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Earlier this year, PCRI and Albina Construction began a project to extensively rehabilitate 11 of PCRI’s affordable rental homes, preserving these valuable assets for our community and helping ensure the stability of their neighborhoods. To date, three homes have been completed with additional homes being completed in the coming months. New residents are preparing to move in to the completed homes, benefiting from the energy-efficiency, health and durability improvements that characterize the work being completed at each house.
Two of the first homes to be completed are less than a block from New Columbia’s parks, with community resources and frequent-service bus lines nearby. A third home is just steps from the MAX Yellow Line and Kenton Park. New exterior paint, which addressed lead-based paint hazards, makes a dramatic before-and-after comparison. Additional improvements to these and the other nine rehabilitated homes go much more than skin-deep, including improvements to efficiency and indoor health made according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards. Testing is being performed upon completion of each renovation to ensure anticipated results have been achieved.
Many of the new homes will also benefit from kitchens and bathrooms redesigned for better usability. These newly-rehabilitated rooms will also benefit from cabinetry and flooring chosen not just because they look great, but also for their durability and the of unhealthy chemicals.
These rehabilitation projects are also provide good paying construction jobs as well as training opportunities. As with prior projects, PCRI is teaming up with Oregon Tradeswomen at several of the homes, where students will develop their carpentry and teamwork skills building fences, installing floors and creating raised planter beds where the new residents can grow their own healthy produce.
Funding for these projects has been by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and by energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon. All eleven of the rehabilitated homes will be reintroduced to PCRI’s rental portfolio upon completion.