December 12, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

IMG_4240On Friday, December 12, PCRI welcomed partners and community members to its newest affordable rental home. The new home in Northeast Portland’s Concordia neighborhood is part of a PCRI initiative to enable involuntarily displaced residents of the community to return to neighborhoods they would otherwise be priced out of.

The new home features four bedrooms and two baths. A main floor bedroom and bathroom, as well as all living spaces, are accessible to a resident with mobility impairments. Upstairs, three additional bedrooms and a full bathroom provide space for a larger or extended family.

When PCRI determined that it wasn’t practical to rehabilitate the affordable rental home which was previously at this location, we looked to replace it with a new home that was not only affordable and practical, but also healthy and efficient. The new rental home is part of a larger strategy by PCRI to ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in neighborhoods where community resources are robust, schools are easily accessible, and transit services are frequent and readily available. This home and future developments coming soon aim to mitigate–and when possible, prevent–the forced displacement of long-term residents due to rising rents and gentrification.

IMG_2135As with other homes rehabilitated or newly constructed by PCRI and our contractor partners, this home will benefit from finishes, cabinetry and flooring chosen because for good looks and durability as well as their absence of unhealthy chemicals used in production and finishing. The durable and highly efficient design will not only help the home earn Earth Advantage Platinum certification, but will also help ensure low maintenance and utility costs for PCRI and the home’s residents.

This new construction project, built by Albina Construction, also provides good paying construction jobs for historically underutilized firms. Construction work performed by certified minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses (MWESBs) exceeded 87% of all contracts, based on percentage of overall construction costs. In addition, approximately two-thirds off all work was performed by Section 3 certified workers and businesses, ensuring the economic opportunities of construction benefits low-income residents.

Funding for this project has been provided by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), equity invested by PCRI, and the use of energy-efficiency incentives and planning grants from the Energy Trust of Oregon. Volunteer crews also helped install low-maintenance, drought-tolerant landscaping to minimize water use and maximize the home’s beauty.

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November 26, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

Web-Banner #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a national campaign on December 2, 2014, just following “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday,” that will create a day of giving to celebrate and encourage the community to participate in charitable activities.

It doesn’t take much to make a big difference.  Please join PCRI by giving on any level: through donations, volunteering, or helping spread the word. Here are a few suggestions for your #GivingTuesday:

  • Your support helps families like the Orrs, providing stable housing so their children can succeed in school.
  • Your support provides education and support for first-time homeowners like Betty and Rachel, so they can achieve their dream (and in turn, their rental home is available to stabilize another family!).
  • And your support enables youth to grow and thrive, building confidence while learning new creative skills, like film making and set production.
  • Sharing is giving too!  “Like” us on Facebook and follow us Twitter. Post a photo showing why affordable housing is important to you – share it on our wall or tag us in it!
How will you give? Donate HereFor Questions, please contact Travis Phillips at 503-288-2923

About #GivingTuesday

A team of recognized experts and influencers, initially convened by leaders of 92nd Street Y and supported by a core group of founding partners, originally spearheaded this effort. Founding partners in 2012 included United Nations Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Mashable, Blackbaud, charity:water, GlobalGiving, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Kiva, Darden Restaurant Group, Groupon, Unilever and VentureThree Capital. Leaders in philanthropy, social media, innovative giving, grassroots organizing, marketing and communications are providing counsel and resources to help build this movement.

To learn more about #GivingTuesday plarticipants and acitivites or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:

Website: www.givingtuesday.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday

Twitter: www.twitter.com/GivingTues

#GivingTuesday is endorsed by Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center on Philanthropy, Giving Institute, Giving USA Foundation and InterAction. Charity Navigator, Givewell and GuideStar are serving as Charity Advisors. VolunteerMatch is a volunteer advisor to #GivingTuesday.

November 21, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

KarinEdwardsPCRI is proud to announce the newest member of our Board of Directors, Karin Edwards, Ed.D.

Karin, a native of the Bronx, New York, has over thirty years of experience in higher education administration and is Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus President. She’s worked at public and private four-year colleges and universities, as well as, two-year community colleges. Karin earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Albany and her Doctorate from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Most recently, Karin served as the Chief Student Affairs Officer at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut where she was actively engaged in the Southeastern Connecticut community. She was a member of the Board of Directors for the William W. Backus Hospital, served as treasurer for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund, a mentor for the Southeastern Connecticut Debutante Program, active on the education committee of the Norwich Branch of the NAACP and a deaconess at Shiloh Baptist Church New London.

Karin is married to Raymond Edwards. Together, they have two adult children and a 6 -year old granddaughter. Karin and Ray moved to Portland in July 2014 and reside in the Bridgeton area of North Portland.

November 21, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Save the Date! PCRI’s 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers.

Dancing with Stars Save the Date

 

Learn more about the dancers who will compete in the 2015 gala and get your tickets today! We expect the event to once again sell out.

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available.

Click here to download a PDF Save the Date flyer to share with friends and colleagues.

November 17, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · Featured, PCRI

PCRI encourages residents and community members to attend a community need hearing.

How are rising rents and home prices affecting your household?

A consortium made up of the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, and Multnomah County will invest millions over the next fiscal year to help address the community’s need for affordable housing and community economic development.

You are invited to participate in the Annual Community Need Hearing as one of several ways to offer input on an annual spending plan for this federal investment in housing and community economic development.

Thursday, December 11th 

Dinner at 6:00 pmProgram from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

Gresham City Hall: 1333 NW Eastman Parkway

Accessible by Max and Bus

Park at the auto service lot on Eastman Parkway next to Kmart.

