Thanks, Volunteers!

eUpdate | April 16, 2018

Hello from Human Solutions!

Well it's been another busy few weeks in East Multnomah County! I hope you'll take a moment to see what's going on - and how you can engage, including nearly 10 job openings!

LIKE TO COOK? HAVE WE GOT A FUN ROLE FOR YOU!

We provide emergency shelter to thousands of adults and children every year and we work hard to provide three square meals a day for all. Currently we are seeking cooked meals for large groups – as in 90 people. While that may sound daunting, it doesn’t have to be! We have kitchen facilities and when you go with dishes like lasagna, spaghetti & salad, or a hearty soup with bread, it starts to sound easier 🙂 You can also put together sack lunches - with a hearty sandwich and piece of fruit! This a perfect service activity for students, families, workplace teams, churches, and more. Get details and sign up by contacting our amazing Emergency Services Volunteer Coordinator, Christina, at: CNewcomb@humansolutions.org.

 

IMPORTANT BOOK ON HOUSING ISSUES

If you’ve not yet read Matthew Desmond’s important book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, we highly recommend it. According to one reviewer,

Evicted is a superbly written, often harrowing case study of eviction in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that also shines a light on the income inequality and housing crises occurring in cities across the U.S. Matthew Desmond combines sobering research with fascinating portraits of the families and landlords trapped in a cycle of poverty and eviction, paying special attention to the plight of children. Given the growing conversation about Portland's housing shortage and homeless population, and ongoing revelations about Wall Street's ties to the predatory mortgage industry, Evicted qualifies as a must-read. It's one of the best books of 2016: sad, maddening, beautiful, and necessary.”

No time to read? Then listen to the radio interview here.

WORK WITH US! WE’RE HIRING.

Human Solutions is a rewarding place to work. We’re hiring for a range of positions right now and encourage you to see if there might be a good fit for you or a friend. Take a look and spread the word

WATCH THIS: The Numbers

With Oregon exploding onto the national scene in the last decade, becoming one of the most popular destinations to move to, the area east of 82nd Avenue—including East Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, and Fairview—has come to be affectionately called “The Numbers.” It has one of the area's highest concentration of school-age children, a sky-high poverty rate, and an uncommon diversity of race, ethnicity, and language.

New businesses, new people, new income—what does this all mean for The Numbers? Here’s what some young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 had to say about how they envision the future of their neighborhood.

SAVE THE DATE: NEW 30THANNIVERSARY GALA & AUCTION DATE

We’re planning a big party to celebrate our 30th Anniversary – and we shifted the date to make it the best one yet. The NEW date is Saturday, November 17, 2018 (it had been April 7, 2018). Please mark your calendars now, and we’ll be back to you this summer with details. Here’s a link to learn more – including how to sponsor the event and donate to our auction. See you this fall!

Thanks for reading and for always supporting Human Solutions and the wonderful folks we serve.

Yours,

Andy Miller, Executive Director

PS – Care to make a donation online? It’s easy right here – and thanks!

Fair Housing Laws

April is Fair Housing Month. Last week, Multnomah County highlighted the work of the Housing Stability Team which works to ensure people who already have homes don’t lose them. And this week we're making sure everyone knows what laws protect them from housing discrimination in Multnomah County.

Help keep our community safe and ensure equity by sharing, printing and posting the poster below in any area where people may see it.

Download, print and post the fair housing infographic poster.


Infographic text:

There are fair housing laws to protect you in Multnomah County

The federal Fair Housing Act and the Fair Housing Amendment Acts, Oregon law, and Multnomah County protect you from discrimination.

No one can discriminate against you because of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Marital status
  • Source of income
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation including gender identity
  • Family status
  • Domestic violence
  • Disability
  • If you are age 18 or older

Fair housing laws apply to:

  • Individual homes, duplexes, multifamily housing (apartments, condos, and townhomes), retirement housing, adult foster homes and long term care facilities, homeless shelters and other nonprofit housing.
  • Sales, rentals, mortgage lending, building and construction, home insurance, appraisals, and inspections, land use regulations, zoning, as well as neighbor-on-neighbor harassment.

You might be experiencing discrimination if:

  • Someone refuses to rent to you or terminates a lease because you’re in one of the groups above.
  • A landlord creates different terms or standards for different tenants.
  • A landlord refuses to make reasonable accommodations for a tenant with a disability.

Who to contact if discrimination happens:
Call the Fair Housing Council of Oregon(link is external) at (800) 424-3247 ext. 2 if you believe that you or someone else have been victims of illegal housing discrimination. Remember to: 1) Write down what happened, including dates, times, who was involved, as well as the names of possible witnesses. 2) Keep an ongoing list of events. 3) Save any written materials that relate to your case. The Fair Housing Council will advise you of the appropriate next steps and may refer you to services and organizations that can help.

We Enthusiastically Endorse Measure 26-197 to Renew the Portland Children’s Levy

The Portland Children’s Levy was created by voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed in both 2008 and 2013. In the 15 years since voters first approved the Levy over $150 million has been invested in over 50 organizations. Levy funds have annually supported services for more than 14,000 children and hunger relief services to more than 15,000 children.

The organizations funded by the Portland Children’s Levy are committed to providing programs in the following areas:

  • Child abuse prevention and intervention: protecting children from terrible circumstances, which also addresses juvenile crime, school failure, drug and alcohol abuse and homeless youth.
  • Early childhood programs: preparing children for success in school and making quality childcare more affordable. Ensuring that children arrive at school ready to learn also assists our schools and teachers.
  • After school, summer and mentoring programs: promoting academic achievement, reducing the number of juveniles victimized by crime and increasing graduation rates.
  • Children in foster care programs: giving foster children a better chance at success with educational support, mentoring and access to mental health services.
  • Child hunger prevention: improving children’s access to nutritious meals, leading to better physical and mental health, as well as academic success.

On May 15th Portland voters have the chance to renew the Portland Children’s Levy (Measure 26-197) and continue funding for this great program. A Yes vote for Measure 26-197 does not increase the rate but instead renews the Children’s Levy at the same tax rate we are paying now.

A Yes Vote also continues the other parts of the levy that make it both effective and accountable. The Children’s levy only supports programs that are cost-effective and proven to work. The levy is overseen by a five-member Allocation Committee who ensures that there are annual independent audits and that administrative expenses are limited to 5% or less – a commitment they have kept for over 15 years which allows 95 cents of every dollar to go directly to programs.

Renewing the Portland Children’s Levy is an important way to say that in Portland we care about our kids – and put those values into action every day. Please Vote YES for Measure 26-197 by May 15th. More information is available at the campaign’s website: https://voteyesforportlandschildren.org/.