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I Support Generations: Intergenerational Housing For Native American Foster Youth

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Native Americans are over-represented in Oregon's foster care system, and have some of the worst rates of graduation and poverty. 25% of Native children in Portland are in foster care, and only 30% of Portland's Native students receive a high school diploma or GED. Half of our children live in poverty. We believe NAYA’s Generations project is a path out of this cycle. Generations will be a community of permanent, dedicated housing for foster children, parents wanting to adopt foster children, and Elders to live side-by-side. This “intergenerational community” will include an early learning center to provide early-childhood education for neighborhood children zero-to-five, and a community center (Long House), which will provide services to help residents find a career and a stable life. This model has proven to change lives, and we want our elected officials to support this project on all fronts.

Portland Youth and Elders Council, a grassroots group of Native community members, holds culturally-responsive community services, including housing, as a priority for our people. Support for Generations from our elected and appointed officials, on policy and in funding, will help prevent the cycle of poverty from continuing to weigh on Native American children in foster care by providing wraparound services at the community level. Helping our children exit foster care will save our taxpayers money from reduced dependence on social services.

When you sign this pledge, you help make this project a reality. The greater the show of community support for the projet, the more likely the funding and policy we need to make it a reality will come about.

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