For More Information:  http://www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/51008

 

 

November 7, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · PCRI

Free Books, Free Resources, and Tips on Learning and Literacy

KairosPDX is partnering with Multnomah County Library to bring

Multi-Cultural READ AND LEARN

When: November 13, 2014

Time: 10:00- 11:00 a.m.

Who: Parents and children 3-5

 

Where: New Columbia Resident Services Building

4610 North Trenton Street, Portland, OR 97203

Email: info@kairospdx.org to register

Stop by and see us in Resident Services if you have questions on Tuesdays!

 

October 28, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, New Construction, PCRI

On Tuesday, October 28, eight women from Airbnb volunteered at PCRI’s newest rental home, prepping and planting new landscaping in the home’s front yard alongside Travis Phillips and Kirk Rea from PCRI.

IMG_1883Under the threat of downpours, the eight volunteers cleared debris from the yard, prepped the ground for planting and got their boots and shovels muddy planting ornamental grasses, trees and other plants. Home Depot’s Jantzen Beach store provided the plants and landscape material for the front yard, creating a colorful and low-maintenance first impression for the home’s residents and neighbors.

The volunteers excellent teamwork ensured the project was finished ahead of schedule–just in time to pack up before the day’s rains started coming down, giving extra moisture to the newly-installed plants.

The new home, being built by Albina Construction, is a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house that will soon be available to rent by a qualifying low-income family on PCRI’s affordable housing waiting list. In addition to below-market rents for future residents, the home features a wheelchair-accessible first floor, including bedroom, bathroom and all living spaces.

Home Depot’s contribution and the volunteer labor help stretch the project’s budget and ensure durable, healthy, high-quality materials can be used inside and outside of the home. Green building certification for the home is being provided by Earth Advantage; the home is expected to achieve Earth Advantage Platinum certification. Construction is anticipated to be complete in late-November.

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October 23, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Winter holidays can create challenges for any budget. But for families who are already fighting to make ends meet, the pressures of finding affordable holiday gifts is even more difficult. To help this holiday season, PCRI is providing one-stop holiday shopping for residents who want to Holiday Bike Drive & Toy Drive Logoparticipate in Portland’s 2014 bicycle and toy drives.

Bike Drive

Residents who wish to enroll in the Community Cycling Center’s 2014 Bike Drive should contact Jessie Blanchard, Resident Services Coordinator at Maya Angelou Apartments. Applications for the bicycle drive will be accepted beginning October 27, 2014. The number of bicycles available is limited and runs out quickly each year, so residents are encouraged to apply early!

There is a $10 application fee and a short application required for the bicycle drive. The application and assistance are available from Ms. Blanchard during the Maya Angelou Community Center’s regular hours.

For photos and stories of PCRI residents at previous Bike Drives, check here.

Toy Drive

PCRI is also a partner in this year’s Fox 12 / Les Schwab Toy Drive. Residents interested in receiving toys for their children should contact Jessie Blanchard. Registration is required for the Toy Drive; Ms. Blanchard is available to provide assistance during the Maya Angelou Community Center’s regular hours.

Community members interested in donating to the toy or bicycle drives may also contact Ms. Blanchard at the community center or by email.

 

October 15, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

Fall is here! It’s the time of year when we take steps to protect our homes from cold weather. Follow these basic steps to ensure your home is winterized:

  • Splash BlockMake sure your gutters are clear of debris and that downspout outflow is directed away from the house. Usually moisture entering basements and crawlspaces is due to downspouts dumping water near the foundation. If your gutters look clogged please call the office to place a maintenance request.
  • Check your furnace filters monthly. Dirty filters increase heating costs as your furnace works harder to pull heated air into your home. In some houses, if the furnace isn’t coming on, the thermostat batteries may need to be replaced. Make sure to check yours before calling the office to place a maintenance request.
  • If you have a crawlspace install foam blocks in your crawlspace vents. Inexpensive and available at any hardware store, these covers reduce the amount of cold air entering from underneath your home which reduces heating costs and helps protect your water pipes.
  • Install foam hose bib covers on all outside spigots. If there is an interior valve that turns the water off to the hose bib, it is good practice to shut the water off at that valve as well.
  • Keep walkways and steps clear of snow and ice to prevent slip hazards. Ice-melt, sand, or kitty litter are good items to sprinkle on walkways and porch steps to provide some traction on icy surfaces. Do not use products that contain rock salt—they may damage carpets and other types of flooring.

Tenant Responsibilities:

Just as a reminder, the following items are the responsibility of the resident/tenant to repair or replace. If you need assistance performing any of these repairs you will be charged on a time/material basis, but you are welcome to call with any questions or concerns.

  • Batteries (smoke detector, thermostat, etc.)Phone
  • Light bulbs
  • Window blinds
  • Filters
  • Drip pans
  • Shower rods
  • Refrigerator condiment bars, drawers, shelves
  • Any items broken due to your use
  • Cleaning all areas of your home including areas that are prone to mold/mildew build up  

Please be aware that we are continuing our Preventative Maintenance Inspections and will be coming to your unit on a yearly basis to inspect for damages and overall conditions of the unit. If you have items that need to be addressed between inspections, please remember to call or stop by our office to report these issues or fill out a maintenance request form.

Have a safe and warmer winter season!

October 2, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

On October 8, 2014, PCRI will host a community meeting for residents and community members. The community meeting will share information about updates to Portland’s Comprehensive Plan and its potential impacts for residents and the community. Admission is free and registration is not required.

When: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: New Song Community Church, 2511 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland

Comprehensive Plan updates can also be found on the City of Portland Website, along with scheduled public hearings. For more information about the PCRI-hosted meeting, please call PCRI at (503) 288-2923.

Help us share information about this event! Please download a flyer to post at your business or community location.

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