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Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support, summer has been a busy and exciting time at Sponsors, starting with the completion of The Oaks at 14th, Sponsors’ 54-unit permanent supported housing project. This cutting-edge project is unique nationally and represents a growing movement to provide quality housing and supportive services for people with criminal histories. I am filled with pride and deep gratitude for this amazing accomplishment.

I am also pleased to announce that Sponsors is launching a Pay for Success (PFS) project in partnership with Third Sector, HACSA and Lane County Parole & Probation. Last year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) joined together to issue a PFS grant solicitation that would explore the relationship between permanent supported housing and homeless individuals with criminal histories.

We were one of seven awardees nationally to receive a $1.3 million grant.

Furthermore, HACSA committed 46 housing units on scattered sites in addition to the 54 units at The Oaks in order to meet the 100 unit minimum requirement for the grant. Women and children will be able to live at these 46 additional units. PFS projects utilize investor resources to demonstrate the effectiveness of promising interventions. In our case, we will evaluate (most likely with a randomized control trial) whether The Oaks at 14th reduces recidivism and homelessness. Participating in this study puts Sponsors on a national stage, creating the opportunity to be evaluated for potential replication. I look forward to sharing more with you about this exceptional project.

Paul Solomon

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