The Growing Our Village Campaign

Investing in Our Community for Generations to Come

Come take a tour of the new building!

Want a sneak peek of the future site of our new home? We’re holding small group tours led by Neighborhood House staff and volunteers. There are a variety of dates and times to choose from but let us know if there’s a better time for you.


One Roof to Cover Many Needs

We are renovating a transit-accessible building on SW Barbur Boulevard. With 16,000 square feet of expanded space, we can serve 50-100% more people than we can currently serve.

It is no surprise that our neighbors are under duress. Increasing housing costs outpace earners’ wages. More people are struggling to access basic needs like housing, food, childcare and educational support, and support for seniors. 46% of the families in Multnomah County earn less than the threshold needed to avoid hardship. Many neighborhoods with the highest number of children experiencing poverty are in SW Portland.

As families are forced to choose whether to pay rent, buy food, cover utility bills, or go to the doctor, more people rely on Neighborhood House programs.

We’ve expanded our programs to meet the growing demand. Now our physical space needs to expand too. We will not let our community down. The time to act is now. That’s why we are partnering with donors, advocates, and community groups to build a bold vision for the future.

Please join us in creating the next century of service.

Transforming Need Into Bright Futures

How This Project Helps

Food Pantry Becomes The Free Food Market:

  • Expanding to 4000 square feet creates a dignified market experience
  • Reduced wait times
  • Wider selection for dietary and cultural needs

Better Access for Seniors:

  • Funds saved from current Senior Center rents will be invested in programming
  • Seniors can access other services such as food and housing assistance
  • Volunteer-run resale shop introduces the public to NH services
  • Accessible and expanded parking

Housing Program Integrates Community Health Needs:

  • Central location serves more areas of Portland
  • Easy access to public transit
  • Confidential meeting space

    did you know?

    Nearly 1 in 4 people age 65+ are considered socially isolated. Social isolation significantly increases a person’s risk of premature death from all causes—a risk that rivals those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.

    1 in 5 Oregonians currently faces food insecurity.

    About 1 in 4 students in Neighborhood House’s service area qualify for free and reduced meals, and over 10,000 households access government programs to supplement their food supply.

    50% of Oregon renters pay an unsustainable 30%+ of their income towards rent.


    Please help us Fight Hunger, Houselessness and Support Seniors by giving to the “Growing Our Village” Campaign.

    Looking to the Future in Multnomah Village …

    Neighborhood House is also working on a vision for the Multnomah Village site where our administrative offices currently sit. We are talking to partners to consider constructing affordable housing in that space. Keep an eye out for more information as this project progresses.


    You have questions, we have answers!

    Why has NH launched the Growing Our Village Capital Campaign (GOVC)?

    The persistent and growing wealth gap is a constant test of Neighborhood House’s capacity to offer safety net and anti-poverty programs. Having outgrown much of our service space, Neighborhood House drew up a 20-year strategic facilities plan that included developing expanded and accessible built-to-suit facilities that will house the next generation of services for years to come.

    What is the current $7.2 million campaign for?

    Neighborhood House has acquired an office building on SW Barbur Blvd that will provide critically needed space for core Neighborhood House programs: Food Services, Senior Services and Housing. The $7.2 million campaign will cover the cost of purchasing and renovating the Barbur building, including significantly expanded and improved spaces that will allow us to serve 50-100% more people than we currently serve.

    What are the primary community benefits of the new Barbur facility?

    • Assuring Food Security: Improved receiving and storage capacity will make possible a wider selection of healthy and culturally responsive food offerings; the expanded shopping area will let us serve a higher volume of people and reduce wait times. In addition, Neighborhood House is forging an exciting partnership of westside food assistance providers that will collaborate to reduce food waste, maximize efficiency, and dramatically expand the volume of food and healthy options available to hungry neighbors across our service area. 
    • Improving Senior Health through Connection: Expanded space will enable the launch of new, client-directed programs, including culturally specific offerings that require private meeting spaces. Current rent payments on the existing space will be reinvested in Senior Hub programs.
    • Accessible and Bright Community Connection Space:
      • Located on two bus lines and the future route of the Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project, the building’s centralized location will greatly increase the accessibility of our services. 
      • Its attractive, naturally lit spaces will provide a more welcoming and dignified experience for our clients. 
      • Synergy of co-locating the Senior Hub with the Free Food Market, where many seniors access food assistance and/or serve as volunteers.


    What types of funding sources will be asked to support the GOVC?

    Neighborhood House will seek funding from an array of public and private sources, including individual donors, foundations, and corporate investors.

    Who is overseeing the Capital Campaign?

    The GOVC is being overseen by a Capital Campaign Committee comprised of 15-20 members of the Neighborhood House Board of Directors (current and past) and other community leaders. Additional volunteers are needed and welcomed at this time.

    How can I donate? Is it OK to make a pledge that I pay over time?

    Gifts of cash and securities will be accepted in support of the campaign. 

    • Cash gifts can be made by check, or through our GOVC contributions page
    • To make a stock donation, contact Development Director Mari Yerger at
    • Gifts may be paid over time. Please email for a copy of the GOVC pledge form to confirm your gift and set up a payment schedule. Pledged gifts should be completed by October 2023. 

    Are donations to the Capital Campaign tax-deductible?

    Yes. Neighborhood House is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, Tax ID# 93-0386875.

    Are there additional ways I can support the campaign beyond making a donation?

    Tell your friends! To reach our ambitious fundraising goal, we need Neighborhood House supporters to help spread the word about the project to their networks. Volunteers are still needed to serve on the Capital Campaign Committee and/or support GOVC activities (e.g., hosting or assisting at campaign events). Contact Mari Yerger at to help or if you have any other questions about the campaign. 

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