Sink or Swim is Coming Soon!

Sink or Swim is Coming Soon!

Are you struggling with a leaky faucet and not sure how to fix it? Let NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Rebuilding Together staff help! Join us for our newest class on November 16 at 10 am. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Sink Repair Class

Heartwood Resources
3495 Old Hwy 99 S
Roseburg, OR 97471


Saturday, November 16
at 10 a.m.

Cost  $5.00

Register by calling Patrick at (651) 273-3735 or emailing info@nwumpqua.org.
Pay at the door!

Special Thanks to the Following Organizations

The Collective of Southwestern Oregon

The Collective of Southwestern Oregon

By Arielle Reid, Director of Policy and Advocacy

Pride is an important human emotion.  It is a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.  For pride to provide us with positive self-regard, that sense of deep pleasure and satisfaction, it needs to be accompanied by a state or quality of being dedicated to the thing that is the source of our pride.  On the surface, the Collective of Southwestern Oregon (CSO) is an affiliation of organizations and people working at the intersection of health, community building, education, and housing.  In reality, the Collective of Southwestern Oregon is a group of people who believe in mobilizing community pride and dedication to making Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine healthier, more resilient and better places to live.

How do we plan on fulfilling this mission?  We have chosen to use the collective impact model.  Collective impact works from the premise that there are too many organizations working in isolation.  Collective impact brings them together in a structured way to achieve social change.  The structure requires participants to build a common agenda, establish shared measurements, engage in mutually reinforcing activities, constant communication and pick a backbone leader to coordinate these efforts.

In October, the CSO participated in the Collective Impact Forum in Pittsburgh, PA.  The conference is the Individuals from all over the United States and internationally gathered together for 3 days of workshops, problem-solving and targeted learning around the collective impact model to deliver lasting community engagement and change. The topics covered conference provides professional development to backbone leaders; encourages peer learning among backbone teams; and shares new insights on the work of backbones from the field.

Topics explored include:

  • Clarifying the roles and leadership characteristics of the backbone leader
  • Incorporating equity in collective impact work
  • Fostering community collaboration and co-ownership in the initiative
  • Building collaboration with funders, partners, and stakeholders
  • Developing and learning from shared measurement
  • Evaluating collective impact
  • Sustaining momentum for collective impact initiatives over the long-term

One of the biggest pieces that CSO members took with them was how collective impact changes their organizations’ relationships to communities.  Collective impact projects work best when the organizations participating recognize when their activities should walk in front, walk alongside and walk behind community efforts.  Walking in front of community efforts means taking the lead, framing the message and educating people as to why an issue is important.  An example of this would be the work that NeighborWorks Umpqua did on Ballot Measure 102 in November 2018 to promote local governments having more tools to build affordable housing.  Walking alongside community efforts means making sure that activities of the organization complement and support the work the community is already doing.  Walking behind community efforts means allowing community needs and perspectives to direct and dictate the CSO’s response and marshal the CSO’s resources in service to that response.

It is by walking behind, alongside and in front of the communities we serve that we, as organizations, can contribute to community pride and participate in demonstrating our dedication to the places we live and work.

Oregon Impact Fund Investment

Oregon Impact Fund Investment

The following information is directly from the Oregon Community Foundation Oregon Impact Fund Loan Document on their website. To look at the full document, click here.

The demand for affordable housing continues to grow around the
state. NeighborWorks Umpqua builds and manages affordable housing
to increase and preserve the supply of multiple types of affordable
housing for low-income individuals and families in rural Southern

NeighborWorks Umpqua is a rural-focused nonprofit housing and
community development organization that serves individuals, families,
and communities in Southern Oregon through housing development,
property management, homeownership assistance, financial education,
and community convening. Founded in 1991, NeighborWorks Umpqua
serves Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine counties. Eagle
Landing (pictured above) is a collaborative project between NeighborWorks
Umpqua and the US Department of Veterans Affairs that provides 53
units of housing for homeless veterans and their families.

Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) provided loan capital to
NeighborWorks Umpqua to increase their working capital that is
needed to build and preserve housing quickly and effectively in the
broad area they serve. OCF’s loan supports NeighborWorks Umpqua’s
strategic efforts to actively increase their housing development work to
meet the ever-growing demand they see in the communities they serve.

