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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

KATU: City Council eyes rules for homeless encampments

March 15, 2010 

"Portland city leaders are considering relaxing laws that prohibit small homeless encampments on city-owned prperty, on public rights-of-ways and on certain church properties" writes Andy Giegerich in the March 16 Portland Business Journal. "As currently drafted, the proposal would not allow camping in city parks."  Click here for the full article. He quotes Commissioner Fish: "This wouldn't repeal the camping ban but it would allow us to address concerns about sanitation, in particular...I understand the political risk in doing this...but it's important that we have this discussion."


Help shape the future of Lents Park

March 16, 2010

Dear Friends,

Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for community members to serve on a Project Advisory Committee to help craft a Master Plan for Lents Park.

The Committee will work with the Bureau's project team to develop a long-term plan for Lents Park, balancing local and citywide needs and ensuring that the park offers a wide variety of activities to serve the Lents community.

The Committee will meet five to seven times between May 2010 and January 2011, and members will also be asked to attend about three community meetings.

If you're interested in serving on this committee please visit to complete an interest form. Please contact Sarah Coates Huggins at (503) 823-3385 or Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong at (503) 823-5113 with questions.


Community Warehouse settles into new space

March 18, 2010


Portland's Community Warehouse, at NE MLK and Shaver, is the nation's 4th-largest furniture bank. The Warehouse collects gently used household goods and passes them along to individuals and families in need. Their work was recently recognized with the 2010 Ethics in Business Award, and has been highlighted in the Oregonian.

Last June, Community Warehouse was a major part of ReUse Week 2009, sponsored by Commissioner Fish and County Commissioner Jeff Cogen. ReUse Week is an annual event spotlighting reuse organizations in our community with a week-long donation drive. (Look for it again this summer!)

And coming up soon is the 4th annual Chair Affair event, a fundraiser for the Warehouse featuring a live auction, a silent auction, food, drink, and fun! The event is sold out, but chairs are still available - click here for more.

Last Fall, the Warehouse, under the leadership of Executive Director Kristy Wood, moved from its old home, near the Rose Quarter, to the old Hannah Bea's on MLK.

With assistance from a number of donors, including the Portland Development Commission, the Warehouse has created a vibrant and welcoming space.

The building has plenty of parking for drop-offs and lots of space to hold the many bed frames, pieces of furniture, mattresses, and other household items that come in each day. 

It also offers an expanded Estate store featuring donations of antiques, collectible, and retro items in the room which formerly housed Hannah Bea's restaurant.