July/August Edition of The Works is here!

July/August Edition of The Works is here!

In this issue:

  • Welcome to the Curry Issue! Moving forward we are devoting one issue to each County in our Service Area.
  • Learn about our food systems work on the coast!
  • Take our communication survey!
  • and more!

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.

NeighborWorks Umpqua Has A New Community Impact Measurement Survey

NeighborWorks Umpqua Has A New Community Impact Measurement Survey

NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to announce new community outreach effort

NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to announce the return of our third Community Impact Measurement Survey, which will be conducted in select neighborhoods in Roseburg this summer. The Answers For Action Community Impact Measurement Team will be collecting data for the organization. NeighborWorks Umpqua, The City of Roseburg, and other community organizations use this survey tool as a means of informing local decision-makers of the needs and conditions of the community and sheds some light on the impact and value of various community development activities that have happened since the first survey in 2013. The team will be in teal blue shirts with Answers For Action, Community Impact Measurement on the front and NeighborWorks, Heart of Roseburg on the back.

“We are coming back to the neighborhood after three years,” explains Resident Coordinator, Ruth Smith. “We’ve successfully run these surveys in 2013 and 2016 and are excited to capture any changes the neighborhood might have seen since 2016. It’s important for NeighborWorks Umpqua to capture this information in order to provide important data to funders about the needs of the local area. We need your participation and hope you will help us with our survey over the next six weeks.”

The organization has brought in AmeriCorps VISTAs to help with the surveys this next six weeks. This survey will help NeighborWorks Umpqua and its partners identify if the work identified in the previous surveys have made an impact and if there are additional areas of focus to work on. If your home is chosen, NeighborWorks Umpqua hopes you will participate to ensure our community’s voice is heard loud and clear. While we have a strategic list for surveying purposes to ensure broad participation, we encourage anyone interested in sharing their voice about the community to complete a survey by contacting our office. For more information about the surveys, reach out to Tasha Oliverson at tpoliverson@nwumpqua.org or 541-622-3397. NeighborWorks Umpqua will also be offering a presentation of the results from the 2016 survey and a meal later this summer, keep an eye out for more details.

Downtown Roseburg Street Faire is this Sunday

Downtown Roseburg Street Faire is this Sunday

Have fun on Jackson Street with vendors and live music for all ages

Roseburg, OR (June 4, 2019) NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited for the arrival of the Downtown Roseburg Street Faire this Sunday, June 9 at 11 am. The Downtown Roseburg Street Faire is a biannual event that is held in the heart of Roseburg and celebrates local businesses and the local community with a Sunday event filled with music, fun, and food for everyone. Held between the 500 – 700 blocks on Jackson Street, the Downtown Roseburg Street Faire will feature unique vendors, games, and local music. NeighborWorks Umpqua is excited to have joined the event as a planning partner and cannot wait to host the year’s events.

“We are so excited for the upcoming event,” explained Communications Specialist, Nick Noyes. “The Downtown Roseburg Street Faire offers us a unique chance to give back to the community and is an excellent chance to work with local businesses to create a landmark event that will attract our community from miles around. Thanks to our sponsors and vendors, we are looking forward to celebrating with the city and community this Sunday. We especially want to thank our Gold Sponsors JD Fulwiler and Co. Insurance and Banner Bank; our Silver Sponsor Miller, Nash, Graham, and Dunn, Attorneys at Law; and our Bronze Sponsors First Interstate Bank and Gerretson Building Supply. This year’s events wouldn’t happen without their help. Make sure you do not miss the great vendors and live music from Professor FATE and Sunstone Trio this Sunday!”

Already a popular Sunday event, NeighborWorks Umpqua wants to make the Downtown Roseburg Street Faire a destination event that everyone will circle on their calendar. With live music from Professor FATE and Sunstone Trio,  family games, interactive activities, and local vendors, the Downtown Roseburg Street Faire is on its way to becoming a marquee annual event. Spots are still available for prospective vendors! To join as a vendor, call (541) 430-3461 or email drsfcontact@gmail.com before Friday.