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Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

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The Pearl District welcomes The Abigail to the neighborhood

The City breaks ground on a new affordable housing model

Picture of a preschool class "Bienvenidos al vecindario!" That was how a group of preschool students from the Pearl District's Early Education Academy welcomed California-based Bridge Housing Corporation -- and its new project, the Abigail -- to the neighborhood during last week's groundbreaking ceremony.

When the Abigail opens its doors in the Spring of 2016, it will offer 155 new apartments, from studios to three-bedrooms, 127 of which are guaranteed to be affordable. The range of unit sizes and income levels will connect more families to the amenities of the River District: a location with great access to employment opportunities, parks, and public transit. 

In his address, Mayor Charlie Hales said the project was in "the right place at the right time with the right partnerships" while Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici said that for the families who would call the Abigail home, it represented "more than a roof over their head. It makes it possible for them to focus on their work and take care of their families."

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PHB-Supported Project Gets National Recognition -- Again!

Bridge Meadows awarded the 2014 Eisner Prize

Picture of an elderly woman holding a babyLast 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.

 

Community forums conclude, but work is just beginning in N/NE Portland

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.

A picture of Mayor HalesMayor 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.

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Free Companion/Service Animal Clinic for People Experiencing Homelessness

Banfield to provide preventive health clinic for more than 100 companion animals

Picture of a dogThis 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.

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Registration is required at Transition Projects. Visit them at 650 NE Irving in Portland or call 503-280-4700