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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

"Walk of Awareness"

Commissioner Nick Fish and our Youth Commissioner took part in the Day of Homelessness Awareness March this morning

Every night, more than 2,500 people in Multnomah County are homeless.

This morning, civic and religious leaders throughout Multnomah County observed the first annual "Day of Homelessness Awareness" with a "Walk of Awareness," sponsored by local non-profit JOIN. Commissioner Fish was honored to speak at the event, which began at the Downtown Chapel Roman Catholic Parish and ended at the First Unitarian Church.

The Day of Awareness is meant to make the challenge of homelessness in our community more visible, and to engage more faith communities in the effort to address this humanitarian crisis.

"Walk of Awareness" organizers are asking the community to forgo one small splurge today and instead donate the money to a local shelter.

Partners celebrate Woolsey Court opening

Commissioner Fish was proud to join Proud Ground to celebrate the Woolsey Court opening this morning in North Portland

November 8, 2010

Helping local partners develop affordable housing is one of the Portland Housing Bureau's top priorities. PHB is very proud to be a partner in the Woolsey Corner housing community in North Portland's New Columbia.

Woolsey Corner is a community of 8 homes nestled between Rosa Parks Elementary, a Parks community center, a Boys & Girls club, and the Seeds of Harmony Community Garden. The homes far exceed state energy efficiency standards and include all kinds of amazing - and cost-saving - green features.

Commissioner Fish was excited to be part of the Woolsey Corner opening this morning.

The project was led by local non-profit Proud Ground, which has helped more than 100 first-time homebuyers purchase homes in the last decade.

Congratulations to Proud Ground and to the rest of the partners who helped make this happen!

USA Today highlights Portland's storage program

The November 18 USA Today highlights Portland's Resource Access Center and our temporary storage program

November 18, 2010

The City's innovative program to help our homeless move off the streets and into homes is garnering national attention.

In today's USA Today, reporter Marisa Kendall highlights the Resource Access Center, opening next summer, and the City's pilot storage facility that will operate until then.

The need for storage is great, Kendall writes, but city-sponsored programs to make it available are rare. Commissioner Fish led the collaborative effort to provide this service in Portland.

"Having to cart around their possessions is just another insurmountable barrier," Commissioner Fish told her.

Our storage facility, he explained, will give people a safe, clean place to keep their things while they go to appointments, look for jobs, or search for housing.

Read the full article.

Update: In response to community concerns, the entrance to the storage facility has been moved from Burnside to Northwest Fifth Avenue.

Left: The Grove Hotel, Portland's temporary storage site

Friday Round-Up

Huffington Post and Mercury report on Portland's initiative with homeless storage

November 19, 2010

This week featured several articles in media both locally and nationwide about the new homeless storage program. In addition to the USA Today story, two more articles were written about the program: 

  • The Huffington Post article by Lauren Sullivan: "Most shelters offer storage, but the spaces aren't large enough to accommodate individuals' belongings when they go to work -- leaving most to pay out of pocket for storage they can't afford."   Read the full article
  • Portland Mercury published their story on the homeless storage program as well: Business Group Weighs in... by Denis Theriault"This is the first time we've been a part of anything that had this particular group of partners in it and was this focused," says Marc Jolin, JOIN's executive director." Read the full article

 

Photo: Grove Hotel, site of storage space

photo courtesy lesamonster

Preparing for winter weather emergencies

The Portland Housing Bureau, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, is prepared to help shelter our most vulnerable during winter weather emergencies

November 22, 2010

A winter weather advisory warns that Portland could see more than an inch of snow today.

Together with Multnomah County and community partners, the Portland Housing Bureau coordinates winter and severe weather shelter and day services for homeless people in our community.

PHB funds two winter shelters in downtown Portland, and Multnomah County operates a family shelter on the east side of town.

To make sure there's room for the night, please check in before heading to a shelter.

For the most up to date information on shelter or assistance, call 211info by dialing 2-1-1 from a cell phone or (503) 222-5555 from a land line.

211info also reports that they are in need of blankets and coats. Donations are being accepted at a number of sites - call 2-1-1 for the latest information.

In Multnomah County, the call line is open from 8am to 10pm daily.

Thanks to flickr user Sacred Destinations for the photo of snowy Portland