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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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"Housing for a Healthy Community"

LifeWorks NW presents the Talking Points Series, featuring local leaders in the fields of mental health and addiction issues: Nick spoke today about "Housing for a Healthy Community"

July 8, 2010

Last year, local non-profit LifeWorks NW launched the Talking Points Series, a forum for community leaders to talk about the many ways mental health and addiction issues touch our community. In December, Oregon Attorney General kicked the series off with a discussion of "Why Treatment Counts."

Today, Nick was proud to be the featured speaker at "Housing for a Healthy Community," the second event in the series. As Housing Commissioner for the City of Portland, Nick is committed to ensuring that everyone has a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. With Oregon consistently ranked in the top five nationally in hunger, homelessness, unemployment, and foreclosure, having a home has become an incredible challenge in our community. More than 1,600 people sleep outside each night, and at least one-third of homeless adults struggle with mental illness.

For our most vulnerable community members, a combination of stable housing and the support of mental health and addiction services is essential to recovery. The City relies on partnerships with trusted non-profits to deliver these services. For years, the City has partnered with LifeWorks NW, a leading prevention, mental health, and addiction agency working to support a healthy community. LifeWorks NW has worked with the Housing Authority of Portland to provide after-school services, provides mental health services through its Shelther Plus Care vouchers across the city, and provides supportive services in the City's affordable housing projects, most recently in Shaver Green.

We are proud to work with LifeWorks NW, and proud to be a part of the Talking Points Series.

Portland's oldest pool turns 100!

Join City Commissioner Nick Fish for Sellwood Pool's 100th birthday!

July 8, 2010

Join Nick next Tuesday afternoon at Sellwood Pool to celebrate the 100th birthday of Portland's oldest pool! Writes David Ashton in The Bee, "nothing says 'summer' like a dip in a cool pool on a hot summer's day. And, since 1910, the Sellwood Pool, now operated by Portland Parks & Recreation, has continuously operated to the delight of kids and adults."

The pool was constructed when the Jefferson Street public bath house, once a floating structure on the Willamette River, was closed because of increasing pollution. Sellwood Pool has been in continuous operation since its construction - quite an achievement!

The birthday celebration will feature free swimming, cake, face painting, games and prizes, and remarks from Commissioner Fish. We'll see you there. 

Thanks to flickr user russelldavies for the great photo of Sellwood Pool!

Join us!

Parks' 2010 Community Gardens Annual Tour will be Saturday, July 17

July 9, 2010

Parks' 2010 Community Gardens Tour is coming up!

World Cup final at Pioneer Courthouse Square

Join Commissioner Fish, the Oregon Sports Authority, and Soccer City USA fans to watch the 2010 World Cup Final in Pioneer Courthouse Square

July 8, 2010

Last month thousands of soccer fans packed Director Park to watch the US-England World Cup match.

Join us at Pioneer Courthouse Square this Sunday at 11:30 for the final!

A collaboration between the Oregon Sports Authority, the Portland Timbers, Alpha Broadcasting, TAOW Modern Marketing, and Portland Parks & Recreation brings these two public viewings to Portland.

These are just two of the hundreds of free summer events Parks is offering as part of the Summer Free For All.

Four years ago close to 10,000 fans filled the Square - this year we expect an even bigger crowd.

We hope you can join us for this exciting event in the living room of Soccer City, USA!