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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

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Two affordable housing development celebrate grand openings next week

Two affordable housing developments in Portland - Walnut Park and the Martha Washington - celebrate grand openings next week

 June 9, 2010

Story by Caitlin Burke and Sonia Schmanski

The need for safe, decent, and affordable housing in Portland is great - approximately 2,000 people here have no permanent place to call home. To address this, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) regularly partners with local government agencies and community partners to increase the affordable housing supply in Portland. Next week, Nick will join community partners to celebrate the openings of Walnut Park and the Martha Washington, Portland's newest affordable housing projects.

Staff from the PHB, the Housing Authority of Portland, the State of Oregon, Central City Concern, and Multnomah County will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening of the Martha Washington building next Wednesday, June 16. After a long and interesting history during which it was, at times, a residential hotel; lodging for young, single women; headquarters of a religious cult; and a Multnomah County restitution center, the Martha Washington building has been renovated so that it can offer 108 affordable studios and one-bedroom apartments. Central City Concern will manage the property and run social service programs for the residents.

Next Thursday, June 17, the Network for Affordable Housing (NOAH), PHB, and REACH CDC will host a grand opening celebration for Walnut Park. Walnut Park residents, all of whom are elderly or disabled, were in danger of losing the rent subsidies that helped make it affordable for them to live in the building. In response, REACH, in partnership with NOAH and PHB, purchased and renovated the 38 unit apartment building, renewing its federal rent subsidy contract and preserving it as affordable housing for the next 20 years.

These projects are excellent examples of what can happen when community partners and local government agencies work together to increase affordable housing in the Portland area.

The public is welcome at both of these exciting openings: click here to rsvp for the Martha Washington opening, and here for Walnut Park.

World Cup tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow at Director Park for a public showing of the US-England World Cup match! Party begins at 11:00 am.

June 10, 2010

Join us tomorrow at Director Park in downtown Portland to watch the US-England World Cup match on a giant screen and be among the first to see the Portland Timbers' new MLS logo!

Four years ago, thousands of people gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland's living room, to watch a World Cup match. This year, Nick was proud to join Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority, the Portland Timbers, Alpha Broadcasting, and TAOW Modern Marketing to bring two free public World Cup viewing parties to Portlanders this summer.

Read more in the Willamette Week, and join us for these free, fun events!

Thanks to flickr user spinnerin for the photo of Pioneer Courthouse Square back in 2006.

Brentwood-Darlington Gets a 'Garden in a Day'

Volunteers from across Portland recently came together to construct a new community garden in one short day!

June 10, 2010

Story by Caitlin Burke and Sonia Schmanski

When Fiskars Co. was searching for a city that was receptive to the idea of community gardening and had a strong community garden network, they found that Portland “really fit the bill.” Fiskars partnered withPortland Parks & Recreation, Home Depot, Friends of Portland Community Gardens, and local volunteers to build – in one day! – the North Brentwood Community Garden.

This community garden will become a space for Brentwood-Darlington neighbors to come together and support Parks’ effort to meet the growing demand for healthy, locally grown food in our community. Volunteers wheelbarrowed dirt and soil amenities, raised a barn-like shed, and built frames for raised garden beds, creating twenty-three new plots for Portland residents.

The new North Brentwood Community Garden will also be an important part of the city’s Climate Action Plan, which sets the goal of 1,000 new plots in Portland by 2010 – this new garden brings us that much closer to our goal!

If you'd like to be a part of the community garden movement in Portland, check out Parks' recently-released Community Gardens Toolkit, a resource guide offering everything from how to sign up for a plot in a community garden to tips for growing produce at home to ways to donate food to those in need in our community.

Volunteers are always welcome at Portland Parks & Recreation's Community Garden work parties! Click here for more.

Thanks to David Ashton of The Bee for this great photo of the new garden's construction!

Register today!

Registration closes today for the Portland Housing Bureau's next Home Ownership Workshop (HOW), coming up this Thursday

June 10, 2010

Registration closes today for the Home Ownership Workshop coming up this Thursday evening. Call (503) 823-3400 or visit to register.

Each month, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) offers Home Ownership Workshops to connect community members to the wide variety of local programs and partners available to help in the homebuying process.

The workshop will teach you how to access homebuyer education and counseling services, homebuyer tax credit programs, down payment assistance programs, property tax exemptions, first mortgage loan programs, connections to local non-profit partners, and more.

If you aren't able to attend this week's meeting but are interested in accessing these great resources, visit PHB's website for information about upcoming workshops.

Elizabeth Caruthers Park opens in South Waterfront District

Elizabeth Caruthers Park in downtown Portland will officially open in August but opened to the public last week

June 15, 2010

When she arrived in Portland and purchased a plot of land on the West side of the Willamette River in 1850, Elizabeth Caruthers became one of south Portland's first settlers.

The Caruthers family has featured prominently in Portland history - see SE and SW Caruthers Street and Caruthers Creek in Marquam Gulch.

Now, that list includes Elizabeth Caruthers Park in downtown's South Waterfront District.

The park features a community gathering area with movable table 

and chairs, a bocce court, a quiet area with an historic marker honoring the site of Portland's first cabin, a bike rack, and more. The park will host an official opening celebration in August, but is already open to the public. Stop by this fun, family-friendly park next time you're out and about downtown!

More pictures in our Photo Gallery!