Last week was the official start of fall. Yet, as I write, the temperature is expected to reach a very un-fall-like 81 degrees. For now I'll have to take solace in the crisp mornings as I wait for my favorite season to truly come around. 

Anticipation is also in the air at Neighborhood Partnerships. Our RE:Conference is less than a month away. We have an exciting guest coming to Oregon, the IDA tax credit is about to re-open and NP will soon welcome new team members. Unlike the weather's unpredictability, October is guaranteed to be exciting. 

Driving policy change will get easier –

Tanya Beer will share secrets about assessing impact

This November 16th and 17th, we are excited to have the opportunity to work with Tanya Beer, Associate Director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation. Tanya brings a broad range of evaluation experience with a particular focus in the areas of systems change and advocacy evaluation. Tanya will spend time working with members of both the Oregon Housing Alliance and Oregon Asset Building Coalition to identify roles, strategies and tactics for coalition-based policy change work. For a teaser of what Tanya will bring to Oregon, check out this article. Space is very limited for this event. Please contact Jill Winsor if you are interested in attending. 

Welcoming New NP Team Members

We have hired a new Housing Policy Director at Neighborhood Partnerships, who will be working with all of us over the next several years to help us manage the opportunities and challenges that the current housing crisis presents us. Jenny Lee will start with us on October 23rd. Jenny is an Oregonian, having grown up in Beaverton. She attended U of O, went to law school on the east coast, and has managed an advocacy organization for the last several years in Hawai'i. She's excited to be returning to Oregon, and we're thrilled to be welcoming her to work with us.

Read more about Jenny in this Q&A

Jenna Haley is a graduate student at PSU's School of Social Work. She will be interning at NP and providing support to the Housing Alliance from late September through June 2016. 

Telling the IDA Story Through Meaningful Data

Great data should tell a story. And like a story, data should capture your imagination, inform how you see the world and be used and enjoyed by those for whom it matters most. That’s why the Oregon IDA Initiative is on a mission to make our data tell an even more meaningful story.
Who are the people behind the numbers? Why does success come more easily to some? What leads to great savings habits or what barriers get in the way of achieving one’s dreams? And how do Oregonians evolve to meet the ever-changing communities they live in?

Amy Stuczynski, NP's Data Analyst, will be traveling around the state conversing with you about the data behind the IDA Initiative. Keep an eye on for updates and the final report. 

Here's where the Roadshow will be:

Thursday, October 15
9:00 am to Noon
Hosted by NEDCO
216 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Wednesday, October 21
9:00 am to Noon
Hosted by NeighborWorks Umpqua
At the Ford Family Foundation conference room, 1600 NW Steward Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471

Tuesday, November 10
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hosted by Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
5135 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland OR 97218

Thursday, November 12
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hosted by NeighborImpact
Room location TBA

Grants Pass
Wednesday, November 18
Time and location TBA

Tuesday, December 15
9:00 am to Noon
Hosted by CASA of Oregon and MERIT
At the Chemeketa Center for Business and Industry
626 High St NE, Salem, OR 97301, Room 203

Wednesday, December 16
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Hosted by Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
10301 NE Glisan St, Portland OR 97220, Classroom #1

Date and time TBA
Hosted by Portland Housing Center
3233 NE Sandy Blvd,
Portland, OR 97232

Plenary Speakers, Scholarships & Registration

We're less than a month away from the 2015 RE:Conference

Last week we shared our plenary speaker lineup. We're excited to learn and grow from these amazingly talented guests. 

Scholarships are also still available. But the deadline is fast approaching. Make sure you apply soon if resources are a barrier to attending or traveling to the conference. 
Register Today

IDA Tax Credit Sales Will Open Soon

As part of the IDA Tax Credit Renewal, the Legislature also changed the specifics of how the tax credits will be sold and set a date that the changes must be in place as of October 5, 2015. These changes present an opportunity to serve more Oregonians in different ways. The changes also presented an implementation hurdle, which led to a temporary pause in tax credit sales as of August 15. 

We are working to finalize the new administrative rules and will be sharing details with you in the coming weeks. For the remainder of 2015 we know two things for sure:
  •  We have about $2 million in tax credits left for 2015 and we expect they will go quickly
  • The tax credit rate for credits from October 5, 2015 through the end of 2015 will be 70%
Updates and an official notice about changes to the IDA Tax Credit will be posted on the IDA website soon. 
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