About Oregon's Under-invested Communities

Our Context

Oregon has more income inequality than most states. If Multnomah County were a state, the West side would be one of the wealthiest states in America and the East side would be one of the second poorest.

The people who live in these low-income communities are usually younger, less educated, sicker, more isolated, and more diverse than other zip codes. These issues are interconnected and must be addressed holistically. If you aren’t doing it all, you aren’t doing it at all.

Our neighbors are low in social capital which prevents us from developing our own solutions and rising. Community development means creating that capital and those structures that will ultimately help us all learn, earn, and belong.

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