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November 1, 2011       
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Eight Public Housing Waiting Lists to Open

Big check from HUD grant

Openings include apartments for seniors and persons with disabilities

Home Forward is opening waiting lists this month at eight public housing apartment communities. Seven of the waiting lists are for apartments at communities that serve persons who are 62 or older or who have disabilities. Those lists will be open November 16 through November 18. The first list to open is Madrona Place Apartments. Applications will be accepted for one, two and three bedroom apartments at the site between November 2 and November 4. Rent for public housing apartments is based on a resident's income, so they are affordable to persons with limited means.

Learn more about the waiting list openings>

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HUD Grant Will Aid Efforts to Hire Residents

Home Forward was one of 12 housing authorities nationwide to receive an award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to encourage hiring of residents and other individuals with low incomes. Grants went to agencies in areas of high unemployment that had demonstrated commitments to work with other agencies and sustain the efforts over time. Home Foward will use the $50,000 award for planning and coordination efforts to help residents secure living wage jobs.

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Bud Clark Commons Recognized for Design

Big check from HUD grant

Groundbreaking development receives highest LEED certification

The Bud Clark Commons, a downtown Portland center for persons who are homeless that was developed by Home Forward, has been honored by several organizations. It received the top Honor Award and the People's Choice Award from the Oregon chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the same two awards from the International Interior Design Association, and the Director's Choice Award for Excellence from the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department.

Earlier this fall the buidling received the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED platinum designation for its many sustainable features, including the first residential use of gray water in Oregon.

Learn more about the Bud Clark Commons>

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New Tenant Education Program Graduates 1,000

Rent Well, a tenant education program offered across the Portland metro area, has passed the 1,000 graduate mark. Developed by the Portland Housing Bureau in 2009, the program helps renters address barriers and become successful tenants. Participants attend 15 hours of classroom training to help them understand a landlord's perspective and learn everything from developing a household budget to moving in and out the right way. The program offers landlords an incentive to rent to graduates in the form of a guarantee that provides a reimbursement should the tenant leave within the first 12 months with unpaid rent or damages. Home Forward administers the Rent Well program for Multnomah County.

Learn more about Rent Well>

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