Irvington Covenant Community Development Corporation, (ICCDC) has a long history, as a vital part of the North/Northeast community. Irvington Covenant Church members saw first hand the negative effect that gentrification and dwindling housing affordability had on its members, neighbors and especially the large minority population in North/northeast Portland.  They addressed their concerns by developing ICCDC in 1995.  The CDC has built and sold 11 homes in NE Portland, providing low-mid level income families decent housing, and hands-on construction experience for the trainees in our Constructing Hope Training Program.  As the housing industry changed in 2002, we focused our attention on the Constructing Hope Training program, which targets ex-offenders or people with a legal history.

Constructing Hope provides young men and women skills to begin a career in a trade’s apprenticeship: to empower these individuals to make a clean start as productive, self-sufficient members of the community.

2007” ICCDC’s training curriculum was approved by the Bureau of Labor and Industries, recognizing Constructing Hope as a State of Oregon Pre-Apprenticeship Program. We developed relationships with the following partners to ensure that the program provides quality training for participants and employers. Our re-entry and the construction partners includes: Clean Slate, Construction Apprenticeship Workers Solution (CAWS), Community Partners Reinvestment (CPR) Volunteers of America, Oregon, Willamette Carpentry Training Center, Northwest College of Construction, IBEW Local 48 Electrical Training Center, Hoffman Construction Company and the Oregon State Bureau of Labor and Industry. These organizations have worked with the ICCDC staff to ensure that the program that Constructing Hope provides, meets their needs for workers who have valuable life skills as well as vocational training skills.

2008, ICCDC began “A New Day A New Way.” with a new CEO and Board of Directors. We began board training, fundraising and re-tooled our hands on training methodology including additional best practices from the State of Oregon Workforce System and the apprenticeship program requirements. Our target audience will not only include people with a legal history but also trends have identified a need to include low-income individual in our community. Our class schedule has gone from quarterly class cycle, to semesters, which increase participant assessment and provides an additional 12 weeks of hands on training. All participants must sign and accept a three-year commitment to ICCDC to track participant training, employment and employment retention support.