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Success Story 


Jillian W.



Before receiving her Housing Choice Voucher Jillian and her daughter were living in a hotel. The voucher stabilized her housing situation and allowed her to relocate to Central Oregon. Jillian enrolled in school and then joined the PATHWorks program just over a year ago with a goal to complete her education and find full-time employment. 


"While on the PATHWorks program I was able  to access helpful financial tools that strengthened my ability remain self-sufficient"  states Jillian. 


Jillian got back on her feet, completed her education and recently obtained full time employment as a Radiology Technician. Next on Jillian's radar is to become a first-time home buyer. She is planning on using the escrow saving funds she earned while on the program to help her with the down payment.


Congratulations Jillian, you've earned it!

Ground Lease  


Own in Northwest Crossing


Here is an opportunity for you to purchase your own brand new home in the beautiful Northwest Crossing neighborhood.  The home is 1,312 square feet with 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double car garage.  The master bathroom has double sinks and a walk in closet.  The home is energy efficient and comes with energy star appliances.  The sales price for this home is $190,000.



The home buyer purchases the home and leases the land, therefore making the home affordable by removing the cost of the land.  The estimated principal and interest payment on a 30 year loan at 4.25% is $935.



The total estimated homeownership expenses including the loan payment, property taxes, homeowners insurance and ground lease fee is at $1,270.  You must be able to qualify for bank financing, have household income under 80% of the area median income and have sufficient income so that the payment is not more than 30% of your gross monthly income.


If you would like more information, please contact Kelly Fisher at             541-323-7411 or click below for a flyer and application.


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School Supplies

Family Access Network provides school supplies

School supplies and clothing donations will be ready for distribution at local schools throughout Bend, Redmond, Terrebonne, Sunriver, La Pine and Sisters in September. For families in need, contact your child's school directly. The amount of free supplies and clothing will vary from school to school depending on the quantity of donations from local businesses. You can begin requesting supplies on September 3rd through the end of the month.  Please be patient as your FAN advocates will be very busy during the first week of school.

Contact your child's school

(541) 355-1000 Bend/La Pine School District Information Line
(541) 549-8521 Sisters School District Information Line
(541) 923-5437 Redmond School District Information Line
(541) 447-5664 Crook County School District Information Line
The Family Access Network advocates are coordinating this county wide donation effort. Advocates are located in all public schools in Deschutes County and serve lower income families who have children ages 0 to 18 years of age.
Supplies are limited, so don't delay! 

Head Start

Now taking applications
For English call 541-323-6527  for Spanish call 541-323-6516

National Night Out

National Night Out

A big thank you to Karlene Khun, Housing Works AmeriCorps Vista volunteer, for organizing the Nation Night Out event at Ariel Glen and Ariel South apartments. The event, held on Tuesday August 4th, joined neighborhoods from across the country for the 32nd annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention program. National Night Out included over 38.1 million people throughout the country and over 100 participants from right here in Bend.
Residents came together with their neighbors and the Bend Police and Fire Department for an evening of free food, music, a photo booth and a variety of other activities hosted by local community partners including the Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club, Haggen Grocery Stores, OSU Extension Services and the Bend Fire Department.
The stars of the night were the police and fire departments who interacted with the families to help educate and break down barriers. Kids played in squad cars and fire trucks and blared sirens along with learning useful tips about staying safe and building invaluable relationships with the men and women who keep us safe.
A big thank you to all of our partners who came out in support of strengthening our neighborhoods and keeping our community safe, we truly could not have done it without you. 
Financial Capability

What does it mean?

The term "financial capability" is meant to encompass a broad range of ways that an individual can be  financially strong. To help clients and partners understand this concept better, NeighborWorks America created an infographic and an animated video with clear and concise  terms.  

NeighborWorks promotes and supports an approach that combines financial education (to share basic skills and knowledge), financial counseling (to resolve specific issues and challenges in the short term) and financial coaching (to encourage behavior change and achieve positive and sustainable long-term outcomes).
Our multi-faceted financial capability program is making strides in encouraging long-term shifts in attitudes and behaviors, raising awareness about financial capability across sectors, and making a positive, widespread impact on community development.

NeighborWorks provides support to a network of more than 80 organizations that offer financial capability services, including financial education, financial coaching, volunteer income tax assistance and individual development accounts.

The good news is NeighborImpact is one of those 80 partners providing financial programs to residents of Central Oregon. So, if you want to learn more about becoming financially capable, check out the NeighborImpact web site at http://www.neighborimpact.org/services/skills-for-success/ .

You can also check out this video to learn more about what  financial  capability really means.

