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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

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Street Roots Summer Fun Rally

Street Roots is having their first ever Summer Rally fundraising event and they need your help!

June 12, 2012

By David Nguyen

Street Roots is having their first Summer Rally fundraising event and they need your help!

Teams of 1 to 100 members will compete against each other to see who can raise the most money by encouraging co-workers, friends, and family to donate money for a good cause.

The rally fundraiser will end on June 24 with a celebration BBQ at Irving Park.

First place winners will have their photo featured in Street Roots. Team winners will also receive a quarter page ad in Street Roots from a business or non-profit of their choice.

Click here to learn more and register your team!

A Shared Path

The Oregonian recently published a series on Fair Housing. The intersection of race, geography, and opportunity is an important subject.

June 12, 2012

The Oregonian recently published a series on Fair Housing. The intersection of race, geography, and opportunity is an important subject. 
On Sunday, The Oregonian’s Editorial Board weighed in. They made three important points:
1.  Powerful market forces, including low vacancy rates, rising rents, 
     and unemployment, are pushing low-income families east.
2.  Portland cannot solve this problem alone. It will require a
     regional solution.
3.  The best long-term approach to housing choice is to invest in distressed neighborhoods
     and to build and preserve housing in stronger neighborhoods.
Over the past four years, the City has invested close to $200 million (roughly one-quarter in federal funds, the rest local) to improve the quality of housing options city-wide — from Cully and Lents to South Waterfront and Hillsdale.
Our Fair Housing Advocacy Committee is working hard to promote fair housing and equal opportunity in our community.
We welcome your thoughts.

Lents International Farmers Market Opens Sunday!

The Lents International Farmers Market is kicking off its sixth season this Sunday, June 17th

June 13, 2012

The Lents International Farmers Market (LIFM) is kicking off its sixth season this Sunday, June 17th!

The market will run 11am -4pm on Sundays, June 17 - October 28 at SE 92nd & Foster Rd.

The LIFM is a unique market that offers its surrounding community members numerous ways to be a part of the experience, from growing to buying:

The LIFM is also matching SNAP purchases, up to $10 each week, and on opening day they will match $20! SNAP dollars (formerly food stamps) make up half of all sales at the market. In conjunction with purchasing opportunities, the market offers neighborhood residents a pathway to sell extra produce from their home gardens at the Community Table. 

Join us at the opening celebration where you can see community leaders perched on a dunk tank, watch chef demos, dance to live music, taste unique international foods, and more.

For more information, including a complete vendor list and transit directions, visit the LIFM Facebook page. "Like" the market on Facebook and share with your friends!

Community Music Center scholarship auction

Local Portland artist Paul Missal, with the help of Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar, has created a one-of-a-kind musical instrument

June 13, 2012

By David Nguyen

Local Portland artist Paul Missal, with the help of Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar, has created a one-of-a-kind musical instrument!  The hand-carved viola featuring a painted image of Kalmar and his autograph is being auctioned off this week.  All proceeds will benefit students of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Community Music Center (CMC).

Paul Missal is well known for his work in many official portrait commissions, including the official state portrait of Governor Bob Straub, four of the deans of Oregon Health & Science University, and Dr. Chenowith of the Devers Eye Clinic at Good Samaritan Hospital.

CMC serves families across the Portland area, and supports those with limited economic means by increasing access to music performances and educational opportunities. Benefit concerts such as this one support a need-based scholarship fund that enables students to follow their dreams in music.

For more information on the auction, including snapshots of this work of art, please visit the Community Music Center website.

Bud Clark Commons Honors Donors

Nick was honored to join Doreen Binder, non-profits partners, and community members to unveil the donor's wall at Bud Clark Commons (BCC) yesterday.

June 14, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick was honored to join Doreen Binder, non-profit partners, and community members to unveil the Donor Wall at Bud Clark Commons (BCC) yesterday.

The Donor Wall celebrates those individuals, businesses, and organizations who donated funds, goods, and services to help BCC open its doors.  Donors helped purchase computers, laundry machines, dishes and flatware, art therapy supplies, a fix-it bike rack, and more.

The now year-old building provides affordable homes and services for our community’s most vulnerable, and recently won national recognition.  Holst Architecture, who designed the building, was awarded the Creating Community Connections award by the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

During its first year in operation, Transition Projects, which operates the 90-bed men's shelter and day service center at BCC, has helped:

  • 576 individuals transition into permanent housing
  • 600 people access the day center on its busiest day
  • 483 people access Doreen's Place, the men's shelter
  • 930 veterans connect to services
  • 7,500 total individuals access Transition Projects programs at BCC

For more information about how you can help Bud Clark Commons, and add your name to the Donor Wall, please e-mail Tony Bernal at tbernal@tprojects.org or call 503.280.4663.