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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

Portland group helps Oregon community gardens thrive

April 7, 2010

In 2007, Ken Burrow founded the American Center for Sustainability(ACS) here in Portland. This spring, ACS delivered some 75,000 seedlings to almost 40 community gardens across Oregon. Those plants and the food they provide are crucial to many rural community, where it's often a struggle to find fresh food, and in some cases even a grocery store.

"75,000 Seedlings Onboard," Emily Grosvenor's piece in the Spring 2010 issue of Edible Portland, highlights ACS's efforts to spread principles of land stewardship and help rural Oregonians access fresh food and become self-reliant - critical for communities with growing numbers of low-income families with little or no access to fresh, healthy food.

"There is a growing number of us who are convinced that all of the world's challenges can be overcome in a local garden," Burrow told Grosvenor. "There is already a shift in progress; we're just here to support it."

Community Gardens don't just produce food. They foster community, get kids outside and engaged wtih their environment and their food, and help folks get the fresh, healthy produce they need. As Commissioner-in-Charge of Parks, Nick is looking at ways to dramatically expand our Community Gardens program in the coming years, and to bring the experience of growing foodto many more Portlanders.

Resource Access Center earns accolades

April 9, 2010

In a piece on the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) blog today, Lee Jones highlights the Resource Access Center, a cornerstone of the City's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Funding for the project, a partnership with the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP), Transition Projects, Inc., and other community partners, includes $3.3 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA.)

HAP received almost $13.7 million in ARRA funds; Jones praises HAP's carefully-considered spending of that money to upgrade more than 15 housing complexes across the city.

Click here for the full article.

 

Portland Housing Bureau, Multnomah County partner to help landlords and low-income renters improve safety

April 14, 2010

Multnomah County has been awarded an $875,000 Healthy Homes Demonstration Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) One of 25 recipients nationwide, the County will use this three-year grant to fund its Community Asthma Inspection and Referral (CAIR) Project.

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) will manage funds for repair and relocation, the Lead Hazard Control Grant, and the Small Rental Rehab Program.

Said PHB Director Margaret Van Vliet, "Low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities are among the communities most likely to live in poorly-maintained homes, which exacerbate chronic health conditions. We are delighted to work with the County to ensure that Portland-area landlords and residents have access to much-needed home repair funds."

Portland Housing Center recognized for outstanding performance

April 14, 2010

Last week the Portland Housing Center (PHC) was honored with the NeighborWorks America 2010 CEO award for outstanding performance. PHC, which serves the Portland metro area, was recognized as the top producer of homeownership clients in the country among NeighborWorks Full Cycle Lenders. In 2009, PHC helped Portland-area first-time homebuyers move in 387 homes!

Congratulations to Executive Director Peg Malloy and her team at PHC!