Awesome! That is the only way I can explain the past two years as your president. As I hand over my presidency to John Sage, just taking a look at the last two years is wonderful.
The work I have seen completed at the Rental Housing Alliance Oregon in the past two years by the volunteer board is nothing short of awesome. There was a lot of work completed to make our organization more visible to the state of Oregon. It started with re-branding our organization, which led to new name, logo, web design and signs. If you have not visited our new website at www.rhaoregon.org, take a moment and do so. The website has a great new look and easy to access information.
Jason Atkinson was a tremendous help to our organization with the re-branding and our public relations (PR) work. Since the change of our name, I have been asked several times why the change. Simply, the name Rental Housing Association of Greater Portland kept us in Portland. Our new name, Rental Housing Alliance Oregon, lets landlords in the state of Oregon know we are there for them. We are just a phone call or email away. RHA Oregon is here to make alliances with smaller landlord organizations to make our community even stronger.
Cindy Robert and our legislative team keep us in the loop with any changes to laws that would affect landlords of Oregon. Cindy has brought RHA Oregon together with state & local officials so we can be part of the decision making process.
Join – This year we have partnered with Join . This organization works with homeless families to help get them off the streets and in a home/apartment. We are proud to say we were able to raise enough money to assist a family off the streets with our first annual Starry Night event in July. We supply a lunch by serving the homeless once a month at the Join facility. The Join facility offers access to computers, P.O. Boxes, showers and clothing to the homeless to assist them in finding jobs.
As you may know we did not continue the lease of H&R Block in order to provide more space for classes and rental space for other organizations. The RHA Conference Annex is open for reservations now.
I want to thank the office personnel for their dedication to RHA Oregon. They worked hard in making the changes of RHA Oregon, along with answering the phones and your questions, meeting you in the office to assist you with any forms or questions you may have.
Then there are the mentors of our organization, who assist landlords like you and me with information on a daily basis on their own time.
These last two years have seen some really good changes to our organization. We now have all our tools in place with these awesome changes and look forward to utilizing them to make a bigger and better organization for Oregon landlords.
If you haven’t signed up for the Holiday party on December 17th at the Riverside Golf and Country Club, please do so soon! This is a great Holiday party for your property managers and business associates. We hope to see you there.
Since 1927, the Rental Housing Alliance Oregon has set the standard for community participation by landlords providing affordable and quality housing.