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Awards & Accomplishments

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REACH has gained local, state and national acclaim for innovation and responsiveness to difficult urban issues.  We have received several awards.

    • 2016 OregonBusiness Names REACH one of the Top 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon
    • 2015 Oregon Opportunity Golden Hammer Award for Best Overall Project for Orchards at Orenco
    • 2015 OregonBusiness Names REACH one of the Top 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon
    • 2013 Washington State Housing Finance Commission Friends of Housing Award
    • 2013 Walnut Park Apartments Wins 2013 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing - Read More
    • 2013 REACH Receives the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement Enhanced Safety Properties award for work at the Ritzdorf Court
    • 2012 Rated for the fourth consecutive year as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For by OregonBusiness magazine
    • 2011 Dee Walsh nominated as one of Portland’s “Best Bosses” by Willamette Week
    • 2011 Executive Director Dee Walsh receives the “Bending Towards Justice” Award from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, an annual celebration of individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary efforts to ensure a more just society and a better world.
    • 2010 REACH receives charter as newest member of NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts.
    • 2010 REACH received the American Lung Association’s “Smoke Free Housing Champion of the Year” for our efforts to make all of our housing portfolio smoke-free
    • 2009 Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Award.  REACH CDC was named as one one of two 2009 Portland Neighborhood Builders®.  As part of the award, REACH received a $200,000 grant to launch our Going Green Initiative.  Read More
    • 2009 Light a Fire Award recipient from Portland Monthly Magazine for REACH’s excellence in community building.
    • 2008 Award of Excellence for outstanding Resident Services from Oregon Housing and Community Services for “constantly going beyond the call of duty in providing services to lower income individuals in their communities.”
    • 2008 “Ross Dey Award” presented by Metro Multifamily Housing Association to Executive Director Dee Walsh for demonstrated excellence in the field of community development over a lifetime.
  • Other Awards

    • 2006 “Affordable Housing Built Responsibly” National Runner Up for Station Place Tower, from The Home Depot Foundation
    • 2005 James A. Johnson Fellowship Award, for Dee Walsh, Executive Director, from Fannie Mae Foundation
    • 2005 BEST Award – for Station Place Tower - stormwater management system; from City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development
    • 2004 Urban Pioneer Award from Portland State University
    • 2004 Gilman Award for Exemplary Achievement for the Community Builders Program from Community Development Network
    • 2002 Property and Asset Management Best Practices Award from Community Development Network
    • 2001 CDC of the Year from Association of Oregon Community Development Organizations
    • 1996 “Crowded House Award” for the development project with the most partners, from the Community Development Network
    • 1996 “Building Innovation for Homeownership Award” for the City Life project, from the National Partners in Homeownership.
    • 1993 “President’s Volunteer Action Award” for West Clinton Action Plan. Awarded by President Bill Clinton
    • 1992 “REACH Community Development Day” in recognition of REACH’s work to revitalize inner Southeast Portland, proclaimed by Mayor J.E. “Bud” Clark
    • 1991 “Organization of the Year” awarded by National Congress for Community Economic Development
    • 1991 Rudy Bruner “Award of Excellence in Urban Environments”  Finalist, from Rudy Bruner Foundation
    • 1990 “National Award of Excellence for the Production of Affordable Housing” for the Rose Apartments, from Fannie Mae Foundation
    • 1989 “Research and Development Fund Award” for outstanding achievements in the field of community economic development, from National Congress for Community Economic Development
    • 1984 Low-Cost Housing Competition Third Prize. From the Enterprise Foundation’s Rehab Work Group