NWU’s Positive Impact

Making a difference in our communities

At Neighborworks Umpqua, we strive to empower the communities we serve. From Douglas County to our coastal neighbors in Coos and Curry counties, we grow partnerships, build safe and affordable housing, and create opportunities for financial stability, education, homeownership, community improvement and economic growth.

The percentage of Oregonians living in poverty in our rural communities is among the highest in the state. Between 9 and 12 percent of residents in these areas are unemployed and as many as 30 percent rely on food stamps.*

With a team of 57 caring and experienced professionals and offices in Roseburg, North Bend and Gold Beach, NeighborWorks Umpqua is partnering with more than 1,000 local residents to break the cycle of poverty and create vibrant, thriving communities.

Through a unique blend of services and programs, NeighborWorks Umpqua offers:

  • Nearly 600 rental housing units that provide local residents with safe and affordable rental housing
  • Over 400 single family homes constructed or rehabbed to help residents build or retain their assets
  • Housing to meet special needs like homeless Veterans, victims of domestic violence, seniors, physically disabled, and autism
  • Seventy-two units that meet ADA accessibility design for residents with disabilities
  • A Homeownership Center that trains and coaches first-time homebuyers and provides foreclosure intervention services
  • Heartwood Resources, a used building materials store that sells low cost reclaimed construction materials for reuse in residential and commercial building and renovation projects
  • Workshops and classes that build skills for financial success and stability
  • Dream$avers Individual Development Account (IDA) or matched savings program (more than 1,000 customers are saving for college, career training, homeownership and business development)
  • Zero-interest home rehabilitation loans to help qualified homeowners with health and safety related home repairs
  • Community investment projects that help market and brand business districts and rural communities as well as support local food banks, infrastructure, enhance local parks, develop community gardens and restore, preserve and renovate historic sites

*Oregon Department of Human Services, U.S. Census Bureau, Oregon Employment Department, Population Research Center at Portland State University