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PCRI is delighted to receive an Organizational Sustainability grant from Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise). This grant will enable PCRI to improve the quantity and quality of data collected, efficiency of data entry, and quality of reporting from our property management and accounting software system. In turn, these improvements will allow PCRI to serve our residents, funding partners and vendors better and more efficiently.
“This grant came at a great time,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI’s Executive Director (pictured, with Enterprise’s Amanda Saul). “We’ve been transitioning with the growth from our acquisition of the Albina Community Development Portfolio, and this is exactly what we need to move forward and better serve the community.”
The Enterprise grant builds on a recently completed portfolio inspection and analysis project funded by the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services (OHCS). The data provided by the state-funded project will be synthesized into PCRI software system where it can be fully utilized for reporting and decision-making purposes.
This grant will also support enhanced training of staff on PCRI’s software system and updated, detailed documentation in order to capture the complexities associated with the management of PCRI’s scattered site, primarily single family rental portfolio. This documentation will help ensure current and future user integrity with well-documented procedures that transcend users and maximize employee operational proficiencies.
PCRI extends our sincere thanks to Enterprise for their support as we eagerly begin work on these projects.
Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created 300,000 homes, invested nearly $14 billion and touched millions of lives.
One of a handful of affordable rental homes PCRI owns and manages in SE Portland, this house was rehabilitated as part of PCRI’s Big 11 project and will enjoy many improvements that have been completed and are underway in Portland’s Lents neighborhood. The comprehensive rehab helps ensure the home remains an affordable, healthy and efficient rental property for the long run and helps protect against displacement in the rapidly changing and improving Lents area. The Big 11 project, funded by Portland Housing Bureau included upgrades and improvements to each of the affordable rental homes.
To ensure a safe, healthy home for new residents, the rehabilitation included abatement of lead paint and asbestos hazards as well as replacement of dated electrical and plumbing systems. Taking the rehabilitation several steps further, new, energy-efficient doors, windows and upgraded insulation were added. In addition, a new high-efficiency water heater and gas furnace replaced the old water heater and furnace, and new Energy Star-rated appliances and WaterSense plumbing fixtures, all of which help ensure low utility costs for the residents. All of the weatherization improvements were performed and tested according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards.
The home also benefits from a new kitchen and bathroom, each of which received new cabinetry and fixtures for improved functionality. Throughout the home, materials, fixtures and appliances were chosen for durability and ease of maintenance as well as appearance. Similar logic was used to help ensure healthy indoor spaces: new kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans were installed to exhaust stale air, and low- and no-VOC finishes and materials used throughout the home. New flooring (much of which was installed by Oregon Tradeswomen students) and fresh paint combined with the new windows ensure ample daylight in each room, creating a welcoming environment and helping to further reduce energy costs.
Join PCRI (and Timber Joey) at Portland Timbers match on Thursday, May 2nd to support PCRI’s affordable housing and resident services. A limited number of tickets are available. Get yours today!
Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution
Thursday, May 2, 2012 — Game time: 7:30pm
Jeld-Wen Field, 1844 SW Morrison Street, Portland
Tickets are $40.00 each and 20% of each ticket sold provides direct benefit to PCRI residents, supporting the community reinvestment, individualized resident services programs and affordable housing that we provide to help individuals and families stabilize their lives and achieve self sufficiency.
Will Timber Joey show off his moonwalk or the splits like he did at PCRI’s Dancing with the Stars gala? We can’t say, but we do know that there are a limited number of tickets, so don’t wait to get yours — email us today!
Pass along the word to your friends and family too, but the quantity of tickets is limited. Email us or give us a call soon to reserve yours!
PCRI’s Second Annual Dancing with the Stars Portland Gala was another dazzling success, raising over $70,000 to support the affordable housing and services PCRI residents depend on to achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Starting off the evening’s program, Mayor Charlie and First Lady Nancy Hales took to the dance floor with a dramatic tango.
Following the Mayor’s dance performance (and a packed reception before that), last year’s champion dancer, Melvin Oden-Orr hosted the evening as Master of Ceremonies, introducing guests to Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick, Deputy Director Greg Brown, and Board of Directors President Karen Gibson. Kelly Russell of Kelly Russell Auctions motivated guests to get their bid numbers in the air for an exciting auction and successful special appeal, featuring former PCRI resident-turned-homeowner Rachel Allen.
Former PCRI Board Member Barbara B. Smith, presented her namesake Community Support Award to Michael Parkhurst, who recently completed his second and final term of board service (Michael Parkhurst is pictured below with Maxine Fitzpatrick, left, and Barbara B. Smith, right). Current Board President Karen Gibson returned to the stage to present an award of special recognition to Gretchen Kafoury for her advocacy for affordable housing, most specifically for her stewardship creating PCRI over 20 years ago. Mrs. Kafoury’s daughter, Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury (and a star dancer at last year’s gala) accepted the award in Gretchen’s honor.
