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Student Family Emergency Housing Program - Neahcasa years: 2005 - 2011

(web page updating terminated September 1, 2011, upon transfer to CARE, Inc.  See below)

Over the start-up years, NeahCasa's Emergency Housing Assistance program has brought together county agencies and our growing list of corporate  and individual sponsors in securing housing for NeahKahNie School District student familes. The program makes grants available through the our district schools Family Resource Centers to avoid evictions and utility shut-offs and provides tools for housing searches and landlord and tenant training. Over the last six years, NeahCasa, developed this program with the intent of spin-off to to an established, professional social services organization.  Over this time we helped 270 district youth stay in their homes and on the path to a better chance in life.  

Effective September 1, 2011, this program was adopted by Community Action Resources Enterprises, Inc. (CARE).  CARE is a major resource of state and federal poverty funds for Tillamook County, providing emergency assistance, homeless services, support for first tme parents and assisted living facilities and community development projects.

For information, contact the Family Resource Coordinators at each district school or CARE at 503-842- 5261 or on the web at www.careinc.org.

This page will continue to remain accessable for historical purposes, but will not be updated.

Community Partners

Our Funders:

Meyer Memorial Trust

Windermere Realty

US Bank

Eugene Schmuck Foundation

Juan Young Trust

Hope Chest

Community individuals, organizations and businesses

Our Partners:

CARE-Tillamook County

Commission on Children and Families

Family Youth Services Team

Tillamook Family Counseling

Tillamook PUD

NeahKahNie School District.

Northwest Oregon Housing Authority (NOHA)

Juan Young Trust

The Mission

To support the NeahKahNie School District efforts, through it's Family Resource Coordinators, to mitigate the impacts of homelessness on the learning environment for its students.

The Results

From inception in January 2006 thorought the spin off to CARE, we helped 127 families, impacting the lives of 270 children by avoiding evictions and utility shut-offs.  The District coordinators report that our support has truly helped families through these challenges and that nearly all children have retained their housing and stayed in their schools – a real statement as to the fortitude of our client base.  In addition, keeping housing means keeping credit ratings and rental reference histories, facilitates continuity of caseworker support, and generally reduces the costs to the families and society.   To landlords it means reducing the costs of tenant changes and lost rent.   School district coordinators say the program is working and that these grants have helped families overcome difficult times and allowed them to continue with their lives.  They say it's the best tool they have in addressing homelessness.

Jay Kosik, NeahKahNie Superintendent Jay Kosik, District Superintendent says, “the District expresses sincere appreciation for the commitment of NeahCasa to the District’s Family Resource Program and our families.  Their effectiveness has been remarkable. Affordable housing and emergency housing support are so critical to educational development”.   Tracy Lancaster, Nehalem Elementary Family Resource Coordinator, here with Windermere Manzanita owner Kay Covert, says," the program is working. These grants have helped families overcome difficult times and allowed them to continue with their lives.  It's the best tool we have in addressing homelessness."

History and Updates

September 1, 2011 - NeahCasa matures as a effective tool for school district Family Resource Centers with sustainable coummunity and funding support and is spins to CARE Inc.  This new arrangement brings more comprehensive support to district families and better establishes CARE in north county as a key community resource.

December, 2009 - US Bank has contributed $7,500 to support this grant program over the next two school years.  USBank Foundation and it's regional and local offices have been strong supporters of NeahCasa since its inception.  Click here to see press announcement.

August 2, 2008 - Juan Young Trust has contributed $7,000 to support this grant program over the next two school years.  The Trust's Mission is to provide grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that promote the health, education and welfare of children under 21 years old, in the state of Oregon.

July 31 , 2008 - North Coast Citizen article launches annual program raffle initiated to expand direct community awareness and involvement.

July , 2008 - National reseach paper by Partnership for America's Economic Success sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts reinforces the importance of housing stability in early childhood learning and development.

April 24, 2008 - 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.

February 1, 2008 - With NeahCasa's recent IRS approval as it's own 501(c)(3) organization, we want to thank CARE, Tillamook County for serving as our fiscal agent, nurturing our efforts and being a great partner.   While continuing under our own name now, we will continue to partner with CARE in addressing homelessness and emergency housing needs.

July 1 , 2007 - Program expands to support CARE and Tillamook Family Counseling Center for student family clients in District 56. Since inception in January 2006 the program has helped 25 families to avoid utility shut-offs and evictions, allowing time to get back on their feet, working through illness and job changes.

May 18, 2006 - Windemere Manzanita and it's sales associates granted CARE/NeahCasa $2,065.48 to the Family Grant Program through the Windermere Foundation.

Every time a Windermere sales associate sells a home, a portion of the commission goes to the Windermere Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1989.  Contributions from Windermere agents combined with contributions from Windermere employees and the public have allowed the Foundation to distribute in excess of a million dollars annyually in recent years to non-profit agencies didicated to helping homeless and low-income families.changes.

April 11, 2006 - In support of the growing hispanic population in Tillamook County, Legal Aid of Oregon provided Spanish translations of legal resources included on this web site located in Family Tools and Links, above.

April 10, 2006  - US Bancorp's Charitable Giving program awarded a $3,000 grant to boost the expansion of the affordable housing network.  This effort just now in development is intended to provide incentives to landlords and owners offering subsidized and affordable housing, including listing services, landlord coaching, tenant renter training, and fallback funding for tenant restoration.   See "Press Release" and "US Bancorp Charitable Giving program".

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March 31, 2006 - Family Grants and Services for Winter Semester.  The grant program was launched to full pace this semester supporting eight families impacted by job interruptions, injuries and others qualifying under this program. These emergency grants avoided evictions notices, and utility shutoffs and covered application fees necessary to secure public (NOHA) housing.  The housing resource network, just in it's infancy, has provided timely information to a number families in finding affordable housing. Over this period, needs have come from families with youth attending Nehalem and Garibalidi grammer schools, and Neahkahnie Senior and Junior High.

January 26, 2006 - first family grant awarded to family of 4 having stressed finances between jobs, and facing risk of eviction and loss of utilities.

January 10, 2006 - $9,600 grant awarded through the Meyer Memorial Trust Small Grants program for January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2007and matched by local contributors.

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