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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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Help preserve Tideman Johnson Park

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Tideman Johnson Park this Saturday for a work party to remove invasive species

July 1, 2010

Tideman Johnson Natural Area in SE Portland

Join us this Saturday for a work party organized by the Friends of Tideman Johnson Park and Portland Parks & Recreation. Tideman Johnson Park is named for an early pioneer family whose original land claim included this 7-acre wilderness area. The Johnsons encouraged public use of their property for recreation, putting on 4th of July picnics and firework shows. The site, in a natural gorge along the banks of Johnson Creek, was donated to the City in 1940.

This weekend's work party will focus on removing invasive species like clematis, blackberry, and ivy from the park. Join us at 9:00 Saturday morning at SE 37th just south of Crystal Springs Boulevard. Help us protect and preserve this important natural area in Southeast Portland!

Thanks to flickr user dolanh for the great photo!

Central City Concern participants mark 10,000 hours of community volunteering

Central City Concern helps Portland's homeless back to self-sufficiency. Next week, CCC's Community Volunteer Corps will celebrate the success of graduates who have given 80 hours of their time

July 2, 2010

A CVC participant works a row of cropsCentral City Concern (CCC) is one of the City's more important community partners in the fight to end homelessness. CCC offers affordable housing options, healthcare, addiction recovery services, employment training, and work opportunity programs to help Portlanders transition from addiction and homelessness to recovery and self-sufficiency.

If the move into CCC housing is step one, connecting to a healthy lifestyle is step two. The three-month Community Volunteer Corps (CVC) program engages participants in meaningful volunteer opportunities, helping them build marketable skills while them make positive contributions to our community.

Next Wednesday, July 7, CCC will celebrate the success of participants who have given 80 hours of their time over the past three months. The celebration also marks 10,000 of volunteering over the life of this program.

Congratulations to all of CVC's graduates!

Community partners preserve 37 units of affordable housing in downtown Portland

The Portland Housing Bureau worked with REACH CDC and other community partners to preserve 37 affordable units in downtown Portland for the next 20 years

July 7, 2010

The Admiral apartments in downtown Portland

Next Thursday, July 8, Nick will join community partners in downtown's Director Park to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Admiral Apartments at 9th and Park.

The Admiral is one of 11 projects identified by the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) as part of its Preservation Strategy. These 11 buildings have federal Section 8 rent subsidies which allow them to remain affordable but are expiring or in danger of expiring. PHB is committed to working with local partners to purchase these properties and renew their subsidies, keeping them affordable for the next 20 years.

The Admiral's federal subsidy was set to expire at the end of this year, but the building's owner was committed to keeping it affordable by selling it to a non-profit with the expertise and resources to upgrade the building and extend the subsidy.

REACH CDC, one of PHB's valued non-profit partners, purchased the Admiral in 2008 and carefully renovated the building with modern comforts while preserving its historic character.

The Admiral will provide 37 affordable units for elderly and disabled residents in the heart of downtown. As Commissioner-in-Charge of Portland Parks & Recreation, Nick is committed to providing every Portlander with access to high-quality natural space. Tenants at the Admiral will be able to walk out of their door and into Director Park, a community gathering space just across the street. Our downtown is a thriving and vibrant community - this project will make sure seniors and other low-income folks can stay in their neighborhood.

A number of partners came together to make this project successful. PHB and the Portland Development Commission provided $3.7 million in tax increment financing to help REACH purchase the building. Oregon Housing and Community Services, US Bancorp Community Development Corporation, Wells Fargo, Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development also helped make this effort a success.

Join us next Thursday at 4:00 in Director Park to celebrate this important and exciting achievement!

Community news roundup

Community news from the City of Portland, Oregon

July 6, 2010

AAA's Via calls the 4T trail a "Best Urban Outing" - Christopher Hall in the July 2010 Via

"Daimler Truck Swan Island factory will put it in 'park'" - Richard Read in the July 3 Oregonian

"Oregon foreclosure rate leaps 20 percent, leaving the state No. 3 in the country" - Jeff Manning in the July 4 Oregonian

"Congress, future could get together for lunch" - David Sarasohn in the July 4 Oregonian

"Portland's 36 wading pools permanently closed" - Julia Silverman in the July 3 Oregonian

 

PHB's strategic plan needs your ideas!

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, now in the process of crafting its first Strategic Plan

July 6, 2010

Since the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) was created in July 2009, Nick and the team at PHB have worked to combine the best from PHB's predecessor organizations to form a dynamic new agency to meet the housing needs of Portland. For the first time, a single bureau is charged with creating and implementing a comprehensive housing policy and investment strategy for the City of Portland.

In a time of increased need and declining resources, PHB needs a bold strategy for resource investment. (Click here for more on why PHB is investing in a strategic planning process and about PHB's approach to planning.)

After a competitive search, PHB has retained RNR Consulting, a Cleveland-based minority-owned business with a satellite office in Kirkland, Washington, to develop a three-year Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will help PHB prioritize spending, address the full spectrum of needs in our region, ensure equitable distribution of resources and services, and form an effective, efficient bureau.

RNR will use the public input PHB has gathered through a variety of community outreach events over the past year, and now, PHB invites you to share your priorities and ideas in a short survey developed with RNR.

Take the survey between now and July 13! It should take about 5 minutes to complete. If you find that you have comments or ideas not captured by the survey, please share your thoughts with Tiffany Laude at RNR or Andy Miller, PHB's Manager for Strategic Planning.