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Survey Thank You
First Story
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Leadership team
HCV News and Notes
Community Calendar
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Employment Resources 
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Thank You

Congratulations to survey winner Kristen B.

Kelly Fisher with Kristen B. 

Thank you to everyone who returned the PATHWorks client surveys. The information you provided on the surveys is reviewed by management and staff to help evaluate and improve the program. We couldn't have done it without you taking the time to fill out and return the surveys, so thank you we appreciate it!


We wanted to give a big shout out to Kristen B. who was the randomly drawn winner of a $100.00 gift certificate for participating in the survey.

First Story

No interest, no down payment home loan?

Sound too good to be true? Maybe not.  If your gross annual income is between 50%-80% of the area median income (typically between $30,000 and $54,000 per year) you may qualify to purchase a First Story home.

This is a great opportunity to move into homeownership and purchase a wonderful home. Check out the flyer below and click on the following link to view the Astoria Floor Plan.

For more information or to download an application visit;
 www.firststory.org or call 541-728-0830 ext. 6 or email info@firststory.org

Spread the Word

The HCV wait list is opening in January!

With a new year comes new opportunities! 


It's that time again! If you are receiving this newsletter you may already know about the process to sign up for the housing choice voucher wait list.  The wait list will be opening during the week of January 12-16.  The application for the general wait list can be accessed at Housing Works' website 


The non-elderly, disabled wait list will be open during the week of February 9-13 via the website. A new list is generated through a lottery system. Even if you applied last year, try again.  


For questions or more information, contact us at (541) 923-1018


New Years Resolutions

New Year, new goals

The New Year is an opportunity to gain new perspective, reflect on accomplishments from the past year and set some goals for the year to come.  As you sit down to think about the direction of the next year, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Dream big--ideas can become things
  • Break down big goals into bite size chunks
  • If at first you don't succeed try again 
  • Ask for help, there may be more available than it seems
  • Take time to brainstorm 
  • Be honest with yourself
  • Don't beat yourself up, trying is a step in the right direction

If you find it hard to maintain momentum or find the time to stick with your goals we have the answer, S.T.E.P.S. 

This four part class will provide you the opportunity to challenge old thought patterns of who you are and what you can accomplish. Class size is limited, so contact your client services coordinator to find out more or to set up an individual goal setting session.


Andy Hall  Carly Garzon  Kelly Fisher


Oregon's Kitchen Table


The PATHWorks team is involved in representing the needs of our communities. Make your voice heard  around the state at the kitchen table!


This summer a group of policy makers, social scientist service providers, program participants and economists came together throughout Oregon to brain storm how to address poverty in the state.  Check out some of the results here. Join the conversation and make your voice heard. 



Also, check out the Oregon Business Council's plan for economic recovery and prosperity.  Learn more about the issues facing our families and the economy here and around the state.  You can find this and more about the Oregon business plan at  their website.


Leadership Team

Jennifer S. member of the leadership team

The PATH Works Team is excited to announce the formation of the leadership team!  At the Community Leadership Institute in Cincinnati our team decided to commit to giving back to the PATHWorks program as leaders.  This leadership team is currently made up of four participants who will be spearheading the PATHWorks event coming up.    


One of the participants who will help make this happen is Jennifer S.  She is an amazing woman who is following her dreams.  Jennifer is a hardworking mother of 3, going to school and working at the same time.  She has been connected with the PATHWorks program for a number of years.  


Jennifer says that she wants so much more for her family and that she saw that she could be so much more.  She started by setting goals at a time she describes as unstable.  Her first step was getting her driver's license which included paying off $10,000 in fines. She took personal development classes, built  her credit up from 0, got her GED, and is now in college working and moving towards a long term career.  All of this is preparation for her ultimate goal of buying a home to create a better life for her kids.


In a recent interview Jennifer was asked about the importance of her coordinator's support.  She said, "Every time I talk to you (Kelly), you make it sound like I can do it.  When I would go home I would think, she believes I can do it so I can do it...so it would push me harder and harder towards my goal...never in a million years did I think I would be in college."  Jennifer hopes to graduate in Human Services and find employment in her field; helping others in the community live a more stable life and move towards their dreams too.


Employment Resources


Begin Right 



A new year may mean a new job search.  Begin Right has been in the community for years and now they have a new location.  Visit their website HERE



Connect with Rose Eberhardt for more information.  They are located at 3835 SW 1st  St. #104, Redmond, OR 97756. 

HCV News and Notes


Thank you


The Housing Choice Voucher Team would like to thank everyone for returning the information we have requested during file audits.  If you have not received a letter from us requesting documents, your file is either up to date or we haven't audited your file yet. It is important that all requested documents are returned in a timely manner, so keep an eye out for any letters from Housing Works. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this please contact your housing specialist. 


We hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday season.









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

541.323.7417     mloza@housing-works.org 

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Here's to everyone's success. Please feel free to contact the PATHWorks team with any questions you may have.  We are here to help you reach your goals! 


Your PATHWorks  Team

Kelly Fisher 541-323-7411 kfisher@housing-works.org

Client Services Manager

  Andy Hall 541-323-7413 ahall@housing-works.org

Client Services Coordinator


Carly Garzon  541-323-7410 cgarzon@housing-works.org

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