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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

Portland to receive $17 million housing boost

A summary of Janie Har's article from this morning

August 18, 2010

Commissioner Fish with Proud Ground representatives and Minority Homeowners Association cutting ribbon on a new houseAs Janie Har wrote in yesterday's Oregonian, the city of Portland will receive about $1.5 million more in grant money than their annual alotment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentfor low-income housing and shelter assistance this year. 

We want to sincerely thank Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkleyfor their hard work and support of this funding, which will total about $18.2 million. This includes nearly $1 million of funds to Gresham through the Community Development Block Grant, funds that come with great flexibility in how they are implemented.

The full allocation will largely support the development and rehabilitation of low-income rental units, helping homeowners avoid foreclosure and providing shelters for the homeless. The Portland Housing Bureau, led by Commissioner Fish and Director Margaret Van Vliet, invests local and federal dollars to support the continuum of housing needs in the Portland area.

In addition, $1 million of these funds will go to the Cascade AIDS Project which continues their funding amount under the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA). This will continue to help with rent payments for people with the auto-immune illness.

The Breakdown
- Gresham, Community Development Block Grant,  $959,393
- Multnomah County, Community Development Block Grant, $332,192.
- Portland, Community Development Block Grant, $10,866,899.
- Portland, Emergency Shelter Grants Program, $441,899.
- Portland, HOME Program, $4,596,522.
- Portland, HOPWA Program, $1,088,055 (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS).

Read Janie Har's entire article on oregonlive.

Event Note: Cascade AIDS Projects will have their annual walk October 3rd. Why walk? Because today in America, a new HIV infection occurs every 9 1/2 minutes. Click here for more information.

Above pictured: Representing Proud Ground, Minority Homebuyer Assistance Collaborativeis Commissioner Fish, John Mohlis, Greg Brown, Tom Walsh and Serena Cruz, April 2010. Thank you to the Portland Observer for supplying the photograph.

BMX Jam this Saturday!

Portland Parks & Recreation presents BMX Jam this Saturday at the Glenhaven Skatepark

August 10, 2010

Portland Parks & Recreation offers exciting skate classes, events, and other activities at skateparks citywide. Coming up this Saturday, Parks will host a BMX Jam at Glenhaven Skatepark in NE Portland. The event will include food, drink, prizes, a dj, and separate 19 & under and 12 & under brackets. Glenhaven also hosted a Skate Jam in late July.

Glenhaven, at NE 82nd and Siskiyou, offers 11,000 square feet of space for skaters, including a 5,500 square foot street course. The 16-acre park also has a baseball field, a disabled access play area, paved paths, plenty of picnic tables, soccer and softball fields, and a tennis court.

Parks has been working for several years to develop a skatepark system to meet the need for safe, legal places skaters can enjoy. An advisory committee, of skaters, neighborhood folks, and other stakeholders crafted a package of recommendations for the City Council which included a regional facility, a series of district skateparks, and a number of neighborhood sites. Their ideas have shaped our current range of facilities and because of their work, every new park is considered as a possible site for a new skatepark.

So far, Parks has developed four district sites, at Pier, Glenhaven, Gabriel, and Ed Benedict Parks, as well as a site at Holly Farm Park. Stay tuned for more to come!

Fields Neighborhood Park project moves forward

Portland City Council on Wednesday accepted Hoyt Street Properties' donation of a 3.2 acre property that will be used for proposed Fields Neighborhood Park, ending a nearly two-year negotiation between the parties.

August 19, 2010

We're proud to announce the Parks Bureau is moving forward on the space known as "The Fields" situated within the Hoyt Street Yards portion of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association (PDNA). We would like to thank Tiffany Schweitzer and Hoyt Street Properties for their generous donation of the space for this project.

Nick Bjork of the Daily Journal of Commerce wrote yesterday that the Portland City Council on Wednesday accepted Hoyt Street Properties’ donation of a 3.2-acre property that will be used for proposed Fields Neighborhood Park.

Hoyt previously donated two other properties to the city, Jamison Square and a portion for Tanner Springs Park.

While waiting to solidify next steps, the Portland Development Commission (PDC) has drafted a plan to connect the two areas with a pedestrian bridge over Naito Parkway.

Read the full story here: Daily Journal of Commerce August 18, 2010

For more information on this project go to Portland Parks & Recreation.

Portland Housing Bureau partners with Habitat for Humanity

Commissioner Fish will join the Portland Housing Bureau to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Friday, August 20

August 11, 2010

Story by Sarah Wigginton

Today, Nick is excited to join staff from the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) for a day of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in the Lends Landing neighborhood. Habitat for Humanity offers homeownership opportunities to low-income families by selling homes at cost, making no profit, and asking the family to contribute 500 sweat equity hours. Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is the largest Habitat for Humanity affiliate on the West Coast and has served hardworking families in our community for over 25 years. At a time when Oregon is in the top five for foreclosure, the organization has experienced less than a 1% default rate on its mortgages.

The City of Portland is committed to bringing affordable housing to this historically diverse neighborhood, and working with partners like Habitat for Humanity is essential to the success of this effort. Stable housing is essential for helping children stay in school and creating a secure home environment. Habitat for Humanity plans to bring nine new homes to the Lents Landing neighborhood and the Portland Development Commission has plans to extend MAX Light Rail to connect the neighborhood with downtown Portland. These improvements will create great new opportunities for many hardworking families in Portland.

Today's construction begins at 8:30 am sharp and will continue through the afternoon at 6305 SE 97th Avenue. Pictures to come!

Baltimore Woods purchase links npGreenway trails

The Baltimore Woods parcel in North Portland was officially purchased by the City of Portland and Metro today, bringing it into the inventory of npGreenway trail sites

August 24, 2010

We hope you saw the story about Baltimore Woods in the online version of the Portland Tribune yesterday morning.

Baltimore Woods is a six-acre parcel located between Cathedral Park and Pier Park in North Portland. Thanks to the partnership of Metro, SOLV, Three Rivers, the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, and the Friends of Baltimore Woods, the property will become part of the npGreenway trail network rather than be developed for residential use. The npGreenway trail system will bring access to the river and to healthy recreation opportunities to a part of Portland that has long been park- and trail-deficient.

Baltimore Woods in North Portland

Back in June, we wrote that the various parties had reached an agreement for purchase of the land - today, the property was officially purchased jointly by Metro and the City of Portland.

The npGreenway trail system will connect North Portland neighborhoods with the Willamette through a network of trails for jogging, biking, skating, fishing, wildlife viewing, and more. The new network will connect with the existing Willamette River trail system, providing continuous river access from the Steel Bridge in downtown Portland all the way to Kelley Point Park, at the convergence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Click here for a full map of the proposed network.

"The timing is perfect," Nick told the Tribune, "as Parks will be working with the community in the near future on a master plan for the entire trail." Congratulations to all who helped make this happen!