OCF provided a $1.5 million loan to NeighborWorks Umpqua with a
three and a half percent interest rate and a seven-year term. OCF’s
investment is expected to support NeighborWorks Umpqua’s creation
or preservation of 500 units of affordable housing over five years.

Freeman, Melissa (2019). Impact Investing:  Providing capital to address pressing issues. Retrieved from https://oregoncf.org/assets/PDFs-and-Docs/PDFs/ocf_impact_investing_2019.pdf 

September/October Edition of The Works is here!

September/October Edition of The Works is here!

In this issue:

  • Welcome to the Douglas County Issue! Moving forward we are devoting one issue to each County in our Service Area.
  • Learn about the upcoming Downtown Roseburg Street Festival!
  • Learn about Heartwood ReSources’ upcoming expansion!
  • Take our communication survey!
  • and more!
Request for Proposals for a Coastal Consultant

Request for Proposals for a Coastal Consultant

A. Statement of Purpose
Umpqua Community Development Corporation, dba NeighborWorks Umpqua (NWU), seeks to engage with a consultant to develop and implement an equitable community engagement plan to help position the organization to develop affordable housing in collaboration with existing housing stakeholders in coastal Southwest Oregon.

B. Background Information
NWU was founded in 1991 in response to the lack of affordable housing development in Douglas County, Oregon. Formed by a group of concerned citizens, NWU began developing affordable housing and community development projects and over the years has grown to serve a vast rural area in Southwestern Oregon consisting of the five counties of Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, and Josephine. NWU provides affordable housing development, asset building, homeownership, lending, community engagement and advocacy, and community-based economic development services.
NWU is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks America community development network and maintains an Exemplary rating. We are a certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) and are a member of Rural LISC, Rebuilding Together, and the NextStep Network.
NWU has a twelve-member Board of Directors with diverse backgrounds and roots in rural Oregon, a staff of 42 dedicated employees, and an annual operating budget of approximately $6.5 million. We have an affordable housing portfolio of 609 units. Since 2011, we have created 389 homeowners and assisted 273 homeowners in maintaining their homes.

C. Tasks to be Accomplished
Task 1: Create a three-year Collective Impact Plan for coastal affordable development with NeighborWorks Umpqua serving as the backbone organization.
Task 2: Develop an Equity Plan for engaging diverse stakeholders in pre-development activities that aligns with NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Race Equity Diversity and Inclusion Team’s goals and objectives.
Task 3: Support the Curry Housing Task Force through meeting convening and facilitation.
Summary of Deliverables
All deliverables are due by the end of the period of performance.

  1. Three-year Collective Impact Plan
  2. Coastal Housing Development Equity Plan
  3. Meeting agendas and minutes for Curry Housing Task Force

D. Contract Details
Period of Performance

  • The project period desired is from October 15, 2019, through December 31, 2019.
  • Compensation for the successful bidder is $10,000.
  • Payment will be made in two increments: $5,000 at the signing of the contract and $5,000 at the successful completion of work.

E. How to Submit a Proposal
Please submit the following no later than October 8, 2019, to Kasilita Katoa by email at kpakola@nwumpqua.org. Electronic submissions are required.
Respondents are asked to submit a narrative proposal and any supporting documents that respond to the items below. Please limit narrative submissions to no more than 5 pages, double-sided, or 10 pages single-sided. Supporting documents do not count towards the page limit. Each item will be scored and evaluated according to the percentages outlined.

  1. A technical approach, which describes how you will carry out the tasks outlined above.
  2. (25%)A summary of your recent and relevant projects. (15%)
  3. Equity Statement of Firm or Consultant’s approach to equitable development (15%)
  4. A summary of experience working in Coos, Curry, or Western Douglas Counties in Oregon and understanding of the community dynamics and context as it relates to housing development and planning. (25%)
  5. Resume/CV (10%)
  6. Names, phone numbers, and email addresses of individuals at three nonprofit organizations who have been your clients during the last eighteen months and whom we can contact as references. (10%)
  7. Bonus: Consultants that reside full time in Curry, Coos, or Western Douglas Counties will receive a 5% boost in scoring. Minority or Women-Owned Firms or Sole Proprietors will receive an additional 5% boost. The boost will be awarded at the sole discretion of NWU. To qualify for either boost, please submit documentation that supports the requested boost.

If you have questions, please email them to kpakola@nwumpqua.org.