Applications are now available for the Orchards of 82nd! ROSE Community Development is eager to welcome 48 new families into this fully affordable mixed-use apartment community. Amenities include a private community courtyard and play-space, on-site sheltered parking, Energy Star appliances, individual unit air conditioning and heating, ADA accessibility including hearing and vision impaired units, indoor bike storage, and two community rooms. The ground floor also will be home to the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon offices.
ROSE Community Development is committed to equity,diversity, and inclusion. To ROSE, equity means creating conditions that enable everyone to reach their full potential. We strive to make equity part of our everyday operations and embed it within our mission of connecting our community to build good homes, healthy families, and neighborhood opportunities. In order to advance equity, we must engage under-represented communities as we make decisions and take action, while understanding history and considering how bias and oppression impact individuals, institutions, and systems.
Since ROSE organized in the early 1990s, our neighborhoods
have evolved, becoming more racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse. Outer
southeast Portland has been and continues to be home to immigrant and lower
income communities who experience some of the greatest burdens of racism.
Racism and housing are linked throughout U.S. history.
Racial discrimination led to redlining, which deprived people of color access
to housing and wealth creation. Other public policies, like urban renewal, pushed
out thousands from their homes. Discrimination persists despite passage of fair
housing laws decades ago.
ROSE must continue to evolve, so that the organization’s
people and actions reflect the ideals of community-led neighborhood revitalization.
With that in mind, ROSE commits to addressing the root causes of disparities
and displacement faced by our most marginalized and vulnerable communities by:
Engaging under-represented communities and
seeking input directly from the communities we serve
Promoting a culture that de-centers whiteness,
celebrates difference, enhances equitable communication, and nurtures
Centering ROSE’s vision, leadership, and
strategy around advancing and engaging in equity, diversity, and inclusion
Ensuring that internal policies and practices
impacting employment cultivate leadership and career development opportunities for
Building strong community partnerships that
promote equitable public policies
Operating and building equitable affordable
housing that reduces further displacement
ROSE pledges to track the outcomes from our organizational Equity
Plan and publicly report on our progress. We are invested in this process and
recognize that it will be an ongoing journey. We acknowledge that many forms of
discrimination and oppression exist and we will work to strengthen our
community to advance equity, inclusion and diversity.
This year was an impressive one for the Lents Youth Initiative. This summer the program hosted 19 interns that produced incredible outcomes for the southeast community. The 19 interns that interned served 1,780 hours of community service, serving over 200 children, engaged 220 volunteers, cared for over 280 plants and trees, harvested over 500 pounds of low-cost food and developed their skills as leaders in their neighborhood. It’s more than impressive to watch the impact the youth in LYI have in their community when they are supported and given the chance and space to get involved.
Learn more about the Lents Youth Initiative in this video made by the interns and ROSE staff. If you like what you see and believe this program has value, consider making a donation to help sustain it.
A HUGE thank you to the organizations that invested the time, energy and resources to support the youth and the program this year: Forth, Leach Botanical Gardens, Green Lents, Zenger Farm, Friends of Trees, Johnson Creek Watershed, Portland State University, and the Resident Services Coordinators at ROSE.
Thank you to the 2018 funders: Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the Community Watershed Stewardship Program, Metro Nature in Neighborhoods, Juan Young Trust, Communicare at Metropolitan Learning Center and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.