Posts Tagged ‘Newsletter’

April 8, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PPFlier_Final_ColorWould you like to be able to buy a home in North/Northeast Portland? PCRI is developing new homes for sale to qualifying first-time buyers and is partnering with the Portland Housing Bureau to make homeownership affordable and available to longtime residents of North and Northeast Portland. Portland Housing Bureau’s applications for this opportunity will be available beginning April 18, 2016 but must be completed and returned between May 2, 2016 – May 13, 2016.

Families who experienced or are now facing involuntary displacement from their historic neighborhood will be able to apply to receive preference for financial assistance to purchase a home via a policy developed by Portland Housing Bureau. Applications and additional information about the opportunities available and the preference policy are available on Portland Housing Bureau’s website, at PCRI and at other designated application sites.

As part of our Pathway 1000 Initiative to mitigate and prevent involuntary displacement, PCRI is developing these new homes for first time buyers beginning in 2016. These homes will include family-size single family homes, row homes and other types of housing. Families who purchase these homes can receive the full benefit of their homes’ equity and appreciation. Repayment of certain down payment assistance programs may be required; PCRI can help buyers understand all the opportunities and restrictions. More information on PCRI’s homeownership initiative can be found HERE.

More information about the Housing Bureau’s program and application is available online at www.portlandoregon.gov/phb and at PCRI. If you have any questions or would like to request printed copies of materials, call or visit PCRI or contact Jacquelyn Giordano at Portland Housing Bureau at 503-823-4100.

April 8, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Awards, Featured, PCRI

newsmaker_SkannerPCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick was recognized as a 2015 “Newsmaker of the Year” at an awards ceremony on March 16, 2016. The Royal Rosarian Foundation presented the awards for Newsmaker of the Year to local heroes who have performed acts of bravery or service to the community without regard to personal safety or public recognition. The recipients are nominated by local media representatives including Ms. Fitzpatrick, who was nominated by The Skanner News.

Jerry Foster of The Skanner News nominated Ms. Fitzpatrick for her work developing PCRI’s Pathway 1000 initiative. The Initiative aims to mitigate and prevent involuntary displacement of North and Northeast Portland’s historic residents, including the African American community, which has been disproportionately impacted.

Mr. Foster presented the award to Ms. Fitzpatrick alongside Rosarians Robert Hungerford and Rick Saturn, pictured above..

March 23, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI
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Participants in the October 2015 Money Smart Class show off their certificates of completion.

PCRI is excited to begin another series of the “Money Smart” Financial Education Program in partnership with Banner Bank. Residents who complete the four-class program will earn a $100 certificate they can redeem at any Banner Bank location. The program includes four 2-hour classes on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday, April 12, and will cover topics ranging from budgeting, balancing a checkbook, managing credit and avoiding identity theft.

Classes are limited to 35 participants and pre-registration is required, so residents are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible to Amy Dang at PCRI.  The classes include:

  • Class 1 (Tuesday, April 12, 6-8 p.m.): “Bank on It” and “Check it Out” topics include banking and choosing checking accounts.
  • Class 2 (Tuesday, April 19, 6-8 p.m.): “Money Matters” and “Pay Yourself First” topics include keeping track of your money and why you should save
  • Class 3 (Tuesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m.): “Borrowing Basics” and “Charge it Right” topics covered include introduction to credit and making a credit card work for you
  • Class 4 (Tuesday, May 3, 6-8 p.m.): “To Your Credit” and “Financial Recovery” topics include how credit history affects credit future and rebuilding your credit

Participants who attend and complete all four classes will earn the $100 certificate from Banner Bank.  Class sizes are limited and registration is required.  Contact Amy Dang, PCRI’s Financial Education Specialist, for more information or to register. All classes will be held at the PCRI Annex, two blocks north of PCRI’s main office.

March 22, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000

P1000 Flyer-Final-Color 1Key Planning and PCRI aim to learn what current and future residents of North and Northeast Portland want to see in their neighborhoods. Informed in part by a series of community conversations in March and April, 2016, we will develop the Pathway 1000 Community Housing Plan. This plan will guide PCRI’s Pathway 1000 initiative by helping answer questions of what housing should be developed, where, and for whom.

