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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 Housing Bureau Milestones

The Portland Housing Bureau brought two exciting items to Council today - Block 49 and the new Portland Housing Advisory Commission

December 15, 2010

Today, the Portland Housing Bureau brought two exciting and important items to Council.

This morning, the Council approved a significant step forward for Block 49, which will bring the South Waterfront district its first affordable homes.

When construction is completed in November 2012, Block 49 will feature a LEED Silver 5-story building housing 209 affordable apartments, 42 of which will be reserved for very low-income households, with a focus on veterans.

Through a competitive process, PHB selected local non-profit REACH CDC to develop and own the project.

Today's Council item formalized a Development and Disposition Agreement (DDA) for the proejct. The DDA will transfer ownership of the property to the developer, REACH CDC, and will provide for financing.

Construction will begin next Spring, and we look forward to a ribbon-cutting in the Fall of 2012.

Special thanks to all our partners, including REACH CDC, the Veterans Administration, Ankrom Moisan Architects, and Walsh Construction.

"City Hall Week in ReviewOregonian

"Affordable housing project has new developerDaily Journal of Commerce

"Apartment project finally moves aheadPortland Tribune

"City OKs S. Waterfront projects" Oregonian

"Council to vote on REACH waterfront dev." Portland Business Journal

"South Waterfront affordable housing poised to move forward" Portland Tribune

"South Waterfront housing project faces Council" Portland Business Journal

The second item Council will take up marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in accountability for the new Portland Housing Bureau.

This afternoon, Council will formally create the new Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC.)

 The PHAC is a key part of PHB's goal of becoming more transparent and accountable to the people of Portland.

This new advisory body will provide important input and advice to Director Van Vliet, Commissioner Fish, and the Council.

Our call for applicants yielded an amazing pool of Portlanders. Together, Director Van Vliet and Commissioner Fish selected a very diverse group of people with a broad range of expertise in homeownership, ending homelessness, and affordable housing financing and development.

Congratulations to our new members!

All the Art that Fits!

December 16, 2010

Each year the City of Portland presents an exhibition of artwork created by City Employees - All the Art that Fits.

This year's exhibition features a piece from our very own staff member Natalie Sept (check out her other work), as well as submissions from several Parks bureau employees. Congratulations to all!

Natalie's painting (oil on canvas)  Katrine, Papa Haydn: Dishwasher, Busser Series          


Give: The Oregon Cultural Trust

December 17, 2010

Nick is very proud to sit on the board of the Oregon Cultural Trust, which has funded arts and culture in our state for almost 10 years.

During this time of giving, we hope you will consider supporting the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT) and helping the arts and culture in our region remain strong, vibrant and lasting.

Your gift to any of the 1,300 + cultural non-profits on the OCT website and matching gift to the Trust earns you a tax credit of 100% for your OCT donation.

You must give by December 31st to claim your 2010 cultural tax credit.

Since 2003, the Trust has distributed $9 million to our community through 775 grants.

Your gift will ensure a bright future for arts and culture in our state. 

Thank you!

Friday Roundup

December 17, 2010

  • Affordable housing project has new developer This was a milestone week for the Portland Housing Bureau, which moved forward on the Block 49 project and appointed the first roster of the new Portland Housing Advisory Commission
  • Faith in Food Edible Portland highlights the work of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer shares 8 lessons learned

Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer addressed the Portland City Club today, sharing 8 lessons he's learned

December 17, 2010

Today, Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer spoke with a City Club audience about how fostering economic opportunity for young adults in places like Haiti, Colombia, and Gaza can help to heal broken communities.

He also talked about Mercy Corps' new program in Yemen, which helps kids reduce their vulnerability to the negative influence of violence groups, and about providing economic opportunities for low-income earners right here in Portland.

He shared 8 lessons he's learned during his 16 years as CEO of Mercy Corps (read the text of his speech here):

  • Focus on the bottom 1 billion people in the developing world
  • View crisis as opportunity
  • Put people first
  • Focus on youth; half the world is younger than 25
  • Find and support the heroes, the bright lights - especially among youth
  • Catalyze partnerships between and among civil society, the private sector, and government
  • Promote social innovation
  • Leverage the humanitarian bridge to support peaceful change and human rights

Mercy Corps works to help people worldwide build secure, productive, and just communities.

Many thanks to Mercy Corps and photographer Edy Purnomo for letting us use this great photo of Neal Keny-Guyer in Jakarta