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August 24, 2011       
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A new name for the Housing Authority of Portland
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$250,000 Grant for Resident Services Innovation

Home Forward residents are the ultimate beneficiaries of a $250,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to the Urban Institute demonstration project that is testing innovative ways to help low-income housing residents build better lives.  The project involves intensive services for 125 families living at Home Forward communities, with a focus on success in school for youth, employment for adults, and family asset building.  The Allen foundation grant will fund program evaluation so that best practices can be identified and shared.

Learn more about the demonstration project >

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David Kelleher Joins Board of Commissioners


David Kelleher, a principal and co-founder of ACME Business Consulting, has been appointed by the Portland City Council to fill a Portland seat on Home Forward's board.  In addition to leading one of the Portland area's fastest growing private companies, Kelleher serves on the boards of Janus Youth Programs and Junior Achievement.  Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1996, he is active in finding a cure for the disease and chairs the National MS Society, Oregon.

Board Chair Lee Moore said that Kelleher’s experience helping organizations wrestle with business challenges will “be a tremendous asset for Home Forward at a time when federal funding for our programs is under unprecedented pressure.”

Learn more about David's appointment >

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Anita Yap Hired as Deputy Executive Director


Anita Yap will join Home Forward on August 31 as deputy executive director.  Yap has a strong background in community development and planning and was honored this year by the American Planning Association with the 2011 Distinguished Leadership Award for Oregon.  Most recently, she was Community Development Director for Damascus, where she helped establish a working government for Oregon's newest city.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Anita’s skills and experience,” said Steve Rudman, executive director.  He added that her volunteer activities, which include chairing the Portland Multnomah Food Policy Council and serving on the board of the Portland Habilitation Center, provide invaluable perspectives in her new role.

Learn more about Anita >

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Summer Brings 210 New Rent Assistance Vouchers

Home Forward's ability to serve our neighbors in need has grown with three recent grants of rent assistance vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Home Forward partnered with the Oregon Department of Human Services to compete successfully for an award of 100 Family Unification Vouchers.  They will be used by families that have had a child removed, or are in jeopardy of having a child removed, because of lack of adequate housing.  At least 25 of the vouchers will be for youth who have aged out of the foster care system, a situation proven to put them at risk of homelessness.

The second award – 50 vouchers to help veterans experiencing homelessness – came as a result of a strong partnership with the local VA Medical Center. This brings the total number of vouchers Home Forward has received for veterans over the last few years to 245. The last of the summer awards adds 60 vouchers to Home Forward's general voucher pool to help Hillsdale Terrace public housing residents find new homes as the site is redeveloped.

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