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How DO federal tax credits produce affordable housing?

Tax Credit InfographicAffordable housing costs the same as market-rate housing to build, so to keep rents low nonprofit developers have to find ways to lower costs to pass on the savings to our residents.

To keep rents affordable, developers compete for subsidy funds in the form of tax credits.

And that’s when things get really complicated.

To better understand how this complex process works, we developed a handy infographic to help us navigate this windy road.

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STARTS Graduates Raise Dough for JOIN!

STARTS Bake SaleSTARTS is a 6 week leadership development workshop that is offered at several REACH properties each year. Each session brings residents together to share their ideas about what it means to be a leader, discuss their vision of a healthy community, and build communication and leadership skills. At the end of the workshop series, each STARTS group selects and plans a community service activity.

The participants of our most recent STARTS group at Allen Fremont Plaza… Read More »

Spotlight Sponsor: Bank of the West

Bank of the WestIn this day and age of impersonal relationships, it’s invaluable to find a company that walks their customer-service talk.  Bank of the West plays an important role as our banker, and they’re also a long-time supporter of REACH, giving time, treasure, and talent to our events. 

We have worked with Bank of the West for over 20 years. Beyond our banking relationship, they’ve provided philanthropic support for our annual fundraising event and other programs,… Read More »

FREE Summer Lunches at Patton Park

Lunches in the ParkPatton Square Park, across from Patton Apartments, was selected to participate in Summer Meals, where 50 free lunches will be served Monday through Friday, all summer long.

This grant from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon will help us reach more kids to build healthier communities. Thank you, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon!

About Summer Meals:

Summer is a happy time for many kids. However, for children whose families struggle to afford enough food, summer… Read More »

Bringing Health Home

Health HousingWhat would you do if you needed to address your health right now? You call your dr’s office, make an appointment, drive over and see a doctor or nurse.

But what if you don’t have a primary physician? Or access to car or public transit? In that case, you put it off until you can no longer ignore it, or until you end up in the emergency room.

Not only is it difficult for people living on low-incomes to afford housing, navigating the complexities of the health… Read More »

NeighborWorks Community Building Day

NeighborWorks and REACHThis June, we are teaming up with NeighborWorks to bring a Community Building Day to a NE Portland home. This marks the culmination of the first phase of a larger home retention effort started by the City of Portland.

During NeighborWorks Week (June 4-12), REACH and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country are mobilizing tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. Together, we… Read More »

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