The Numbers

With Oregon exploding onto the national scene in the last decade, becoming one of the most popular destinations to move to, the area east of 82nd Avenue—including East Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, and Fairview—has come to be affectionately called “The Numbers.” It has one of the area’s highest concentration of school-age children, a sky-high poverty rate, and an uncommon diversity of race, ethnicity, and language.” — from The Numbers

In May of last year, Oregon Humanities released “The Numbers,” a video project by Sika Stanton and Donovan Smith documenting the hopes and concerns of young people living in East Portland.

Learn more about the young people involved in “The Numbers,” part of Oregon Humanities’ “This Land” project, on their  website.

 

New report finds rent assistance benefits housing stability and employment

Human Solutions participates in the Economic Opportunity Program (EOP), which helps participants get on track to stable employment and housing.  For the past year and a half, we have been working with partner organizations to evaluate the impact of rent assistance through EOP for people at risk of homelessness.

The evaluation shows that, compared with people who did not receive rent assistance,  recipients were 38% more likely to complete employment training and 67% more likely to obtain career track employment. On average they also increased their income at double the rate of those who did not receive assistance.

In fact, the report shows that recipients increased their income by triple the amount of the rent assistance they received. Also, 76% of recipients remained housed a year after they stopped receiving assistance, suggesting that rent assistance leads to long term housing stability.

Read the full report: EOP Rent Assistance Final Report.

Thanks to our partner agencies and Worksystems for producing this report with a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

Human Solution's New Website

Welcome to Our New Website

Human Solutions is trilled to present our new website! Our new site will allow us to better communicate with all of our stakeholders. We can more easily let you know what is going with the agency, and we have made it easier for you to find the information you need!

Have a look around and check out all of the new content and features. While you are there, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so you will always know what’s happening.

Board of Directors Names New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Human Solutions, Inc. announced today that Andy Miller has been named Executive Director of the Human Solutions, effective July 13. He will succeed Jean DeMaster, who is retiring at the end of September. . In announcing the appointment of Miller, Carla Piluso, chair of Human Solutions’ Board of Directors, stated […]

State of Housing in Portland

The Portland Housing Bureau released a new report called The State of Housing in Portland. In the forward to the report, Housing Commissioner Dan Saltzman, states that the report, the first of its kind for the Portland area, “is a comprehensive look at Portland’s housing market, integrating the most current private and pubic data. This report and those that follow are intended to help inform policy decisions by providing timely, meaningful information on what is occurring in the market now as well as its impact on Portlanders of different races, ethnicities, family composition, and income levels.”

Read the full report here.