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Mayor’s budget priorities provide an opportunity to further equity work
Budget season is currently under way for the City of Portland and its bureaus.
Mayor Charlie Hales’ recent memo to bureau directors articulating his priorities for the 2015-2016 budget contained two important announcements that will shape the Portland Housing Bureau’s budget process this year.
Bridge Meadows awarded the 2014 Eisner Prize
Last month, PHB-supported project Bridge Meadows was highlighted in Newsweek magazine as an innovative housing solution for the elderly and vulnerable families. The project provides affordable housing for seniors and families adopting children out of foster care. Beyond that, the unique model creates a supportive multigenerational community for residents by intentionally fostering caring connections through support groups, workshops, recreational activities, and volunteerism.
This month, Bridge Meadows was awarded the 2014 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, a national award that recognizes efforts to unite multiple generations – especially seniors and youth – and bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities. Read more about this award here.
This highly successful model is currently being replicated both in Portland in the recently-funded NAYA Generations project, and also in other states and for various at-risk populations.
Series of forums to solicit community input for a $20 million investment in N/NE Portland conclude
Last weekend, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) concluded a series of community forums to solicit public input for a $20 million investment earmarked for affordable housing in North and Northeast Portland. A packed house for the fourth and final forum at New Song Community Church included Mayor Charlie Hales, representatives from Commissioner Saltzman's office, Bishop Steven Holt from the International Fellowship Family, and nearly 150 area residents.
Mayor Hales took questions from the community and shared how he first became aware of disparities in housing opportunity as a youth growing up in Virginia. He described watching an African American neighbor collect materials little by little to build himself a house, because he knew he'd never qualify for a bank loan. "It wasn't that someone discriminated against him," Mayor Hales said. "The system had discriminated against his opportunity."
Addressing Portland's history of displacement has been PHB's priority in developing this community-based process to shape the housing plan. Displacement has had a disproportionate impact on Portland’s communities of color, reducing the African American population in parts of North and Northeast Portland by more than half since 1990.
Banfield to provide preventive health clinic for more than 100 companion animals
This Wednesday, October 22, participants of Central City Concern and Transition Projects will be able to receive wellness check-ups, vaccinations, flea, tick, and de-worming treatments, and more for their companion animals, pets, and service animals between 9am and 3pm at Transitions Projects in Portland.
Registration is required at Transition Projects. Visit them at 650 NE Irving in Portland or call 503-280-4700
The Portland Housing Bureau announces the 2014 awardees of City funds to develop affordable rental housing.
Portland – The Portland Housing Bureau is pleased to announce the awardees of City funds to develop affordable rental housing.
In May 2014, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) issued the 2014 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) On June 23, 2014, PHB received 14 proposals requesting $42.8 million in financial assistance. PHB Director Traci Manning expressed: "It was a challenging process. We received excellent proposals to provide quality affordable housing at a time when rents in Portland are increasing rapidly. Unfortunately with limited resources we were forced to select only a few."