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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The Weekly Catch

East Portland is Getting an Aerial Tree Walk

Commissioner Nick Fish in Willamette Week

Utility Financial Assistance

Helping Our Neighbors Pay Their Utility Bills

Nick Fish Blog

 

Cracking the Code: How We’re Helping Renters in Need Afford Their Utility Bills

The Portland Water Blog

 

Water Bureau Proposes Fix for Decades-Old Bill Assistance Program

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

 

Council Supports Expanding Utility Relief Program

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Council to Consider Low-income Utility Relief Plan Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Water

Five Presidents That Helped Protect Portland's Water Supply

Portland Water Blog

 

Do We Really Need to Build an Expensive Water Treatment Plant? Nobody is Even Getting Sick

Marty Smith in Willamette Week

Environmental Services

Be a Stormwater Star! Workshops Coming up in February, March, and April

BES City Green Blog

 

Human Access Project Dives into Willamette To Celebrate Winter Milestone

KATU News

 

Shedding Clothes on Valentine’s Day

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Housing

City of Portland Wants to Change the Oregon State Constitution to Build Housing

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Homer Williams-Led Nonprofit to Provide Mobile Showers, Laundry and Other Services for Portland's Homeless

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal

Arts

Statement from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu

NEA News

 

A New North Portland Gallery Gives Space to Queer and Trans Artists of Color

Fiona McCann in the Portland Monthly

 

41st Portland International Film Festival

NW Film Center

 

Projects Put Portland in Starring Role

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Puppet Museum is Straight Out of a Story Book

Samantha Swindler in The Oregonian

In Other News

Here are 2018's PBJ Women of Influence Winners

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Tribune

 

Who are the DACA DREAMers and How Many are Here?

Alan Gomez from USA Today in KGW News

Helping Our Neighbors Pay Their Utility Bills

February 13, 2018

During Portland’s housing crisis, some of our neighbors need extra help paying their utility bill.

Today, Council held a work session to review our proposal to help cost-burdened renters.

The Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services have a nationally-recognized financial assistance program. But historically it didn’t reach people living in multi-family housing. The challenge is that many apartment buildings only have one meter, and many renters don’t have a utility account (instead, landlords include water and sewer in the rent).

To reach cost-burdened renters, we’ve proposed a partnership with Home Forward. The utility bureaus would contribute up to $500 annually for a low-income household that pays utilities through rent. Home Forward would then incorporate utility assistance into an existing, proven program they manage for low-income renters.

Today’s proposal includes other solutions to expand the financial assistance program, including lowering the bar to qualify and creating a single point of contact for customers to get help.

Special thanks to Gabe Solmer, Kathy Koch, Liam Frost, all the Water Bureau customer service staff, Home Forward, and the many community partners who provided input and joined us today.

Background

Helping Low-Income Ratepayers

Nick Fish Blog

 

Cracking the Code: How We're Helping Renters in Need Afford Their Utility Bills

Portland Water Blog

 

Utility Financial Assistance Slides

Work Session Presentation

Media

Water Bureau Proposes Fix for Decades-Old Bill Assistance Program

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

 

Council Supports Expanding Utility Relief Program

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Council to Consider Low-Income Utility Relief Plan Tuesday

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

The Weekly Catch

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Pastor Hardy

Nick Fish Blog

Housing

In Turnaround, Mayor Ted Wheeler Now Supports Ending a Loophole in Portland’s Strongest Tenant Protections

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Will Support Strengthening Requirement for Landlords to Pay Moving Costs

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Seeks to Spark Increase in Backyard Cottages and Other ADUs

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

‘Not in My Backyard’: Neighbors Demand a Say in Homeless Solutions

Amanda Waldroupe in Street Roots News

 

Want to Take You Higher: Portland's Vanishing Views

KOIN 6 News

 

City Offers Help for Homeowners in Johnson Creek Floodplain

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Council Votes Against Controversial SW Portland Subdivision

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Environmental Services

Environmental Services Statement Responding to DEQ Fine for Discharge to Woods Creek

BES News

 

DEQ Slaps Portland With $55,200 Fine for Woods Creek Sewage Spill

The Portland Tribune

In Other News

City Asks, Hundreds Respond on Infill Plan

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

3 Reasons Why Your Students Will Love (and Learn from) the Water Bureau’s School Assembly Program

The Portland Water Blog

 

TriMet to Continue Selling Paper Tickets for Now

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

What's Fresh at Portland-Area Farmers Markets this Winter

Grant Butler in The Oregonian

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Pastor Hardy

February 9, 2018

“If I am to leave a legacy, what do I really want that legacy to be? It’s not going to be a building, and it’s not going to be wealth. I’d like to leave behind youth that are empowered to be changers. World changers.”

– Rev. Dr. W. G. Hardy, Jr.

Today, Nick was honored to attend the celebration of life for Reverend Dr. W. G. "Will" Hardy, Jr. at the Highland Christian Center.

Hundreds of community members and faith leaders gathered to pay tribute to Will’s life and legacy.

Pastor Hardy was a model "servant leader," dedicating a lifetime of service to our community. He served as Highland Christian Center’s senior pastor and founder of Highland Haven, a local non-profit.

A Portland native, Pastor Hardy advocated for the most vulnerable in our community. He worked to provide social services, including substance abuse treatment, to underserved Portlanders, to improve the well-being of African-American youth and families, and to change the conversation about mental health.

Nick was honored to co-host a day of appreciation for Pastor Hardy at City Hall in 2015.

Pastor Hardy's family is in our thoughts and prayers.

The Weekly Catch

Vera Katz Memorial

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Mayor Vera Katz

Nick Fish Blog

 

Who’s Who of Oregon Politics Gathers to Celebrate the Life of Former Mayor Vera Katz

Nigel Jaquiss in Willamette Week

 

Vera Katz Celebrated Sunday at Public Tribute

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Hundreds Honor Vera Katz at Public Tribute

Taylor Viydon in KGW News

 

Hundreds Turn out to Celebrate Late Mayor Vera Katz

Lynne Terry in The Oregonian

Arts

Portland’s Space Race

TJ Acena in American Theatre

 

VizArts Monthly: February Lights

Barry Johnson from the Oregon ArtsWatch

 

Artist Selected to Create MAX Attack Memorial at Hollywood Transit Center

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

 

New Festival Spotlights Black History in Portland

Samantha Bakall in the Oregonian

 

'Astoria' Winds Up, as Does Director's Tenure at Portland Center Stage

Lee Williams in The Oregonian

 

Meet our Newest Staff Members

Regional Arts and Culture Council Press Release

Budget

Portland City Officials Ask for More Police Positions, Money for Renter Services, Less Graffiti Spending

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

In Other News

Feb. 2, 2018: Cryptosporidium Monitoring Update

The Portland Water Blog

 

Restoring Salmon Habitat in the Bull Run River

The Portland Water Blog

 

City Council Makes Demolitions Safer for Lead Exposure

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Requires Contractors to Protect Neighbors from Lead Paint

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Portland’s Bet on Forcing Developers to Build Affordable Housing is Getting Lackluster Results

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland Loos Making a Splash Beyond City

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune