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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

"Portland is a place where we have extra programs to help all people buy a home"

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which administers the Mortgage Credit Certificate to help low-income first-time homebuyers

November 8, 2010

We hope you saw Saturday's Oregonian, which had a great story about one of the tools the Portland Housing Bureau uses to help first-time homebuyers in our community.

It's called the Mortgage Credit Certificate, and it's a valuable tax credit available to buyers who take a homebuyer education class and meet income requirements.

The Portland Housing Bureau, Connie Potter writes, is the only agency in Oregon to offer the program. Since 2008, 158 people have been approved for the credit.

In Portland, 60% of whites but only 33% of African American and 38% of Hispanics live in owner-occupied homes.

PHB's Jon Gail told Potter that the mission of the program is to encourage more people of color to buy homes. "It's important that we bring every resource we have to close that gap," he said, "so they know that Portland is a place where we have extra programs to help all people buy a home."

Visit PHB's website for more.

Lee Kelly

November 9, 2010

We are very proud of all of our Portland area artists.

The Portland Art Museum is currently hosting a retrospective of Lee Kelly's work. A prolific Portland artist, Kelly is also an alumnus of the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is also featuring some of his sculptures and paintings this month and next.

As DK Row wrote in his review, Lee Kelly at the Portland Art Museum: "Kelly was on the path to becoming a fine Abstract Expressionist painter...But sculpture collared Kelly in a way painting couldn't."

Council will consider 2010 Heritage Trees

Commissioner Fish and the Portland City Council will consider 9 trees for Heritage Tree designation this week

November 9, 2010

Trees add so much to our community. They provide a wide range of environmental benefits by improving our air and water quality, serving as important habitat for birds and wildlife, helping us reach our Climate Action Plan goals, and bringing beauty to our neighborhoods.

Wednesday, the Council will consider 8 trees recommended by the Urban Forestry Commission for special Heritage Tree designation. Each year since 1993 the Council has approved certain trees for this designation.

In recognition of their significance, Heritage Trees receive extra protections and can't be removed without the consent of both the Urban Forestry Commission and the City Council.

Approving these 8 trees will bring our total stock of Heritage Trees to 286, representing 122 species, each of which helps us preserve and promote our healthy and diverse urban canopy.


2010 Spirit of Portland Awards

Commissioner Nick Fish was honored to be part of the 2010 Spirit of Portland Award ceremony last night

November 9, 2010