NeahCasa Accomplishments by year

2010
  • The Student Family Housing Project received $1,000 from the Eugene Schmuck Foundation and $5,000 from the Juan Young Trust
  • Green Charette - A collaborative all day session at the Nehalem Methodist Church funded by the Enterprise Foundation to move forward on creating a model neighborhood on 10.5 acres on 10th and B Streets just outside the Nehalem Urban Growth Boundary. The day was attended by 30 potential homeowners, investors, builders and interested community members.
  • 2010 Newsletter published
2009
  • NeahCasa's Mike Cook took a lead in publicizing and advocating for the low income renters caught in the NOHA (Northwest Oregon Housing Authority) funding shortfall for Section 8 Housing.
  • The S.S. Johnson Foundation awarded NeahCasa $5,000 for the concept development phase for developing innovative housing and a potential community land trust project on 10 acres on Nehalem's 10th Street.
  • For the second year in a row, Louise Christianson's raffle raised $2,000 to support emergency housing for Neah-Kah-Nie School District families. Local potter, Brian Johnstone contributed the ceramic piece that was raffled.
  • Linda Kozlowski, Manzanita City Councilperson joined NeahCasa's Board of Directors
  • US Bank contributed $7,500 to support The Student Family Housing project over the next two school years.
  • The Student Family Housing project received $500 from the Hope Chest Community Fund, $7,500 from US Bank and $1000 from the Eugene Schmuck Foundation
2008 - Annual report
  • We received our 501c3 tax exempt status from the IRS and it was a definitive ruling rather than an advanced ruling. US Bank Foundation gave a $5,000 grant that allowed us to hire the Community Development Law Center to help with the process
  • US Bank awarded NeahCasa $3,000 for capacity building.
  • Adopted Strategic Plan - 2008-2012 as well as a Conflict of Interest Policy and other organizational policies.
  • Tom Bender initiated review by Oregon Land Conservation Development Commission of impediments to affordable housing.
  • Edith Rohde took year long NW CLT Capacity Building Institute with a scholarship.
  • Extensive revision of website that includes a resource list of activities and strategies proven elsewhere which can be pursued in the future.
  • Windermere sales associates continue their support of the NeahKahNie School District Family Resource Program with a $1,000 Windermenre Foundation grant to NeahCasa's Student Family Emergency Housing Program.
  • Juan Young Trust contributed $7,000 to support this grant program over the next two school years.
  • [as of 2008] - Provided emergency funds to over 40 Neah-Kah-Nie School District families for securing or retaining family shelter and utilities under our Student Family Housing Fund.
  • Achieved a membership of over 80 individuals.
2007
  • First NeahCasa Newsletter published - available here as a downloadable PDF
  • Clatsop County Housing Solutions Conference - NeahCasa Board member Lane deMoll helped organize this well attended event in Seaside at which she and Tom Bender both spoke.
  • July Open House & Tour that gave a chance to learn about potential solutions to housing affordability issues in our community was held at the North County Rec District, RedWing "flex rental" in Nehalem, and Tax Lot 300 on 10th Street in Nehalem.
  • Meyer Memorial Small Grants program awarded $9,600 to the Student Family Housing Project. These funds were matched by local contributors.
  • first family grant awarded to family of 4 having stressed finances between jobs, and facing risk of eviction and loss of utilities.
  • US Bancorp's Charitable Giving program awarded a $3,000 grant to boost the expansion of the affordable housing network.
  • Tom Bender participated in local Buildable Lands Inventory of available lands for housing, including mapping of global warming impacts on local UGBs (50% of area threatened).
  • NeahCasa was in conversation with Tillamook County, Habitat for Humanity and the City of Manzanita about possibly developing a piece of land next to CARTM Recycling. The County Solid Waste Department decided that CARTM needed to keep the land as is.
  • A Housing Trust Potential Client Orientation "Coffee" was held at the home of Natasha Stevens and Rex Harter.
  • Lane deMoll spoke to the Manza-Whee-Lem Kiwanis Club on housing affordability issues
  • Edith Rohde explored mobile home park issues.
  • Tom Bender participated in Northwest Community Land Trust Efficient Housing initiative.
  • NeahCasa participated actively in regional and state housing advocacy groups and legislative proposals.
  • Tom Bender developed "free land" and "free home" strategic planning.
  • Tom Bender created a "flex-home" design that can provide a 1500 sq.ft. factory-built duplex delivered to site on single trailer.
  • Eunice Massie (NeahCasa treasurer/bookkeeper) did advanced trainings in CLT bookkeeping at National CLT conference and through NeighborWorks.
  • Kelly Benson, LeeAnn Neal and Tom Bender assisted the Tillamook County Women's Crisis Center in funding, obtaining, and designing remodel for an emergency shelter.
  • NeahCasa brokered one home acquisition by matching family with interested local investor.
  • Windemere Manzanita and it's sales associates granted CARE/NeahCasa $2,065.48 to the Student Family Grant Program through the Windermere Foundation.
2006
  • Tillamook County Housing Summit - NeahCasa organized this all day conference at the Bay City Arts Center attended by 100 people (including county commissioners and State senator and representatives) for a discussion of the challenges and possibilities around housing affordability issues.
  • Tillamook County Landlord Support Network Kick-Off at the Pine Grove Community House included Key-Note Speaker Norton Cabell from Eugene. The purpose of the group was to offer support for landlords and tenants to improve the quality and availability of affordable long term rental housing.
  • NeahCasa spurred a Joint City Planning Commissions Meeting on Affordable Housing at Rockaway Beach City Hall
  • Edith Rohde, Tom Bender & Lane deMoll attended an initial Community Land Trust training in Seattle
  • Board Members began attending Northwest Community Land Trust regional network gatherings.
  • Got close to moving some Seaside motel cottages that were slated to be demolished southward for starter homes. Foiled by the tunnel.
  • Lane deMoll joined the Board of Northwest Oregon Community Development Collaborative (NOW CDC).
2005
  • Incorporated as non-profit, with Community Land Trust articles and bylaws.
  • Tom Bender did Redwing House - a private remodel/flex-home conversion demonstration project.
  • Began on-going public policy advocacy with county and city councils and planning commissions

List last updated October, 2011.