Join the REACH Staff
REACH CDC does not consider resumes or employment applications unless there is a current open position being advertised. If you desire to apply, please check this page regularly for open positions and detailed application instructions. REACH honors and encourages diversity. We value employees who contribute to our organization, which embraces a variety of thinking and perspectives. REACH is a drug free workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer. Criminal background check and post-offer of employment drug test required. REACH also uses the E-Verify system to establish the right to work in the United States.
REACH is a member of Partners in Diversity, an organization operating under the Charitable Trust of the Portland Business Alliance. Partners in Diversity works with companies like REACH to help recruit and retain professionals of color to the Portland region.
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REACH’s Board of Directors
REACH is governed by an 11-member community-based Board of Directors representing various sectors of expertise in housing development, finance, property management and resident operations. Our Board meets regularly, as do several active board committees. You can read more about the REACH Board here.
Brett Sheehan, Housing & Facilities Director - CASA of Oregon
Nancy Bond, Resource Conservation Specialist - Portland Public Schools
Larry Conrad, Transportation Planner - Clackamas County
Kevin Wingate-Pearse, Senior Advisor - Sperry Van Ness/Bluestone & Hockley
Betsy Ferguson – Researcher, Oregon Health & Science University
Edward Knightly - Self Employed, Resident
Robert Koury - Attorney, Jordan Ramis PC
Rebbecca Maese - System Director of Employee Health Services, Providence Health & Services
David Sacamano - Senior Landscape Architect, Berger ABAM
Marc Tedesco – Architect, CASTELNUOVO Design
Marshawna Williams - Education Specialist, Black United Fund
Affordable Community Environments (ACE) is a subsidiary corporation of REACH CDC serving Southwest Washington with affordable rental housing communities located throughout Clark County stretching from western Vancouver to eastern Washougal.
ACE was formed in 1998 in response to a critical lack of affordable, rental housing in Clark County, WA by offering sustainable and affordable housing communities that provided residents with stability, support and opportunities for growth. Since it’s inception, ACE built 195 units of multi-family housing including Covington Commons, Cascadia Village, The Mews at Cascadia Village, Gateway Garden, and McCallister Village. The buildings were designed and built to be family-friendly and include amenities such as playgrounds, grassy courtyards and gardens. ACE has received several awards for their work including the 2004 Excellence in Construction-Specialty Residential; Vancouver Business Journal 2005 Top Projects Award; and the 2006 Clark County Community Pride Design Award.
Each project was built around three principles:
- Affordable – All residents of Southwest Washington should have a place to call home that is safe, beautiful and affordable.
- Community – Creating communities in which residents are both supported by ACE and actively participate in leading happy, healthy and enriching lives.
- Environments – Committing to our work to assist communities and residents by fostering sound environmental practices in development and living. You can read more about ACE’s green practices here.
With values and a mission similar to those of REACH, in 2013, ACE joined REACH as a subsidiary corporation. You can read more about the history of the merger. We received support from several of our investment partners, including Enterprise Community Partners and NeighborWorks America for the strategic partnership. During the merger negotiations, ACE began pre-development work on two projects, the Towne Square Apartments and the 62nd Ave Apartments. Both projects are moving forward under the auspices of REACH CDC.
Enterprise created a case study, “Adapting To A Changing Environment: Organizational Sustainability in the Pacific Northwest’s Affordable Housing Development Community.” While the ACE name has gone away, the values and history that guided the founding of ACE have been incorporated in the work of REACH as we continue building safe and decent home for low-income families in Washington.
For more history of ACE, please view:
ACE Through the Years 1998-2011: A pictorial history of Affordable Community Environments
Community Builders Program Coordinator
REACH is hiring a Program Coordinator for our Community Builders Program (CBP). This position is 32 hours/week. The CBP provides free home repairs for senior and disabled homeowners living on a low-income. This position is responsible for providing excellent customer service in a culturally-competent manner; maintaining all client documents in compliance with government regulations. Also responsible for accurately entering client data into multiple databases, schedules and supports volunteers, assists with program outreach in support of equity goals. Attends home assessments as needed. Bicultural/bilingual in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, or Vietnamese a plus. May require work in the field with periods of walking, standing, working in confined spaces, and/or lifting or moving objects weighing up to 40 pounds on a regular basis.
