A historic apartment building that has long provided affordable living to elderly and disabled people on fixed income has reopened downtown. The Bronaugh was purchased by REACH Community Development in order to stop it from being converted to market-rate apartments.
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Congratulations to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County! Read about the new, energy-efficient apartments here.
Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., alongside many of our members, were featured on Building Healthy Places' Blog last month. Congratulations to all involved!
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The Urban League of Portland announced that PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick would receive the League’s keynote honors at their Equal Opportunity Awards dinner on October 4, 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center.
The annual event celebrates and supports the work of Urban League of Portland and others empowering African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security.
In the June 15 announcement, the Urban League stated, “Maxine is a passionate leader in our community, working to ensure that all Oregonians have access to affordable housing and opportunities for home ownership. As the Executive Director of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Maxine is a tireless advocate for families in our community and has been at the forefront in providing real solutions to Portland’s current housing crisis.”
PCRI’s staff and board are honored to see Maxine receive the Urban League’s honors and will attend the event to celebrate the Urban League’s work and Maxine’s award. More information about the Equal Opportunity Awards dinner can be found on the Urban League of Portland’s website.
Community members, neighbors, partners and others joined PCRI for an open house to see PCRI’s newest affordable rental homes and enjoy food from local businesses Tamale Boy, Portland Prime and Cupcake Jones. The June 14 event celebrated completion of construction of six three-bedroom, townhouse-style rental homes intended to help mitigate and prevent displacement in Northeast Portland’s rapidly changing neighborhoods.
Families on PCRI’s affordable housing waiting list who were displaced or are at risk of displacement from North and Northeast Portland will receive priority to rent the homes using a “Right to Return” policy developed by PCRI to mitigate involuntary displacement. The homes will be reserved for rent by families earning up to 50-60% of Area Median Income (income thresholds vary by unit) and will rent for $955 to $1,146 per month.
Designed by eM|Zed Architecture and built by Colas Construction, these homes will ensure durability, health and affordability for resident families for years to come. Thanks to a grant from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the existing home at the site which was not suitable for rehabilitation was deconstructed, helping to prevent valuable building material from becoming landfill. Financing for the development and construction was provided by Portland Housing Bureau and Pacific Continental Bank, with additional incentives and grant funding from Energy Trust of Oregon and NW Natural.
Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Center is hosting a benefit dinner and garden party to help raise funds for the children’s gardening program at Human Solutions from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at Dennis’ 7 Dees Southeast Portland Garden Center, 6025 SE Powell Blvd. Guests will enjoy local cuisine, fresh cocktails, and live music, and will have a chance to win some great raffle prizes. Tickets are $100 per person.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.dennis7dees.com/blog/post/seed-today-for-roots-tomorrow-a-farm-to-table-garden-party1.
Dennis’ 7 Dees and Human Solutions have teamed up to helping children foster a love of gardening. Proceeds from the event will provide the needed plants, tools, equipment and materials necessary for gardening projects at several of Human Solutions’ 18 affordable housing complexes in outer East Portland. Gardening is used as a tool to unlock a child’s ability to nurture and helps them grow into responsible adults. As the gardens develop and bloom, so will the children who create them.
Last year, at the inaugural garden party, 100-plus guests and sponsors helped raise more than $10,000 for the children’s gardening program. This event was born from a long-term partnership between Dennis’ 7 Dees Garden Centers and Human Solutions, and the previous Earth Day/Day of Service events held over the past few years at Human Solutions’ shelters and housing sites. At these events, the staff from Dennis’ 7 Dees volunteer their time and supplies to help brighten and improve the grounds at the various sites for the homeless or low-income families residing there. The most recent project involves creation of a children’s play area, raised garden beds and a rain garden at the new Human Solutions Family Center.
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 new Human Solutions Family Center at 160th and Stark in Portland provides the only emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness that is open 24/7, 365 days per year. 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.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, July 30 to help the nationally recognized innovative urban greening organization, Depave, transform the parking lot of the Human Solutions Family Center (HSFC) into a multi-use greenspace. The HSFC opened in February at 16015 SE Stark St., the former home of Woodshed Restaurant and, more recently, the Black Cauldron strip club.
The HSFC 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 year-round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Home-like amenties at the HSFC 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 Lanscaping & Garden Centers, to turn portions of the lot into a children’s play area, raised garden beds, and a rain garden.
The project is being completed in phases. Under the direction of Dennis’ 7 Dees, volunteers from Human Solutions and the community completed Phase I of the HSFC beautification on July 18, planting drought-tolerant native vegetation in newly laid soil and in large galvanized bins.
Depave will lead Phase II of the renovation project, using a contingent of volunteers to remove 6,000 square feet of pavement at the HSFC from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. The organization works with community groups and willing landowners to tear out unnecessary pavement and revitalize urban spaces. Depaving is typically done by hand using pry bars and sweat equity; the group admits the work is hard but says the crowd is usually smiling the entire time. Depave’s unique events are intended to build community through hands-on teamwork, and increase personal investment and stewardship for the converted spaces by neighborhood residents.
Volunteer of all ages are welcome! Details and a video of what the work will be like are online at: www.depave.org/event/humansolutions.
