Nonprofit News and Events
NeighborImpact is seeking individuals to serve on the Board of Directors and its committees. NeighborImpact is the region’s largest nonprofit social services provider. The agency anticipates three vacancies on its 15 member board in 2015. Economically disadvantaged applicants and those who work with the economically disadvantaged are invited to apply. Vacancies are anticipated in seats representing Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. (Economically disadvantaged individuals earn 80 percent of the area median income or less. Area-media income is $47,500 for a family of four in Deschutes County. The amount is less for smaller households and single-person households.)
NeighborImpact Awarded $100,000 grant for Down Payment Assistance to Help Low‐Income Central Oregonians
NeighborImpact has received a $100,000 grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) to help create and preserve homeownership in Central Oregon. This grant, submitted in September, is to be used to provide closing costs and down payment assistance for low‐ and very lowincome Oregonians and to decrease the gap in minority homeownership.
Across Central Oregon many people are making difficult choices. They need to choose which bill to pay first or whether to pay the energy bill, for necessary medication, or to put food on the table. It is difficult for many people, especially for low‐income families and the elderly. In order to help lift this burden and meet the growing need for energy assistance in Central Oregon, the NeighborImpact Energy Assistance program recently expanded their availability for appointments.
The State of Oregon has released information on the January 2015 Point in Time counts. Each year, nonprofit organizations like NeighborImpact conduct street counts of people considered to be unsheltered (living outside) as well as a count of the homeless population living in emergency shelters and transitional housing (i.e. sheltered). Local Point in Time Count data was also released in May 2015 by the Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC). The difference between the data released in May and the data released today is due to the difference in how “homeless” is defined.
At the annual meeting of Homeless Leadership Coalition (HLC) on October 2, 2015 eight new voting members were elected to serve. Although many organizations participate in the HLC, the voting members are the governing body for the Central Oregon Continuum of Care and conduct the bi-annual homeless Point in Time Count in the region. The HLC also adopted "High Desert Home", an update to the Central Oregon 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. This update builds upon the 10 Year Plan with strategies to move the plan forward.
NeighborImpact’s HomeSource chooses Framework Online Homebuyer Education to Assist Central Oregonians
Here’s to more homeownership education in Central Oregon! Just in time for National Homeownership Month, NeighborImpact’s HomeSource program is bringing Framework Online Homebuyer Education, a robust online Homebuyer Education Program, to Central and Eastern Oregon.
NeighborImpact, with the support of local area potters, is once again holding "The Pottery Games". This fun, family-friendly event is a precursor to our popular Empty Bowls fundraiser to be held on November 15th this year.
As Americans face the dreaded “tax day” tomorrow, the average consumer now carries more debt according to a study by Experian called State of Credit. Consumers are also opening up more bankcards and credit cards.
That doesn’t bode well for the long-term financial security of the average family.
As part of Financial Capability Month, NeighborImpact is highlighting important issues surrounding financial health. Lynne McConnell, associate director of HomeSource and assets for NeighborImpact, warns that if consumers have too much debt it can affect a variety of financial decisions.
The number of Americans with no emergency savings is up over last year despite an improving economy. 34% of adults lack the ability to fix a car, replace an appliance, or offset the loss of a job. Last year the rate was 29%. This is why NeighborImpact is getting the word out about Financial Capability Month to let families know there is local help available. Throughout April, NeighborImpact is partnering with The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), a national nonprofit organization that empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve their financial future. NeighborImpact’s HomeSource program provides opportunities to learn about credit and budgeting, money management skills, and the importance of saving for a rainy day.
Recruitment efforts for Head Start are already underway for next school year. This as NeighborImpact celebrates the 50th anniversary of Head Start and the 20th anniversary of the Oregon Head Start Association. Since the summer of 1965, more than 31 million children have benefitted from Head Start’s comprehensive services. The program provides a broad range of services in addition to classroom education. Health, nutrition, and family support services are complemented by a vast array of NeighborImpact programs, which support families in all areas of their lives.