $21,900-$43,800 a year (for a family of four) by selling homes at cost and making no profit. Houses can be sold below market value because of volunteer labor and donations. Families contribute 500 hours of sweat equity and pay a 1% down payment on a zero-interest mortgage. Instead of being in a vulnerable and fragile economic position, Habitat families find themselves in a position of strength.
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), is Oregon’s union of farmworkers, nursery, and reforestation workers, and the state’s largest Latino organization. PCUN’s fundamental goal is to empower farmworkers to understand and take action against systematic exploitation and all of its effects. To achieve this end, PCUN is involved in community and workplace organizing on many different levels. In 2011 and 2012, PCUN spearheaded the building of the CAPACES Leadership Institute, serving PCUN and its eight sister organizations.
Founded in 1985 by 80 farmworkers, PCUN has since registered more than 5,000 members, 98% of whom are Mexican and Central American immigrants.
It was an honor to have TIVNU involved in the construction of the CAPACES Leadership Institute. Their enthusiasm, passion, vision, talent and desire to learn and teach, not only in the field of construction, but also in the field of social justice, was an inspiration! During the week that we had the support of TIVNU volunteers, we witnessed that they truly honor its mission and its name in every sense of the word. With nails and wood, their hard work built the outer walls of the CAPACES’ building during the day. Under a mutual exchange of lessons through workshops, texts, and shared experiences, we built a common awareness and a bridge of support between the farm worker community and the Jewish community during lunches and evenings. Gracias TIVNU for this unique and new initiative to support and transform! “¡Si se puede!”
CAPACES, Volunteer Coordinator
Portland YouthBuilders’ mission is to support young men and women who are committed to changing their lives to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the workforce and their community. Founded in 1995, Portland YouthBuilders is a non-profit organization committed to providing long-term support for low-income youth. Each year, it provides education, vocational training, and leadership development services for over 200 young people between the ages of 17 and 24 who have not completed high school and who face significant barriers to success.
Students in its construction program build an average of three energy-efficient affordable homes each year, which are then sold to low-income families.
PYB is part of a network of over 250 YouthBuild programs nationwide.
REACH provides quality, affordable housing for individuals, families and communities to thrive. Since 1982, it has pioneered affordable housing and support programs that address complex challenges facing communities. REACH has gained local, state, and national acclaim for innovation and responsiveness to difficult urban issues. Its portfolio of over 1,400 units includes new and renovated plexes, apartment buildings, and mixed-use developments located across the Portland metropolitan area. Its volunteer-powered home repair program serves senior and disabled homeowners in neighborhoods all over the city.
REACH strongly believes that livability and sustainability are closely aligned. By incorporating renewable, energy-efficient practices into its current and future affordable housing developments, REACH aims to promote greater environmental and social health for the community and the planet.
Street Roots, which is published biweekly, has been Portland’s flagship publication addressing homelessness and poverty since 1998. Street Roots creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper and other media that are catalysts for individual and social change.
By giving a platform for voices that often go unheard, Street Roots is a vital part of Portland life. When people fall through the cracks, they too often become invisible to the wider population. Street Roots provides a source of income for the homeless and a public forum to have these essential stories told.