Local Projects

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Our partner organizations have demonstrated an effective, community-centered approach to empowering at-risk youth in our schools and communities.


New Avenues for Youth

NEW AVENUES FOR YOUTH

New Avenues for Youth’s mission is to work in partnership with the Portland community to prevent youth homelessness and provide homeless and at-risk young people the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

Since 1997, New Avenues for Youth has offered programs and services that empower homeless youth to exit street life.  New Avenues believes that every young person should have food, shelter, and access to education and job training. It believes it must go beyond meeting basic needs and offer programs that heal young lives and foster growth and independence.


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PORTLAND HOMELESS FAMILY SOLUTIONS

PHFS operates and manages shelters that provide temporary emergency housing for families with children; provides homeless families with children access to transitional resources so they can find permanent housing and learn new life skills to help them keep that housing long-term; and advocates for the end of family homelessness.

PHFS’s vision is to provide support to any families experiencing homelessness, with the ultimate goal of alleviating long-term family homelessness in the community.


NAYA

NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER

NAYA’s mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education.  As an urban Indian agency, NAYA Family Center serves more than 1,400 youth and their families from more than 380 tribal backgrounds annually.

NAYAFamily Center believes that traditional cultural values are integral to regaining sovereignty and building self-esteem. NAYA Family Center is a mission-driven organization that values respect for the environment, places the larger community before the individual, and involves elders. It promotes healthy living through positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and it promotes the values of sobriety, family stability, culture, active lifestyles, and education.


Neighborhood House

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE

The mission at Neighborhood House is to bring neighbors together to reduce hunger and homelessness and to educate both young and old. It strengthens community by providing resources to support self-reliance, economic independence and dignity in people of all ages and backgrounds.

Neighborhood House has been bringing the community together to help neighbors in need since 1905.  It is here for families facing hunger and homelessness, vulnerable seniorss and children who need help in school.

Its programs help low-income, recent-immigrant and other vulnerable people overcome challenges to they can achieve success, stability and independence.


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SECOND STEP HOUSING

Second Step Housing seeks to foster self-sufficiency for at-risk women and families through affordable housing linked with community services.

Since 1996, Second Step Housing has been working to help eliminate homelessness in our community. It believes everyone deserves access to a safe, decent place to live and that families should never have to choose between paying rent and buying food, quality childcare, or other basic necessities.  Second Step Housing, along with partner agencies, is determined to expand programs and add more affordable housing units in Clark County. It is a member of a coalition dedicated to the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, which includes a commitment to add affordable housing stock to the community.