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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

In the Mercury

Nick's letter to the editor appeared in today's Mercury

October 15, 2009


DEAR EDITOR—I generally agree with Matt Davis about the "smug fog" in Portland ["Down the P-Hole," Hall Monitor, Oct 8]. Matt takes me to task for my statement about Portland as Jesus' favorite city. I would too—it is an easily misconstrued statement. For what it's worth—here is the context, and my intent. I spoke at a Season of Service event sponsored by evangelical Christians. A number of speakers referenced Portland's liberal reputation, and past conflicts between progressives and evangelicals. As a progressive who doesn't wear his faith on his sleeve, I issued a challenge—in a lighthearted way—that Portland could become Jesus' favorite city. By that I meant a city committed to social justice, love, and understanding.

 -Nick Fish"

"Complete Count" work could pay off in a big way

Nick co-chairs the "Complete Count Committee," working to ensure a full and accurate count of Portland-area residents in the 2010 Census, with County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury

October 19, 2009

The 2010 Census could have huge implications for the Portland metro area. The population increase we've seen here in Oregon since the last Census could mean another Congressional seat for the state and could also mean a larger allocation of federal funding - for every 100 citizens, Oregon will receive $1.2 million over the next 10 years.

An accurate count of citizens is critical to securing these resources. Together with County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, Nick co-chairs the "Complete Count Committee." The Committee is working with local nonprofits, including Human Solutions and the Urban League of Portland, to connect with hard to count populations and secure as complete a count as possible.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette will administer the project's budget, which so far includes $25,000 from the City and a matching $25,000 from the County. Nick and Commissioner Kafoury hope to secure another $100,000 from the community.

Speaking with Andy Giegerich of the Portland Business Journal late last week, Nick said "we're telling them that, because billions are at stake, we can leverage that money beyond their wildest dreams."


"Where I Slept" reveals unseen side of homelessness

October 20, 2009

In the spring of 2007, Transition Projects, Inc., asked residents of TPI shelters to photograph where they slept while living on the street. Their photographs make up the book "Where I Slept," recently released by TPI. The book features contributions from a number of local electeds, including Commissioners Fish and Leonard, Mayor Adams, County Commissioners Cogen and Kafoury, and County Chair Wheeler.

The book also serves as a commemoration of TPI's 40th anniversary as a social service agency working to serve people's basic needs as they transition from homelessness to housing. Windermere Real Estate sponsored the publication.

Says Chair Wheeler, "The most basic thing we can do to help the homeless is to reach out to them and acknowledge them as fellow human beings. The worst thing we can do is pretend that they don't exist."

Portland realtors offer one-stop homeownership resource

October 21, 2009

Buying a house can be a complex and confusing process, even for the most prepared buyer.

Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to homebuyers in the Portland area. Recently, the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors Homeownership Opportunities Committee launched, a one-stop internet resource for people interested in buying a home.

The multi-lingual site offers educational tools on the home buying process, current information about consumer protection services, homebuying seminar and class schedules, and a comprehensive FAQ section. The site also hosts a large database that allows buyers to search for listings based on size, price, and location.

As temperatures fall, camping debate heats up

Mark Larabee outlines the short- and long-term strategies the City is using to address homelessness.

October 22, 2009

More than 2,500 people are sleeping on the streets or in shelter on a given night and the number is rising.

The City needs to look at every option so that everyone has a safe place to sleep in the coming winter months.

Mark Larabee outlines some of the innovative ways the City is gearing up for the winter, and beyond, in this morning’s Oregonian.