One of Latino Network’s core priorities is family stability – ensuring our Latino families have the resources and tools needed to thrive. While all of our programs include family engagement, we are proud to announce that our Family Stability programs has grown to serve even more Latino families.
The Multnomah Stability Initiative (MSI) is a county program to assist individuals throughout Portland to meet basic needs through rent assistance, energy assistance, and more. Among its services, one component of MSI is that it seeks to provide culturally specific services to low-income families – and our very own Family Stability Programs Team is proud to partner with the initiative to provide these services in the Latino Community!
“Our programs and services are informed by the communities we serve, so it is really a collaborative process for everyone involved,” said David DiMatteo, our Family Stability Programs Manager. “Building relationships with our community partners, and seeing all the great work being done at other agencies has also been really rewarding.”
MSI services include rental, energy, and housing assistance, and one-on-one case management. All services ensure that each participant receives culturally specific services that allow them better access to resources within the community. Currently, Latino Network has three employees who are dedicated to working with families through MSI. Though we focus on serving Latino families, our services are open to all families who may be in need.
“In part, this model is reflective of changing demographics and the growth of the Latino community in Oregon,” said David. “We are lucky enough to be able to work with some great families. It has been great to be apart of programs which really showcase people's strength and resiliency, creativity and heart.”
MSI and Family Stability have hit the ground running, and we’re so excited to witness the amazing things they’ll do for families throughout Portland!
See the full list of culturally specific organizations that are partnering with Latino Network and MSI to make this happen!