Bronaugh Historic Apartments Grand Re-opening
Date: July 15, 2016
Time: 10 - 11:30am
Location: 1434 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97205
We are celebrating the completion of the Bronaugh Apartments, a historic three-story apartment building located in downtown Portland. Home to elderly and disabled citizens living on fixed incomes, the Bronaugh is the last building of the at-risk Section 8 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) properties identified in the 11X13 Campaign. REACH has finished a complete building renovation including a seismic upgrade with the support the Portland Housing Bureau. Join us!
Grand Opening of Orchards at Orenco II
Date: August 10, 2016
Location: 6598 NE Cherry Dr., Hillsboro, OR 97124
Leasing has started and residents are gearing up to move in, so save the date - August 10th, for the grand opening of our latest development in Hillsboro. With the experience of the first phase of this development under our belt, we built the second phase to Passive House standards for $1 million dollars less than Phase I. This is saving residents even more $$. Come see how we did it!
Northwest Coastal Housing (NWCH) is one of the recipients of the SPCH SNLH Social Accountability Grant. This is the second year the agency has received funding for literacy Programming for families and youth of The Ridge Apartments. Resident Services is such a critical component to affordable housing, and Lincoln County has only a handful of Resident Services served sites. The goal is to decrease barriers to housing and provide opportunities for success. One identified areas of need for the residents was literacy.
Over the past two years, NWCH has been engaging in funding for literacy and technology. Through the funds received, tutors were hired to assist youth with reading and math skills during afterschool and summer programs. Now the program is offered 4 days a week. The Ridge expanded it's budget to incorporate WiFi that is accessible in the community room where these programs and services are offered. This opened the door of opportunity to purchase iPads for the youth to coincide with the tutoring program that is taught through a scientifically based program called the Wilson Reading System. The youth are pre and post tested to gage success and gaged with attendance. The program has shown an improvement in at least 98% of the youth. Those youth with 50% attendance rate or more are counted in the grant and have shown improvement in multiple reading areas.
Due to the new curriculum and tutoring protocols based on the grant received from the State Youth Development Council, the Collective Impact Grant targeted age groups between 1st to 5th grades. Due to this phenomenon discovered the first year, the Tween Math Club was incorporated the following year. This is for the older age youth between 5th grade and 15 years of age. They must pass reading grade level to join, but they are also not discouraged. This year has been the first year of funding for that program. It is available one to two days a week.
Last year, NWCH received the SPCH SNLH Social Accountability Grant to purchase 11 iPads that enhanced the learning. The Tween Math Club utilizes Khan Academy, iXL Math, and another online math system that tracks incremental learning and provides pre and post testing. All of which can be monitored by the Grant Coordinator who is also a retired educator. In addition, the program received additional funding from Umpqua Bank for Chrome Books and headsets so youth can prepare for iClassroom with access to WiFi and the ability to complete their homework in the Community Room during after-school hours.
The Ridge serves 48% Hispanic and Latino population. The youth have shown struggles in scholastics due to the language barriers. This begins with the parents in the home. Based on this issue, NWCH partnered with the Oceanna Literacy Center who provides English, Spanish, and Other Language Classes. To enhance the partnership with literacy, Oceanna now meets at the Ridge, providing ESOL Classes to anyone willing to take classes, even to those outside the Ridge population. The parents can learn English and have the pride in the ability to be more self sufficient, more proficient and better suited and skilled with the tools to help their children learn. In this fashion, during Head Start, the Hispanic and Latino youth population do not have to be so far behind from the onset of their schooling education.
To fund this program twice a year, to enhance the tutoring programs by providing more hours in the summer, and cover STEM programming, NWCH received a second grant from SPCH SNLH Social Accountability Grant. Family Nights occur quarterly providing bi-lingual materials and food from the OSU Extension Office, a Little Free Library was installed outside the Community Room which celebrates the spirit of reading and the Public Library provides programming every other week with a bi-lingual instructor. Since September 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, the afterschool program and summer program has served 58 youth and the Family Nights have served 71 individuals.
Beyond housing, Northwest Coastal Housing believes in providing opportunity, for education and excellence. We cannot thank our partners enough for working with us, believing in us, and funding us so we can continue to do what we do best.
The Columbian | Patty Hastings
Twenty years ago, Kori York says she was homeless, helpless, hopeless and drunk. She was far removed from the life she’s now carved out for herself — a life that includes sobriety and homeownership.
“I would’ve never believed in a million years that I could buy a house,” said York, 56. She cried when she learned she was mortgage-ready.
Her achievement is magnified considering the competitive housing market and the fact that her annual salary as a peer support specialist at Lifeline Connections is $24,000, which is considered low-income. Most households earning that kind of money are renters, and with Clark County median home sale prices climbing toward $300,000, they’ll likely stay renters.
York rented a two-bedroom apartment in Hazel Dell before securing a grant through the Portland-based nonprofit (and Oregon ON Voting Member) Proud Ground, which bought down the purchase price of her new home in Washougal. While the home was listed for $214,400, with the program’s large grant she bought the three-bedroom, ranch-style house for $156,900.
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