For a full bio of each artist, including detailed descriptions about their illustration, please visit their profiles at mmt.org. Find out "What started Equity Illustrated?" here!
Gloria will help lead Hacienda's next chapter of growth and continued service as one of Oregon’s largest Latino-serving organizations.
Gloria Guerrero is a nationally recognized leader in the field of Community Economic Development specializing in helping communities of color gain access to capital and technical assistance to build community and individual wealth.
She was an early organizer and founder of the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), a collaboration of Latino led CDC’s and CDFI’s, and went on to earn a reputation as a highly regarded leader in the evolution of CDCs in the U.S. Read the full announcement
PCRI is excited to announce a new rental housing development which will serve low-income families in Northeast Portland. The PCRI-led team was chosen by Portland Housing Bureau earlier this year to develop the site at the corner of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Rosa Parks Way, less than a block from PCRI’s main office.
Conceptual Rendering of King + Parks Apartments by Merryman Barnes Architects, 2016
In partnership with Merryman Barnes Architects, Colas Construction and Cascade Management, PCRI is currently developing designs for the property, envisioning a U-shaped building surrounding a central courtyard (pictured below). Initial designs include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments serving households at a variety of income levels. The completed building is expected to feature on-site management on its ground floor, along with a community room and secure bicycle storage.
Design development is currently underway. As of July, 2016, construction is estimated to begin in Summer 2017, with completion in mid- to late-2018. When completed, the apartments will utilize a geographic preference policy developed by Portland Housing Bureau to provide leasing priority for current and former residents of North and Northeast Portland who have been negatively impacted and/or displaced by prior public action and investment. For more information about the preference policy, visit the Portland Housing Bureau website.
Contracting and hiring opportunities for the development are intended to benefit local business, especially minority- and women-owned firms. For more information about the development or to stay informed about contracting or employment opportunities, please sign up for our mailing list (check the box for King + Parks for information specific to this project).
Answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions are listed HERE and will be updated throughout the project. Sign up for our mailing list (and check back often) for more information.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer helped kick off a festive day of removing asphalt at the Human Solutions Family Center on Saturday, July 30, to make way for a new multi-use area for families experiencing homelessness. Blumenauer joined Human Solutions Executive Director Andy Miller to participate in a ceremonial depaving before 100 eager volunteers grabbed pry bars and other equipment to remove 6,000 square feet of asphalt that will be replaced with a children’s play area, raised garden beds, and a rain garden.
The Family Center is a service-oriented facility that accommodates up to 130 people in families experiencing homelessness. It is Multnomah County’s only emergency shelter for families open 24/7, 365 days per year. It is located in the former home of the Woodshed Restaurant and, more recently, the Black Cauldron strip club. Homelike amenities at the Family Center – which underwent extensive renovation before opening in February – include laundry facilities, a full kitchen, and family-style ADA-accessible showers. The facility has limited open space inside but has a vast parking lot, which prompted Human Solutions to team up with Depave and another long-time partner, Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers, to turn a portion of the lot into a welcoming and functional greenspace.
A ceremonial depaving took place before the day’s work began. Pictured left to right are Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer; Suzanne Easton, Grants Program Manager at East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District; Eric Rosewall, Depave Executive Director; and Andy Miller, Human Solutions Executive Director.
The beautification project is being completed in phases. Under the direction of Dennis’ 7 Dees, volunteers from Human Solutions and the community completed Phase I on July 18, planting drought-tolerant native vegetation in newly laid soil and in large galvanized bins. Depave led Phase II of the project on July 30. In Phase III, scheduled for late summer or early fall, Dennis’ 7 Dees will install the garden beds, rain garden, irrigation system, and other open space features, creating a safe and welcoming outdoor area for children to play and parents to relax. Families in shelter will have the opportunity to help grow vegetables in the raised garden beds which will then be served at mealtimes.
Depave Executive Director Eric Rosewall, Rep. Carla Piluso, D-Gresham, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and Human Solutions’ Executive Director Andy Miller.
Depaving and landscaping activities at the Family Center are largely funded through a grant to Depave from the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District as well as by funds raised by Human Solutions. Dennis’ 7 Dees, R&H Construction, and Urban Forest Pro Arborists are generously providing additional volunteer and material support to complete the project.
For Depave’s wrap up of the event and a photo gallery, visit http://depave.org/humansolutions/.
Depave is a nationally recognized innovative urban greening organization that works with community groups and willing land owners to tear out unnecessary pavement and revitalize urban spaces. Depaving is typically done by hand using pry bars and sweat equity. Depave plans to tear up pavement and create garden spaces at seven locations in the summer and fall of 2016. Each site will be transformed from lifeless over-paved space to its own unique community asset. The projects tackle a number of environmental concerns — from managing storm water runoff to increasing neighborhood livability and providing urban habitat for wildlife and people. Depave is currently seeking sites to re-green in 2017. For more information, visit www.depave.org/greenspaces.
