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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

11 x 13: Our Preservation Story

Last week, I was honored to join my Council colleagues and our community partners to celebrate the successful completion of our 11 x 13 initiative.

August 22, 2013

Last week, I was honored to join my Council colleagues and our community partners to celebrate the successful completion of our 11 x 13 initiative.

Hawthorne East

We launched 11 x 13 in 2008 when we learned that federal subsidies in 11 apartment buildings, affordable to low-income older adults and people with disabilities, were set to expire by 2013.

That meant more than 700 vulnerable tenants were faced with higher rents, displacement, or even homelessness.

And we risked losing over $120 million in federal subsidies in our community.

Working with a coalition of public, private, and non-profit partners, we worked hard to save all of the at-risk buildings.

In March, our partner REACH CDC received the keys to the Bronaugh – the final 11 x 13 building.

I was pleased to share our “Preservation Story” in the August 16 issue of Street Roots – it represents the best of our work and showcases what we can accomplish together.

Thanks to Will White, Portland Housing Bureau staff, and our outstanding community partners – and to the people who call these eleven buildings “home.”

Please consider supporting your local Street Roots vendor – pick up a copy today.

Nick Fish: A Preservation Story
Nick Fish in Street Roots

Listen to some of the residents share their stories on the Portland Housing Bureau YouTube channel.

It's a wrap: Subsidized housing campaign saves nearly 1,000 homes
Wendy Culverwell in The Portland Business Journal

 

City saves 11 affordable housing buildings
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Getting It Done
U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Nick Fish: A Preservation Story

Nick Fish in Street Roots

 

A discussion Portland needs

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

City water fight turns green

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland Water Bureau warns of water theft

Emily Schiola in Willamette Week

 

GO FISH

Letters: Nancy Hedrick in The Portland Mercury

 

Rewriting the Script - New Talk of Homelessness Cash Differs from Tale Told in Emails

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury

 

The new Portland Film Festival to Premier films in free, outdoor screenings at The Fields Park

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian

 

South Waterfront's infrastructure: It's only natural

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

 

University Park Business District launches discount program for University of Portland students

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

Help clean up Johnson Creek

Join the Johnson Creek Watershed Council this Saturday for a day of cleaning up the creek!

August 23, 2013

Join the Johnson Creek Watershed Council this Saturday for a day of cleaning up the creek!

With your help, the Bureau of Environmental Services and our partners are working to restore the creek, improve the water quality, reduce flooding and protect salmon with projects like the Foster Floodplain Natural Area.

The event is in the water, so remember to wear clothes and shoes that you’re okay with getting dirty and wet. If staying dry is more for you, help out by removing litter from various park grounds nearby.

All your hard work will be rewarded with a barbecue lunch afterward! If your energy is restored by lunch, additional volunteers are needed to clean up the materials found in the streams.

For more information about the event and to RSVP, contact Amy from the Johnson Creek Watershed Council at (503) 652 – 7477.

Johnson Creek clean up & barbecue

Saturday, August 24

9 am – 5 pm

Meet at Mill Park in Milwaukie

Support local businesses and save!

Books, dorm room, class schedule, and discount card?

August 23, 2013

Books, dorm room, class schedule, and discount card?

To promote spending at local businesses, the University of Portland (UP) and the University Park Business District is launching “The Pilot Experience,” a discount card program given to all incoming students.

As Casey Parks reported in The Oregonian yesterday, “More than 40 businesses offer discounts on services, entertainment, and dining.”

If you’re not a UP student you can still take advantage of the discounts by purchasing the card for $10. Half of all the sales go to the UP alumni association.

The new program launches tomorrow night at 5 pm during the school’s annual Bites on the Bluff event at the Chiles Center Plaza, just in time for the season opener of the Portland Pilots, the UP women’s soccer team!

University Park Business District launches discount program for University of Portland students

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

photo courtesy of University of Portland

Honoring the past and recommitting to a more just future

Last Saturday, Nick was proud to March with Senator Jeff Merkley, former Oregon State Senator Avel Gordly, Oregon State Representative Lew Fredrick, and other community members at the 50th Anniversary of the March onWashington.

August 26, 2013

 

Last Saturday, Nick was proud to March with Senator Jeff Merkley, former Oregon State Senator Avel Gordly, Oregon State Representative Lew Fredrick, and other community members at the 50th Anniversary of the March onWashington.

The anniversary march, held in downtown Portland, commemorated the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. As The Oregonian reported, "Ironically the same issues that compelled the first march, jobs, police brutality, housing, health care, equality are the same pressing issues of today."

Over the last 50 years we have made steady progress, but we also recognize that our work is far from finished. Today too many people in this great and prosperous country suffer from the same inequalities present 50 years ago. Let us continue on in the words of Dr. King that “as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.”

Together, let’s march ahead -- always moving forward, guided by the dream of a more perfect union.

Nick's 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington speech

Marchers rally in Portland to commemorate March on Washington

On KATU.com

Photos and Video From Portland 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Helen Silvis in The Skanner News

Marchers in Portland commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

In The Oregonian

50 Years Later

In The Portland Observer

Portland activists recall March on DC

On KOIN.com

 

Portlanders march 50 years after Dr. King's dream speech

On KGW.com