• Street Roots
Street Roots was established in 1998 and creates income opportunities for people experiencing homelessness and poverty by producing a newspaper that addresses individual and social change.  Street Roots has been active in advocacy efforts related to local and state budget cuts, mental health matters, public safety, health care, civil rights and a range of other important issues that affect people experiencing poverty.  Albina Community Bank is proud to sponsor the Street Roots' Rose City Resource Guide. The Guide offers a comprehensive list of resources available in Multnomah County to help people experiencing homelessness and poverty. Follow the link to learn more about the work Street Roots is doing in our community: http://streetroots.org/
 
YWCA Greater Portland
In partnership with the YWCA Greater Portland, the Bank provides financial education to women and families.  The program is dedicated to teaching the basics about financial education; whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or improving your credit.  The YWCA of Greater Portland provides life-changing services for women, children, and families, helping them attain safety, opportunity and independence.  Learn more about the work they do at their website: https://ywcapdx.org/
 
Self Enhancement, Inc (SEI) – Ready to Rent Program
The Bank partners with SEI to help promote the economic independence of families in Multnomah County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by helping them access and maintain safe, stable and affordable housing. These programs are funded through Multnomah County, HUD, and Home Forward.  SEI’s Community and Family Programs address economic and race-based disparities by providing a broad continuum of anti-poverty, family stabilization, and employment services that are culturally specific for African American families and/or culturally responsive for other families in need.  http://www.selfenhancement.org/programs
 
Transition Projects
The Bank works closely with case managers at Transition Projects to help homeless people rebuild their financial lives.  The Transition Projects program helps people find the resources they need to end their homelessness. After someone has met their basic needs (clothing, food, cleanliness, etc.) they can build the skills they need to transition to housing-goal setting, job skills, life-skills, and overcoming barriers to housing and income.  Mary Edmeades, Vice President and Branch Manager at our SIB / Pearl Branch location, serves on their Board of Directors!  http://www.tprojects.org/content.cfm/ABOUT-US/Programs
 
• Project Clean Slate
In partnership with several community organizations, Albina Community Bank’s SIB / Pearl Branch location helped teach this series of financial literacy classes that reached over 500 individuals that were working through challenges with criminal records.  For more information, please visit www.projectcleanslate.com
 
• First-Time Homebuyer’s Program
The Portland Housing Center is working with eligible low-income families in the Portland metropolitan area to establish programs that help families work towards purchasing their first home. Participants who qualify go through extensive training and counseling on home buying, budgeting and financial literacy skills. They will also begin saving for their down payment and closing costs.  Albina is the bank of choice for the Individual Development Account (IDA) program, and provides a “How to Save” class and a special CD rate for these eligible families.   For more information, please visit www.portlandhousingcenter.org.
 
• Mercy Corps
The Asset Builder Individual Development Accounts (IDA) program fosters and supports asset accumulation by providing training, individualized case management and technical assistance for disadvantaged entrepreneurs. IDAs are matched savings accounts designed to assist low-income families and individuals establish a pattern of regular saving and, ultimately, purchase a lifelong asset. As part of the program, participants attend a 6-week workshop series that focuses on financial education and business basics.  After successfully completing the program, savers receive a matching grant of $2 for every $1 saved to purchase assets for their business.  Albina is the bank of choice for this IDA program to assist their new business owners in the matching grant program.  For more information, please visit www.mercycorpsnw.org.
 

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