Annual Report: NOAH

I was asked by Network for Oregon Affordable Housing {NOAH} to help tell their story for their 2013 annual report.  As a non-profit established over 20 years ago, NOAH's goal is to serve as an affordable housing go-to resource and partner for individuals, communities, developers, federal agencies and others.  I was really struck by the perseverance and passion shown by the employees of NOAH, who fight an uphill battle every day between the crazy-making bureaucracy of the system and increasingly limited resources.  And as the economy has continued to stagnate, and with it, the difficulty even a typical middle income family can face with finding and keeping affordable housing, their role has become even more pronounced. But when you take the time to understand the impact their services can make on an individual level, the reasons for their continued commitment, despite the obstacles, becomes clear.