Recent News

Recent News

Stephens Creek Crossing Opening Celebration on June 6

Stephens Creek Crossing Opening Celebration on June 6

More than 200 people, including a leadership class from Robert Gray Middle School, gathered on June 6 to celebrate the opening of Stephens Creek Crossing, Home Forward’s third and final HOPE VI redevelopment.

Some New Columbia Waiting Lists to Open May 27

Some New Columbia Waiting Lists to Open May 27

Waiting lists for some of New Columbia’s subsidized apartments will open starting Tuesday, May 27.  The waiting lists, which are for four-, five- and six- bedroom apartments, will remain open indefinitely.

The apartments have either public housing or project-based assistance subsidies, with residents paying 28.5 – 31 percent of their income toward rent.  

(No Longer Current) Waiting List for New Beech Street Apartments Opens

(No Longer Current) Waiting List for New Beech Street Apartments Opens

Home Forward's new Beech Street apartment community in Northeast Portland is accepting applications for the waiting lists for two- and three-bedroom apartments.  The homes, which will be available this summer, serve families in recovery from alcohol and drug addition.  The apartments are subsidized with project-based Section 8, with residents paying 28.5 - 31 percent of their gross monthly income for rent.

Study Links Reduced Health Care Costs and Stable Home

Study Links Reduced Health Care Costs and Stable Home

In March 2014, the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) at Providence Portland Medical Center completed a study focused on health care outcomes at Home Forward's Bud Clark Commons apartments. Evaluators completed 98 interviews with residents and followed up with research on claims data for the 59 residents who were also Medicaid members.

The Bud Clark Commons apartments provide permanent homes for men and women who are assessed to be among the most vulnerable living on the streets. 

Major findings include:

Home Forward Resumes Issuing Housing Choice (Section 8) Rent Assistance Vouchers

Home Forward Resumes Issuing Housing Choice Vouchers

Home Forward has started to issue Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) again after freezing its waiting list a year ago due to the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.

The waiting list, which was created in February 2013, has 3,000 applicants chosen randomly from the 21,000 households who applied when the agency opened the list in November 2012.  The 2012 opening was the first in six years for this scarce housing resource.

Home Forward to Open for Visitors at 10 a.m.

Home Forward to Open for Visitors at 10 a.m.

We will delay our opening for visitors today, Monday February 10, until 10 a.m.  Employees who get to work by 10 a.m. will be paid for the entire day. Those who don't will be expected to use accrued leave for whatever time they miss.

Steve Rudman to Leave Home Forward at End of 2014

Steve Rudman to Leave Home Forward at End of 2014

Executive Director Steve Rudman has told staff and community partners that he plans to leave the agency at the end of 2014.  Following is the text of the email he sent to community partners on January 27:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

After months of deliberation, I’ve decided to leave Home Forward at the end of this year. This was a difficult decision because I have such pride and connection to the work and people of Home Forward.  However, I feel very good about my time here and want the opportunity to explore what’s next in my career.

New Developments in Efforts to Preserve Public Housing

New Developments in Efforts to Preserve Public Housing

At their meeting on December 17, Home Forward's Board of Commissioners will take up matters related to efforts to preserve the benefits of the agency's public housing resource.  Public housing, which operates with funding that must be approved by Congress each year, does not receive enough to cover its operating and capital costs.  As a result, Home Forward has worked over the last decade to improve the outlook for these apartment communities.

Changes to Voucher Program, Rent Reform Proposed

Changes to Voucher Program, Rent Reform Proposed

Home Forward's draft Moving to Work plan for the year beginning April 1, 2014 is ready for review and comment.  The agency uses the annual planning process to outline what it hopes to do with the deregulation authority its MTW status provides.

The fiscal year 2015 plan proposes several new activities:

Economic Equity Goals Achieved

Economic Equity Goals Achieved

Home Forward met or surpassed its economic equity goals over the last fiscal year.  The results were presented to the agency's Board of Commissioners at their October 2013 meeting.

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