- Two years related experience desired, preferably in similar setting. Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.
- High aptitude for databases, data management, and attention to detail.
- Experience in providing excellent culturally-competent customer service important.
- Experience working with diverse populations desired.
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office is essential.
- Basic knowledge, or demonstrated interest, in residential housing systems and codes, as well as common home maintenance and repair practices.
- Experience as a volunteer or supervising volunteers helpful.
- Employee must own and have access to their own vehicle, have a valid driver’s license, carry car insurance, and have a safe driving record.
For full position description, click here. Hourly rate $16.00 - $23.00/hour DOE. Benefits are available the first of the month following hire.
Only applicants who have submitted ALL required documents will be considered for the position. Position is open until filled. Hiring team will begin reviewing resumes on January 26, 2015.
Resident Services Coordinator, Housing Retention Specialist (.5 FTE)
REACH is a private, nonprofit community development organization. REACH provides quality affordable housing and opportunities for individuals, families, and communities to thrive.
The Resident Services Coordinator (RSC) will focus on assisting residents to be successful in REACH housing and in improving their economic stability. The RSC will promote successful housing to residents through service provision (including skill building and social workshops, assistance with career services, computer skills) and information and referrals. The RSC will follow-up on notices given to residents to prevent eviction and work towards the prevention of notices by addressing issues as they arise. The RSC will have on-site hours at multiple buildings that provide housing for the elderly and/or disabled. The position will work closely with Property Management, the Resident Services team, social service providers, and our data base system.
Housing Success/Eviction prevention-Assist residents with accessing rent assistance, Case Management services, housekeeping services and other connections to resources needed to prevent notices and evictions when possible.
Property Management Liaison-Assist residents in understanding requirements for tenancy in accordance with REACH procedures and Landlord Tenant laws, assist in filling out required paperwork, facilitate discussions between residents and Property Management as needed. Mediate when necessary.
Evaluation and Outcomes-Work closely with Resident Services and Property Management to evaluate the successes of our eviction prevention functions. Enter data into data base, run reports, and assist with evaluating effectiveness of referrals.
An associates or bachelor’s degree in community development, social sciences, community organizing, education or a combination of education and experience that shows the applicant can fulfill the requirements of the job.
Strong background in working with the elderly, individuals with physical, developmental and mental health disabilities; experience working with very low income individuals.
Mediation, conflict resolution, and group facilitation skills desired. Microsoft Office skills necessary, experience with data bases helpful. Spanish speaking skills strongly preferred.
20 hours a week, $16-22 hourly, depending on experience. Competitive benefits, including medical, dental, vacation and sick leave available first of the month following employment.
Going Green Sustainability Plan
In 2009, REACH began a transformational program aimed at incorporating green practices into our administrative, purchasing, and office procedures. Through a generous grant from the Neighborhood Builders Award of Bank of America, we began implementation of the REACH Going Green Sustainability Plan, designed to transform our overall organizational culture and day-to-day operational practices. REACH believes strongly that livability and sustainability are closely aligned. By incorporating renewable, energy-efficient practices into our current and future affordable housing developments, and throughout our organizational practices, REACH is promoting greater environmental and social health for our community and the planet.
For several years in a row, REACH has ranked among the Top 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon to Work For by OregonBusiness magazine. In 2014, we were named #14 in the state.
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. Read our ‘Partner Profile’ here. View our press release here.
In 2014, REACH signed the Oregon Business Climate Declaration, along with hundreds of other leading Oregon businesses urging the public, policymakers and business leaders to seize the economic opportunity in tackling climate change. It’s a business initiative supporting state action on climate change, and it builds on a national effort led by Ceres and supported by more than 1,000 companies. You can read more about it here.
To download REACH’s Going Green Sustainability Plan, click here.
