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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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HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Senator Jeff Merkley discuss housing proposals with Commissioner Fish, local housing leaders

Yesterday, Nick was honored to join U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and State Sentor Jeff Merkley at the roundtable meeting to discuss about the current President Obama’s housing refinancing plan and Senator Merkley Rebuilding Equity Act plan to help underwater homeowners.

August 24, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick was honored to join U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley yesterday for a roundtable discussion of two initiatives designed to help boost the housing market: President Obama’s housing refinancing plan and Senator Merkley's Rebuilding Equity Act to help underwater homeowners.

During the meeting, Nick thanked Secretary Donovan for awarding Bud Clark Commons the "Creating Community Connections" honor in the joint HUD/American Institute of Architects 2012 Design Contest. The team at Holst Architecture truly raised the bar with the design of Bud Clark Commons, which is as beautiful as it is functional. He also shared his appreciation for the hard work Secretary Donovan's team is doing to help struggling homeowners and stabilize communities across the country.

Many thanks Secretary Donovan for taking the time to visit Portland and to meet with us and our local housing partners.

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan promotes administration refinance plan in Portland stop

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

Lund Report features 1,000 Gardens initiative and Kids Cook! program

Christen McCurdy with the Lund Report wrote a fantastic piece on Commissioner Nick Fish's 1,000 gardens initiative and Portland Parks & Recreation's Kids Cook! event

August 24, 2012

Story by Abby Warren

As the first web site of its kind in Oregon, The Lund Report covers major issues confronting our healthcare system, giving Oregonians the necessary facts, analysis and action tools to be educated consumers and make a positive difference.

Yesterday, Christen McCurdy, freelance journalist and technical writer with the Lund Report, wrote a piece that examined different facets of Commissioner Fish's Healthy Portland and Community Gardens initiatives.

McCurdy provides an update on the City's progress towards its goal of building 1,000 gardens by December 2012. As McCurdy explains, our office is "more than four-fifths of the way" towards reaching our goal.

The article also highlights Portland Parks & Recreation's new Grow Afterschool program, and the Kids Cook! kick-off event last Sunday, August 19, at St. Johns Community Center.

Led by Commissioner Fish's Healthy Portland Initiative, Parks Staff secured grant funding to pilot Grow Afterschool last Spring. This fall, the program, which teaches kids cooking, gardening and nutrition skills, will be offered in five of our community centers. Visit the Let's Grow website for more information.

Also, check out The Portland Kitchen (TPK), who hosted a cooking demo at the event. TPK focuses on building job skills and addressing high youth unemployment through after-school food and nutrition programs at Madison and Parkrose high schools.

Read more in the Lund Report

Christen McCurdy

Friday roundup

Home prices reflect a housing market that is returning to normal

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Commissioner Nick Fish Brings More Community Gardens to Portland

Christen McCurdy in the Lund Report

 

10th & Mason Block Party to benefit efforts to install bench in Northeast Portland's Two Plum Park

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

 

Volunteers will rock out on river beach

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

The Tooth of the Matter

Matthew Korfhage in the Willamette Week

 

Grab your towel: Dive-In-Movies start this week at five Portland pools

Steve Beaven in The Oregonian

Council approves TIF Set-Aside investment in 11x13 campaign to preserve affordable homes

Today, the Portland City Council unanimously approved an Ordinance authorizing a TIF Set-Aside investment in the Portland Housing Bureau's 11x13 campaign to preserve affordable homes

August 29, 2012

This morning, the Portland City Council voted 5-0 to approve a significant investment to support the Portland Housing Bureau's 11x13 campaign to preserve affordable homes.

In late 2011, Council re-affirmed the policy that directs 30% of tax increment financing, or TIF, to the creation and preservation of affordable homes. We call it the 30% set-aside. Today, Council approved a $3.4 million investment of TIF set-aside from the South Park Blocks URA to preserve 89 affordable homes for older adults at the 1200 Building (1200 SW 12th), allowing them to age in place with dignity.

The new owner and manager of the building, Cedar Sinai Park, will renovate the aging building and bring a host of new services to residents, including nutrition classes, help scheduling medical appointments, library services, and exercise classes.

This upstream investment will save money by bringing services to older adults where they live so that can continue living independently, rather than struggling on their own until they're forced to move to facilities that offer higher-cost care.

Many older adults on fixed incomes struggle with housing costs. We have an obligation to make sure there are affordable homes available to them in vibrant neighborhoods like downtown Portland. Through the 11x13 campaign, we’re doing just that.

A number of buildings offering affordable homes to Portlanders are supported by federal rent subsidies, which typically last for 20 years. After that, the owner is free to convert the apartments to market-rate rents, forcing out low-income residents.

Several years ago, we identified 11 at-risk buildings with federal subsidies expiring by the end of 2013 and committed to working with partners to bring them up to date and renew the subsidies – the 11x13 campaign. These buildings provide quality, affordable homes to older adults and people with disabilities in desirable neighborhoods.

To date, we have preserved 6 properties - the 1200 Building will be the seventh. In all, the City's $9.7 million TIF set-aside investments in these 7 properties will leverage more than $60 million in federal subsidies, and more than $85 million in total investment, both public and private.

We're excited to partner with CEO David Fuks and the team at Cedar Sinai Park. They have a proven track record: they've preserved hundreds of affordable homes, will partner with us on two more 11x13 projects, and are working on a separate project, Kehillah House, to bring affordable homes and services to adults with disabilities.

Congratulations to Director Traci Manning and her team at PHB, David Fuks and Cedar Sinai Park, Jim Winkler, and all the partners whose efforts made this possible.

"Large rehab projects to bring health-care services to elderly in affordable housing"

Reed Jackson in the Daily Journal of Commerce

The Admiral Apartments

Walnut Park

Roselyn Apartments

Upshur House

Uptown Tower

Chaucer Court

1200 Building