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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

JOIN debuts new site

April 20, 2010

Since 1992, JOIN has helped homeless people in the Portland area transition from the street to permanent housing. Last year, JOIN served over 1,800 people in its Community Service Center and housed close to 500 people through street outreach efforts and its permanent housing placement program.

Friday, April 16, Nick was honored to speak at an event celebrating the opening of JOIN's new space at 1435 NE 81st. The site brings together a renovated community center to better serve clients, new space for JOIN staff, and shared community space for Street Roots, the Benefit Advocacy Coalition, and other partners. 

These days, events like this are more important than ever - to highlight the unprecedented need in our community, and to celebrate our progress in helping our most vulnerable.


Visit our Photo Gallery for more pictures, and also check out JOIN on facebook (thanks for the photos!)

The new space provides plenty of storage.

Federal programs aim to keep people in their homes - and off the street

April 21, 2010

In Monday's New York Times, Peter Goodman writes about the state of our nation's safety net - "The question is whether the modern-day safety net has enough money and the right initiatives to aid those who need it most," he writes. "The answer could shape whether a considerable slice of the American population will recover from the trauma of recent years, and how long that will take."

Oregon was one of five states recently selected to share in a $600 million federal program aimed at helping regions hardest hit by unemployment. Read Eric Mortenson's March 29 Oregonian article, "Oregon gets $88 million share of federal aid the ease foreclosures," for more.

Homeownership Fair offers resources, lunch, and more

April 22, 2010

While the housing market has changed dramatically recently, the desire for homes hasn't. Local resources for homeowners and potential buyers are more important than ever. This Saturday, ROSE Community Development will present the 5th Annual East Portland Homeownership Fair at Ron Russell Middle School (3955 SE 112th.)

The Fair will offer a number of resources for new homeowners and prospective buyers: foreclosure workshops and counseling; "Ask the Expert" panels; a wide range of homebuying and homeownership workshops; free lunch; and information about local organizations. The event will also feature a drawing for a $4,000 Homebuyer's Assistance Grant, presented to one lucky attendee.

Translators are available for those who speak Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Visit ROSE's website for more on the event.

Comcast/Hands on Greater Portland Cares Day

April 22, 2010

This Saturday Comcast/Hands on Great Portland Cares Day will dispatch almost 2,000 volunteers to more than 20 sites across Portland. Nationwide, as part of Comcast Cares Day, more than 60,000 volunteers will perform more than 330,000 hours of community service at more than 550 sites.

Nick is proud to be part of this event, speaking Saturday at Benson High School. Joining him are Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen, State Representative Jules Bailey, County Commissioners Deborah Kafoury and Diane McKeel, and City Commissioner Dan Saltzman.

Twenty-four projects across Portland are part of this national day of service, and there's truly something for everyone. You can make a blanket as part of the "Bink-a-Thon," help with a Salvation Army Women's Shelter Clean-Up, work on Hoyt Arboretum Trail Maintenance or Community Garden upkeep, or help make some neighborhood dogs a little happier with Fences for FidoClick here for a full list of the day's projects.

2010 Rose Festival kicks off with Saturday parade

April 22, 2010

Saturday morning, Nick will join the 4th Annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, the first official event of the 2010 Portland Rose Festival. Beginning at Eastport Plaza and heading north, the parade includes the VFW Honor Guard, Ronald McDonald inside the World's Biggest Clown Shoe, the Royal Rosarians, and the 2010 Rose Festival Princess Court.

Following the parade, check out Carnival Days at Eastport Plaza - pony rides, free caricatures, an interactive (and travelling!) clown play, BJ the Comedy Balloon-Making Clown, the River City Band, and stilt-walker extraordinare Heather Pearl.

Says Carnival Days Manager Dianne Gill, "There's something for everyone." Check these fun events out Saturday morning!