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Development Project Manager
Conducts feasibility studies, secures financing and manages the development process to develop new and rehabilitated affordable housing projects. Position emphasizes finance aspects of development, and requires a high level of skills in the area of financial project structuring. Position requires excellent judgment and the ability to make critical decisions that align with REACH’s goals and mission.
For further detailed qualifications, please review the complete job description here.
Director of Housing Development
The Director of Housing Development leads all real estate development activities and supervises a team of three (3) project managers. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record leading the development and financing of affordable multifamily rental housing and will already possess very strong working relationships with public and private partners who support and invest in affordable housing in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA region.
The Director of Housing Development is a member of the senior leadership team and reports directly to the CEO. This position is active in all phases of development, including selecting optimal sites for project development, analyzing potential acquisitions, conceptualizing projects, obtaining appropriate financing, and ensuring projects are completed on time and on budget. Other responsibilities include interacting with other REACH departments and outside agencies; establishing and maintaining diverse partnerships; and providing support to the CEO.
For further detailed qualifications, please review the complete job description here.
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.
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
REACH is hiring a full time Office Assistant/Courier position. This position will begin employment on January 5, 2015. Interviews will be held the first and second week of December.
This position is primarily responsible for maintaining office operations flow by receiving and distributing mail and packages as well as intra-office communications, maintain supplies and equipment, reception duties as scheduled. Regular daily courier service via personal vehicle throughout Portland Metro area and Vancouver. Responsible for afternoon kitchen clean up. Provide clerical and administrative support to staff. Clear driving record and current state issued Driver’s License required. Well maintained vehicle and minimum state required liability insurance required. Ability to use judgment, discretion, tact, and courtesy in organizational and public contacts, often in tandem with a hectic pace. Ability to deal appropriately with a broad scope of confidential information. Clear, courteous and effective communication is expected as a collaborative effort in problem solving. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
For a full job description, please click here.
Only applicants who have submitted all required documents and forms will be considered for the position. Benefits are available the first of the month following hire. Salary range: $11-$15/hour DOE.
REACH is seeking to fill full and part time affordable housing Community Manager positions. Experience with HUD and/or Low Income Housing Tax Credit is strongly preferred. The Community Manager manages and directs activities and services in support of physical and financial operations of the property. Coordinates resident move-in activities including collecting deposits, completing paperwork and new resident orientation, per organizations policies. Collects and monitors monthly rents (resident and assistance payments as applicable). Takes appropriate precautions to safeguard all monies received. Posts rents to resident accounts promptly and accurately. Prepares deposit and delivers collected funds to central office per established schedule.
In addition to two years progressive experience as an apartment manager, knowledge of Landlord/Tenant Law (OR or WA) and Federal and Local Fair Housing regulations are required. Review the complete job description here for additional requirements.
Only applicants who have submitted all required documents and forms will be considered for the position. Benefits are available the first of the month following hire. Salary range: $16.35 –$20.19/hour.
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.
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.
The 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. The 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. 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 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. 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.
Glisan Commons 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. Phase II broke ground in March 2014, and is expected to be completed in March 2015. For more information on Glisan Commons Phase II, read the Glisan Commons Phase II Project Overview.
To view housing under development in Vancouver, WA, please click here.
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
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