Posts Tagged ‘Programs’

January 13, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, 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.

January 11, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is excited to host a workshop on Student Loan Repayment Strategies on Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 6-8pm. PCRI residents are invited to join us to learn about consumer options for federal loan repayment, and to discuss and de-mystify student loan default and delinquency.Student Loan Repayment Strategies Flyer

We will review income-driven repayment options for federal loans (including Income-Contingent Repayment, Income-Based Repayment, and Pay As You Earn plans) and provide information on how to sign up and estimate monthly payments. We’ll also discuss the differences between federal and private loans, and share information to help borrowers avoid or address loan delinquency and default. You may be eligible for a lower monthly payment on your student loans. Join us to get clear and concise information about your options!

We want to extend a special invitation to all PCRI residents who are interested in homeownership, as student loan debt has particular implications for mortgage-readiness. Many people throughout the country have large amounts of student loan debt that can make it difficult to achieve their financial goals, and thinking about debt can be overwhelming. PCRI is here to provide support, information and resources you need to remain an informed and empowered borrower.

The workshop will be held at the PCRI Annex, 6601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (two blocks north of PCRI’s main office). Contact Liz at 503.288.2923 x122 or by email with questions or to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you on the 21st!

 

December 7, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Portland youth lined up for their pick of hundreds of bikes at the Community Cycling Center Holiday Bike Drive, Sunday, December 6, 2015. PCRI youth and other low-income children rode away from the event with a donated and refurbished bicycle, as well as free helmets, equipment and hands-on bike training. For many kids at the bike drive, this was their first bicycle and an exciting early holiday present.

PCRI resident Hermela enthusiastically shows off her new bike

PCRI resident Hermela enthusiastically shows off her new bike

Hermela, a PCRI resident, had an amazing time playing all the games, choosing her new bike, and riding it for the first time. PCRI was one of many partner agencies that referred families to the Bike Drive.

One parent was so thankful for this opportunity, noting that with such a tight budget Christmas presents are in question this year. Thanks to Community Cycling Center, partners and donors, the kids are ensured gifts under the tree. Each bike has an estimated value around $50, and with many participating families having multiple children, the benefit and opportunity of the bike drive adds up quickly.

PCRI resident Jericho (right) volunteered at the Bike Drive

PCRI resident Jericho (right) volunteered at the Bike Drive

In addition to youth receiving a new bike, PCRI residents were at the bike drive serving the community. Jericho has been interested in volunteering and helped give out helmets during the event. Each youth receiving a bike at the bike drive received a free helmet fit to size, as well as safety lessons and bike training to develop skills with their new bike.

Another PCRI parent was not only impressed by the amazing set up and knowledge of the staff and volunteers, but also grateful for someone else telling their kids to be safe, saying, “Parents can seem like nags about safety, so it’s good that the kids are hearing it from someone else this time! This helps!” The parent noted that they wanted the bikes to be a secret for Christmas but in the end was glad to bring their kids to such an informational experience.

PCRI staff member Kirk Rea helped families register them for the bike drive and brought his camera to the event to capture it in photos. It was “probably one of the cutest and most radical events I’ve been to,” he said.

For residents interested in connecting to similar resources, keep an eye on PCRI’s Programs page, contact a Resident Services Coordinator, and also follow us on Facebook, where we regularly share resources and opportunities.

 

October 20, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

The Urban Harvest Garden, run by the Urban League of Portland, serves to create space for African Americans and others to obtain food security and to engender Environmental Justice – the fair access of land to marginalized people. The garden is run on a collective model, so you work in it when you can and harvest from it when you need. This is an amazing opportunity for residents living in multiunit apartments where garden space is limited or not available. The garden is located on the corner of North Beech Street and North Albina Streets.

Urban-League-Garden-Clean-UpTo jump start the winter season, there is a garden work party on Saturday, October 24 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Tasks include amending the soil, removing summer plants, pulling weeds, planting winter vegetables, and providing general garden maintenance. RSVP’s are welcomed (see contact information below), but are not required.

This is an outdoor rain-or-shine event, so watch the weather and dress appropriately. Restrooms are off site a block away. The garden is wheel chair accessible and some work can be accomplished with diverse mobility.

Light snacks will be provided. No specific training is required and work can be taught on site for any volunteer experience level with gardening; the garden is here to build us up.

The Urban Harvest Garden also acts as an educational zone and receives visits from a neighboring childcare facility and Self Enhancement, Inc.’s nearby school. Future dreams of the garden include distributing produce to Black-owned restaurants and to eventually start a Black farmers market.

PCRI residents interested in using the garden will have support from the garden coordinator, Laquida Landford.

For more information, contact:
Laquida Landford, 719-427-1368 or by email.

Garden Workparty
Location: 741 N Beech St (corner of Albina St and Beech St)
Date: Sat. October 24, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

September 10, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is excited to begin the second series of the “Money Smart” Financial Education Program in partnership with Banner Bank. Residents who complete the four-class program will earn $100 to open a new checking account. The program includes four 2-hour classes on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday, October 6, and will cover topics ranging from budgeting, balancing a checkbook, managing credit and avoiding identity theft.Children-and-savings

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, October 6, 6-8 p.m.): “Bank on It” and “Borrowing Basics” topics include basics of banking and borrowing.
  • Class 2 (Tuesday, October 13, 6-8 p.m.): “Check it Out” and “Money Matters” topics include backing vs. check cashing services, and budgeting.
  • Class 3 (Tuesday, October 20, 6-8 p.m.): “Pay Yourself First” and “Keep it Safe” topics include the importance of saving and protecting your identity
  • Class 4 (Tuesday, October 27, 6-8 p.m.): “To Your Credit” and “Charge it Right” topics include financial scams, identity theft, and maintaining good credit.

