Portland, April 8th 2016. Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) held its eighteenth annual “HomeWord Bound” fundraiser at the Oregon Zoo. It’s CPAH’s signature fundraiser and includes dinner, silent auction, and local authors signing books available for purchase. CPAH provides safe and healthy affordable housing along with support and skill building activities, like after-school programs, for individuals and families. The nonprofit hosted over a dozen Northwest authors this year at HomeWord Bound. Sheila Hamilton author of “All the Things We Never Knew” was on hand. Her memoir is about loving and losing someone with mental illness, in this case, her husband, David.

Sheila Hamilton author of “All the Things We Never Knew” was on hand. Her memoir is about loving and losing someone with mental illness, in this case, her husband, David. Mitchell S. Jackson is a recently-named TED2016 Fellow, and he is the critically-acclaimed author of “The Residue Years” (Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads selection for 2015, winner of The Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, and finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel prize, the PEN/Hemingway award for first fiction, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for best fiction by a writer of African descent, and other accolades).

Sheila Hamilton was a featured speaker as was Mitchell S. Jackson. His critically-acclaimed “The Residue Years”  is a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel prize, the PEN/Hemingway award for first fiction, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for best fiction by a writer of African descent, and other accolades.

The event included an auction to raise money for

The event included an auction to raise money for Community Partners for Affordable Housing.

Marcia Coffey Turnquist was another author featured at the event. The former KOIN-TV anchor’s debut novel is “The God of Sno Cone Blue”. Visit her website at marciacoffeyturnquist.com.

Marcia Turnquist signs a copy of her novel, "The God of Sno Cone Blue". The author and journalist, is currently writing her second novel, Skipping the Light.

Marcia Turnquist signs a copy of her novel, “The God of Sno Cone Blue”. The author and journalist, is currently writing her second novel, Skipping the Light.

Here’s a link to an Amazon page where you can purchase Marcia’s novel.

From Community Partners for Affordable Housing:

CPAH’s mission is to promote a healthy community through the development of permanent affordable housing, sustainable economic growth, and community-based partnerships.

Our work is inspired and fueled by the energy of individuals and groups within the communities we serve in Eastern Washington County and Southwest Multnomah County.

The Tigard-Tualatin-Beaverton area is a vibrant and growing part of the Portland Metropolitan region, and the Hillsdale neighborhood in Southwest Portland is a nationally recognized model for a successful town center. Our donors, funders, residents and volunteers help accomplish our mission through work in the following five areas:

  • Affordable housing development; building service-enriched, green and sustainable projects for the health of our residents and the environment.
  • Partnerships with individuals and groups in our community.
  • Outreach and education on affordable housing.
  • Promotion of affordable housing policy incentives.
  • Increased internal organizational capacity.

CPAH owns eight apartment complexes with a total of 372 units that provide housing for families at 60% or less of the Portland metropolitan area median income.

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