The headlining entertainment of the evening, the Dancing with the Stars-style competition, was also a runaway success. Five prominent local celebrities were each trained by and paired with professional dancers from Portland’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio. Each dancing couple put on a spectacular show in the individual performance as well as the group waltz competition. In between dances, the competition’s star judges (pictured below) kept the audience entertained with commentary about the dancers’ performances.
Pressed to crown a champion, the judges had their work cut out for them: Simone Brooks, President of Brooks Staffing, started the competition with a fast-paced cha cha. She and dance partner Sergey Inc (pictured below) of Fred Astaire Dance Studio had guests cheering for more.
KGW NewsChannel 8 Reporter Katherine Cook took to the floor next, bringing a taste of Latin drama alongside professional partner Malik Delgado. Cook and Delgado (pictured below) wowed the judges with a tango choreographed to “Por Una Cabeza” from the movie “The Scent of a Woman.”
Up next, Joey Webber (otherwise known at Timber Joey, pictured below) and Fred Astaire Studio partner Sydney Weir lit up the floor with a crowd-pleasing Hustle performed to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.”
Fred Astaire Dance Studio followed the competition with a stunning show put on by their professional dancers followed by a lesson for the guests before the dance floor was opened to the gala guests to show off their own dance moves.
We extend a giant thank you to all our sponsors, contributors and guests as well as the fantastic volunteers who made the evening such an amazing success. Thank you also to our professional photographer Andie Petkus as well as our volunteer photographer Izzy Ventura for the stunning images from the event. Be sure to check PCRI’s Gala Website as well as our Facebook page for more photos of the event … and mark your calendar for Saturday, March 15, 2014 for the 3rd Annual Gala!
PCRI has confirmed a full cast of star dancers to compete at the second annual Dancing with the Stars Portland gala on Saturday, March 23, 2013! The dancers include Katherine Cook, reporter for KGW NewsChannel 8; Simone Brooks, President of Brooks Staffing; Jill Nelson, founder and CEO of Ruby Receptionists; Adam Zimmerman, Executive Vice President of Craft3 and Portland Business Journal “40 under 40” honoree; and Joey Webber, better known as Portland Timbers’ icon Timber Joey. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and First Lady Nancy Hales will open the event with a featured dance. Training for the star dancers and professional dance partners are generously provided by Fred Astaire Dance Studio.
The dance competition will be judged by a panel of community leaders including Ron Shellan, Partner at Miller Nash; Cobi Jackson, Vice President and Community Development Officer at Wells Fargo Bank; and Cyreena Boston Ashby, Director at Portland African American Leadership Forum. Last year’s gala champion, Melvin Oden-Orr, will be the night’s Master of Cermonies.
The evening will feature a reception, dinner, and live auction. All proceeds from the gala will support the affordable housing and award-winning services PCRI provides to help low-income Portland families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Hermann Colas, Jr. was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1948. His father owned a successful distillery. In 1969, Hermann moved to New York because his mother was fearful for his safety in Haiti’s unstable political environment. Within a short time, he voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. Hermann moved to Portland, Oregon in 1974 and married his wife, Roberta, the following year.
Hermann Colas, Jr. worked over 20 years in various roles at USWEST Communications. He managed large budgets for equipment planning in the Portland metro area and later became a regional manager for Global Positioning Systems (GPS) deployment in the region.
In the early 1980’s, Hermann began purchasing, renovating, and managing rental properties. After a negative experience with a private contractor on a project, he decided to start his own company, Colas Construction, Inc. in 1997.
The company has seen the industry at its best and at its worst in the past six years. Just before the recession, Colas Construction, Inc. employed over 20 workers. When the economic down turn took place, Colas had to make several labor reductions that at one point reduced the company to only six employees. To the credit of the company’s reputation and resiliency, it currently has 16 employees.
Today, the company is very much a family business. Andrew, Hermann’s eldest son, is President of Colas Construction, his daughter, Aneshka, is CFO, and his youngest son, Alexander, has recently joined the company as Project Coordinator. Hermann is the Founder of Colas Construction. This year, Colas Construction, Inc. anticipates further growth. Currently, it is working on several significant jobs, including a $32 million housing development project owned by Home Forward, and the Glisan Commons, a project with Human Solutions, Ride Connection and Reach CDC, a $20 million mixed-use development.