Human Solutions focuses on helping homeless and low-income families in East Multnomah County gain stability through safe housing, family support, job readiness programs, and economic opportunities. The agency works not only to remedy the symptoms of poverty, but also to creatively address its root causes by giving families the tools they need to thrive. Human Solutions is the largest nonprofit affordable housing developer and operator in its 245-mile East Portland/East Multnomah County service area, with 18 low-income apartment complexes featuring 720 units of permanently affordable housing. The agency offers utility assistance to prevent homelessness and operates five employment programs to help individuals with significant barriers to employment find living wage jobs and/or improve their job skills to increase their household incomes. For more information, visit www.humansolutions.org.
The most recent newsletter of Fair Housing Council of Oregon is up and in it includes Q7A with Allan Lazo. Click here to read the latest!
Community Partners for Affordable Housing welcome two new staffers!
Kate Boultbee, CPAH’s Resident Services Coordinator, has a BA in Communication and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. She has worked with youth, from toddlers to teens, in both residential and school environments--including positions with Home Forward, the Gateway Center, Girls on the Run, and Camp Fire Columbia. She has experience working in culturally-diverse settings, including an internship at the Native American Rehabilitation Association, and she served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, with a focus on youth and adult literacy. Prior to social service work, Kate worked as a journalist with a specialty in technical writing and as the events editor at monthly magazine in Annapolis, MD.
Melinda Jones has joined CPAH as Interim Housing Development Manager. Melinda has 26 years of experience in housing development, including serving as a project manager for Mercy Housing Northwest, Housing Development Center, and other organizations, as well operating her own consulting firm for the last 10 years, ViewPoint Real Estate Consulting, LLC. Melinda is very experienced in both the finance and the construction management side of development. She holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Washington and has completed graduate level coursework in Construction Management at Texas A&M University. Melinda is also active in the community and volunteers as the Facilities and Maintenance Coordinator at a local church.
Welcome Kate and Melinda!!
PCRI Board and Staff are excited to participate in several festivals this August: the SEI Summer Music Festival, the Alberta Street Fair, and the 2016 Soul Stroll. We welcome residents and community members alike to join us at the festivals, several of which have opportunities to learn more about PCRI, our developments and homeownership programs, as well as employment opportunities.
On August 6, 2016, PCRI is proud to sponsor Self Enhancement, Inc's Summer Music Festival: “A Walk Down Memory Lane”. The festival is 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Unthank Park (located on Kerby Ave. and Failing St.). This event will feature many performers, including a special tribute honoring local jazz legend Thara Memory. The festival will also offer information about community displacement and what you can do, as well as food and good times, as SEI says, "the way we USED to do it!"
Saturday, August 13, 2016, is the 19th Annual Alberta Street Fair, and PCRI will be there! The Fair, hosted by Alberta Main Street, "offers an eclectic mix of activities and events that could only be found on Alberta Street". It is one of Portland's most popular fairs, drawing over 25,000 people each year who attend to see the best of the Alberta Street community. In addition to exhibitors like PCRI, the event is for fair-goers of all ages and features entertainment, music, vendors, food and drink.
PCRI gives special thanks to Brooks Staffing for donating the exhibitor space PCRI is using at the fair!
PCRI staff are also excited to participate in the 2016 Soul Stroll on Saturday, August 20. The wellness walk, hosted by the African-American Health Coalition (AAHC) helps raise awareness of health disparities among the African American Community, and raise funds to sustain the AAHC physical activity program. Grand Marshal Cathy Mayes will kick off the 2.5k and 5k walks. Afterwards, the Soul Stroll will feature free food, music, dancing and more.
Interested in joining PCRI or volunteering at any of these events? Follow the links for each event or email PCRI for more information!
Amber L. is absolutely over the moon. The 27-year-old mom is moving back to Clackamas, Ore., where she grew up, into a brand new apartment. “I am so happy to be coming back with my son to a safe, beautiful home,” she told the crowd of close to 100 people who attended the grand opening of Town Center Courtyards on Wednesday, July 20.
Town Center Courtyards will become a stable, supportive home for families who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness. The 60-unit, mixed-income apartment complex is a shining example of form and function. All the units have exterior doors and overlook courtyards where families can socialize and kids can play. The apartments are spacious and bright. There will be two Central City Concern (CCC) staff members on-site to help residents with life skills, employment, educational development, recovery, parenting and wellness support. The neighborhood is well located near public transportation, public schools, public parks, child care centers, grocery stores and numerous employment opportunities.
75 kids were able to stay with their families and avoid foster care.
Oregon ON member Bridge Housing has been selected by the Portland Housing Bureau to create 61 new affordable apartments for low-income families at N. Williams Center in the Eliot Neighborhood.
The newly constructed community will serve very low- and low-income families, with priority given to longtime and displaced residents of North and Northeast Portland. The $18.3 million development, anticipated to break ground in mid-2017, received an allocation of $4.5 million in local and federal funds from the Portland Housing Bureau and will leverage 40 Project-Based Section 8 vouchers from Home Forward.
Read the entire press release here.
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