Opportunities for Residents

Your home is more than just a house or apartment — it’s a place within a community of people.

Home Forward encourages active participation by residents in neighborhood events, educational opportunities, and group activities. You can find some ideas listed on this page, but make it a point to meet other people in your community and find out what kinds of activities and resources are available, or ask members of your neighborhood association.

Activities for Seniors

  • Portland Parks and Recreation offers activites and courses designed for people 55 and older.  Click here to learn more and sign up.
  • For help with food, visit the Meals on Wheels web page.

Activities for Youth

  • Go to a Youth Job Fair on December 30 and meet employers who are hiring.
  • Portland K-12 students who volunteer in their community may be eligible for free computers through Free Geek.  Click here for more information.
  • Portland YouthBuilders help youth 17-24 finish high school and get job skills.  Sessions begin quarterly.  Attend an information meeting.
  • The Youth Employment Institute's website is a good starting point for information on jobs.

Resources for Families

  • Get a wide range of parenting advice from trained specialists at 211 Family Info, a new service from 211info.
  • Moving?  Visit the GreatSchools website for help finding the schools that will be best for your children.
  • Get low-cost natural health care at clinics throughout Portland.


Other Opportunities

  • Get free tax prep help available for families with household incomes below $60,000.
  • Habitat for Humanity's next Open Application Round begins on February 9, 2015.
  • Portland Housing Center is offering financial fitness sessions geared to African Americans, another set designed for Latinos, and general classes on prepping for homeownership.
  • Click here for a directory of all of the state benefits available to veterans.
  • Free citizenship consultation and classes are available from Lutheran Community Services.
  • You may qualify for low-cost internet service from either Comcast or CenturyLink.
  • For tips on eight resources to help you develop computer skills, click here.
  • Go to Oregon Helps for a free, fast, and easy web-based tool to determine whether you qualify for 33 federal, state, and local services.
  • Volunteer at Free Geek to get a rebuilt computer.