These projects and other pursuits taken on by the younger management team have given Hermann the latitude to become more engaged in the community. Currently, he is a Planning Commissioner for the city of Gresham and serves on multiple committees to advance the community benefits that are important to him. As a new member of the PCRI board, Hermann looks forward to contributing to an organization that provides a unique service in the housing market and for the community. PCRI’s long contribution to affordable housing and upright standing in its service approach is why he accepted to serve on the PCRI board.
For more information about Colas Construction, Inc., visit: http://www.colasconstruction.com/home
As part of PCRI’s Big 11 project, this home in the Parkrose neighborhood received significant rehabilitation to ensure it remained an affordable, healthy and efficient rental for PCRI residents. The Big 11 project, funded by Portland Housing Bureau included upgrades and improvements to each of the affordable rental homes.
To ensure a safe, healthy home for new residents, the rehabilitation included abatement of lead paint and asbestos hazards. To help ensure low utility costs and a comfortable home, new, energy-efficient doors, windows and upgraded insulation were added. In addition, a new high-efficiency water heater and gas furnace replaced the old water heater and oil furnace. All of the weatherization improvements were performed and tested according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards. Similar improvements were made to help ensure healthy indoor spaces and include new kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans installed to exhaust stale air, and low- and no-VOC finishes and materials used throughout the home.
The home also benefits from new flooring, fresh paint, and a new kitchen and bathroom designed for improved functionality. New Energy Star-rated appliances and water-saving plumbing fixtures complete the renovated kitchen and bathroom, with all materials and appliances chosen for durability and ease of maintenance as well as appearance. Finally, a dilapidated shed was removed from the rear of the house to open up the large back yard.
A neighbor who had seen the home both before and after the renovations remarked that she wouldn’t have guessed it was the same house if she hadn’t seen it from the street. (We’ll take that as a compliment of a job well done!)
PCRI would like to inform all interested parties that our waiting list is currently open for all bedroom sizes in our affordable ( non Section 8 ) portfolio. We currently have several available rental units and are expecting to have more in the upcoming months.
If you are interested in renting one of our single-family houses or a unit in any of our smaller apartment complexes, please contact us today to be placed on our fast-moving wait list.
More information about how to apply for a PCRI rental property is available HERE, by calling our office at (503) 288-2923, or by visiting our office in person at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Portland.
All Aboard: Railroading and Portland’s Black Community
January 15 – April 21, 2013
Presented by the Oregon Black Pioneers
Just in time for the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and National Black History Month in February, the Oregon Black Pioneers return to the Oregon History Museum to partner on a new exhibit, All Aboard: Railroading and Portland’s Black Community.
This new exhibit and accompanying programs will focus on the work and lives of African American railroad workers in Portland in the 1800s to 1940s and the community that grew up around Union Station during that period. Content will include the evolution of work for blacks on the railroads and in black-owned businesses in Old Town, the context of this time period in Oregon’s racial history, the stories of the railroad workers and porters, and how their lives and communities were shaped by their work.
Related Programs and Events
Oregon Black Pioneers has organized a series of panel discussions in association with the exhibit and will be working with the Oregon Historical Society to develop additional programs.
Panel #1 – “The Railroad Men and Family Life: Let the Offspring Tell It!”
Sunday, January 27, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Lorenzen Conference Center at Emanuel Hospital
2801 N. Gantenbein Ave
Portland, Oregon 97227
Featuring: Children of Railroad Families
Moderator: Bill Hart
Panel #2 – “Free At Last?: Let the Elders Point the Way”
Sunday, February 10, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
June R. Key Delta Community House
5940 N. Albina Ave
Portland, Oregon 97217
Featuring: Elders in the City of Roses
Moderator: Donna Maxey
Panel #3 – “What the Workers Have to Say: Stories You’ve Never Heard”
Sunday, March 10, 2013
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Oregon Historical Society
1200 S.W. Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
Featuring: Laborers in the First Person
Michael “Chappie” Grice
Moderator: Renee Mitchell
PCRI’s rehabilitation of this single-family home was part of our Big 11 project. Upgrades and improvements to this and ten other single-family rental homes were made possible by funding from Portland Housing Bureau.
Inside and outside of the house, asbestos hazards were addressed and the home was tested for lead-based paint hazards. Kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans were upgraded as well, all of which help to ensure a healthy environment for residents. With ventilation systems improved, insulation systems were checked and the home was tested for areas where drafts and air leaks might occur. Diligent air sealing and new windows reduced these drafts and leaks by nearly 40%, helping to ensure better efficiency and indoor health according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards. The new, more efficient windows and an Energy Star-rated refrigerator and hot water heater were installed to further help keep residents’ utility expenses low.
Additional improvements were made to ensure the home was as livable and easy-to-maintain as possible. The kitchen and bathrooms were completely overhauled with new water-saving fixtures, new flooring was installed, and the home was painted inside and out.