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.

September 26, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · PCRI

¡Venga a aprender a hacer recetas nuevas, fáciles y nutritivas!

Come and learn how to prepare new, simple and healthy recipes!

Somos educadoras de nutrición de la Universidad del Estado de Oregon Servicio de Extension trabajando con la comunidad.

We are Nutrition Educators from Oregon State University, working with the community.

 

Ofrecemos clases de:     We offer classes on:

  • Como combinar diferentes alimentos y actividad física para una buena salud
    • How to combine different foods and physical activity for good health
  • Como hacer una mejor compra de alimentos
    • How to save money in the grocery store
  • Como preparar comidas y bocadillos saludables para su familia
    • How to prepare healthy meals and snacks for your family
  • Como mantener la comida sana para su familia
    • Food safety for your family

 

Donde/Where:     Maya Angelou Community Center, 4012 N Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR

Cuando/When:    El viernes 10 de Octubre, 2014 / Friday, October 10, 2014

Hora/ Time:         10 am

 

Para más información llame a Yolanda al: 503-254-5004 Yolanda.Delacruz@oregonstate.edu

For more information call Yolanda at: 503-254-5004 or Yolanda.Delacruz@oregonstate.edu

 

Educación practica para UD. Y la familia

Education that Works for You

© 2013 Oregon State University, Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

© 2013 Oregon State University, El Servicio de Extensión (Extension Service) de Oregon State University ofrece programas educativos, actividades, y materiales sin discriminación basada sobre edad, color, incapacidades, identidad o expresión de identidad sexual, estado matrimonial, origen nacional, raza, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, o estado de veterano. El Servicio de Extensión de Oregon State University es una institución que ofrece igualdad de oportunid

September 22, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · PCRI

 Interviews & Connections!

Employers are signing up weekly!

Meet, greet and take part in on-site interviews with employers in an informal and fun environment, as well as learn about job/internship opportunities offered by diversity driven companies, government agencies, new start-ups and non-profit organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

 

                             When:   Wednesday, September 24, 2014

                             Where:  DoubleTree Hotel – Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon

                             Time:     Noon to 4:00 pm (Workshops for Job Seekers start at 9:00*)

http://www.mosaicjobfair.com/

 

 

 

September 19, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is excited to announce several new partnerships aimed to provide resources and opportunities for residents to save money and achieve better health.

A recent partnership with car-sharing service Zipcar will offer residents free or discounted memberships and reduced weekday car-sharing rates. The collaboration with Zipcar is designed to help low-income residents make use of a car share program by offering lower rates. Car sharing also helps residents avoid the financial burden of owning a personal vehicle.

Maya Heal 2013

Youth learned and had fun at the Healthy Eating and Active Living Camp

Cover Oregon and Oregon Health Authority have partnered with PCRI to connect with resident families who do not have health coverage. The partnership will improve residents’ access to health care and health coverage through population-specific assistance.

PCRI also recently renewed a partnership with AmeriCorps’ Oregon State Service Corps. An AmeriCorps volunteer joined PCRI’s resident services team in September and will help deliver healthy food access and education to PCRI residents. The AmeriCorps member will organize a food bank for residents and host educational classes for adults and children.

Last, but not least, Oregon State University’s Food Hero program is coming to PCRI’s Maya Angelou Community Center this fall. Culturally-specific nutrition courses will be offered through this partnership, tailored specifically for Hispanic/Latino families residing in the Maya Angelou apartment community. Families will benefit from the program aimed at teaching parents fundamentals of nutrition and navigating the region’s food systems.

Additional information for residents is coming soon and will be included in PCRI’s October resident newsletter.

 

September 16, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, New Construction, PCRI

In many inner North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods, affordable housing has become increasingly difficult to find. Families and individuals depending on affordable rents are often faced with the difficult decision to forego basic necessities in order to retain valuable community connections, keep their kids in local schools, or access public transportation. Other long-term Northeast Portland residents find themselves displaced to suburbs and outer Portland neighborhoods in search of affordable rents.

Highland under constructionWhen PCRI determined that one of our affordable rental homes in Portland’s desirable Concordia neighborhood wasn’t practical to rehabilitate, 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.

The new home, currently under construction, is anticipated to earn Earth Advantage Platinum certification and will serve as a prototype for future developments. It 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.

As 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.

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 businesses exceeds 50% of all subcontracted work through July 2014. In addition, PCRI will team up with Oregon Tradeswomen to offer real-world training opportunities for students to develop carpentry and teamwork skills.

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 from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

September 5, 2014 · by Whitney Shaw · Featured, PCRI

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, Legacy Health is hosting a free Healthy Living Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Iserael with her bikeThe Healthy Living event includes helmet sales and fitting, free health screenings, Affordable Care Act and health insurance Q&A, disaster preparedness and resiliency tips, and CPR Training. Plus: enter to win your own emergency kit!

Helmets for infants to adults will be available for sale at the event: $6 for bicycle helmets and $20 for multi-sport helmets. Bring your own helmet for a free fitting.

All activities will be held at the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Atrium 501 N. Graham St. Portland, OR 97227.

For more information, event schedule, and details, visit: www.legacyhealth.org/emanuel.

 

 

September 2, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

IMG_1712For two weeks in August, PCRI hosted the Maya Angelou Summer Youth Arts Camp, giving youth ages 5-18 an opportunity to use their imaginations and express their creativity while building character and confidence.

The annual camp has a different focus each year.  For 2014, youth created and starred in a puppet play, thanks to help from Oregon Children’s Theater.  Instructor and award-winning actor James Sharinghousen worked with camp participants to develop skills from acting and dance to learning to keep their attention focused.

While Sharinghousen worked with the youth on their theater skills, Resident Services Coordinator Jessie Blanchard helped youth create puppets and props for the camp’s play and provided additional motivation and support to ensure the youth’s success at the camp.

“It was amazing to see the transformation of the youth as they worked as a team to build a 20-minute play,” Blanchard said.  “I was proud of them sticking with the performance, no mater how intimidating performing can be.  After the final performance, the youth had gained a sense of pride from performing a show that the audience thoroughly enjoyed.”

IMG_1746Blanchard added that the camp participants got to take home the puppets they made at the camp, continuing their interest in storytelling.  Each youth also graduated the camp with a t-shirt which they decorated while learning how to screen print.

The Maya Angelou Art Camp was started in 2004 by a community member as a free summer program for the children at the Maya Angelou Apartments and the surrounding neighborhood. After supporting the camp for several years, PCRI recently incorporated the camp into regular programming at the Maya Angelou Community Center.  The Maya Angelou Art Camp, as well as PCRI’s Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Camp provide opportunities for growth and development for youth residing in PCRI housing and the surrounding community who typically lack access to summer programs and healthy foods outside of school.

 

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