Portland, September 13th. To mark its 20th year of service in Outer Southeast Portland, ROSE Community Development hosted its largest fundraising event. The location was the Lents Village Apartments, a 15-year-old active senior community owned by ROSE. Portland-based performance group Assa Flamenco provided music and entertainment for the evening. (photo credit: Zach Reitan)
ROSE was formed with a mission of providing affordable homes and related social services, and helping foster a better economic climate. Since then, with ROSE helping lead the way, Southeast has changed for the better. ROSE is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit, relying on grants, service fees and fundraising events to generate revenue.
The festivities at Lents Village featured a catered dinner provided by long-time partner Loaves & Fishes, (now Meals on Wheels People), and a silent auction with items generously donated by local businesses. Starting with the rehabilitation of one home in Lents, ROSE has built or rehabilitated more than 400 affordable homes, two new parks and hosted hundreds of neighborhood events during two decades of comprehensive, place-based community development. The organization also played a part in advocating for the creation of the Lents Urban Renewal District.
ROSE Community Development combines affordable housing programs with supportive services and economic opportunities to Revitalize Outer South East. We are rooted in the belief that affordable housing gives people the opportunity to build better lives. But since our first project — rehabilitating a single house in Lents for a low-income family in 1992 — our work to revitalize our community has extended far beyond housing. We are improving economic conditions in our neighborhoods and giving people the tools and the support they need to improve their lives.
Our work is focused in five Southeast Portland neighborhoods: Lents, Brentwood-Darlington, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Foster-Powell and Mt. Scott-Arleta.