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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

Join us to celebrate Gray's Landing

This Friday we will celebrate the opening of the beautiful and newest addition of affordable housing, Gray’s Landing.

December 10, 2012

This Friday, join Senator Jeff Merkley, REACH CDC, and the Portland Housing Bureau to celebrate the grand opening of Gray’s Landing.

Gray's Landing brings 209 new, affordable homes to the South Waterfront neighborhood.  42 of the homes are reserved especially for low-income veterans.

The City of Portland was proud to invest more than $25 million in local dollars to support the development of this state-of-the-art building.  It honors our commitment to creating affordable housing opportunities in both emerging and established neighborhoods - to offer Portlanders real choice in where they live. 

The Portland Housing Bureau partnered with mission-driven non-profit, REACH CDC, to develop, own, and operate Gray's Landing.  For over 30 years, REACH has been providing quality, affordable homes for individuals and families throughout our community.

Gray's Landing is named in honor of the late veteran and philanthropist John Gray.  Mr. Gray was a well-known businessman and philanthropist.  But what not everyone knows is that he was also a veteran, serving in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division in WWII.  He earned a Bronze Star for his service.

We hope you will join us to celebrate the grand opening of this remarkable building, and to honor John Gray's legacy.

Grand Opening of Gray's Landing

Friday, December 14 - 3 pm

0650 SW Lowell Street

Parking is limited; we recommend taking the Streetcar

211Info services going state-wide

By February 13, 2012 all Oregonians will have access to 211info service.

December 11, 2012

By February 13, all Oregonians will have access to 211info's support and services!

211info operates a hotline with staff at the ready to connect people to the community services available in their area. 

Callers can learn more about programs that can help them stay in their homes, get energy assistance, find counseling and mental health services, and more.

When you call 2-1-1, you will always be connected to person ready to help - not an answering machine.

We are thrilled that 211's services will now extend to our entire state, offering life-saving services to both urban and rural Oregonians.  

211 will reach their state-wide expansion thanks to a grant from the Ford Family Foundation. The grant provides matching funds for every dollar 211 raises from other private support. They are $50,000 away from their goal, and need all the help they can get.

If you would like to help support the expansion of 211, please visit their website and donate.

If you or someone you know needs help from 211, just dial 2-1-1 from any landline (or 503.222.5555 from any cell phone), or visit the 211info website.

Waud Bluff Trail taking shape

The pedestrian/cyclist bridge on the Waud Bluff trail is now in place!

December 12, 2012

The pedestrian/cyclist bridge on the Waud Bluff trail is now in place!

While the bridge is not yet ready for use, it shows the significant progress on the trail improvements, which began last November.

When finished, the Waud Bluff trail will feature 1,700 feet of improved paved roads, native plants, a retaining wall to better stabilize the steep bluff, and the new bridge for bicycles and pedestrians to safely cross over the Union Pacific railroad tracks.

The improved trail will dramatically reduce the time it takes for thousands of commuters and visitors to get from North Portland to Swan Island.

Keep on top of the Waud Bluff trail development by visiting Portland Parks & Recreation’s website, or become their friend on Facebook.

The Lowenstein Trust Award

Nick was proud to join Michelle Harper in presenting the 2012 Lowenstein Trust Award to William West in City Hall during Wednesday’s council meeting.

December 13, 2012

Nick was proud to join Michelle Harper in presenting the 2012 Lowenstein Trust Award to William West in City Hall during Wednesday’s council meeting.

William “Bill” West spent 30 years of his life dedicated to Portland communities who are dealing with developmental disabilities.

In the most recent years Mr. West has worked helping local governments understand the need for public policies dealing with the underserved and many times overlooked members of our community.

The Lowenstein Trust Award is given to those whom, in the trustee’s opinion, “have contributed the most in assisting the poor and underprivileged in the city of Portland, Oregon. Each year the recipient must be in need of these funds to help carry his or her work and must use the award to further the type of work for which it was given.”

For more information please visit the Lowenstein Trust website.

Thursday Roundup

Street Roots Makes Twitter Worth It Today

Andrea Damewood in the Willamette Week


Oregon Zoo is still an affordable family destination in Washington Park

Letter to the Editor, The Oregonian 


Metro, City of Portland purchase 54 acres of Columbia Slough wetlands in Northeast Portland

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian


Affordable rental housing opens in South Waterfront with grand opening ceremony for Gray's Landing Friday

Rebecca Koffman, Special to The Oregonian


First Affordable Apartments Open On Portland's South Waterfront

Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB News


Gray's Landing debuts Friday at South Waterfront

Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal


Nick Fish Explains Lone "NO" Vote on Northwest Parking Meters

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury


Portland City Council approves meters and permits in Northwest Portland

Beth Slovic in The Oregonian


Mayor Sam Adams packs second-to-last council session: Portland City Hall roundup

Beth Slovic in The Oregonian


Move Portland fluoridation vote to May 2013

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Will portland City Council Push For a Fluoride Vote in 2013

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian


Portland increases biz owners tax deductions

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal


Zidell property could get E-Zone status

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal