When you have momentum the most important thing to do is keep it going

A few days ago Rep. Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) was walking the narrow halls of the capitol building. He ran into someone from a prominent organization in Central Oregon. During their conversation, this person told Rep. Whisnant that his organization was thinking of endorsing the IDA legislation. Without hesitation Rep. Whisnant enveloped the person in a big […]

Hope Comes to the Capitol

On March 5th and 6th members of the Oregon IDA Initiative had the chance to talk about why IDAs need to be renewed and expanded. Big thanks to those who testified: Claire Seguin, HCS Jessica Junke, Neighborhood Partnerships Rebekah Barger, CASA of Oregon Ema Waggoner, IDA Graduate from College Dreams Yolanda Vanderpool, NeighborImpact Amber Starks, […]

If the IDA Were 100 People

Neighborhood Parnterships researched and gathered data on the 2016 Oregon IDA participants. Check out the infographics below showing what they found. Demographics   Reach   Impact Savings Category Distribution [button_1 text=”Download%20the%20PDF” text_size=”18″ text_color=”#ffffff” text_bold=”Y” text_letter_spacing=”0″ subtext_panel=”N” text_shadow_panel=”N” styling_width=”20″ styling_height=”20″ styling_border_color=”#000000″ styling_border_size=”1″ styling_border_radius=”6″ styling_border_opacity=”100″ styling_gradient_start_color=”#e19e2f” drop_shadow_panel=”N” inset_shadow_panel=”N” align=”center” href=”https://oregonidainitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/IDA_Stats_Onepager_Feb17v6.pdf” new_window=”Y”/]      

Three Ways You Can Help Renew the IDA Today

The clock is ticking. On February 2nd the action will start in the 2015 Oregon Legislature and that means it’s our time to get moving. It’s our time to let leaders know what IDAs can do for hardworking individuals and the community as a whole. Does your legislator know homeownership is bigger than a roof […]

Meet Itzel Hernandez-Spehar the New IDA Program Coordinator

Neighborhood Partnerships and the Oregon IDA Initiative are thrilled to have Itzel Hernandez-Spehar on board. Itzel join Laina Green as our second IDA Program Coordinator. I asked Itzel a few questions so we could all get to know her better.  Who are you and what will you be doing at NP? My name is Itzel Hernandez-Spehar and I am […]

Jess Junke Promoted to Director of Economic Opportunity

This is a guest post by Jess Junke, Neighborhood Partnerships’ new Director of Economic Opportunity. When I first started at Neighborhood Partnerships (NP) three years ago, I put a Post-it note above my desk that said: “I am thankful for the many challenges that enable me to grow.” I still look at that sun-faded piece […]

When a nearly $9 million Oregon IDA grant becomes something much bigger

This week the staff of Neighborhood Partnerships, in coordination with Oregon Housing and Community Services, called nine nonprofits throughout Oregon and told them they’d be getting part of $8.9 million for the Oregon IDA Initiative. The nonprofits receiving the funds are: CASA of Oregon 3,370,000 College Dreams 650,000 Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization 300,000 MercyCorps […]

Oregon IDA Initiative continues to create pathways to prosperity

Fifty years ago President Johnson described to a Joint Session of Congress the plight of Americans who “live on the outskirts of hope” because of poverty or race.   Addressing the widening income gap is again at the forefront of our country and state policy dialogues. At Neighborhood Partnerships our mission is to create opportunity […]

Building Financial Capability through Youth Employment Programs

Earlier in November, we were very excited to have the Oregon IDA Initiative’s Program Manager, Jessica Junke, attend a roundtable discussion in Washington DC on Building Financial Capability through Youth Employment Programs, which was hosted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC).  Attendees included practitioners, researchers, non-profit […]