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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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for April 2, 2012

David F. Ashton in the Bee

 

Laying the groundwork for forest recovery

Claire Oliver in the Portland Tribune

 

Commissioner Nick Fish Fosters Community Garden Initiative

Christen McCurdy in the Lund Report

Portland Parks' Summer Programs

Commissioner Nick Fish, Portland Parks & Recreation programs for summer

April 9, 2012

By David Nguyen

Registration is now open for Portland Parks & Recreation’s summer recreation programs, camps, outdoor and teen activities, and all-ages swims.

Parks offers summer day camps, teen programs, arts and crafts, music, theater, and various sports activities.

From June 18 – 22, Parks is also offering FREE swim lessons!

Walk-in registration for free swim lessons begins Saturday, June 16, 8:00 am – 11:30 am, at your neighborhood pool.

For more information about these and other pool activities, call the Portland Pool Program Hotline at 503-823-5130.

Click here for more on our Recreation programs.

Click here if you interested in volunteering for Parks summer programs.

Benefits of Trees

April 10, 2012

By David Nguyen

Have you ever wondered what trees do for us, besides looking good? A lot!

According to treebenefits.com, a site which allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits of an individual tree, a Noble Fir (native to Oregon!) with a diameter of 30 inches, a tree native to Oregon will catch 4,174 gallons of storm water runoff every year!

Trees act as mini-reservoirs, controlling water runoff by increasing filtration and storage of rain water. This also reduces soil erosion by slowing rainfall before it gets to the soil.

In total, the 30-inch Noble Fir will provides the overall benefits of $184 every year – and the benefit will increase to $212 when the tree grows to 35 inches in size!

Find out more at treebenefits.com

April is National Fair Housing Month

April is National Fair Housing Month - 2012 City of Portland Proclamation

April 11, 2012

Nick was pleased to lead his fellow Council members in recognizing National Fair Housing Month at City Council this morning.  Nick read a proclamation recognizing and celebrating April as Fair Housing Month in Portland. 

The proclamation calls on all Portlanders to "observe this month by joining in the effort to promote fair housing for all."

City Council also welcomed Cassiel Thom, the 2012 Fair Housing Council of Oregon Fair Housing poster contest winner.  Cassiel’s winning entry beautifully represents the contest’s theme: Fair Housing Welcomes Everyone Home.

Cassiel is a seventh grader at Metropolitan Learning Center, and enjoys photography and art.  Poster judges at the Fair Housing Council named her the winner for the second year in a row!  Cassiel’s poster will be on display with other prize-winning entries at the Beaverton City Library from April 14 – 23.

The City of Portland and its partners have made a renewed effort to focus on combating illegal housing discrimination and removing other barriers that impede housing choice. 

In September 2011, City Council adopted the Fair Housing Action Plan – a set of first steps toward addressing fair housing impediments in our community.  Nick appointed community members to the Fair Housing Advocacy Committee, charged with implementing the Plan. 

If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination in housing, please contact the Fair Housing Council of Oregon at (800) 424-3247 or information@fhco.org.

2012 Fair Housing Proclamation

Photo courtesy of Marian Hammond, Carlson Communications

Equity in Homeownership

Testimony from Lisa Bates regarding homeownership funding in the City

April 12, 2012

One of the Portland Housing Bureau’s top priorities is helping Portlanders from communities of color buy a home or keep the home they already own.

For communities of color in Portland, the American Dream of homeownership can be difficult to attain. Recently, the Coalition for Communities of Color reported that 58 % of white mid-income Portlanders own a home, compared with only 47% in communities of color.

PHB funds several homeownership programs to address this disparity and is proud to partner with non-profit organizations in the community to serve the homebuying community. Our partners are able to provide culturally specific programs and services to meet the specific needs of our communities of color.

One of those partners is the Portland Housing Center (PHC.) PHC provides homebuyer education and counseling, savings and down payment programs, and affordable mortgages. This year, the Portland Housing Bureau provided $100,000 in federal grant dollars to support PHC’s mission.

At City Council yesterday, Dr. Lisa Bates, a board member from PHC, shared her concerns about the minority homeownership gap and expressed support for continued homeownership funding in the City’s budget for next year.  Her eloquent testimony explains why this work is so important. 

As Dr. Bates said, “the right time for the city’s investment in supporting new homebuyers and strengthening communities is now.”

Dr. Lisa Bates’ April 11 Council Testimony

Find out more about the Portland Housing Center

Learn more about the Portland Housing Bureau’s community partners