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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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A new futsal field at Hacienda CDC

Yesterday, Nick was proud to attend the Grand Opening of the new Hacienda CDC futsal field!

May 7, 2013

Yesterday, Nick was proud to attend the Grand Opening of the new Hacienda CDC futsal field!

The project represents Hacienda’s commitment to providing a continuum of services for the Cully community. As Larry Bingham reported in The Oregonian “the court, paid for through individual and corporate donations, brings to a park-deprived area of the city a state-of-the-art facility.”

Futsal is a variation of soccer played on a smaller field and mainly played indoors. The new field was created through a partnership with the City, Hacienda CDC, the Portland Timbers, Verde, and Adidas.

Thanks to all of our partners for building a safe place for children to play in the Cully neighborhood.

Hacienda CDC hosts open house for new Northeast Portland futsal court

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

City Council welcomes local Portland youth

This morning, City Council was pleased to welcome two groups of outstanding local youth: the Jefferson High School Men's Basketball Team, and the 2013 Rose Festival Court.

May 8, 2013

This morning, City Council was pleased to welcome two groups of outstanding local youth.

The Jefferson High School Men's Basketball team earned first place in the 2013 5A State Basketball Championship this year, bringing pride to the city, state, and Jefferson High School family. Nick was pleased to read a Proclamation in their honor.

As Jefferson player Hayden Hall noted: they are students first, and athletes second.  Congratulations to the team!

Council members were also pleased to meet the 2013 Rose Festival Court.  The fifteen princesses hail from local high schools, and each shared their interests and accomplishments with Council. The Rose Festival Queen will be crowned on June 8 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Rose Festival kicks off with its first events the weekend of May 18 - including the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.

Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for HumanityPortland/ Metro East is looking for volunteers, ages 16 and up, to survey the Cully Neighborhood.

May 8, 2013

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East is looking for volunteers, ages 16 and up, to survey the Cully Neighborhood.

The survey is part of Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI). The NRI is more than just receiving Habitat products. It’s a holistic approach to creating change in our neighborhoods that have the greatest need for stability.

Volunteers will work in pairs going door-to-door to ask neighbors how they feel about the quality of life in their neighborhood. The 20-minute survey provides the community an opportunity to have their voices heard.

For more information on volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East contact Danell Norby at (503) 287-9529.

The first day to survey is tonight starting at 5 pm.

Cully Neighborhood Surveying

Tonight, 5 pm – 8:30 pm

Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers in Northeast Portland's Cully community

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

Click here to see the other dates and times for surveying.

photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East

For Want of a Nail

Today, The Oregonian featured a story about our community rallying to support homeless veterans.

May 9, 2013

Today, The Oregonian featured a story about our community rallying to support homeless veterans.

The story, by Mike Francis, illustrates the barriers faced by our veterans who are unable to afford to rent a home.

The HUD/VASH voucher program provides rent assistance to homeless veterans through its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8). The Portland area received 305 of these vouchers, but they help with rent assistance only.

VASH doesn’t pay for application fees, security deposits, and other costs associated with moving into a home.  Those costs have been a barrier for many veterans, and they have not been able to use their VASH vouchers.

As Mike Francis wrote in his story, “For want of a nail, in other words, a battle to house veterans was being lost”

The City was proud to partner with United Way,Multnomah County, and Home Forward on “Operation 305” – an effort to ensure our veterans used each of those 305 vouchers. Each partner invested $10,000 to help cover moving costs for HUD/VASH holders, and help them overcome the roadblocks to secure a home.

Operation 305 has been a success – in fact, we surpassed our goal.

Thanks to a great team effort, 308 veterans now have a safe, affordable place to call home.

Special thanks in particular to the Portland Housing Bureau’s Ending Homelessness Initiative Manager Sally Erickson and her team for their outstanding work.

Veterans such as Lecester Shakier find places to live thanks to broad effort to cut homelessness

Mike Francis in The Oregonian

Photo courtesy of The Oregonian

A Neighborhood Treasure for Generations to Come

Yesterday, we were pleased to learn that Legacy Emanuel Hospital is investing $200,000 in a remodel of Dawson Park in North Portland.

May 9, 2013

Yesterday, we were pleased to announce that Legacy Emanuel Hospital is investing $200,000 in a remodel of Dawson Park in North Portland.

Their generous contribution will help install an interactive water feature in the park.

The water feature is just one of the new amenities that will be added to the park. With the neighborhood in mind, interpretive panels will also be installed in the space to share the park’s rich history.

The remodel design was created through extensive community outreach. Now, thanks to Legacy Emanuel, neighbors will see their vision come to life.

“The generous gift from Legacy Emanuel will greatly add to the amenities and improvements at Dawson Park, and will be a neighborhood treasure for generations to come,” Nick said about the Legacy Emanuel’s donation.

The remodel for Dawson Park is scheduled to begin this fall. 

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center donates $200,000 to install water feature at Dawson Park

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

 

Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Parks Foundation Announce Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Donation to Dawson Park Water Feature

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