Human Solutions

Property Management Request for Proposals

Human Solutions Inc. (H.S.I.) is seeking proposals from qualified property management firms (PM) to manage five of its affordable rental housing communities.  Details about the location, size and make-up of each property are located on the last page of the referenced Request for Proposal (RFP).

Human Solutions Inc. is a private, nonprofit Community Development Corporation that has been providing social services and affordable rental housing for over 27 years in East Portland and Gresham. Human Solutions Inc. has a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity, and expects the firm we choose to manage our properties to embrace these core values, and our mission. Our portfolio consists of 17 properties with over 700 units. At this time we are looking for a qualified Property Management firm to manage five of the 17 properties. Three of the five properties have commercial space leased to other nonprofit organizations.

The full request is available here: Property Management RFP

Please direct any questions you might have regarding the RFP to Kristin Strong at kstrong@humansolutions.org on or before Friday, December 15, 2017.
Proposals/Responses due by Friday, January 5th, 2018

Join us for a “Thanks for Giving” Happy Hour

 
We are partnering with KBOO and IRCO to say thank you to our donors and to celebrate being included in this year’s Willamette Week Give!Guide.  Join us for beer and snacks as our way of saying “Thanks for Giving!”

WHEN: Monday, November 20th, 5-7 PM
WHERE: Lagunitas Community Room
237 NE Broadway St. #300
Portland, OR 97232

Please RSVP at rsvp@humansolutions.org

 

Meanwhile don’t forget to find us, along with 148 other local nonprofits, in the Give!Guide, which goes live on Wednesday November 1st! Give online through the Give!Guide for fun incentives, coupons, and discounts at businesses around the Portland area.  

New report finds rent assistance benefits housing stability and employment

Human Solutions participates in the Economic Opportunity Program (EOP), which helps participants get on track to stable employment and housing.  For the past year and a half, we have been working with partner organizations to evaluate the impact of rent assistance through EOP for people at risk of homelessness.

The evaluation shows that, compared with people who did not receive rent assistance,  recipients were 38% more likely to complete employment training and 67% more likely to obtain career track employment. On average they also increased their income at double the rate of those who did not receive assistance.

In fact, the report shows that recipients increased their income by triple the amount of the rent assistance they received. Also, 76% of recipients remained housed a year after they stopped receiving assistance, suggesting that rent assistance leads to long term housing stability.

Read the full report: EOP Rent Assistance Final Report.

Thanks to our partner agencies and Worksystems for producing this report with a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

Dennis’ 7 Dees Reindeer Magic Blanket Drive

Each year, Dennis’ 7 Dees hosts a blanket drive for Human Solutions at their Reindeer Magic event.
The event features live music and live reindeer, a holiday train, a visit from Santa, and more!
Bring a new or gently used blanket for families in need.

Saturday, December 2nd, 10 AM – 5 PM at Dennis’ 7 Dees, Lake Oswego (Tickets available here)
Sunday, December 3rd 10 AM – 5 PM at Dennis’ 7 Dees, Cedar Hills (Tickets available here)

Happy Holidays, from Human Solutions!

Join us 9/7/17 11 AM to 2 PM in Pioneer Courthouse Square for The Standard’s Volunteer Expo!

Coming up on Sept. 7th in Pioneer Square, join us from 11-2 at The Standard’s Volunteer Expo. Discover volunteer and donation opportunities that fit your skills and interests. #VExpo17

Thank you, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon!

Special thank you to Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon for coordinating a fun Summer Meals kickoff party at the Human Solutions’ Family Center this past Friday.

Thanks also to Portland Timbers and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder, Darlington Nagbe, who stopped by and enjoyed a healthy summer lunch with kids at Human Solutions’ Family Center. Organizers served a free meal as part of the Summer Food Service Program to about 85 kids from Human Solutions’ Family Center and two other nearby Home Forward affordable housing communities.

Thousands of kids around the state depend on free or reduced lunch during the school year.  Now that school is out for summer, families can check out summerfoodoregon.org for free meals for kids at sites around the state!

Wells Fargo Donates $10,000 to Support Women’s Shelter

A $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo to the nonprofit Human Solutions will give women experiencing homelessness a chance to rebuild their lives.

“We appreciate Wells Fargo’s continued support of our work. We will use this grant in a variety of ways to help our clients heal from the trauma of homelessness and, in some instances, domestic violence,” said Hillary Houck, Human Solutions’ Chief Program Officer.
Based in Portland, Human Solutions will use the gift to help fund its staff costs; new workshops and programs; and skill-building activities at its Gresham Women’s Shelter.

The shelter provides emergency accommodations for up to 90 women 24/7, 365 days per year, while they search for their next home. It includes a kitchen, laundry services and showers.

