We want to thank everyone that donated to our 2020 A Revolution in Housing Solutions campaign. As of March of 2021 we will become landowners of our beautiful 1/2 acre site in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. The donations and support generating from this page helped that come to fruition. Please visit our website for further updates and, if you are moved by the work that we are doing, feel free to leave a donation and note behind. Thank you!
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Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative
Our Home - Cathedral Park
For the past seven years, the Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative (OHICC) has been working with a team of community partners to bring a whole new housing model into being. We are on the brink of launching our first community, Our Home – Cathedral Park, in Portland, Oregon, and we need your help this giving season to make this launch happen. This is a critical time for our organization.
So, what’s the big idea?
It all started with a bold vision rooted in the radical idea that those of us who experience disability should be able to live in a diverse community where we are welcome and valued. For far too many generations, many of the most vulnerable members of our society—the elderly, the economically marginalized, and people who experience disability—have been pushed into housing developments and group living situations based on deficits and needs, dependent on systems support. Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative was founded to bring together inclusive communities built upon shared interests, strengths, and values—communities that celebrate their inherent diversity.
Removing our more vulnerable populations from the natural interactions and support of family, friends, and community increases the risk of isolation, abuse, and neglect. This removal from community is costly—not just for our at-risk populations, but for the health and well being of our society as a whole. Equity is lost when we deny diversity in our neighborhoods.
When elders and people with disabilities live in isolation, the impacts on their health can be devastating, either due to direct trauma, or the detrimental effects of loneliness and isolation. Bringing people together to live in community is a vital way to tackle the ill-effects of isolation.
Imagine a community intentionally made up of people who have a wide range of incomes, ages, and abilities—not just ‘housing,’ but HOME.
Building intentional communities based on the cohousing model of home ownership, shared values, and collaborative decision making, OHICC is working toward breaking ground on a flagship development on half an acre of land in the St. John’s neighborhood of North Portland, Oregon. This community will be the first of its kind, made up of people of all ages, incomes, and abilities, a beautiful urban condo development that represents a major step forward in housing models for many marginalized groups in our society.
OHICC’s stated mission is to promote, support, and develop inclusive and diverse communities.
Housing and care for people with disabilities is in crisis in this country, and with our aging population, demand for services has never been higher. In the United States, over a million in-family caregivers are over 60, rapidly reaching ages where they can no longer care for loved ones who experience disability in their homes.
Our systems are not accommodating the current demand, let alone able to meet the growing need for services.
Other organizations are working to address this situation. Unfortunately, many of the solutions currently in development result in the ongoing segregation of people with disabilities by creating housing where the majority of the residents are people with disabilities. Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative was founded with a different, radical approach at its core. Using the established model of cohousing as a template, we set out to create diverse communities where people who are aging or experience disability can still have the assistance they need from paid providers, but are also surrounded by a system of natural supports—an established community of neighbors and friends.
People who experience disability are not the only group who have been pushed into segregated housing built around their needs. Our senior populations and many people who experience economic marginalization are often grouped together in “housing solutions” championed by well intentioned government programs and nonprofit organizations. Many of the same issues that the disability population faces are also faced by the members of any vulnerable group forced into a living situation that groups them apart.
Help us create the first diverse community of its kind here in Portland, Oregon.
OHICC has been working hard to research, design, and launch our prototype community, Our Home – Cathedral Park, and we are now on the verge of breaking ground. We need your financial assistance to bring this community to reality and pave the way for a sea change in how we address the housing needs of our most vulnerable citizens.
Traditional cohousing relies on community members who pool their financial resources to carry the full weight of developing their projects as they come together in community. We realized early in our research that if Our Home Communities were going to be truly inclusive and diverse, we would need to create a structure that would help people of varying means and abilities come together. This would require some outside assistance with the financial lift necessary to create a diverse community of homeowners. Your support for this visionary reimagining of a diverse community of all ages, incomes, and abilities will help us build a community with an array of voices at the table, creating a model we can replicate—a community where everyone can thrive and contribute.
Over the past year, people across the globe have been thrust into isolation and separation as we grapple with the pandemic. Imagine for a moment if these new feelings of isolation were not an anomaly for you; but rather, as a person who experiences disability, this state of separation has been the only option you have lived with throughout your life.
We know these are challenging times for many, as we tackle a pandemic, systemic racism, and a country grappling to move forward with integrity toward a more equitable future. We believe that OHICC fits into this more equitable future, and we need your help today to be able to move forward, to launch OHCP and to look toward our next projects. We feel confident that as we continue to shine a light on communities like OCHP, opportunities will multiply around this country that provide vulnerable families with much-needed solutions and make all our communities richer and more welcoming to all.
Your gift to Our Home, Inclusive Community Collaborative will help us advance our mission to promote, support, and develop inclusive and diverse communities—building a future that embraces the diversity of our elders, our community members with disabilities, and the economically marginalized. How do we thrive together?
Your support makes all the difference!
Funds raised through this campaign will be used to:
- Assist with providing a stable financial platform to launch our first community, Our Home – Cathedral Park.
- Help create permanent subsidies that support an economically diverse community.
- Support the ongoing mission of OHICC by contributing to the national conversation on housing solutions within the disability community and beyond.
- Fuel OHICC’s commitment to grow inclusive communities like Our Home - Cathedral Park and support replication opportunities for the OHCP model.
What people are saying:
“I am impressed with Our Home ICC as a new model – it is truly innovative and could be a replicable model for countering the exclusionary trends that we are witnessing in our communities. A successful Our Home ICC would complement the work of community development organizations like REACH.
I strongly encourage you to consider playing a role as an investor or lender to this innovative project. It is a unique opportunity with an exciting vision that I believe will prove to be a new and replicable model for neighborhood development – a model that is driven by local residents who value diversity, inclusion and are hungry to maintain a sense of belonging within their community.”
“There is an unprecedented and growing demand for affordable and accessible housing in our area. People value community and rely on each other to get by, but neighborhoods are changing rapidly and marginalized people are heavily impacted. The introduction of the Our Home concept of community is timely.
Bringing people together of different ages, incomes, abilities, and homeownership opportunity fulfills an important and unmet community need. Multnomah County Aging, Disability, & Veterans Services Division supports Our Home, ICC’s efforts to bring together this new model of neighborhood to the community.”
Rebecca Miller, MPA
Planning & Development Specialist, Department of County Human Services: Aging, Disability & Veterans Services Division
“As Chair of the House Committee on Human Services and Housing, I believe that this unique project addresses multiple issues that we are trying to solve: the need for safe, affordable, stable housing and meeting the unique needs of the IDD population.
I’m thrilled to support this unique, community driven development.”
Former State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer
Building an inclusive housing solution together
To forward our mission, we are planning to break ground on our first community development, Our Home - Cathedral Park in 2021. To make this first of its kind community dream a reality we need support from near and far as we gather the Our Home community together.
We need your critical financial support as we work to radically shift the way that people who experience disability and other marginalized communities live in this society--instead of segregated from it. Please join us in this work!
Thank you for your kind donation and for sharing widely.
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