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Are you interested in homeownership but not sure where to begin? PCRI is hosting an open house on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Residents and others are encouraged to learn about PCRI’s Homeownership Program, designed to help families overcome homeownership barriers, including: bad or no credit, debt, affordability issues and lack of down payment.
The open house is also an opportunity to learn about Pathway 1000, PCRI’s new initiative to build homes for homeownership with YOU in mind.
Food and daycare will be provided, and the open house will include a raffle with door prizes!
To reserve your opportunity at the open house, please RSVP to by email to Amy Dang or by phone at 503.288.2923 ext 131.
The open house will take place Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the PCRI Annex, 6601 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97211. The PCRI Annex is located two blocks north of the PCRI main office, between NE Dekum St. and NE Rosa Parks Way.
PCRI and the members of the Grant Warehouse redevelopment team have issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting proposals for professional services. These services include a variety of disciplines related to the design and pre-construction phases of the project. This RFQ will be used to solicit proposals in response to the design challenges required to achieve a sustainable, mixed-used, affordable housing development.
The proposed project will be a single, to-be-constructed building of between 50 and 80 units of affordable family rental housing, and will include approximately commercial/retail space on the ground floor as well as on-site parking. In addition to providing affordable housing in a neighborhood that has experienced displacement and gentrification over the last several decades, one of the goals of the Grant Warehouse Redevelopment is to create opportunities for minorities and local businesses in all phases of development. Team members include co-developer Gerding Edlen and certified minority-owned firms Carleton Hart Architects and Colas Construction, who are both invested in and connected to the community.
Professional services sought in this RFP will be part of the pre-design, design, and construction administration phases. Services from the following disciplines will be contracted by Carleton Hart Architects, the architect of record, except as noted otherwise:
As noted above, a goal of the Grant Warehouse redevelopment is to create opportunities for minorities and emerging small businesses in the North/Northeast Portland business community. Responses to this RFQ will be evaluated by their ability to meet these social objectives with their firm and staff, in addition to factoring in the firm’s experience and qualifications. The Owner and the development team will review responses and a Request for Proposal will be issued to firms who are deemed to have met the qualifications through the RFQ response.
The deadline for RFQ submission is November 30, 2015. The development team anticipates selecting consultants in early December, 2015.
Click HERE for the full Request for Qualifications and additional information.
PCRI is participating in the Community Cycling Center 2015 Bike Drive! Applications for the bicycle drive will be accepted through November 18, 2015, but the number of bicycles available is limited and runs out quickly each year, so residents are encouraged to apply ASAP! Residents who wish to enroll in the bike drive should contact PCRI staff member Kirk Rea.
There is a $5 application fee and a short application required for the bicycle drive. The application and assistance are available from Kirk, who can be contacted at 503-282-1359 or by email.
For photos and stories of PCRI residents at previous Bike Drives, check here. Please note that bikes are not new, but are refurbished to ‘like new’ condition.
Eligibility criteria to receive a bike (and helmet!)
To prepare you for the upcoming registration, here are the information we require for each child:
The cost per child is $5 that can be paid with cash, check, or credit card at registration.
Day of Event
The next steps after registering will be to get families ready for the event itself. Due to the large number of people participating, we will be in touch regarding scheduling times for all participants to arrive at the event. This will ensure that things flow smoothly, we minimize frustration and wait times, and we have interpreters available for folks that need them.
Struggling with Payday or Title Loans? You might not have to pay them back!
Effective June 18, 2015, Oregon Senate Bill 278 voids payday loans, title loans, or consumer finance loans of $50,000 or less, if at the time the loan is made, the person making the loan does not have a required license. Borrowers are not obligated to pay back loans from lenders without required licenses. Any collection activities on these loans are illegal.
As of November 5, 2015, there are only 14 store lenders and 8 online lenders with Oregon licenses.
Think you might be a victim of illegal lending?
Step 1: Confirm the illegal status of your lender online or call 866-814-9710.
Step 2: File a complaint. Call 866-814-9710 or visit Oregon’s online complaint website. Complaints may also be filed in Spanish.
Step 3: Repair your credit. The PCRI Financial Education Specialist can help you file disputes and contact the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. Call 503-288-2923 x 131 or email Amy Dang for an appointment.
Need money for an emergency? Avoid illegal lenders. Contact the PCRI Financial Education Specialist for referrals to a reputable lender who works with borrowers with no or low credit.
Applications are now open for the Oregon Promise program, Oregon’s state initiative that provides free community college tuition. PCRI encourages all eligible students to apply.
To be eligible, students must graduate from high school or earn their GED in spring/summer 2016 with at least a 2.5 GPA, and must plan to enter community college in fall 2016. Students also must be Oregon residents for at least one year prior to receiving funds (so, a student must have been a resident of Oregon by August 2015 or before). The program will offset tuition costs after federal grants have been applied. Interested students and others can read more in this OPB article.
Funds will be awarded first come, first served, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Residents and community partners are also encouraged to share this information with any other residents or families who might qualify.
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.
To 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, and can obtain further free resources including support from PCRI’s Garden Program Specialist, Kirk Rea, who teaches gardening skills and is able to distribute plants, tools, and other supplies.
Location: 741 N Beech St (corner of Albina St and Beech St)
Date: Sat. October 24, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm