Samoa Pacific Development Corporation (SPDC)

Samoa Pacific Development Corporation (SPDC)

Samoa Pacific Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the Samoan community in Oregon through educational and economic resources and cultural empowerment. Our vision is an inclusive community that celebrates Samoan culture, increases equitable access to opportunities, and empowers members to create a vibrant, healthy, and just society.

Samoa Pacific Development Corporation (SPDC)

Samoa Pacific Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the Samoan community in Oregon through educational and economic resources and cultural empowerment. Our vision is an inclusive community that celebrates Samoan culture, increases equitable access to opportunities, and empowers members to create a vibrant, healthy, and just society. SPDC is guided by the following core values: -Cultural Empowerment: SPDC recognizes the importance of preserving and promoting Samoan culture, language, and traditions as a source of strength and identity. -Collaboration: SPDC believes in the power of collaboration and partnerships to address community challenges and achieve sustainable change. -Community Engagement: SPDC actively engages and involves the community in decision-making processes, valuing their voices and contributions. -Social Justice: SPDC is committed to advancing social justice by addressing systemic barriers, advocating for equity, and promoting fairness and equality. SPDC was founded in 2003 by a group of passionate individuals from the Samoan community in Oregon who recognized the need for a dedicated organization to address the unique challenges faced by their community. Through its programs and initiatives, SPDC has provided resources, mentorship, and opportunities for community members to thrive. SPDC has formed partnerships with local organizations and faith-based Samoan cultural centers to ensure that their efforts are grounded in community needs and aspirations. SPDC continuously evolves its programs and services based on community input, adapting to the changing needs of the Samoan community in Oregon.

About the Organization:

Samoa Pacific Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the Samoan community in Oregon through educational and economic resources and cultural empowerment. Our vision is an inclusive community that celebrates Samoan culture, increases equitable access to opportunities, and empowers members to create a vibrant, healthy, and just society. SPDC is guided by the following core values: -Cultural Empowerment: SPDC recognizes the importance of preserving and promoting Samoan culture, language, and traditions as a source of strength and identity. -Collaboration: SPDC believes in the power of collaboration and partnerships to address community challenges and achieve sustainable change. -Community Engagement: SPDC actively engages and involves the community in decision-making processes, valuing their voices and contributions. -Social Justice: SPDC is committed to advancing social justice by addressing systemic barriers, advocating for equity, and promoting fairness and equality. SPDC was founded in 2003 by a group of passionate individuals from the Samoan community in Oregon who recognized the need for a dedicated organization to address the unique challenges faced by their community. Through its programs and initiatives, SPDC has provided resources, mentorship, and opportunities for community members to thrive. SPDC has formed partnerships with local organizations and faith-based Samoan cultural centers to ensure that their efforts are grounded in community needs and aspirations. SPDC continuously evolves its programs and services based on community input, adapting to the changing needs of the Samoan community in Oregon.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

16-20 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Connecticut • Massachusetts • New Jersey • New York • Pennsylvania

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

16-20 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Connecticut • Massachusetts • New Jersey • New York • Pennsylvania

The Issue:

The Portland-Vancouver area has a serious problem with homelessness, with an increase in the unsheltered population of 25% between 2007 and 2020 ( State of Homelessness - Portland, Gresham/Multnomah County CoC) . According to a county report , 80% of Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders (NH/PI) experiencing homelessness were completely unsheltered (rather than living in emergency shelters or transitional housing) compared to 59.8% of their White counterparts, the highest rate of unsheltered living among all races and ethnicities. Additionally, NH/PI county residents experience homelessness at disproportionately high rates, making up 1.5% of the total homeless population while only representing 0.7% of the general population ( U.S. Census ). Many PIs face significant language barriers, concerns about disclosing immigration and citizenship status, cultural differences, and discrimination that further exacerbate their housing insecurity. Families may avoid seeking government support as they fear being separated from one another. Studies have found that high rates of NH/PI renters are severely cost-burdened, with almost half of their income going toward housing costs ( National CAPACD, Crisis to Impact ). These factors lead to devastating housing instability that has traumatic effects that affect multiple generations. The lack of housing assistance programs that address the specific needs of Pacific Islanders in the Portland area is a pressing issue that requires immediate attention. As of 2022, the Portland metropolitan area had a homeless population of 4,173 ( State of Homelessness - Portland, Gresham/Multnomah County CoC ), and Pacific Islanders are overrepresented in this population. Nationwide, NH/PI experience the highest rate of homelessness at 109 out of every 10,000 people compared to the national overall rate of 18 out of every 10,000 ( State of Homelessness: 2022 Edition ). Given these facts, it is clear that urgent action is needed to address the homelessness crisis among Pacific Islanders in the Portland-Vancouver area. A housing assistance program that is culturally specific and responsive to the needs of Pacific Islander families would provide a critical lifeline to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

The Solution:

SPDC recognizes the urgent need to address the homelessness crisis among Pacific Islanders in the Portland-Vancouver area and is committed to implementing a culturally specific and responsive housing assistance program. The organization's programs and initiatives aim to provide a critical lifeline to Pacific Islander families facing housing insecurity. SPDC’s Pacific Islander Housing Assistance program is designed specifically to meet the needs of PI families. It takes into account the cultural differences, language barriers, and concerns about immigration and citizenship status that often affect this community. By offering culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate support, SPDC ensures that PIs feel safe, respected, and understood as they navigate the challenges of housing instability. SPDC collaborates with local housing agencies, service providers, and community organizations to create a comprehensive network of support for Pacific Islander families. These partnerships help leverage resources, knowledge, and expertise to ensure the success of the housing assistance program. By working together, SPDC and its partners can address the multifaceted needs of Pacific Islanders experiencing homelessness and provide a more holistic approach to housing stability. SPDC goes beyond immediate housing assistance by offering empowerment programs and capacity-building initiatives. These programs aim to equip Pacific Islander families with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to maintain long-term housing stability. Workshops on financial literacy, rental rights, and tenant advocacy are provided to empower individuals to navigate the housing market effectively and assert their rights. SPDC actively advocates for policy changes and increased funding to address the unique housing needs of Pacific Islanders. The organization works with local and state policymakers to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the community and push for systemic reforms that address housing disparities. By advocating for policy changes, SPDC aims to create a more equitable and just housing system for Pacific Islanders in the Portland-Vancouver area. By addressing the specific needs of Pacific Islanders and leveraging community resources, SPDC aims to have a meaningful impact on reducing homelessness and promoting housing stability for this vulnerable population.

Get Updates about the Gold Futures Challenge

Join our email list to receive challenge updates!