Central Oregon neighbors celebrate community during NeighborWorks Week

On September 10 Central Oregon residents and volunteers will revitalize Central Oregon and celebrate what makes it unique, as part of a week-long celebration of neighborhood improvement activities nationally recognized as NeighborWorks Week.

During NeighborWorks Week, NeighborImpact and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country mobilized tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness, including painting and landscaping properties, recognizing successful partnerships and hosting a number of events that educate, train and inform. NeighborImpact will generate community awareness on homeownership in an celebratory event held on September 10. This year’s theme is “Advancing Opportunity,” and NeighborWorks organizations advance opportunity by empowering residents and communities with the tools, skills and services they need to help everyone thrive.

“Tonight’s event celebrates the hard work that members of our community do to achieve their dreams. It shows that with intention, perseverance, willingness to invest in their own future, and partnering with agencies like NeighborImpact, dreams do come true,” said Sonia Capece, Homesource Director at NeighborImpact.

Shortage of affordable housing and living paycheck to paycheck were challenges to the community due to low rental vacancy and a sudden increase of rental rates. NeighborImpact improved the community by providing one-on-one counseling and group education to ease the path towards financial strengths and homeownership.

“I really don’t know how I would have made it work without this opportunity. I am so very grateful to all the people who have assisted me along the way to attaining my goal,” said one Individual Development Account (IDA) program participant.

NeighborImpact is part of the national NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Over the past 40 years, NeighborWorks and its network have assisted close to 8 million people through affordable housing and counseling. In 2017, the NeighborWorks network provided housing and counseling services to 455,100 people, repaired 71,300 homes, and created and maintained 43,600 jobs. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.