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Attend a Master Gardener meeting

The Clackamas County Master Gardener’s will meet Feb. 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie. Chris and Gary Pellett, owners of Newflora, will speak.

Newflora is a company that specializes in the introduction and marketing of new plants. For more information, call 503-653-8100.

Home ownership assistance offered

In an effort to provide homeownership opportunities, the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors launched its website, Homeownership Opportunities Website Northwest, which provides resources and tools for first-time homebuyers.

For more information, visit hownw.com.

Another organization, the Portland Housing Center, is committed to serving the community by providing access to affordable homeownership for all first-time homebuyers.

PHC provides homebuyers with financial education, individual homebuyer coaching, affordable mortgage lending and down payment assistance programs.

PHC also provides culturally specific education programs, including the recently developed “Getting Your House in Order” class designed by and for African American homebuyers.

For more information, visit portlandhousingcenter.org.

Realtor organizations award grants

The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR) submitted grant applications to the Oregon Association of Realtors HOME Foundation for several non-profit organizations in the Portland Metro area that provide homeownership opportunities throughout the region.

The HOME Foundation awarded grants to:

  • The Portland Housing Center, $4,500
  • Proud Ground, $4,500
  • ReFit Portland, $4,500
  • African American Alliance for Homeownership (AAAH), $1,000
  • The Oregon Realtors HOME Foundation provides financial resources to organizations that create, expand or encourage homeownership opportunities for Oregonians at or below local median income. The foundation also promotes awareness of affordable housing issues by educating Oregonians and their elected government representatives about the barriers to homeownership and the resources needed to increase housing affordability.

    For more information, visit oregonrealtors.org.

    National program recognizes REACH

    REACH Community Development was among 16 organizations nationally to receive the NeighborWorks Green Organization designation for its comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations from NeighborWorks America. The designation is based on adherence to a set of green business practices across REACH’s affordable housing portfolio and business operations.

    REACH has built housing for low-income families and individuals in the Portland metropolitan region for the last 30 years. REACH develops and manages affordable housing and provides supportive services to residents, as well as free home repairs to senior homeowners.

    For more information, visit reachcdc.org.