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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

Council hears "6-Month Update on Bud Clark Commons"

January 25, 2012


Six months ago, we joined community partners to open the doors of Bud Clark Commons, the centerpiece of our 10-Year Plan to End Homelessnes. Today, we were very proud to present a "6-Month Report on Bud Clark Commons" to Council.

A few highlights: Close to 300 people moved to permanent homes, including almost 40 veterans; more than 4,300 people used the day center to look for jobs and housing, shower, check their mail, do laundry, and more; 130 of the most vulnerable people in our community now have a safe, stable place to call home.

The award-winning, LEED Platinum building is a shining example of our city's commitment to affordable housing. Through our 30% Set-Aside for Affordable Housing, we invested nearly $30 million from the River District URA.

Today, we heard from major project partners as well as folks who've experienced BCC 'on the ground' - a resident of Doreen's Place shelter, a Pearl District neighbor, and one of the city's Crime Prevention Coordinators, who commented on the outstanding partnership between neighbors and building staff and clients.

Looking ahead, we face a number of challenges, including painful budget cuts at the state and federal level and the fact that Portland doesn't control the root causes of homelessness. Unemployment, a broken mental health system, and rampant foreclosures are national problems that demand national solutions. Now more than ever, we must continue our strong local commitment to fighting homelessness.

Bud Clark Commons offers people the opportunity to transform their lives. We heard poignant testimony today from a resident who's taking steps to get back to self-sufficiency. The most important thing Bud Clark Commons gave him, he told us, was his dignity. We judge our success one person, one family at a time. Every time we help someone with a hand up, it's a victory.

Click here for the fact sheet we shared with Council - it captures highlights about who we've helped, and how.

Tribune reporter Peter Korn did a two-part series on BCC this month:

New center helps homeless wash away street stigma

January 19

A community on common ground

January 12

Bud Clark Commons Roundup

January 26, 2012

Honor Promise of Bud Clark Commons

Commissioner Fish's Op Ed in the January 26 Portland Tribune


Six months later, Bud Clark Commons has helped thousands of Portland's homeless

Molly Hottle in The Oregonian, January 26


After 6 Months, All Apartments Occupied At 'Bud Clark Commons'

April Baer on OPB, January 26


A Haven in Old Town

Denis C. Theriault in The Mercury, January 26

New center helps homeless wash away street stigma

Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune, January 19


A community on common ground

Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune, January 12

HUD issues new rules on LGBT nondiscrimination

January 30, 2012

Today, U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced new regulations on LGBT nondiscrimination in federally-funded housing.

The rules prohibit owners and operators of HUD-assisted housing from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; prohibit lenders from using sexual orientation or gender identity to determine eligibility for FHA-insured mortgages; clarify that all otherwise eligible families will have the opportunity to take part in HUD programs; and prohibit owners and operators of HUD-assisted housing from asking about sexual orientation or gender identity as part of a screening process.

The City of Portland has recognized sexual orientation as a protected class since 1991, when the Council passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

We're pleased that HUD has become a national leader on LGBT equality, taking bold actions to increase fairness in housing nationwide.

Commissioner Fish said, "I am grateful to the Obama administration, Secretary Donovan, and Assistant Secretary Trasviña for ensuring that federally-funded housing is open to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

The new rules will go into effect 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register next week.

HUD Announcement

New Rules

Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest

January 31, 2012

By David Nguyen

The 14th Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest is here!

Sponsored by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, this contest is open to children throughout Oregon in 1st through 8th grade.  Entry is free and prizes are awarded for the winning submissions. Winning posters are printed in full color and distributed state-wide each year.

This year's poster theme is "Fair Housing Welcomes Everyone Home."

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is a nonprofit civil rights organization driven to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through enforcement and education across Oregon and southwest Washington.

Check out this year brochure for more details. Note the entry deadline is 03/16/2012.

Picture courtesy of Cassiel Thom, last year grand prize winner.

Parks and Housing Budget Updates

January 31, 2012

After extensive community input, Portland Parks and Recreation and the Portland Housing Bureau have submitted their requested budgets for FY2012-2013.

City Council directed all city bureaus receiving General Fund support to prepare for potential cuts of 4%, 6%, or 8%.  Budget recommendations were developed by the Budget Advisory Committees for each bureau, with input from various stakeholders. 

Click on Parks and Housing to see the latest budget updates. 

The Mayor and Council will hold further public meetings to gather community input in the coming months, and the final budget decision will be determined in May 2012. 

Click here to view the City's budget schedule.