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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

Congratulations to 211info!

March 19, 2010

2-1-1 is the FCC-designated national dialing code for community information and referral. Based in downtown Portland, 211info is Oregon and Southwest Washington's 211 hub - last year, over 100,000 people reached out to 211info for referrals to food, shelter, housing, foreclosure assistance, health care, and more.

This week, the extraordinary work of CEO Liesl Wendt and her team at 211info has been recognized in a major way. The organization has been awarded a significant grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust to further its outreach efforts, and was nominated to be a Multnomah County Public Health Hero.

Portland Parks Foundation welcomes new Executive Director Maura White

March 19, 2010

As announced at its Board meeting this Thursday, the Portland Parks Foundation has unanimously selected Maura White as Executive Director.

A Portland native, Maura has spent the past 17 years with the Police Activities League, most recently as Executive Director. Her proven track record managing and leading non-profits, her passion for parks, and her broad knowledge of the Portland community make her the perfect person for this post. Click here for her bio.

Welcome, Maura!

Lincoln Constitution Team launches "Mission: Citizen"

March 22, 2010

We The People, part of the Classroom Law Project, engages students of all ages in study of the institutions of American democracy, including the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. At the high school level, the program is called "Constitution Team."

The program culminates with the annual nationwide "We The People" competition. Nick was honored to judge Oregon's 2010 district competition this January. Six teams advanced to the state competition. Lincoln, winner at the state level, will represent Oregon at the national level this April.

Six Lincoln High School Constitution Team members have taken the program one step further, founding "Mission: Citizen," writes Kimberly Melton in the March 20 Oregonian. "They decided their training was just a preamble to the real world," she writes.

Last week, the program graduated its first participant when Laos native Chanhsouda Chanthakoun was naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

Said student Eugene Chung, "I think that the teaching is more rewarding than the learning."

RAC in the News

March 24, 2010

Dear Friends,

Good news!

Our hard work in Portland is getting national recognition. Tuesday’s New York Times “Square Feet” column features a story about the Resource Access Center under construction in downtown Portland.

Reporter Linda Baker writes that the Resource Access Center is “the focal point of a 10-year plan to end homelessness here. The eight story, 106,000-square-foot center, which will open next year, is expected to help catalyze development in the north end of Old Town/Chinatown, a neglected area that supporters say is poised for significant growth.”

Congratulations to the team whose hard work and perseverance made this day possible – the Housing Authority of Portland; Multnomah County; Transition Projects, Inc.; Holst Architecture; Walsh Construction; my colleagues on the City Council, at the Portland Housing Bureau, and at the Portland Development Commission; and all of our community partners.

Sincerely,

Nick

Portland Housing Bureau contract with Portland Development Commission will provide lead hazard reduction for 125 Portland families

March 24, 2010

Last December we announced that the Porltand Housing Bureau (PHB) had received a $4 million Lead Hazard Demonstration Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Grant funding is to support lead hazard control programs in the Portland area. Since 1998, Portland's housing bureau has been awarded grants totaling $13 million for lead reduction.

Yesterday, Council approved a $1.5 million contract between PHB and the Portland Development Commission (PDC) to implement the grant. PDC will use he funds to reduce lead hazards in 125 homes belonging to low-income families with young children. The dangers of lead paint and leaded dust are particularly significant for young kids.

Thanks to PHB and PDC for their good work to help families in our community provide safer homes for their children.

Thanks to flickr user Paul Mayne for the photo!