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News tidbits in Southwest Portland for the month of April 2017

Loving Room fund raises thousands for local nonprofitsTHE CONNECTION

Living Room Realty, a real estate company with an office in Multnomah Village, recently announced that its Loving Room fundraiser garnered more than $50,000 in its first year.

Living Room Realty agents contribute a portion of the proceeds from each real estate transaction to the fund. At the end of each transaction, clients receive an email about the Loving Room Fund with information about the nonprofits chosen to benefit from the program. The clients then select which organization will receive the agent's donation.

Last year, 10 area organizations presented their missions to Living Room Realty, which selected four to be beneficiaries of the Loving Room Fund. The organizations chosen in Portland were Oregon Wild, p:ear and Urban Gleaners.

Funds are distributed to the charities on a quarterly basis.

"The company was already making donations, but agents wanted to do more and be directly involved," said Cristen Lincoln, a broker at Living Room Realty. "Looping in our clients to choose the charity is a brilliant way to share the joy of giving, highlight our company values and create awareness for these amazing organizations."

To learn more about the Loving Room Fund and the organizations involved, visit http://www.livingroomre.com/about.

'Turning Point' housing program transitions to new model

Neighborhood House's Turning Point program will have a new name starting June 1 — "19th Avenue Apartments" — and the nonprofit will adopt a new model for providing transitional housing to homeless families.

The changes reflect new best practice strategies mandated by Turning Point's primary funder, the U.S. Bureau of Housing and Urban Development. They allow a longer window of time for families to transition from temporary to permanent housing.

Families will still enter the program through a referral from another homeless service nonprofit, but will now sign a one-year subsidized rental lease for studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. The subsidy program expires after two years, and families will be given an option of staying in the units and paying fair-market rent. Families are also still required to pay one third of their adjusted gross income toward rent during the subsidy period.

"We think this will be a better benefit to our families who enter the transitional housing program, because it allows them the flexibility to find stable permanent housing on their own terms," said Neighborhood House's Angela Deparini.

In addition to housing subsidies, Neighborhood House also provides client assistance with transportation, housing applications and mental health services. A case manager lives onsite to provide in-person assistance to residents.

Another change for clients at 19th Avenue Apartments and the neighborhood will be the opening of an onsite community room for meetings and space for various Neighborhood House programs.

For more information about the 19th Avenue Apartments, contact Angela Deparini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— The Connection