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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

HUD Deputy-Secretary Ron Sims visits City Hall

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish convened a meeting this morning with HUD Deputy-Secretary Ron Sims and Deputy Regional Director Martha Dilts

HUD Deputy-Secretary Ron Sims with Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

July 24, 2009

Commissioner Fish was honored to welcome U.S. Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Ron Sims to City Hall this morning for a breakfast meeting with local elected officials and housing community stakeholders.

Deputy Secretary Sims and Deputy Regional Director Martha Dilts joined the Commissioner for a discussion of federal stimulus programs and regional sustainability efforts. Oregon was recently awarded $27.3 million in federal stimulus funding for affordable housing projects.

The money, part of $2.25 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocated for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects, will fund projects across Oregon. At a time when Oregon is struggling with the highest rate of homelessness in the nation, this money will provide much-needed capacity to help our most vulnerable citizens find homes.

Youth Conservation Corps provides summer jobs for Portland teens

Mark Larabee on the Park and Recreation Bureau's Youth Conservation Corps, overseen by Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

July 23, 2009

If you want to know why I am so proud of our Parks and Recreation Bureau, please read Mark Larabee's story in today's Oregonian on the Portland Youth Conservation Corps. The Conservation Corps will provide jobs removing ivy and other invasive species from our natural areas for 64 teens in the Portland area this summer.

This program would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Adams and Commissioner Dan Saltzman and funding from Worksystems, Inc., and the Bureau of Environmental Services.

Special thanks to Astrid Dragoy, Louise Shorr, Merle Roberts, Dave McAllister, and the whole team that worked to launch the Youth Conservation Corps this spring.

Hot weather advisory from Commissioner Fish

Commissioner Fish wants Portlanders to stay safe this coming weekend, when temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees or more.




With unseasonably warm weather affecting Portland this week we all need to look after ourselves, our neighbors, and our pets. Staying hydrated; avoiding prolonged sun exposure, over-exertion, and heavy meals; and finding a shady, well-ventilated or air-conditioned space to sit out the hottest part of the day will help us all keep cool.

Prolonged periods of warm weather can be dangerous for the elderly, people with disabilities, and those who are ill, especially anyone who experiences breathing difficulty or heart trouble. Those people living alone, on fixed incomes, or without air conditioning may be particularly vulnerable.

Please be a good neighbor and look in on and help anyone living near you who may have difficulty coping with this week’s soaring temperatures.

If you’re looking for a place to go, Portland Parks and Recreation parks, pools, and community centers are among the best places to cool down. Visit for an online tool to locate the closest facility to you, or check out this Public Service Announcement, which details facility amenities and hours.

The Portland Office of Emergency Management has drafted guidelines for dealing with the hot weather, which can be downloaded from their website at

In the event of heat-related emergencies, especially fainting, extraordinary dehydration, inability to catch your breath, or an irregular heartbeat, dial 911. Dial 211 if you need free help to identify or access health and social services.


High season for Portland's farmers markets

Commissioner Fish is an avid farmers market patron, and he encourages you to check one - or more - of Portland's many farmers markets this summer.

July 20, 2009

With over 15 farmers markets across the city offering a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads, and more throughout the summer, Portland is a farmers market enthusiast's dream.

These open air markets provide community gathering space; bring fresh, local foods to our neighborhoods; and offer a great way to spend a weekend morning.

Not only that, farmers markets are often cheaper than neighborhood grocery stores, and most Portland markets happily accept Oregon Trail, WIC, and FMNP vouchers.

Locations and times for many markets are detailed at the Portland Farmers Market website, and others are listed here. The New York Times also has a great slideshow of several New York markets and the St. Paul farmers marketover 150 years old!

Farmers market season is in full swing - we encourage you to visit your local market, support our region's farmers, and spend some time with your friends and neighbors!

Housing officials hit Portland

Housing Commissioner Nick Fish addressed the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials at their "Recovery and Reinvestment - Strengthening and Rebuilding our Communities, Regions, and the Nation" conference in Portland, Oregon, July 2009.

July 17, 2009

Commissioner Fish addresses the NAHRO "Recovery and Reinvestment - Strengthening Our Communities, Regions, and the Nation" conference in Portland, July 2009.

Housing officials from across the county visited Portland last week for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) summer conference, "Recovery and Reinvestment - Strengthening Our Communities, Regions, and the Nation."

Commissioner Fish was honored to open the conference with remarks at the Opening Plenary Session Thursday morning, welcoming attendees and sharing his experience as Commissioner-in-Charge of creating a new powerhouse Portland Housing Bureau.

He related his ambitious housing agenda, and closed with a message of hope: "When I look out at the visionary, innovative leaders attending this conference, I know there is a road out of this mess. And where one does not exist, we will build one."