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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

Zenger Farm hosts 3rd annual "Farm to Table" fundraiser

Commissioner Nick Fish is excited to attend Zenger Farm's 3rd annual Farm to Table fundraiser this Friday

October 20, 2010

Zenger Farm is a Northwest treasure. The outer southeast parcel was first owned in the 19th century by Jacob Johnson, the namesake of Johnson Creek. It was purchased by Ulrich Zenger in 1913, and passed to City ownership in the 1980s, when the Bureau of Environmental Services purchased the land, preserving it as a wetland to collect the area's stormwater. It became a working farm once again in 1995 and in 1999 the Friends of Zenger Farm secured a 50-year lease from the City, officially making the land a public space.

Today, Zenger Farm is a non-profit farm and wetland dedicated to promoting sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, local economic development, an access to healthy food for all. The 10-acre wetland and 6-acre farming operation provide the perfect setting to offer hands-on learning opportunities for kids, farmers, and families.

The farm offers lots fun workshops and events each month - if you've ever wondered how to pickle your fall vegetables, use worms in your composting, or just wanted to see a working farm up close, Zenger Farm probably has a class or tour for you! Check out their schedule of events.

Nick is excited to attend the third annual Farm to Table fundraiser this Friday to celebrate the year's successes and support the important services Zenger Farm offers. The fundraiser features a four-course meal crafted from produce fresh from the fields by chef Jor McGarry, wine and beer from Oregon's finest wineries and breweries, and a silent and live auction showcasing our region's best food and farm treasures. Join Zenger Farm to share dreams for the season ahead! Email Lalena at Zenger Farm to see whether last-minute tickets are available.

Unthank Park upgrade

Portland Parks & Recreation, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, works to keep all of its parks clean and well-maintained, making for a safe, comfortable experience for all

 October 22, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to some great work by our Parks maintenance staff, Unthank park has had a facelift!

Keeping our parks well-maintained with clean, clear landscaping means a safer, more comfortable experience for all.

Great work!

12th Annual African American Homeownership Fair

The African American Alliance for Homeownership offers its 12th Annual fair this weekend and Legacy Emanuel Hospital

October 25, 2010

African American Alliance for Homeownership

Homeownership fairs can be an amazing resource for people thinking of buying a home. This weekend, writes Connie Potter in the Oregonian, the African American Alliance for Homeownership (AAAH) will offer its 12th Annual African American Homeownership Fair.

Prospective buyers, Potter says, can speak to lenders and home inspectors, sign up for homebuyer education programs, and learn about financial support for down payments and closing costs. Thanks to NW Natural, free lunch will be available from 11:30 to 1:00 pm.

The AAAH, one of the Portland Housing Bureau's valued community partners, works to increase homeownership and economic stability for underserved communities.

For more than 10 years, the AAAH has served our community with programs like the Homebuyer Coaching Project, the Annual Homebuyer Fair, the IDA match savings fund, individual Homebuyer Counseling, and foreclosure prevention services.

 

Housing Success Story

Commissioner Nick Fish co-chaired the Section 8 Success Rate Task Force with Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury

October 26, 2010

In the Fall of 2008, Commissioner Fish convened the Section 8 Success Rate Task Force to help voucher-holders in our community become more successful in finding a place to rent. He co-chaired the task force with County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury.

 The Section 8 program, administered locally by the Housing Authority of Portland, provides rent assistance to low-income seniors, young families, and people with disabilities. It serves  8,300 households - more than 18,400 people - each month and brings $50 million in federal funding to our community every year. 

Nick convened the task force because too many voucher-holders were unable to find a home. At one point, the "success rate" dropped below 75%.

In partnership with tenant advocates, private landlords, Multnomah County, and the Portland Housing Bureau, the Housing Authority of Portland took bold steps to improve the program.

We're pleased to report that the success rate increased dramatically between October 2009 and January 2010. During that time period, 216 households - more than 90% of voucher-holders - successfully found housing.

Congratulations to HAP Director Steve Rudman and HAP Rent Assistance Director Jill Riddle for their innovative and collaborative approach to tackling this problem, and thanks to Commissioner Kafoury and the task force for their good work.

Forest Park update

Commissioner Fish writes to Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists

October 26, 2010

Commissioner Fish and Portland Parks & Recreation Director Zari Santner recently announced a series of actions to address the ecological health of Forest Park and to improve access to off-road biking around the city.

Following that announcement, Nick reaffirmed his commitment to expanding off-road biking opportunities in Portland in a letter to Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists.

Thanks to flickr user bjorn1101 for the photo!