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Health and Fitness 

What to be aware of in fire season

If you've lived in Central Oregon very long you know as summer roles along so does fire season. Depending on the location of the fire and the wind conditions, the air quality in your area can be hard on your health, especially if you fall into certain categories.

Asthma and Wildfires

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic lung diseases, including asthma, emphysema and bronchitis.
Groups at heightened risk for health problems from smoke exposure include children, older adults and anyone with lung diseases. Children are particularly susceptible to smoke because their respiratory systems are still developing and they breathe in more air-and consequently more pollution-per pound of body mass than adults. It pays to know the air quality in your area since conditions can change quickly. The chart below is a great reference to follow.

For  additional  information follow this link to Oregon DEQ Air monitoring visit

or for information on asthma and wildfires, visit these websites:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Housing Choice Voucher

Your family obligations

The Housing Choice Voucher team would like to remind everyone of their family o bligations.  We have recently experienced an increase in clients not reporting timely income changes and following their lease agreement.  As a Housing Choice Voucher holder you are required to follow the family obligations that you agreed to when you received your voucher. Please read through the family obligations  listed below to remind yourself of the rules you must follow in order to remain in good standing with the program. If you have any questions please contact your Housing Specialist.

Statement of Family Obligations

Under the rental assistance programs offered by Housing Works, participating families must comply with the Family Obligations in order to continue participating in the program. Violation of any obligation may result in termination of assistance.  The Family Obligations are:
  • The family must report all income changes within 10 days.
  • The family must supply any information that the PHA or HUD determines to be necessary, including submission of required evidence of citizenship or eligible immigration status.
  • The family must supply any information requested by the PHA or HUD for use in a regularly scheduled reexamination or interim reexamination of family income and composition.
  • The family must disclose and verify social security numbers and sign and submit consent forms for obtaining information.
  • Any information supplied by the family must be true and complete.
  • The family is responsible for any Housing Quality Standards (HQS) breach by the family caused by failure to pay tenant-provided utilities or appliances, or damages to the dwelling unit or premises beyond normal wear and tear caused by any member of the household or guest.
  • The family must allow the PHA to inspect the unit at reasonable times and after reasonable notice.
  • The family must not commit any serious or repeated violation of the lease.  
  • The family must notify the PHA and the owner before moving out of the unit or terminating the lease.
  • The family must comply with lease requirements regarding written notice to vacate to the owner. The family must provide written notice to the PHA at the same time the owner is notified.
  • The family must promptly give the PHA a copy of any owner eviction notice.
  • The family must use the assisted unit for residence by the family. The unit must be the family's only residence.
  • The composition of the assisted family residing in the unit must be approved by the PHA. The family must promptly notify the PHA in writing of the birth, adoption, or court-awarded custody of a child. The family must request PHA approval to add any other family member as an occupant of the unit.
  • The family must promptly notify the PHA in writing if any family member no longer lives in the unit.
  • The family must not sublease the unit, assign the lease, or transfer the unit.
  • The family must supply any information requested by the PHA to verify that the family is living in the unit or information related to family absence from the unit.
  • The family must promptly notify the PHA when the family is absent from the unit.
  • The family must pay utility bills and provide and maintain any appliances that the owner is not required to provide under the lease.
  • The family must not own or have any interest in the unit, (other than in a cooperative and owners of a manufactured home leasing a manufactured home space).
  • Family members must not commit fraud, bribery, or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with the program.
  • Family members must not engage in drug-related criminal activity or violent criminal activity or other criminal activity that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of other residents and persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises.
  • Members of the household must not engage in abuse of alcohol in a way that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the other residents and persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises.
  • An assisted family or member of the family must not receive Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program assistance while receiving another housing subsidy, for the same unit or a different unit under any other federal, state or local housing assistance program.
  • A family must not receive HCV program assistance while residing in a unit owned by a parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sister or brother of any member of the family, unless the PHA has determined (and has notified the owner and the family of such determination) that approving rental of the unit, notwithstanding such relationship, would provide reasonable accommodation for a family member who is a person with disabilities.
Remember Housing Works does not get involved with individual landlord tenant issues. If you would like to understand your rights in regards to a landlord or lease issue, please contact the resources below.

Legal Aid: 541.385.6944
Fair Housing: 800.669.9777
Tenant/ Landlord Hotline: 800.453.5511
Central Oregon Mediation: 541.383.0187
Lesly Gonzalez
Voucher Program Manager       
541.323.7416      lgonzalez@housing-works.org 

Christi Solheim
Housing & Portability Specialist  
541.323.7403     csolheim@housing-works.org 

Stephanie Westendorf
Housing Specialist
541.323.7418       swestendorf@housing-works.org 

Emily Loza
Housing Quality Standards Inspector
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