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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

This is the new Section 8

 October 10, 2009

The federal Section 8 voucher program is the largest housing program in the state of Oregon. Locally, the Section 8 program is administered by the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP).

In today's Oregonian, reporter Anna Griffin shines a light on the Section 8 program in our community.

While economic challenges have made landlords more willing to accept vouchers, voucher holders across Portland are still rejected by landlords at unacceptably high rates.

When Nick ran for office, he pledged to improve the "success rate" for Section 8 voucher holders.

Last year, Nick launched a Section 8 Success Rate Task Force, made up of a diverse group of elected officials, city and county staff, private and non-profit landlords, tenants, and representatives from the Housing Authority of Portland (HAP). Nick charged the Task Force with identifying barriers facing local renters and working creatively and collaboratively to remove them.

As Housing Commissioner, Nick is committed to ensuring that all Portlanders have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home.

Oaks Bottom mural takes flight

Nick spent last Friday at the dedication of the Portland Memorial Mausoleum and Oaks Bottom Widlife Refuge Mural, the largest hand-painted mural in the country.

October 5, 2009

Nick spent last Friday afternoon at the dedication of the Portland Memorial Mausoleum Mural, a project headed up by Mike Houck, longtime Portlander and Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute

Designed and painted by local company Art FX Painting and Murals, the mural covers over 40,000 square feet and is the largest hand-painted mural in the country; it overlooks the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and is visible from as far as the West Hills.

Special thanks to sponsors Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Parks and Recreation, the Portland Memorial Mausoleum, the Willamette Fun(d) of the Oregon Community Foundation, ArtFX Murals, Miller Paint, and NW Scaffold Services, Inc.

Thanks to Mike Houck for the photos!

Loaves and Fishes celebrates City Hall garden harvest

Downtown Portland's Elm Court Loaves and Fishes hosted a Harvest Celebration lunch October 6th to recognize the City Hall garden

October 6, 2009

Nick with the Oregon Food Bank's  Tammy VanderWoude

Earlier this year, the City Council recognized an opportunity to 'walk the talk' on food sustainability and community service, and took a patch of grass in front of City Hall and installed a garden.

The garden's harvest is donated to the Elm Court Loaves and Fishes, here in downtown. This afternoon, Elm Court hosted a Harvest Celebration Lunch to recognize the vision of those whose effort helped make this garden a reality, the hard work of the volunteers who maintain the garden, and the many who have benefited from the garden's harvest.

Even with all of the great work happening, and the countless volunteers giving their time to feed our hungry, Oregon still ranks third in the nation in hunger.

Leaders at the City, the County, and around Portland in all sectors are ready to collaborate and work together to help the 50,000 Oregonians who face hunger on a daily basis.

Visit the Oregon Food Bank and Loaves and Fishes online to see how you can help!

Council proclaims 'Day of Culture'

The Oregon Cultural Trust, whose Board Nick sits on, will host a Day of Culture on October 8, 2009

October 6, 2009

Wednesday morning, Portland City Council proclaimed Thursday, October 8, 2009, 'Day of Culture' in Portland.

Nick is proud to sit on the Board of the Oregon Cultural Trust, which is sponsoring a weeklong celebration of arts and culture events around Oregon to mark the official anniversary of Oregon's unique cultural tax credit and to join the nationwide celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month.

The Trust has created an online catalog of hundreds of public and private events taking place statewide in early October.

Since 2002, the Trust as granted more than $8 million to arts, heritage and humanities nonprofits in communities around Oregon.

Visit www.culturaltrust.org to find out how you can give.

Nick with OCT Fund Manager Kimberly Howard in Council chambers on Wednesday morning.

New Fish Team face

The Fish Team welcomes a new member

 October 8, 2009

We are excited to welcome Jim Blackwood to the Fish Team.

Jim will be joining our office as Policy Director beginning in mid-October. Jim brings two decades of experience in project and team management, and as an active member of the Mount Tabor Neighborhood Assocation and a member of the City Club of Portland Research Board, he has led and participated in community engagement and policy projects.

“I am excited to join Nick Fish in City Hall and go to work for the people of Portland,” Blackwood says. “I have a life-long belief that well managed government can have a positive impact in people’s lives."

He'll be handling Parks issues, communications, acting as liaison to the Disparity Study, and managing a variety of other policy areas.

“It’s great to have Jim joining our team,” says Nick.  “He brings a range of experience to the office from his years in the private sector as well as his extensive involvement as a volunteer in the community.”