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History and Mission

Building Homes. Creating Communities.

A healthy community begins at home. REACH’s mission is to provide quality, affordable housing for individuals, families and communities to thrive.

Since 1982, REACH has pioneered affordable housing and supportive programs that address complex challenges facing communities.  REACH has gained local, state and national acclaim for innovation and responsiveness to difficult urban issues.  REACH is a nonprofit affordable housing development and property management company, begun in 1982 in response to neighbors’ concerns about deteriorating housing conditions in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Today, REACH owns and manages a portfolio of 1,892 units of affordable housing located across the metropolitan region, including properties in Multnomah, Washington, and Clark Counties (state of Washington). Our portfolio includes new and renovated plexes, apartment buildings and mixed-use developments.  We have developed a wide range of properties including single-family rental homes, high-density apartment towers, and affordable row houses for first-time home buyers and historic apartment buildings. REACH has also prepared and implemented three successful neighborhood improvement plans throughout Portland. 

REACH has gained local, state and national acclaim for innovation and responsiveness to difficult urban issues.  We have received several awards, including the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Award, the Oregon Housing and Community Services “Award for Excellence” for our Resident Services Programs, the MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing, and have been recognized as one of OregonBusiness magazine’s 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon several years in a row.  In 2010, REACH became a chartered member NeighborWorks® America, a national nonprofit created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts.

In 2013, REACH merged with Affordable Community Environments (ACE) of Vancouver, Washington, forming a strategic alliance with a strong provider of affordable housing based in Washington.  With the addition of ACE’s portfolio, REACH is now able to offer quality, safe, and affordable homes in Washington. 

Over the last several years, REACH has made concerted efforts to focus on sustainability both in our housing developments and throughout our organizational operations.  We believe strongly that livability and sustainability are closely aligned, and by focusing our efforts, we are promoting greater environmental and social health for our communities.  In 2012, REACH was designated a member of NeighborWorks America® ‘Green’ Program for our comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations. The designation is based on adherence to a set of green business practices across REACH’s affordable housing portfolio and business operations.  REACH has also received top ranking among the 100 Best Green Companies to work for by OregonBusiness magazine for the past several years.  Finally, our latest development, Gray’s Landing, received a LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for new construction by the US Green Building Council.  These are just a few examples of our focus towards incorporating sustainable elements throughout our practices..  Read more about our sustainability initiatives.

You can download a Quick Fact Sheet about REACH here.  You can also view REACH’s current 2011-2015 Five Year Strategic Plan.

Our Values

Sustainability. We strive to be financially strong and sustainable, and to establish housing and communities that are green and healthy.
Innovation. We create innovative solutions to complex housing and community development challenges.
Integrity. We are thoughtful, ethical and just in our work.
Inclusion.  We embrace diversity and believe that we greatly benefit from including and considering all people and perspectives.
Collaboration.  We believe we can achieve more by working with others, and that everyone’s contribution has value.
Excellence.  We are committed to our work and always strive for the best in ourselves and those around us.

Affordable Housing Development and Management

REACH is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful community development corporations in Oregon. We have developed and preserved 1,852 units of housing, all of which involved public/ private partnerships, often with multiple entities.  Our projects range from single-family homes to a 14-story tower in the Pearl District, to a LEED Platinum certified 17,000 sq foot building in Portland’s newest neighborhood, the South Waterfront.  REACH has a number of mixed-use projects with ground floor retail and office tenants.  In addition to our housing, we own and manage over 60,000 sf of commercial space. Our staff of over 115 provides strong expertise in housing development, property and asset management, financial management, and other business operations.  REACH’s assets total over $134 million and our annual operating budget is approximately $14 million.  REACH brings a long history of expertise and innovation in affordable housing and resident programs in Oregon.  Read more about projects we’ve developed.  Read more about projects in the pipeline.

Resident Services

REACH is committed to supporting families and individuals living in our housing with stable homes.  We provide a range of programs focused on housing success and financial stability such as eviction prevention, financial education, employment and career support, and access to emergency food and clothing. Our award-winning Resident Services programs have developed strategies for tenants to reduce evictions, decrease notices, and help residents maintain their housing. We offer financial education programs for both the adults and youth living in REACH housing. Read more.

Community Builders Program

REACH’s Community Builders Program operates throughout the City of Portland and in Washoughal Washington.  We provide free volunteer-powered home repairs for low income elderly and disabled homeowners, as well as families with children living in the home experiencing some type of home health hazard (i.e. lead poisoning, radon, mold, etc.).  Our free home repairs help maintain the housing stock, avert larger and more costly repairs and injuries, revitalize run-down neighborhoods, and promote community through volunteerism.  On the first Saturday every August, the annual REACH Paint & Repair-a-thon brings together over 300 businesses, individuals and volunteers to help senior and disabled homeowners live safely in their homes. Read more.

Check out our latest video, “Milestones”