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On 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.
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. 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.
#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:
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:
#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.
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.
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.
Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available.
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 pm, Program 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
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: email@example.com to register
Stop by and see us in Resident Services if you have questions on Tuesdays!
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.
Under 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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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 participate in Portland’s 2014 bicycle and toy drives.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.