Join PCRI and Portland State University Masters in Urban and Regional Planning candidates for three upcoming community conversations about what home means to you. Each of the forums will be held at the Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N Rosa Parks Way in Portland. Refreshments and childcare will be provided!

Forum One: Breaking Ground
Thursday, March 31, 6–8 p.m.

Forum Two: Community Choices and Trade-Offs
Thursday, April 14, 6–8 p.m.

Forum Three: Building Community
Sunday, May 22, 2–4:30 p.m.

Looking for ways to stay informed about the latest Pathway 1000 and Community Housing Plan updates? Sign up for our e-news or follow the PCRI and Pathway 1000 Community Housing Plan Facebook pages!

March 15, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

DSC_0449In early March, PCRI’s Park Terrace and Maya Angelou Community Centers each hosted an open house for residents and new Resident Service Coordinators to meet each other. Both the residents and PCRI’s staff enjoyed food and laughter while meeting other residents and welcoming the center’s new coordinators, Victoria and Adrena (read more about PCRI’s new staff here).

In addition to meeting one another, the open houses serve as an opportunity to learn more about resident needs so the coordinators can develop programs that help residents become stable, achieve self-sufficiency and begin building assets. Programs at each of the community centers are designed to be particularly responsive to the needs of each community’s residents. In addition, residents of Park Terrace and Maya Angelou apartments have access to PCRI’s full suite of resident service programs.143

Special thanks go out to the young photographer who captured photos at the Maya Angelou Community Center. We managed to catch her on the other side of the camera while she was taking a break with some of the evening’s banana pudding!

Click on any of the photos below to view a larger version.

February 23, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Grant Warehouse, PCRI

IMG_8768PCRI and our development partners, Gerding Edlen, Colas Construction and Carleton Hart Architecture, will host our first open house forum on Monday, March 14 to share information and invite feedback on the redevelopment proposed for the site of the former Grant Warehouse.

Grant Warehouse Community Forum
Monday, March 14, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
New Song Community Church
2511 NE M L King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon (Community Room entry on Russell)

Initial designs for the housing and commercial space at this site are being developed and community feedback is important to guide decisions and choices that will benefit and impact the residents and business tenants of the finished building, as well as the larger neighborhood.

Please share information about this community event and join us on Monday, March 14. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are requested, but not required.

The development site is located at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Cook and Ivy Streets. Answers to many other frequently asked questions can be found HERE.

February 22, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

In January and February 2015, PCRI welcomed three new staff members to our Resident Services team. Each of these new staff members bring a diverse background of experience and will work directly with PCRI residents to ensure they have the tools they need to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.

Ted Salter, Homeownership Program Coordinator

Salter, TedTed joined PCRI in February 2016 and will provide homeownership counseling and education services to PCRI residents and community members as well as handle the day to day operations of PCRI’s Homeownership Program.

Ted brings tremendous experience and passion to the position. “I stated my housing career at HOST Development where I was part of a team that provided over 100 affordable homes to families making less than median family income in North and Northeast Portland. Eighty percent of our homeowners were People of Color. When I started in 2002, there wasn’t enough affordable housing, but even worse, there weren’t enough services to help people understand the process and benefits of purchasing a home. That’s why I’m excited about our efforts at PCRI to provide the necessary services to strengthen families, especially those displaced by rising home prices!”

Ted is also the Men’s Tennis Coach at Franklin High School, winning a district championship in 2013 and receiving Coach of the Year honors in 2013 and 2014.

Adrena Christmas, Resident Services Coordinator for Maya Angelou Community Center

IMG_3271Adrena Christmas has been building relationships with the children and families living in the Maya Angelou apartment community since she began her role as Resident Services Coordinator there in January 2016. She brings a deep sense of commitment to her community to this role, and a breadth of skill and experience. Adrena has worked in a variety of sectors – she owned and operated her own daycare from 2009-2013, and comes to us most recently from a position with PNC Bank as a Tax Credit Compliance Specialist. Adrena’s business sensibility, along with her compassion and skill in working with children, will contribute to truly robust activities and services at the Maya Angelou Center.

