News & Updates


About our Core Strategy and our Work

January 19, 2022

East Multnomah County sits outside of Portland. The income disparities are stark. Median Household Income is less than half of what it is in Portland. In just the past eight…

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The Sunrise Center is a Portland Area Warming Shelter

December 24, 2021

According to the latest forecasts, our region is facing an extended period of snow and frigid temperatures, starting this weekend and worsening next week. Those are conditions that bring a…

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Low Barrier Farmers Markets

October 20, 2021

Most farmers markets in the Portland metro area are considered “high-barrier.” This means that for farmers to sell their produce, it must be well packaged and, as a result, high…

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A Conversation about Rockwood

September 16, 2021

By: Brad Ketch What started out as a conversation to kill time while my nurse checked my vitals, turned into a riveting 15-minute conversation about the complexity of poverty in…

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Bringing Vaccinations to the people of East Multnomah County

September 3, 2021

The 24-hour news cycle has been incredibly sad and exhausting recently. And frankly, we are all in need of some good news. We are so proud of how our team…

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Multnomah County Holds Press Event about Vaccinations at The People’s Market at Rockwood

July 23, 2021

On Thursday, July 22 Multnomah County held a press event encouraging vaccinations, especially in the BIPOC community.  This event took place alongside The People’s Market at Rockwood at the Sunrise…

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What in the world is community development?

July 8, 2021

Here at the Rockwood Community Development Corporation, we often hear the question: “What in the world is community development?” To answer this question, we think it’s best to start with…

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The People’s Market at Rockwood

July 8, 2021

The Rockwood Food Systems Collaborative and Play, Grow, Learn have launched the The People’s Market at Rockwood. This market, located at the Sunrise Center, is an incubator market centering Black…

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Article: Rockwood CDC to open family shelter with $7 million state grant (Gresham Outlook)

June 2, 2021

From the Gresham Outlook “East Multnomah County is receiving a Project Turnkey grant of nearly $7 million to acquire and convert a 75-room motel into a COVID-respite shelter for anyone…

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Oregon Community Foundation Awards Nearly $7 Million to Rockwood CDC to Bring Critical Help to One of the Most Underserved Areas of Multnomah County 

May 28, 2021

Gresham, Ore. – May 28, 2021 Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) today announced that Rockwood Community Development Corporation (Rockwood CDC) will receive a Project Turnkey grant of nearly $7 million for…

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Rockwood CDC receives support from Oregon Department of Human Services

May 10, 2021

We are honored to have received the following letter of support from the Oregon Department of Human Services Supplemental Nutrition Program. This support is in direct relation to our work…

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COVID-19 Update and Vaccination Clinic

April 15, 2021

  COVID-19 has been hard for all of us. Here in Rockwood, this has been an especially challenging time for our community. Compared to all Oregonians, our neighbors have been…

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