Enterprise's Home & Hope Initiative Expanding to Oregon
Furthering our Home and Hope goals beyond Washington, Enterprise is having conversations to bring together affordable housing providers and early learning providers, along with government and philanthropic organizations, in Oregon. Plans are in the works for a fall convening with Oregon Housing and Community Services to advance thinking and actions to improve access to quality child care, early learning and affordable housing.
Key efforts of our Oregon partners include:
- Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has prioritized addressing homelessness, equity and racial justice, permanent supportive housing, affordable rental housing and homeownership, to increase the supply of many types of stable, safe housing in which children are raise.
- Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) is committed to creating better access to quality early learning facilities and programs, especially for rural families. ELD teamed up with Oregon State University to assess the “Child Care Desert” problem pervasive throughout the state, and is currently surveying the adequacy and locations of child care and early learning facilities.
- At the local level, the Multnomah County Preschool 4 All project report, was formed last year to create recommendations to expand preschool access across Multnomah County for the thousands of children not currently being served. These recommendations will be issued in early July.
- In Portland, half of the recently passed Metro Housing bond will be committed to family size units, which would pair very well with early learning facilities.
- Together these organizations hope to see future legislation that can increase possibilities for affordable housing/early learning or daycare development.
Stay tuned for news from our Oregon convening, including ways in which we can continue to support our local partners’ efforts to meet both affordable housing and early learning access and quality goals.