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.
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.
Read more here.
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!
Click here to read about Four Policy Recommendations for Healthy Housing.
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.
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