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Year-end housing finance changes benefit Healthy Housing Initiative projects

Posted By | Meghan Blood

In its year-end pandemic relief and funding package, Congress delivered a surprise gift for affordable housing: wonky but noteworthy improvements to one of the most common methods of paying for affordable housing, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC).

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Política de inmigración durante la transición de la administración presidencial

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Transformational Darkness: The Light We Find in Ourselves

“The basic rule of a crisis is that you don’t come out of it the same. If you get through it, you come out better or worse, but never the same” (Francis and Ivereigh, 2020, p.1).[1] As Catholic Charities navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by the wildfires, and the economic and housing crises at our…

Remembering Lessons from Loved Ones on All Souls' Day

In the wake of the fear and grief our community and the world have suffered this year, we gathered to reflect on the memories of those we’ve lost and the ways they taught us to live with hearts full of love and hope.
John Herrera

Hope in the Midst of Loss

John Herrera, Catholic Charities’ Director of Immigration Legal Services, talks about hope in the midst of loss after visiting Medford, OR, to offer legal clinics and distribute hygiene items and other essential supplies to the individuals and families devastated by the recent wildfires.

#MondayMotivation: Make all that You do Holy

Senior Development Officer Sarah Granger shares her mindful wisdom to help us remain resilient during these especially stressful times.

Feeding the Community—Body, Mind, and Spirit

Catholic Charities has developed a multi-faceted, person-focused approach to provide food to historically underserved and vulnerable individuals and families in the Portland Metro area.

In Memory of Katie Nolan: A Dedication to Those in Need

On July 6, 2020, our Housing Transitions Program wished the late Katie Nolan, former Catholic Charities staff member and symbol of our mission to serve those in need, a very happy birthday. With face coverings and social distancing the HTP team shared 50 sack meals (including a commemorative photo and story of Katie) with people…

A Message of Care and Concern Regarding COVID-19

Catholic Charities continues to closely monitor the rapid spread and effects of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. In keeping with our mission, we are focused on ensuring the safety and well-being of the most vulnerable in our community, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and those with immune-suppressant health conditions. They are at the highest risk of…
Catholic Charities takes part in a demonstration supporting Oregon's refugee resettlement agencies

Catholic Charities Board Member Featured in "Lower Refugee Cap Concerns Catholic Groups"

Before joining the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, Francis Kham was a refugee. Today, he is an outspoken advocate for both the Portland Zomi community, of which he is a part, and refugee resettlement in general, which has been reduced from 80,000 in 2016 to just 18,000 today. Read the full story from the Catholic…
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Our Crisis of Character

I spent a week touring and working in respite centers along the southern border. While we were there, our team tried to help arrivals work through the trauma they had experienced, hoping to alleviate their intense anxiety. In this report, I walk you through the challenges faced by asylum seekers coming to the U.S. and…
View from the State Capitol in Salem

What Is Public Charge? The State of Oregon Addresses Frequently Asked Questions on DHS Rule Change

Background: On August 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it has finalized the new public charge rule. The new rule will take effect October 15, 2019; it is not retroactive. Changes include, but are not limited to, expanding the kinds of public benefits considered in the public charge test. Under the…