RHA Oregon President Liz Carpenter talks about creating member value through service, volunteerism and Section 8 changes.
When I think of May, I think of May Day flowers, Mother’s Day and the start of Rose Festival at the waterfront. Did you know May is also National Bike Month, National Salad Month, National Hamburger Month? What about National Chocolate Chip Day, Lucky Penny Day and National Sea Monkey Day?
Well I didn’t either. What I do know is that at the RHA, we keep a busy calendar between classes, our dinner meetings which feature excellence speakers and highlight RHA business members, and the community service we give our time to.
Since 1927, the RHA and its membership has not only stood up for each other as small landlords, but together, we have also lead the way in building our communities. We do this by supporting the children at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, lending a hand to those without a home through our partnership with JOIN Portland and by participating with countless other organizations from church groups to Boy Scouts and beyond.
It’s simple: The reason the RHA is so focused on service is because it’s a reflection of who we all are. When you’re a small landlord, you’re invested in helping people. We know our tenants, we know our business, and we love our communities.
If you haven’t been active in RHA in recent months, I encourage you to take another look. Check out our new website at www.rhaoregon.org. You’ll find photos of members, lists of upcoming events, easy ways to find service providers to help you in your rental business and for ways to get in touch with the Board, the office team and each other.
I think many of us are looking for easy ways to help within our community. And at the same time, to talk with people who understand what we need to take care of daily: Rents, notices, law changes. For instance, starting July 1, the Section 8 law takes effect and everyone will have to accept applications from Section 8 clients. It’s a few months off, but we are already planning for the change. Join us at RHA for two classes on Section 8 and the changes we anticipate that will affect you. Jill Smith from Home Forward with be instructing at the RHA Oregon office on May 8th at 6:30pm and again May 15th at 11:30am.
Anytime you need a hand, an answer, or a place to invest your time with people who totally get your situation, the RHA is ready to help. I’m not too sure about National Chocolate Chip Day, but the coffee is always on!
Hope you all have a wonderful May.
Liz Carpenter, Rental Housing Alliance Oregon President
Since 1927, the Rental Housing Alliance Oregon has set the standard for community participation by landlords providing affordable and quality housing.