• Two decades, one vision

    ROSE builds better outer Southeast Portland neighborhoods by developing good homes and economic opportunities.

    ROSE Community Development is dedicated to Revitalizing Outer SouthEast Portland neighborhoods, through the development of good homes & economic opportunities.We are rooted in the belief that affordable housing gives people the opportunity to build better lives. But since our first project — rehabilitating a single house in Lents for a low-income family in 1992 — our work to revitalize our community has extended far beyond housing. We are improving economic conditions in our neighborhoods and giving people the tools and the support they need to improve their lives.

    Your tax-deductible Year-end gift to ROSE will have this kind of impact.

    A good stable home…a strong family…vibrant communities…and a healthy start for every child. 

         What are these worth to you personally?   I imagine you would say, “A lot.”

         A Child’s First Steps begin at Home … You can help make those first steps healthy … Your impact will benefit Mothers, babies, and entire communities. Your Tax-deductible Year-end gift to ROSE will have this kind of impact.

        ROSE is going all-in with new initiatives, projects, and partnerships that focus on the health of new Mothers and the first 1000 days (conception to age two) of a child’s life.

        Be the change you wish to see. Please join us in changing lives & the future of outer Southeast Portland.

    With Gratitude,

    ROSE Board & Staff

    Year-End Impact

    Thank YOU for your continued Support!

    Donate Securely online, or mail a check to: 

    ROSE Community Development

    5215 SE Duke st

    Portland, OR 97206

    East Portland pays more, gets less

    This week the East Portland Action Plan adopted a Property Tax Inequity Analysis. EPAP’s Housing Subcommittee began researching property taxes last year. We discovered that property tax limitation measures passed in the 1990s have resulted in East Portland paying more than its fair share of taxes. Did you know that in 2012-2013 East Portland paid $23.5 million more in property taxes than the entire Central City stretching from the South Waterfront through Downtown to Lloyd Center?

    OK, so East Portland pays more. How do we know that we get less? In 2011 the City of Portland began Budget Mapping, tracking where city investments are made geographically. East Portland has about 25% of the city’s population, yet from 2011-2013 we got only 12.2% of its transportation investments and 17.2% of its parks investments. Over a two year period from 2012-2013, East Portland got only 16.8% of the city’s housing investments.

    The East Portland Action Plan believes that the fairest property tax fix would be “reset on sale” legislation. Under current law, property taxes are based on what a property was worth in 1995 and its assessed value can only increase three-percent per year. With “reset on sale” assessed value would be set at the purchase price at the time a property is sold. Over time this would restore fairness – taxes would be based on what it’s worth today, not what it was worth during the OJ Simpson trial.

    – Nick Sauvie

    Healthy Neighborhoods

    I had a good meeting this morning with Olivia Quiroz and Jessica Guernsey from the Multnomah County Health Department. Olivia is a Senior Policy Specialist and we’ve worked together through the East Portland Action Plan. Jessica – a Foster-Powell resident – is Director of Maternal Child Health Programs. We share an interest in the importance of the first thousand days in a child’s development.

    Public health workers are already supporting many residents of ROSE housing. In the next few weeks, we plan to meet about working together to make sure parents and future parents know about Health Department services and providing access to ROSE housing for families referred by County staff. We are also looking for opportunities to apply County health data to ROSE’s community development work, with an eye toward future collaborations.

    – Nick Sauvie