Employee Benefits

Home Forward offers a wide range of benefits to help its staff stay in good health, advance in their careers, and save for the future.

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

Regular full-time and part-time employees working more than 20 hours per week can select a health insurance plan. Currently, Home Forward offers medical and vision coverage through Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health Plans. Dental coverage is offered through Kaiser and MetLife. Coverage is available for employees, their families and domestic partners. Health, vision and dental insurance coverage becomes effective on the first day of the month following your date of hire.

Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation

Employees become members of Oregon's Public Employee's Retirement System (PERS) after a brief waiting period. Employees may also participate in Home Forward's 457 Deferred Compensation plan, a tax-deferred retirement savings option available through payroll deduction.

Tuition Reimbursement Program

Home Forward believes that providing training and educational opportunities for employees enhances the agency as a whole. Any regular employee scheduled to work at least 20 hours a week is eligible for our Tuition Reimbursement Program.

Vacation and Sick Leave

Sick leave accrues at the rate of 4.34 hours per pay period for regular full-time employees. Paid vacation leave accrues at the rate of 3.34 hours per pay period — the equivalent of two weeks per year for the first five years of employment. Part-time employees accrue sick leave on a pro-rated basis. In addition, ten paid holidays are granted throughout the year.

Home Forward's “Flexible Benefit” Plans

In addition to health, dental and vision insurance, employees may be eligible to participate in flexible spending accounts. These pre-tax payroll deductions can be used to pay for qualified healthcare or dependent day care expenses up to a maximum of $5,000 per plan year.

Transportation Plan

Home Forward allows employees to purchase an annual all-zone TriMet transit pass or pay for monthly parking through pre-tax payroll deductions.


Short-term and long-term disability insurance is available to all regular employees working more than 20 hours per week. Regular full-time employees are provided with life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Home Forward pays the full cost of basic employee coverage (up to $150, 000). Supplemental coverage is available for the employee, spouse and/or domestic partner or children of the employee at the employee's expense.

Employee Assistance

Each employee has access to three free confidential counseling sessions each year through Magellan Behavioral Services.

Financial Services

All employees are eligible to become members of Advantis or Point West Credit Unions. Bank of America also offers special benefits to Home Forward employees.