In the April 19, 2016 newsletter there's lots to share: an exciting staff change, a great opportunity for Eugene-area asset builders, the RE:Conference Early Bird discount, a save the date for a CSA update, a reminder that IDA tax credit sales start May 2, and an invitation to be part of Housing Alliance planning for 2017. 

Exciting changes to the NP Staff

The NP staff is growing and changing. We are thrilled that Alison McIntosh will be returning to NP in a newly created role. Alison was a member of the NP team from 2006-2014. She will step in as Deputy Director, Policy and Communications beginning May 2nd. She will take the lead on housing issues and strategic communications, working closely with Jenny Lee and Matt Kinshella.
Housing opportunity is top of mind for Oregonians who can’t find an affordable place to rent, communities facing unstable change, our elected officials and public agency partners. We’re excited to be able to increase staff resources devoted to bringing partners together in search of solutions to our housing needs.
This expansion of our team will allow Janet Byrd to focus her attention more on asset building policy and our work to create prosperity for all Oregonians, beginning with a platform for Children’s Savings Accounts. She will work closely with Jill Winsor in those efforts

Increase Your Eugene-area Asset Building Knowledge and Relationships in Just Two Days - for FREE

Do you live in the Eugene-Springfield area? Have you ever been asked to help a client build a budget? How about helping a client manage their cash-flow issues? What about questions related to getting out of debt, building emergency savings or simple budgeting tips? These questions are asked hundreds of times a day across the state.  We have answers and connections you need.
  • Learn how to increase financial security knowledge and skills
  • Leverage local programs that boost savings and bank accounts
  • Build relationships with providers and financial institutions

What, Where and When

This Eugene two-day event will include a mix of presentations, conversations, training, skill building and relationship building. Together we will increase the reach and depth of our collective asset building work. 
Day 1: June, 7, 2016 
11 AM – 5 PM; Location TBD
We will cover a variety of topics including:
  • Why do assets matter?
  • An overview of Financial Capability     
  • Financial Integration Toolkit 
  • Your MoneyYour Goals toolkit
  • Bank On Oregon overview
  • Behavioral economics overview
  • Overview of resources: CSAs, IDAs, Prize-linked savings, credit building, Earned Income Tax Credit
Day 2: June 8, 2016 
9 AM – 4 PM; ShelterCare (499 W 4th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401)
Intensive train-the-trainer style Your Money, Your Goals training


United Way of Lane County, City of Eugene, ShelterCare and Neighborhood Partnerships.
RSVP - Space is Limited

RE:Conference Early Bird Discount Available Now

Save money on your RE:Conference ticket with an Early Bird discount. 

For Nov. 15, you can choose an Early Bird ticket for the Savings & Assets Summit OR Housing Alliance Summit - both tickets also include entry in the afternoon RE:Unite Celebration and IDA Marketplace. 

For Nov. 16, you can choose a RE:Conference ticket that includes conference sessions, plenary events and entrance into the late afternoon RE:alizing Our Potential celebration. 

Non-discounted, stand-alone tickets are also available for each of the afternoon celebrations. 
Buy Your Early Bird Tickets

Join Us for an Update on CSAs - April 29

We have been hard at work to bring Oregon the absolute best Children’s Savings Account platform. We’d love to fill you in on the details. Every Oregon parent deserves help to set aside savings and help making their children's dreams come true. 

We hope you can join us on April 29th for an 11 AM phone call update. We will cover key details including:
  • Details on how parents and children will be able to use CSAs to save money
  • Lessons learned from our focus groups with parents
  • Plans for our May informational hearing with the legislature 
  • Plans for our engaging legislators in your community
Call-in info: 
Friday April 29th
11 AM – noon
866.311.2938 (no code necessary)

Housing conversations are moving forward

The 2017 Legislative session will be here before we know it! As we shared previously, the Housing Alliance is in the process of convening deeper conversations around a variety of key housing opportunity issues. We currently have a workgroup on tenant protections scheduled for April 26 and one on development and land use set for May 4. The next general Housing Alliance membership meeting will be on Friday, May 13 from 10:00 to 3:30 in Salem.

We hope you can join us to lay the groundwork for a bold and impactful agenda in 2017! We encourage all interested Housing Alliance members to attend and participate. Interested organizations who might want to consider joining our efforts in 2017 are welcome to attend as observers. Please get in touch with Jenny Lee ( for more information ahead of time.  

As we mentioned last month, Oregon IDA tax credit sales begin on May 2. You will be able to make contributions via check to qualify for a 70% state tax credit rate and online for a 67% rate. Stock and mutual fund contributions will begin via an auction process from May 9 - May 20. 

There have been several changes this year, so make sure you read this before contributing. 

We look forward to 2016 being the biggest year for Oregon IDA tax credits. 
Contribute to the IDA Tax Credit on May 2
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