The shelter also provides free programs to help guests update their resumes, fill out job and rental applications, learn about their rights and responsibilities as renters, and grow their own vegetables. Other activities being funded by the grant include writing workshops and nail art instruction.

Human Solutions will also use some of the grant to buy nutritious food for the shelter’s new Quarterly Dinner Program where teams of disabled youth are paired with an adult mentor, chefs from New Seasons and several of the shelter’s guests to cook a community dinner and eat together.
“It’s important for the community to know about the hard work Human Solutions does and the compassion it has for those in need,” said Wells Fargo District Manager Andre Moreno, who volunteers on the Human Solutions board. “Every dollar or item donated and every minute spent volunteering helps support others in our community.”

“Human Solutions helps people secure their basic needs. We provide a critical level of support that some families and individuals may not have elsewhere,” said Executive Director Andy Miller.

Human Solutions welcomes volunteers at its Gresham Women’s Shelter or its Family Shelter in Portland. The Family Shelter also accepts donations of food and hygiene products. Those interested in helping can go to www.humansolutions.org for a list of needed items and for volunteer information.

“We are only as strong as those around us. When we extend a hand to the vulnerable, we strengthen ourselves as team members,” Moreno said. “By providing support and resources to women who are struggling, Wells Fargo is combating poverty and homelessness in our neighborhoods.”

Soar With Us event

Thank You for Soaring with Us

Human Solutions Soar with Us Gala raised more than $105,000 to support our programs and services for vulnerable families on our community!

Thank you, Weston Kia!

source: Gresham Outlook

Three local nonprofits dedicated to supporting the less fortunate in the community received a generous donation from Jan Weston and Weston KIA during a reception Tuesday morning, Jan. 31, at My Father’s House, 5003 W. Powell Blvd.

Human Solutions, SnowCap Community Charities and My Father’s House all received $15,000 each.

“I am proud and honored to give a gift to these three organizations,” Weston said. “They all do a lot of good work in our community.”

Weston made the donation in part to honor the memory of his father, Jim Weston, who died Dec. 26 at the age of 78. Jim was a generous person whose charitable actions defined his life.

“My father loved to give, so we are following that tradition through these donations,” Jan Weston said.

About 30 people attended the reception. Several representatives from each nonprofit organization also spoke, talking about how the money will be used.

Representing Human Solutions was Executive Director Andy Miller and Board Chair Carla Piluso; for SnowCap it was Executive Director Judy Alley and Board Chair Merlin Aufdengarten; and for My Father’s House it was Executive Director Cathe Wiese.

All three of the groups receiving donations work closely together throughout the year.

“It’s not hard to partner together, because we all deal with a specific piece of the pie,” Wiese said. “It is an opportunity for all of us to work together to make things better for families.”

The groups expressed how timely the donation was, especially in light of recent weather events that curtailed fundraising events. This left a void of resources during a time when many struggle to pay their bills.

“This donation couldn’t have come at a better time,” Miller said. “Our community is facing a housing crisis of epic proportions.”

The sentiment was echoed by SnowCap.

“We are very short on supplies,” Alley said, “and with low-income students having to eat at home during the days without school, mothers need food now more than ever.”

At the end of the reception Weston was presented with a certificate of appreciation, thanking him for the financial support.

• Human Solutions works to help low-income and homeless families and individuals gain self-sufficiency by providing affordable housing, family support services, job readiness training and economic development opportunities. It can be reched at 503-548-0200.

• SnowCap is an organization created to provide food, clothing, advocacy and other services to the poor. It can be reached at 503-674-8785.

• My Father’s House is a shelter ministry that works to meet the needs of homeless families by providing a safe environment for families to address spiritual, physical and emotional needs. Connect with them at 503-492-3046

donate clothes in portland

Do you have clothes or food to donate? Here’s how you can help!

Human Solutions’ Family Center, a no-turn away emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness, located at 16015 SE Stark St. Portland, OR 97233, is accepting donations of the following:

  • New Underwear
  • New Socks
  • Coats
  • Winter Shoes
  • Blankets, Pillows, Sheets, Towels & Other Bedding

We also accept food donations of the following:

  • Bread: Hamburger Buns, Hotdog Buns, Sandwich Bread, Bagels
  • Non Perishables: Non-expired Canned Goods
  • Perishables: Within Sell Date ONLY, nothing moldy or overripe, in close-able containers

We accept clothing/bedding donations on Mondays from 10am-4pm.
We accept food donations on Tuesdays from 10am-4pm.

If you are unable to drop off your donations at these times or you have other items you’d like to donate, please contact the Donations & Volunteer coordinator, Emilie Friedman, at efriedman or (503) 278-1637.

Thanks so much!