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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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Westmoreland Park Community Open House

Join Portland Parks & Recreation for the Westmoreland Park Community Open House this wednesday from 4:00-7:00pm.

June 19, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Portland Parks & Recreation for the Westmoreland Park Community Open House this Wednesday, June 20 from 4 - 7 pm.

The 43-acre park located in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood will be going through a major renovation following years of flooding, creek degradation, and user groups competing for park space. 

Come view the final design for the play area renovation!  The play area is a part of Portland Parks’ Nature-Based Play Initiative pilot project.  The goal of this initiative is to create settings in developed parks that encourage creative play and interaction with natural features.

Delicious ice cream will also be provided!

The path to greater opportunity

United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan weighed in on the affordable housing debate at a recent NLIHC Mobility Conference

 June 19, 2012

We recently highlighted a report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition: Affordable Housing Dilemma: The Preservation vs. Mobility Debate. 

The report outlines the need for a balanced approach to housing choice – preserving and improving housing in distressed areas, and investing in new housing in stronger neighborhoods.

United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan weighed in on the debate at a recent Mobility Conference co-sponsored by the Poverty and Race Research Action Council and the Urban Institute:

..to make sure that every neighborhood, no matter where it starts, is moving on the path to greater opportunity. That is an important point that is too often lost. While we can have disagreements about means to an end, the end is really to get to integrated, vital neighborhoods of opportunity. It could be a neighborhood today that has opportunity but is closed to low income families and families of color; it is also the reverse, taking neighborhoods that have been cut off from opportunity and that have concentrated poverty that we are moving on the path of becoming a neighborhood of greater opportunity.

We agree with Secretary Donovan - every neighborhood should be open to people at every income level.

Affordable Housing Dilemma: The Preservation vs. Mobility Debate

National Low Income Housing Coalition, May 2012

 

NLIHC Highlights Donovan Comments on Mobility/Preservation Policy Goal

Tom Cusack's Oregon Housing Blog

Gray's Landing coming to life

In the South Waterfront neighborhood, the construction of Gray?s Landing is making some significant progress.

June 20, 2012

By David Nguyen

In the South Waterfront neighborhood, the construction of Gray’s Landing is making some significant progress.

Formerly known as Block 49, the six-story building with 209 homes was named in honor of John Gray, who is best known for his philanthropy, supporting education and affordable housing. He developed Sunriver, Skamania Lodge, and Portland’s own Johns Landing.

Mr. Gray is also a veteran, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division during World War II.  42 of the affordable homes in Gray's Landing will be dedicated to formerly homeless veterans.

Gray's Landing is a partnership between the Portland Housing Bureau and REACH CDC, and will be the first affordable rental housing in the South Waterfront neighborhood.  Funding for the project comes from bond financing and tax credit equity, along with Tax Increment Funds from the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area.

The building is close to public transit options, providing easy access to Oregon Health & Sciences University, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and other community services.  There will also be an on-site Veterans Administration office focused on serving the veterans who will call Gray's Landing home.

REACH is keeping a list of interested residents. Email Kristin Cleveland, Property Management Assistant or call (503) 231-0682 for more information.

14th Annual Latino Home Fair

Join Hacienda CDC and the Portland Housing Bureau in the 14th Annual Latino Home Fair this Saturday.

June 20, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Hacienda CDC and the Portland Housing Bureau in the 14th Annual Latino Home Fair this Saturday.

Workshops are scheduled to help connect people with valuable resources that will prepare them for homeownership, or provide help in preventing foreclosure. 

Attendees also have a chance to win a $1,000 grant for a down payment, Timbers tickets, and other door prizes.

14th Annual Latino Home Fair

June 23 - 10 am to 3 pm 

PCC Workforce Training Center

5600 Northeast 42nd Avenue

Sunday Parkways in North Portland

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation for another Sunday Parkways event in North Portland this Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm!

June 21, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation for another Sunday Parkways event in North Portland this Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm!

Sunday Parkways grew from the community desire to open streets and connect neighborhoods. Our oldest route, North Sunday Parkways, has grown in mileage and participants. 

The event promotes healthy, active living through free events; opening the city's largest public space - its streets - to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation. 

These fun activities foster civic pride, stimulate economic development, and represent the community, business, and government investments in Portland's livability.

Participants will enjoy various activities, food, vendors, music, and fun at Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, Kenton, and McCoy Parks; plus Columbia Annex and Willamette Bluff.

Sunday Parkways, Good in the Hood, motorcycle races: North Portland's weekend entertainment roundup

Casey Parks in The Oregonian