Adrena was born and raised in Portland. As someone whose family has been directly impacted by involuntary displacement (including her father, who was affected by the Vanport flood), Adrena knows first-hand the challenges facing folks of color and moderate-income families in North/Northeast Portland. As a mother of five – and proud grandmother of four! – Adrena balances family, work, and school (she’s currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree). Adrena stays busy, and she is already off and running working on plans for new programming for PCRI youth and families.

PCRI is excited to have Adrena as part of our staff team. Be sure to drop by the Maya and welcome her!

Victoria Davis, Resident Services Coordinator for Park Terrace Community Center

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Victoria Davis has enlivened the Park Terrace Community Center since she joined the PCRI staff team in January 2016. Victoria brings boundless energy to the Park Terrace community, and comes to PCRI with a depth of experience in social service provision. She joins PCRI after thirteen years of employment with Central City Concern, where she supported clients in a range of capacities, including: addiction and substance abuse response, mental health support, and homeless services. Victoria’s approach to her work is rooted in principles of harm reduction, a desire to meet people where they are, and the belief that all people – regardless of circumstance – should be treated with dignity.

Victoria was born in Portland, but split time in her childhood between the Pacific Northwest and Birmingham, Alabama. Victoria’s Southern roots show up in her sense of hospitality, and in her warm personality. She says simply, “I speak to people because it’s the right thing to do.” Victoria loves to interact with folks of all different backgrounds, and is especially committed to PCRI’s mission of service to people of color and those with modest means.

With support from PCRI’s homeownership program, Victoria purchased her first home in 2014. “We really can become homeowners,” she said after moving in. “Renting didn’t make sense for me anymore. Even with all the trials and tribulations, I just stayed the path.”

We were thrilled to help Victoria achieve her homeownership goal and we’re grateful to now have Victoria as part of our staff team. Please stop by the Park Terrace Center to say hello & introduce yourself!

February 1, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Save the Date! PCRI’s 5th Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers. Visit pcrigala.org to learn details as they’re announced and to purchase tickets – now on sale. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Dancing with Stars Save the Date

 

Sign up for PCRI’s mailing list to be the first to learn about the dancers who will compete in the 2016 gala and when tickets go on sale. We expect the event to once again sell out.

January 27, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI, Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and the Urban League of Portland are collaborating for the African American Financial Capabilities Initiative to improve and protect the economic security of African-Americans in our region.

NWAFFunded by an initial $1.2 million in grants from the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF), the initiative will bring together a cohort of African-American-led groups to provide culturally-tailored work that strengthens asset-building services, sharpens policy advocacy strategies, and grows leadership capacity to benefit the communities.

Collaboration is a key aspect of the initiative. Beyond the collaboration between the cohorts themselves and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Corporation For Enterprise Development (CFED), the grant supports and promotes efforts by the cohorts to reach out and convene other organizations that can work collaboratively with groups within the African-American communities of each city.

NAACP and CFED help establish a learning community among cohort members and work collaboratively to provide technical assistance to African-American asset-building organizations that will serve as local anchors for the African-American Financial Capability Initiative in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Des Moines, Iowa.

The technical assistance aims to support a sustainable network of African-American asset development entities that produce and deliver premium asset-building resources that better serve the African-American community and encourage financial capability.

The NWAF listens to, learns from, and leads others to grantees’ transformative program and policy work, which helps hardworking people and families overcome crises today so they can establish good credit, launch small businesses, save, and begin to feel secure and hopeful about tomorrow.

January 13, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

Weatherization WorkshopThe Community Energy Project and PCRI partnered for a pair of weatherization workshops held in January 2016. The workshops, which provided easy home weatherization tips and techniques, will help participants in PCRI’s Homeownership Retention program reduce energy costs while keeping their homes warm through the winter.

Thirteen senior homeowners at the January 13 workshop, and others at a January 6 workshop brought home a kit including weather stripping and other tools for insulating and reducing drafts. With easy-to-use instruction provided at the workshop, homeowners are able to begin saving energy and reducing their heating bills right away.

Miss the workshop, but are still interested? Contact PCRI’s Homeownership Retention program at (503) 288-2923 or by email or follow the link for more information from Community Energy Project.

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