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Awards & Accomplishments

REACH has gained local, state and national acclaim for innovation and responsiveness to difficult urban issues.

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 Passive House Institute U S (PHIUS) Building Project Competition - Best Overall Project and the Best Affordable Housing Project awards for Orchards at Orenco

2015 Portland Business Journal Better Bricks “Sustainable Project of the Year” - Orchards at Orenco

2015 OregonBusiness Names REACH one of the Top 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon

2014 Rated for the sixth consecutive year as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For by OregonBusiness magazine

2014 OregonBusiness Names REACH #14 in Top 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon

2013 Rated for the fifth consecutive year as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For by OregonBusiness magazine

2013 ACE and REACH Receive the Nonprofit Excellence Award for Collaboration from the Nonprofit Network of SW Washington

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

2013 REACH Wins The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) Affordable Housing Vanguard Awards for New Construction for Gray’s Landing

2013 REACH receives Sustainability at Work Gold Certification by the City of Portland Bureau of Sustainability

2013 REACH’s Gray’s Landing project wins Daily Journal of Commerce TopProjects DJC 2013 award - Finalists in ‘Best New Private Building’ category.  Only affordable housing development project to receive an honor.  Link to digital magazine

2012 REACH designated a member of NeighborWorks America® ‘Green Program.’ Read more here.

2012 Rated for the fourth consecutive year as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For by OregonBusiness magazine

REACH Ranked #11 of 431 Companies As One of the Top 100 Best Green Companies in Oregon by OregonBusiness

2011 Dee Walsh nominated as one of Portland’s “Best Bosses” by Willamette Week

2011 Rated Oregon’s Second Best Nonprofit to Work For by Oregon Business Magazine

2011 REACH’s Admiral Apartments win’s TopProjects DJC 2011 award-Renovation $5.1M - $15M

2011 REACH ranks in top 50 of 100 Best Green Companies to Work For by Oregon Business Magazine

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.

2011 REACH publishes our next Five Year Plan.  Take a look at our 2011-2015 Five Year Strategic Plan and see where we’re going!

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 and 2009 REACH ranked among the Top Ten Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon by Oregon Business Magazine Read More

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 MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing for Station Place Tower, from MetLife Foundation and Enterprise Community partners.  REACH was awarded a $50,000 grant. 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.

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