Participants who attend and complete all four classes will earn $100 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.

July 27, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI received certification in July 2015 as a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved housing counseling agency and concurrently became an affiliate member of HomeFree-USA, a leading HUD-approved homeownership development, foreclosure intervention and financial empowerment organization.

New Homeowner 002PCRI’s certification by HUD as a housing counseling agency and affiliation with HomeFree-USA lends additional strength to PCRI’s ongoing financial empowerment programs, such as housing counseling, homeownership retention for seniors, homebuyer education and financial literacy. The certification underscores PCRI commitment and success creating lasting stability and providing pathways out of poverty for low- and moderate-income residents and community members.

“We are tremendously excited about joining forces with HomeFree-USA,” said Andrea Debnam, PCRI Resident Services Manager. “When our organizations initially came together, it was evident that we both share a passion for empowering the people we serve. As we strengthen individuals & families by providing valuable resources to improve their lives – we ultimately build healthy, vibrant communities for us all.”

Recognition as a HUD-certified counseling agency also improves PCRI’s access to funding opportunities, which help PCRI increase capacity to support the families we serve and provide support for additional families. Most of PCRI’s financial empowerment programs are free of charge for residents and community members. Utilizing these programs, participants have reduced debt, increased credit scores, become first-time home buyers, and created stability which benefits their families immediately and for future generations.

PCRI, more than ever, is committed to empowering Portland families to achieve stability, self-sufficiency and wealth creation, including the American dream of homeownership.

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way they do business.

HomeFree-USA is a leading HUD-approved homeownership development, foreclosure intervention and financial empowerment organization. HomeFree-USA and its affiliates improve the financial position and enrich the lives of every-day people through homeownership and credit management.

For more information about PCRI or our financial empowerment programs, visit www.pcrihome.org/programs or call (503) 288-2923.

July 8, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Rent Credit Build Postcard single Mom_Page_1PCRI residents are invited to improve their credit through paying rent online! Beginning Spring 2015, PCRI will accept rent payments through an Automated Clearing House (ACH), making it simple and easy to start building and improving your credit. Residents who have completed similar programs have seen credit scores improve an average of 23 points.

PCRI hosted information sessions in July for residents interested in the program. Residents who were not able to attend the information session are still encouraged to learn more by contacting Amy Dang via email or at 503-288-2923 x131.

For residents who are interested in the convenience of autopay, but are not interested in building credit, PCRI has an alternate payment option. Please contact us for more information.

April 15, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

April is National Financial Literacy Month. PCRI is excited to celebrate with a Financial Education Program in partnership with Banner Bank. Residents who complete the four-class program will earn $100 to open a new checking account or use in other ways. The program includes four 2-hour classes on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday, April 28, 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:

  • Love MoneyClass 1 (Tuesday, April 28, 6-8 p.m.): “Bank on It” and “Borrowing Basics” topics include basics of banking and borrowing.
  • Class 2 (Tuesday, May 5, 6-8 p.m.): “Check it Out” and “Money Matters” topics include backing vs. check cashing services, and budgeting.
  • Class 3 (Tuesday, May 12, 6-8 p.m.): “Pay Yourself First” and “Keep it Safe” topics include the importance of saving and protecting your identity
  • Class 4 (Tuesday, May 19, 6-8 p.m.): “To Your Credit” and “Charge it Right” topics include financial scams, identity theft, and maintaining good credit.

Participants who attend and complete all four classes will earn $100 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.

March 20, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

CM Flyer ENGLISHPCRI is excited to host cooking and nutrition classes at Park Terrace Community Center this spring. The classes, available to all PCRI residents, are in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank and their Cooking Matters™ program. Cooking Matters™ is a nationwide program of Share Our Strength which teaches participants to shop smarter, use nutrition information to make healthier choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

PCRI’s first class series will run once per week for six weeks from Wednesday, April 22 to Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Classes will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and participants will be provided a free bag of groceries each week. Lessons cover meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting, and nutrition. These are hands-on classes where all participants will have the opportunity to practice fundamental food skills, including proper knife technique, reading ingredient labels, cutting up a whole chicken, and making a healthy meal for a family of four on a $10 budget.

Classes are open to all PCRI residents. For more information or to sign up, please contact Karissa by email or by telephone at (503) 282-1359.

 

March 19, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI believes wealth creation is a critical step along the path of stability and self-sufficiency. On Thursday, April 16, from 6:00 – 7:00pm, PCRI will host an asset building information session. PCRI  offers several programs to aid with financial wellness and building savings, all aimed at empowering residents’ success. This information session will be a valuable opportunity for residents to learn more and sign up for these programs.

Asset BuildingWe invite you to join PCRI to learn more about the following programs:

  • Financial Wellness offers support with budgeting, saving, debt reduction, and money management.
  • Individual Development Accounts (IDA) offers a matched savings account for assets like higher education, home purchase, or small business. IDA participants currently receive $3.00 for every $1.00 saved.
  • Homeownership offers education and individualized supportive counseling for those preparing to buy their first home.
  • Career Development

The asset building information session will be held at the PCRI’s Main Office at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

RSVP’s are requested. Please call Liz at (503) 288-2923 x122 or RSVP via email to confirm your attendance.

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