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.

NeighborWorks Umpqua seeking proposals from qualified contractors

NeighborWorks Umpqua seeking proposals from qualified contractors

Rural-focused nonprofit NeighborWorks Umpqua is seeking proposals from qualified contractor firms to provide professional services for the rehabilitation of the Community Center at Newton Creek Manor located at 499 NE Sterling Drive, Roseburg, OR 97470. Proposals shall include all costs to rehabilitate the current center on-site, per the scope of services, including an estimated start and completion date for the project. Minority-owned, women-owned, and/or emerging small businesses are encouraged to apply.  Interested parties should fill out the form below to receive the Request for Proposal packet. Completed packets are due by 5 PM on October 10, 2019.

Project Timeline

09/20/2019 Release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) packet
9/30/2019 Nonmandatory Pre-Bid Walkthrough at Site
10/10/2019 RFP packet due
10/17/2019- 10/24/2019 Contract awarded

Request for Proposal Packet

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Downtown Roseburg Street Festival is back!

Downtown Roseburg Street Festival is back!

Have you heard the news? This October 13, Downtown Roseburg will be rockin’ thanks to the fourth  Downtown Roseburg Street Festival! Join the thousands of participants from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as they enjoy the live music, great food, activities and games, and fun retail merchants in the heart of Downtown Roseburg, thanks to the Community Cancer Center, Downtown Roseburg Association and NeighborWorks Umpqua. 

The fourth event is even bigger than before! Jackson Street will be closed from Douglas to Lane Streets with over four blocks of activities! The 400 block of Jackson will host the live music brought to you by Hat Trick. On the 500 block you will find all manner of retail merchants. Food trucks and outdoor sitting can be found on the 600 block, and The Elks Lodge will host all sorts of activities and games on the 700 block. 

The Community Cancer Center is the title sponsor for this Downtown Roseburg Street Festival, with the goal of increasing understanding and providing education during breast cancer awareness month. The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign will be in full swing at the Downtown Roseburg Street Festival on October 13th, with a Power of Pink March beginning at Eagles Park at 11:30 a.m. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information as more merchants and food trucks come on board.

Visit https://www.downtownroseburgassociation.org/product/street-fair-vendor-fee/ to grab an application. For more information, contact the DRA at 541-673-3352 or susie@downtownroseburgassociation.org.

NeighborWorks Umpqua Announces Groundbreaking for Deer Creek Village on August 29

Join NeighborWorks Umpqua staff, elected officials, and the media for a groundbreaking ceremony

Roseburg, OR (August 15, 2019) – NeighborWorks Umpqua is happy to announce that Deer Creek Village, the organization’s newest multifamily housing development, will have a groundbreaking ceremony on August 29 at 11 am on 2843 NE Douglas Avenue! The entire community is invited to join NeighborWorks Umpqua staff, elected officials, and the media in celebrating the 68 units of new housing coming to the Roseburg area. The celebration will include remarks from partners, a brief ceremony, and light refreshments. As the first multifamily development of this scale since 2013, NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to host a celebration to talk about this historic project.

“Deer Creek Village is one of our most ambitious developments,” explains Director of Acquisitions and Development, Brian Shelton-Kelley. “With a design centered on community connection and enrichment, we are excited to bring more housing to market in Douglas County with this new development. We want to extend special thanks to our land donor, the Rosensteins, whose gracious donation ensured the success of this project. Make sure to mark your calendars for the 29th of this month! We anticipate the application process  beginning in late 2020, so stay tuned for more information.”   

Deer Creek Village aims to create housing that is safe, healthy, and affordable for residents of Roseburg and Douglas County that have trouble securing and retaining housing in the conventional market, due to income and/or work history, disability, age, Veteran status, or experiences with housing instability, homelessness, or incarceration. The project will have a preference for Veterans, especially low-income Veterans with special needs, but will not serve Veterans exclusively.  Deer Creek Village is a single three-story building that features a main lobby with a mail center, manager’s office, meeting room, and storage areas for bikes and other items.  Laundry facilities will also be provided. The building’s design creates a central courtyard, providing an outdoor gathering and green space for residents, and allowing natural light into the interiors.  There will be a play area in the courtyard as well.

With its mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units, Deer Creek Village will cater to individuals and small families making less than 60% of the Area Median Income and individuals at or under 30% AMI with a disability, including severe mental illness.  As nearly 30% of Roseburg residents are severely rent-burdened, affordable housing is acutely needed.  Deer Creek Village is informed by the principles of inclusionary housing, seeking to provide affordable housing to a wide range of people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities. NeighborWorks Umpqua anticipates taking applications in late 2020 and will advertise the start of the intake process. Permanent financing provided by the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, a consortium of Oregon banks.

Business Investment Opportunities for Fisherman and Fisheries-related Businesses

Business Investment Opportunities for Fisherman and Fisheries-related Businesses

NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to announce a new opportunity for local investment

Coos Bay, OR (July 12, 2019) NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Food System Team is requesting input on business investment opportunities related to the south coast commercial fishing and agriculture community. The Food Systems Project has continued to catalog business investment opportunities across our local food economy and has $25,000 in investment funds to allocate towards any private or semi-private fisheries or agriculture project that may strengthen the economies of our local communities. The Food System Project is seeking input by July 31 to help complete the inventory; please share any seafood/fisheries/agricultural investment opportunities that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Project opportunities must increase the economic value of local, traceable seafood and agriculture while improving the vitality of the south coast commercial fishing and agricultural economy;
  • Investments must have general community support, with the potential to lead to further long-term collaborations;
  • Projects must impact the community positively in a measurable way by addressing a critical need in the fishing or agriculture industry

If your business, farm, Port, or community has a critical need to address within the commercial fishing or agriculture industry for these initial or for future investment funds, we want to hear it. The initial $25,000 investment, but will also be used by the NWU Food System Team to find additional funding opportunities for this region. Our first business investment will be selected in July 2019. Preference is given toward opportunities that show an adequate business plan, any in-kind participation, and/or community support.  Letters of interest for subsequent investments are also welcomed.

Applications for the Business Investment Opportunities program are due by July 31. For additional information or to apply, contact Michelle Martin at mmartin@nwumpqua.org or (541) 414-6368.