Funds available for weatherization of Native American homes

Redmond, OR – NeighborImpact currently has funds available for weatherizing homes for members of the Native American community. NeighborImpact’s Weatherization program provides free weatherization services which can include adding insulation, sealing leaky ducts and repairing heating systems for income-qualified clients. Weatherization staff conduct an on-site energy audit, evaluating and documenting the existing condition of the home.  This information is then used to determine which measures will save the most money on the home’s utility bills. The program is available toRead More >

NeighborImpact can help you apply for the Oregon Health Plan

OHP Assistors NeighborImpact now provides assistance in applying for the Oregon Health Plan with Central Oregon’s only OHP-certified mobile OHP assistor, Elena Sierra. Elena is bilingual, speaks English and Spanish, and can travel to clients to offer assistance applying for and navigating OHP coverage. The Oregon Health Plan is free health coverage for Oregonians who meet income and other criteria and is available for adults as well as children and teens younger than 19, regardlessRead More >

NeighborImpact achieves HUD certification for three housing counselors

New certification requirements released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) stipulate that by August 1, 2020, all housing counseling provided in connection with HUD programs must be provided by HUD Certified Housing Counselors. Housing counseling agencies nationwide are working to certify their counselors before the August deadline. Nationwide, 64 percent of agencies had no certified counselor on staff as of December 2019. By contrast, NeighborImpact now has three certified counselors, including a newly minted counselor, Eric Pashia, who passedRead More >

NeighborImpact Head Start now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year

Redmond, OR – NeighborImpact Head Start is now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year. Head Start integrates high-quality pre-kindergarten education with other critical services such as health services (medical visits; hearing, vision and dental checks); meals and nutrition; and family advocacy. The program serves children 3-5 years of age and their families. NeighborImpact’s Head Start program operates in eight sites in Redmond, Bend, La Pine, and Prineville in Deschutes and Crook counties, Central Oregon’s two most populatedRead More >

NeighborImpact partners with Dutch Bros Coffee to support hunger relief in Central Oregon

Bend, OR – NeighborImpact is partnering with the country’s largest independent drive-thru coffee company, Dutch Bros Coffee, to raise awareness and funds for hunger relief. On Friday, Feb. 14, Dutch Bros will celebrate Valentine’s Day with Dutch Luv Day where $1 from each drink sold is donated to organizations dedicated to creating stronger, healthier communities through hunger relief efforts. On average, $1 can provide three meals to families in need. Central Oregon Dutch Bros locations have chosen toRead More >

AARP provides free tax preperation services at NeighborImpact Bend & Redmond offices

UPDATE March 13: In order to protect the health of its vulnerable volunteers and clients against Coronavirus, AARP has canceled its free tax preparation services for the remainder of the tax season. Bend, OR – AARP Foundation is providing free tax-aide to Central Oregon residents from February 3 to April 15. NeighborImpact helps to facilitate this service by providing an office location for clients to meet with IRS-certified tax preparers. The program is open to taxpayersRead More >

NeighborImpact offers free workshop, gives renters a competitive edge

Bend, OR – NeighborImpact’s HomeSource Program is helping residents navigate Central Oregon’s competitive rental market with its Ready to Rent workshop series. The 4-session class provides coaching to rental applicants as well as current renters, and offers tools to overcome barriers to housing and eviction prevention. Class topics include fair housing law, what landlords look for in a tenant, how to overcome past barriers and more. Participants also learn how to budget for housing costs and ways toRead More >

Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation awards grant to NeighborImpact Food Bank

Redmond, OR – NeighborImpact’s Food Recovery Program staff received good news in the form of a grant for $12,000 from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation.  The funds will be applied toward costs associated with collecting and delivering food through the organization’s distribution network in Central Oregon. NeighborImpact’s Food Recovery Program collects produce, dairy products, bread and meat from 18 grocery stores in Deschutes County. The organization transports the food in refrigerated trucks to its warehouse for distributionRead More >

Point in Time Count to survey Central Oregon homeless population

Point in Time count takes place on January 29; aims to collect data integral to the availability of services preventing homelessness Bend, OR – The Homeless Leadership Coalition, along with NeighborImpact and other local agencies, will conduct the annual Point-In-Time Count in Central Oregon on January 29-31, 2020. The Point-In-Time count is a nationwide effort to count every person experiencing homelessness across the country. The count attempts to capture both sheltered, (i.e. living in emergency shelters andRead More >

NeighborImpact and local governments secure over $2.3 million for community development

Grants will benefit Prineville, Madras and Regional Housing Initiative In a reflection of the organization’s mission to “support people and strengthen communities”, NeighborImpact has secured a total of over $2.3 million in CDBG funds in support of community facilities and public infrastructure for Central Oregon cities and counties. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides grant funds to cities and counties to upgrade public infrastructure, develop community facilities and provide essential services to itsRead More >

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