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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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Home Forward to open waiting lists for affordable homes

Home Forward is preparing to open waiting lists for several of its affordable homes in the Portland area.

June 21, 2012

By David Nguyen

Home Forward is preparing to open waiting lists for several of its affordable homes in the Portland area.

The first waiting list will open for two affordable complexes in the New Columbia neighborhood starting Tuesday, June 26 through Thursday, June 28.   To qualify for these homes, residents must have a household income of less than 60 percent of the area median income.

Waiting lists for homes in Hollywood East, Northwest Tower, and Ruth Haefner Plaza will be open from Wednesday, July 11 through Friday, July 13. To qualify for residency, one person in the household must be 55 or older or have a verified disability, and the household income must be less than 80 percent of the area median income. 

Applications can be downloaded on the Home Forward website.

Click here for more information on the waiting lists.

Home Forward set to open waiting lists on low-income apartments

Molly Hottle in The Oregonian

Photo credit: Home Forward

PCRI partners with Oregon Tradeswomen to help preserve affordable homes

Our community partner, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc (PCRI), and the Oregon Tradeswomen are collaborating on The Big 11, a renovation project that will rehabilitate 11 of PCRI's homes for future residents.

June 22, 2012

By David Nguyen

Our community partner, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc (PCRI), and the Oregon Tradeswomen are collaborating on The Big 11, a renovation project that will rehabilitate 11 of PCRI's homes for future residents.

This week, a team of students from Oregon Tradeswomen tackled their first carpentry project at a North Portland home, which is part of their Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class.  The class is a free, seven-week pre-apprenticeship training program that helps women prepare for high-wage, high-skill construction careers through hands-on construction experience, classroom instruction, and field trips. The program helps graduates with job searches, applications to apprenticeship training programs, and post-placement support.

The rehabilitation project is funded by the Portland Housing Bureau and by energy-efficient incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

Renovations are expected to be complete by the end of this year.

Click here to learn more information about The Big 11.

Building Partnerships, Building Healthy Homes

Monica Gerber on Pcrihome.org

Teen Adventure Program mountain biking camp

Portland Parks & Recreation's Teen Nature Program is teaming up with Northwest Trail Alliance to hold a 4-day mountain biking camp, July 9 - 12.

June 25, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation's Teen Nature Program is teaming up with Northwest Trail Alliance to hold a 4-day mountain biking camp, July 9 - 12.

The camp will help build bike handling skills, and will include stewardship components on responsible trail riding, trail maintenance, and construction and environmental education.  

Participating teens will also get to work with a City contractor who is building new trails, and will learn about sustainable trail design and construction.

Some of the planned activities include visits to the new pumptrack at Ventura Park, and the trails at Powell Butte, Cascade Locks, and Sandy Ridge. A camp after-party is planned in the new indoor bike park, The Lumberyard.

Bikes will be available for participants to use, or bring your own!  Bikes must be trail worthy and preferably have hand brakes. Helmets are required, and will be provided to those who need them.

The 4-day camp costs $200.  Portland Parks & Recreation is currently working on a scholarship option.  Click here to register.

Photo credit: NW Trail Alliance

Summer Free For All tips off this Wednesday!

Join Nick, Mayor Adams, Parks Director Mike Abbat?, Governor John Kitzhaber, and community members at Portland Parks & Recreation?s Summer Free For All Tip-Off celebration this Wednesday, June 27

June 26, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Nick, Mayor Adams, Parks Director Mike Abbaté, Governor John Kitzhaber, and community members at Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All Tip-Off celebration this Wednesday, June 27.

Our tip-off party features live music, games, crafts, a bouncy house, a rock wall, and best of all, free lunch for kids!

As part of the Multnomah County's Book 2 U program, library staff will be there to set up a free book reading table.  Kids can take home the books without late fees.

Some of Portland's finest from Portland Fire & Rescue will also be at the party, showing off a shiny fire truck and offering fire hats, coloring books, and stickers.  Stop by and say hello to the Portland Trail Blazers' mascot, Blaze the Trail Cat, or discuss the Timbers' recent victory over the Seattle Sounders with Timber Joey!

This summer, enjoy free concerts, movies in the park, playground fun, and free, healthy lunches for children in our beautiful parks and green spaces.

View the 2012 Summer Free For All schedule online to find an event near you! 

Summer Free For All Tip-Off

June 27, 2012

11:15 am - 1 pm

McCoy Park

N. Trenton & Newman Ave.

Many thanks to our sponsors who help make Summer Free For All possible!