Who We Are

Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) creates and maintains safe, healthy, and sustainable housing with services for diverse residents including families, seniors, and people with disabilities in Washington County and SW Portland.

We organize services to ensure housing success and opportunity and link with community partners so that our work is sustainable and residents are surrounded with support. Building Housing; Building Lives!

Rachael Duke, Executive Director
Joel Williams, Fiscal Manager
Tracy Stepp, Fundraising and Communications Manager
Cameron Little, Asset Manager
Jilian Saurage Felton, Housing Development Director
Victor Palma, Resident Services Coordinator
Liz Hearn, Resident Services Manager
Talia Vega, Youth Services Coordinator

Judy Werner, President Jessica Cousineau, Vice President
Doug Plambeck, Treasurer Marianne Potts, Secretary
Dan Edwards, Board Member Larry Hauth, Board Member
Brook Klein, Board Member Hannah Holloway, Board Member
Jose L. Agraz, PhD, Board Member Gloria Pinzon Marin, Board Member

Financial Reports

2018: CPAH Audit and 990.

2017: CPAH Audit and 990.

2016: CPAH Audit and 990.

2015: CPAH Audit and 990.

CPAH values Equity and Inclusion

CPAH wants to be part of a world where all can participate and reach their full potential. We believe that race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion or any other characteristic of this nature should not be something that can predict success or failure. We work to be part of the solution so that our community is known for its ability to address equity and inclusion.

Job openings: None currently.

CPAH volunteer opportunities include: Working with kids in our After School and Summer Youth programs, or with senior citizens in our apartment communities; Yoga instructor at CPAH properties; helping with CPAH’s Annual Backpacks giveaway; serving on the CPAH Board, or serving on a CPAH committee (such as Resident Services, Housing, Finance, and HomeWord Bound, CPAH’s annual fundraising gala). Click here for volunteer info, or e-mail Liz Hearn.

CPAH Affordable Housing Properties

CPAH Resident Services Programs

New Projects

Cedar Grove, at NW Cornell and NW Murray, will provide quality affordable housing in a high opportunity, highly-walkable area, connect low-income individuals with excellent access to jobs, and serve as a gateway and gathering place for the larger Cedar Mill Community. The building will have 44 apartments, ranging from studios to 3-bedrooms, in four stories with an elevator. The project will also have a community plaza with a small park. We will begin construction in 2019, and be lease-ready in 2020.

Red Rock Creek Commons will be among the first new developments within the Tigard Triangle Urban Renewal Area. The site on 68th Parkway is near SW Pacific Hwy/99W, with convenient access to high-frequency transit, grocery stores, PCC and potential employers. The building will have 48 one bedroom apartments – to serve individuals and small households – in four stories with an elevator, a community room for services and activities, and access to the natural area around Red Rock Creek. Construction began Oct 2019; RRCC will be lease-ready in 2020.

CPAH will completely renovate the Joyce Hotel in downtown Portland, providing 66 units of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) for people who have been homeless, are vulnerable, and who need both subsidized housing and services to be successful. Voluntary supportive services will be offered onsite through a collaboration of service providers: Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, NARA, and Cascade AIDS Project. The Joyce will also include ground-floor commercial space for women-owned, minority-owned and emerging small businesses through Prosper Portland.

HomeWord Bound: An Event of Literary Proportions

HomeWord Bound is CPAH’s signature fundraiser. Each year we host a variety of Northwest authors who share insights into their work. The gala event includes dinner, a silent auction, book sales and author book signings. Proceeds from HomeWord Bound help support CPAH programs and our mission of building housing, building lives.

Our 21st Annual event on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Oregon Zoo was a terrific success! To read about our 2019 authors and sponsors click here. Save the Date, Friday, April 3, 2020, for next year's HomeWord Bound!

More than 200 talented Northwest authors have joined CPAH at HomeWord Bound over the last 20 years, including: Cheryl Strayed, former OR Gov. Barbara Roberts, Jean Auel, Kim Stafford, Rene Denfeld, Willy Vlautin, Chelsea Cain, Karen Karbo, Whitney Otto, Chuck Palahniuk, Ann Rule, David Oliver Relin, Brian Doyle, Marc Acito, former OR Attorney General John Kroger, Garth Stein, Phillip Margolin and many more.

Read more about our 2019 Authors Read more about our 2018 Authors

2019 Sponsors

2018 Sponsors

CPAH is grateful to our longtime business sponsors who continue to support this fundraising event – 2019 was our 21st HomeWord Bound! (A special thanks to Chase (and WaMu before it), who has been our presenting sponsor since the inception of this event.)


Collaborative Partners

Contact Us

P.O. Box 23206
Tigard, OR 97281

(503) 293-4038