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!

Rosewood Plaza — Waitlist Open 11/16-11/23

Rosewood Plaza offers affordable housing along a vibrant and rapidly developing corridor.

We are located in the Rockwood neighborhood on the 181st Avenue Corridor—offering easy access to services, such as medical and dental clinics, as well as grocery stores, shopping, and a MAX station. Rosewood Plaza features units ranging from 1 to 4 bedrooms.

Here is a list of some of the fantastic features at Rosewood Plaza:

  • Newly Constructed and Newly Rehabbed Units: All units at Rosewood Plaza are newly rehabbed or newly constructed and feature new interiors and appliances.
  • Community Room: There is a planned community space in the new building, which will feature exercise classes.
    Smoke Free Property: Rosewood Plaza is a smoke free property.
  • Onsite Laundry and Access to Storage Units: Rosewood Plaza is equipped with onsite coin operated laundry as well as additional storage units for resident use.

Rosewood Plaza has income restrictions, occupancy requirements, and student status rules, so please follow this link for more information: Rosewood Lease Up

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Human Solution's New Website

Welcome to Our New Website

Human Solutions is trilled to present our new website! Our new site will allow us to better communicate with all of our stakeholders. We can more easily let you know what is going with the agency, and we have made it easier for you to find the information you need!

Have a look around and check out all of the new content and features. While you are there, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so you will always know what’s happening.

Board of Directors Names New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Human Solutions, Inc. announced today that Andy Miller has been named Executive Director of the Human Solutions, effective July 13. He will succeed Jean DeMaster, who is retiring at the end of September. . In announcing the appointment of Miller, Carla Piluso, chair of Human Solutions' Board of Directors, stated […]

State of Housing in Portland

The Portland Housing Bureau released a new report called The State of Housing in Portland. In the forward to the report, Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman, states that the report, the first of its kind for the Portland area, “is a comprehensive look at Portland’s housing market, integrating the most current private and pubic data. This report and those that follow are intended to help inform policy decisions by providing timely, meaningful information on what is occurring in the market now as well as its impact on Portlanders of different races, ethnicities, family composition, and income levels.”

Read the full report here.