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This May, PCRI and Albina Construction began rehabilitation of eleven affordable rental homes. This rehab project spans North, Northeast and Southeast Portland with goals to make the existing single-family homes safer and healthier for low-income families and individuals. Interior and exterior renovations will make them not only more livable, but also more energy-efficient and will help to preserve the beauty and the stability of their neighborhoods.
Work is already in progress at four homes in North Portland, including weatherization and insulation improvements targeted to meet the Home Performance with Energy Star standards. These improvements will help lower energy costs for residents and make the home more comfortable for the future residents. Other work includes extensive renovations on a N Webster Street home, close to the vibrant N Mississippi Ave. This home, which has been submitted for Portland’s Build It Green! homes tour (selections to be announced in June, so stay tuned) will have new bedrooms added and the existing main floor layout will receive major improvements to its usability and layout as part of the renovations.
These rehabilitation projects will also provide a series of new sites for PCRI to team up with Oregon Tradeswomen. Students in the Tradeswomen’s training program will build new fences and porches and perhaps tackle a bit of deconstruction work at several of the homes.
The rehabilitation projects, as well as lead hazard remediation at each of the sites is funded by Portland Housing Bureau. All eleven of the rehabilitated homes will be reintroduced to PCRI’s rental portfolio upon completion. In addition to the improved housing, the project will also provide needed jobs and training opportunities. While the specific needs of each home vary, the final result of the rehabilitations will be a more efficient, safe and healthy rental home. Start and finish dates of the individual sites will be staggered, with completion of the entire Big 11 Project anticipated for the end of 2012.
Guest post written by Emma Chandler, Housing Development Volunteer