Orchards at Orenco
150 units; new construction
Strategies of providing affordable housing built at transit-oriented (TOD) design locations with green building technology match REACH’s goals of providing a more comprehensive model of affordable living. With this in mind, REACH set out to secure an affordable TOD site in the Orenco Station neighborhood in Hillsboro, given its proximity to light rail and multiple community amenities. Over the past 15 years, several thousand housing units have been developed in and around Orenco Station, but currently there is no affordable workforce housing available to those earning under $30,000/year. In 2013, REACH purchased a site abutting the MAX light rail station at Orenco Station. The land will be used to build a three phase project over the next 5-6 years totaling approximately 150 units of affordable housing for working families. Orchards at Orenco Phase I will be built using Passive House standards to further reduce tenant monthly energy expenses. When complete, the Orchards at Orenco will be the largest multi-family Passive House building in the United States. We anticipate breaking ground on Phase II in June 2015. For more information, read the Orchards at Orenco Phase I Project Overview and the Orchards at Orenco Phase II Project Overiew. You can also read Walsh Construction Co.‘s Building GREEN blog. To download an infographic about the Anatomy of a Passive House, click here (compliments of Ankrom Mosian).
127 Units/Mixed Use; joint venture; new construction
In February 2011, the Portland Housing Bureau announced that a team including REACH CDC has been selected to develop a City-owned site in the Gateway Urban Renewal District, using $6 million in City funding. Glisan Commons (Phase I) and Gilman Court (Phase II) is an innovative, mixed-use, transit oriented development located in Portland’s Gateway Urban Renewal District, leveraging expertise from three of the region’s most successful nonprofit agencies. The project will provide affordable homes, transit options, and important social services to lower income seniors and working class households in East Portland. The project is being developed in two separate phases. Glisan Commons (Phase I), developed by Human Solutions opened in February 2014 and includes one mixed-use building with 67 units of workforce housing with 16,000 square feet of commercial space located on the ground floor, owned and operated by Ride Connection, a transportation service provider catering to seniors and people with disabilities.
Gilman Court (Phase II), developed by REACH, will include a 60-unit residential building for senior citizens, bringing the total number of units to 127. The project will leverage local tax increment financing to bring much needed affordable rental housing and economic development to the neighborhood. Gilman Court broke ground in March 2014, and is expected to be completed in March 2015. For more information on Gilman Court, read the Gilman Court Project Overview.
Five Year Plan
Dear Friends - We are pleased to present you with REACH’s Five Year Plan for 2011-2015. With this plan we propose to double our housing production and program outcomes over the prior five years. We will also expand our service territory to a one hour radius of Portland, with a focus on the Portland metropolitan area.
Many hours of thought went into this document. Multiple meetings were held with board and staff members, and a survey was conducted of REACH residents to gain insight on our performance and resident needs. We do not expect to make any radical changes in our focus, but rather will build on the strong foundation we have created over the past 29 years, with a goal of housing more people and becoming a stronger, more efficient organization.
You’ll note that there is a common theme throughout the plan, and that is the connection between health and housing. Over the past few years, we have recognized the strong relationship between good, affordable housing and the health of our residents and our community. We expect our future work to build on our current efforts to be “green” and sustainable.
This document is REACH’s fifth strategic plan, and we have found them to be invaluable guides for us. We hope you will find it of interest, and we look forward to your continued support as we undertake this important work.
Dan Valliere, Chief Executive Officer
Brett Sheehan, President of the Board
MAIN OFFICE ADDRESS
REACH Community Development, Inc.
4150 SW Moody Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
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The Bronaugh Apartments
50 units; rehabilitation
Originally built in 1905, the Bronaugh is listed on the historic registry and is one of the oldest remaining apartment buildings in Portland. The building features original architectural details such as semi-circular arched openings, bracketed and broad overhanging eaves, decorative egg and dart moulding, and ornamented frieze and bay window panels, each contributing to the building’s unique eclecticism. Home to elderly and disabled citizens living on fixed incomes, the Bronaugh was the last building of the at-risk Section 8 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) properties identified in City Commissioner Fish’s 11X13 Campaign. In order to preserve and maintain much-needed affordable homes for seniors living in the downtown core, REACH purchased the property in March 2013 and has begun offering property management and resident services, and performed essential emergency repairs. A substantial renovation is scheduled for 2015-2016. A full tenant relocation is planned while renovations are undertaken. The project maintains both REACH’s and the City’s commitment to preserving and maintaining much needed affordable housing in a highly desirable downtown location. For more information on the Bronaugh Apartments, read the Bronaugh Apartments Project Overview.
Finance and Administration
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