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Goals Program

Greater Opportunities to Advance, Learn, and Succeed

The GOALS program is designed for low-income households to reach their self-sufficiency goals through five years of supportive services. One of our dedicated GOALS staff members will work directly with you from beginning to end. We will help you discover your strengths to achieve your potential.

What can GOALS do for me?

The GOALS program has helped many families with:

  • Job training and referrals
  • Getting a better job/promotion
  • Child care referrals
  • Owning a home


Who can participate? 

Anyone who is currently receiving assistance through Home Forward’s Public Housing or Section 8 programs can participate in the GOALS program. If you are not sure whether you qualify, please call us at 503-280-3739 for more information.

What will be required of me?

Be motivated to develop your potential, with a desire to:

  • Set life goals and work hard to achieve them
  • Seek training and education
  • Obtain and maintain full-time employment
  • Help your children achieve a good education
  • Enrich your community

Family Self-Sufficiency Program Application


GOALS Supervisor
Shaun Cox


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    Is this for me?

    If you are interested getting a stable living wage job, building personal savings, accessing resources to meet your goals, and/or becoming self-sufficient...

    Then the GOALS program could be a great program for you!

    How can I save money?

    Managed Savings Account
    Home Forward keeps the amount that would usually be your regular rent increase in personal managed savings account until your graduation.

    Individual Development Account
    Save for goals like education, business startup, or home ownership by receiving a match of $3 for every $1 you save. (Contact us for info)

    How do I apply?

    Fill out an application. Once you're accepted to the program you'll go onto the waiting list. You can get a preference on the list by attending a job training or financial literacy class. Just send us a copy of the certificate of completion and we will take care of the rest.


    GOALS Supervisor
    Shaun Cox


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      Attention residents

      As some of you may have heard, on August 20th 2023 the Portland Water Bureau’s regular testing of water quality detected small amounts of the bacteria Cryptosporidium. Since learning of this, Home Forward staff has been in contact with the Portland Water Bureau.

      We have been assured that healthy individuals can and should continue using water as normal.

      If you are immunocompromised or are taking an immunosuppressive drug, you can kill any potential cryptosporidium bacteria by boiling your water for 1 minute before consuming.

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      • Iodine and Chlorine do not kill this bacteria, and to treat for potential bacteria you should boil the water.
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      Please visit the Center for Disease Control website to get additional information.