2014 saw another year of growth at REACH, however, the affordable housing gap still remains. Low-income families faced untenable choices because of the lack of affordable housing in our region. Unprecedented population growth continued to place upward pressure on the cost of housing. And funding did not grow to meet the needs.
However, there is hope. Our vision of creating safe and stable homes moved us forward. With your support, REACH was able to create home for more than 2,500 individuals and families. The numbers in this report show the scale and impact of our work. They also represent the need. And the stories of transformation that we feature here are representative of the experience that hundreds of people have while living at REACH. This is the impact of having a place to call home.
Thank you for your enduring commitment to our mission of creating healthy homes and communities. We share these achievements with you and look forward to another transformative year.
Chief Executive Officer
President of the Board
In 2014, REACH brought more affordable homes to our community. We provided 1,892 homes to our regions' families, while adding more developments to our pipeline. We broke ground on two significant projects, Gilman Court and Orchards at Orenco Phase I. Gilman Court will bring 60 new homes to seniors in Portland's Gateway neighborhood. Orchards at Orenco will bring 57 new homes to working people in Hillsboro's Orenco neighborhood. It will also be the largest multi-family Passive House building in North America, reducing utility costs for residents by up to 90%.
We acquired Towne Square Apartments and started renovations, preserving these homes for low-income families in Washougal, Washington. Finally, we began the acquisition process of the Allen Fremont Plaza Apartments located in the heart of Portland's Boise neighborhood, preserving 64 homes for very low-income seniors.
44% of REACH residents earned less than 30% of median family income (approximately $24,250 for a family of four living in the Portland metropolitan region)
$15K was the average household income of REACH residents in Oregon and Washington
40,000 homes is the current projected shortage of affordable homes needed in Portland metropolitan region
"REACH gave me a home and a family where I can blossom into the person I want to be," says Yolanda Clay, Gray's Landing resident. When you meet Yolanda, you can't help but notice her radiant smile. When she moved into Gray's Landing, she immediately began building her new community by joining our STARTS leadership development program. Yolanda has set her sights on re-entering graduate school in 2016, specializing in child welfare. And she's using the savings she's earned through her REACH Individual Development Account to help. "REACH supplied the foundation. My neighbors gave me safety. People who knew me and cared about me."
Our work goes beyond the "bricks and mortar," helping our residents build a home and provide opportunity for economic stability. Ninety seven residents graduated from one of our economic empowerment programs, achieving significant financial and life goals. We tackled health issues head on by joining the Housing With Services collaborative and provided enhanced health and wellness services directly to residents in three of our downtown Portland buildings. We helped build a sense of place by hosting holiday parties, bbq's, workshops, and sponsoring a team to attend the NeighborWorks® Community Leadership Institute.
2,058 residents participated in classes, services or community events
54% of renting families in Multnomah County are "cost burdened" meaning they pay more than 30% of their income on rent
38% of REACH residents are over the age of 55
I often hear my parent say, 'It's beyond our wildest imagination to live in such a wonderful, convenient and affordable REACH unit.' Tom is an amazing young man whose family calls REACH home. As a result of his hard work and dedication Tom is now completing his first year at Reed College. Tom participated in REACH's Youth$ave and other financial education programs, saving money for college through our Matched Savings Program. "It's meant having comfort knowing that I have a place to return to every day. It's meant having to spend less time commuting and more time working. It's meant having a home, a place where [we] can gather together and be a family."
Many of the people REACH works with want to stay in their home. And we've been helping them do so since 1996. 2014 saw our Community Builders Program remain focused on its mission of completing free safety and accessibility repairs for seniors, disabled homeowners and working families living on limited incomes. We expanded equitable access to our services by translating materials for non-English speakers and established relationships to provide interpretation services. We contributed to the local economy by adding new minority and women owned contractors to our pool of sub-contractors. Finally, we completed a home repair contract in Washington and aided senior and disabled homeowners in Washougal to stay safe in their homes.
22% of the total population of the City of Portland are over the age of 55
222 households received 1,743 free home repairs from REACH in 2014
420 volunteers contributed 4,672 hours to REACH's mission
Rated for the sixth consecutive year as one of Oregon's 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For by OregonBusiness magazine
Rated Top 100 Green Best Places in Oregon by OregonBusiness magazine
Susie has been involved with REACH for nearly 15 years, giving the gift of her time and money to support our work. The issues surrounding not having a home resonates with Susie on a very personal level, having a family member who has experienced long-term homelessness. "As we have all learned over the past few years, homelessness happens, and for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, REACH has been there to help. The reason I support programs like Youth$ave and Community Builders is because I have seen firsthand the positive difference they have made in the lives of many, many people.... A lot of people are truly grateful that REACH is here. It's not just an investment in REACH. It truly is an investment in our own future, our children's future, our community's future. I believe this is one of the most impactful contributions any of us can make."
To our donors who support people living in REACH housing through their gifts and help our residents build more prosperous lives. The generosity of our donors reinforces the power our work has on the entire community. Thank you.
To our Board of Directors who bring REACH expertise in the housing sector, the communities we serve and in other areas like healthcare and education. This hard working group of dedicated volunteers give of their time, talent and treasures to oversee the health and stability of REACH. Thank you.
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