Human Solutions, Inc.

aka Human Solutions   |   Portland, OR   |  www.humansolutions.org

Mission

Human Solutions counters the forces that keep people and communities in poverty by building relationships and assets that create opportunity - today and for future generations. Here's how: * We partner with people and communities impacted by poverty so they can achieve long-term housing and economic security. * We invest in affordable housing and community and assets that contribute to strong, inclusive neighborhoods. * We advocate with our community for policies and investments that expand housing and economic opportunity, eliminate wealth inequality and end poverty. East Portland/East Multnomah County, Oregon is our home and the heart of our investments, advocacy and programs.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Mr. Andy Miller

Chief Program Officer

Hillary Houck

Main address

10550 NE Halsey Street

Portland, OR 97220-____ USA

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EIN

93-0977166

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

THE PROBLEM WE TACKLE: INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY In our home of East Portland and East Multnomah County, people and communities experiencing poverty typically reside in neighborhoods that have experienced years of disinvestment and lack basic amenities like healthy food, safe streets and welcoming places to gather and play. Entrenched, intergenerational poverty and a landscape of disinvestment leave people and whole communities vulnerable to poverty’s compounding conditions: powerlessness, residential displacement, lack of educational and economic opportunity, and the recurring trauma of hopelessness and homelessness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Affordable Housing

Human Solutions serves the community by providing a combination of permanent affordable housing, new affordable housing projects, and mixed-use projects that involve partnerships with other social services agencies, creating health and housing hubs that meet a high need. Our 17 affordable housing complexes are professionally managed and offer hard-to-find 3- and 4-bedroom units for families with multiple children.

Population(s) Served
Families
Women and girls

Human Solutions’ seven Employment Programs are designed for people who are not well suited for traditional employment programs due to little or no education, limited English skills, and other barriers to employment, such as incarceration. Participants learn skills that are tailored to their individual needs and interests. We provide assistance with resumes, interviewing, and applying for jobs to help people secure permanent employment so they can support their families.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We operate emergency shelter, Housing First programs, and permanent supportive housing. The Housing First approach moves homeless families into housing as quickly as possible to provide stability, followed by comprehensive support services to address their homelessness. Last year, we provided direct services to about 1,340 people in 440 households on any given night.

Population(s) Served
Families
Women and girls

Human Solutions’ Utility Assistance program provides vital support services for very-low income residents in East Portland and East Multnomah County who need help paying their utilities, including gas, water, and electricity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Community Housing Development Organization - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2010

Awards

Neighborhood Builders Award 2007

Bank of America

Spirit of Portland-Non Profit Organization Award 2007

City of Portland

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

COMMUNITY VISION
Human Solutions envisions vibrant, healthy neighborhoods where all people can share in the security, hopes and advantages of a thriving, supportive community.

OUR APPROACH: INVEST IN TRANSFORMATION AND LONG-TERM SUCCESS

We believe Human Solutions can counter structural causes of poverty by sharing and aligning our influence, resources, programs, investments and expertise with individuals and communities so they can build wealth, power, security and influence.

• We partner with people and communities impacted by poverty so they can achieve long-term housing and economic security.
• We invest in affordable housing and community assets that contribute to strong, inclusive neighborhoods.
• We advocate with our community for policies and investments that expand housing and economic opportunity, eliminate wealth inequality and end poverty.

 We are adding 236 affordable apartments to our portfolio over the next two years. This will help ease the local housing crisis and expand housing options for folks with very low incomes and experience with homelessness.
 Our three emergency shelters are open 24/7 for 220 people every night, staffed by our heroic “frontline” team, who continue to help people move into stable housing.
 Our out-of-school program is supporting students and their families through virtual learning, with a special focus on digital inclusion and engaging “drop-off” activity boxes.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Human Solutions, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Bruce Whiting

Retired from KeyBank


Board co-chair

Ms. Jo Ann Hardesty

Commissioner, City of Portland

Verlea Briggs

Portland General Electric

Cathy Sherick

Greater Gresham Area Prevention Partnership

Jo Ann Hardesty

Hardesty Consulting

Chris Brox

Providence Health & Services

Lydia Gray-Holfield

Self Enhancement, Inc.

Jon Stride

Tonkon Torp LLP

Amy Beth Setzer

Adam Abplanalp

CPA

Dawn Bush

Kaiser Permanente

David Dyk

Chief Information Security officer, City of Gresham

Hugh Harris

East County Rising PAC

JR Lilly

City of Portland

Carla Pilouso

Representative, Oregon Legislature

Ashton Simpson

Oregon Walks

Andrea Valderrama

Representative, Oregon Legislature

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/23/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/23/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.