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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

Innovation of the Day

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is calling on you to submit your best ideas to their new initiative - Innovation of the Day (IOD).

December 3, 2012

Have a marvelous idea about affordable housing, community development or even urban planning?

The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is calling on you to submit your best ideas to their new initiative - Innovation of the Day (IOD).

The purpose of IOD is to collect new ideas and solutions to our everyday problems. Anyone and everyone can submit their ideas for how to make our community a better place.  Your ideas will be considered by HUD and other partner agencies.

The most promising submissions from each region will be invited to Washington D.C. in early 2013 for the first ever Innovation Summit.

For more information and to submit your ideas, please visit the HUD website and become involved in this exciting opportunity!

A New Home for the South Waterfront Osprey

On November 16 The south Water Front Osprey recieved a new home.

December 3, 2012

On November 16 Portland Parks and Recreation, with the support of various community groups and businesses, relocated the 8-ton steel platform pole which houses the South Waterfront’s Osprey nest to its new home.

In the move not a single stick was lost from the nest.

The osprey couple has been in the South Waterfront for the last five years, and installed their nest on the steel pole created by Zidell Marine Co. for the Osprey just 200 feet from its now-permanent residence.

The osprey will be welcomed back to their home in March, when they are expected to arrive back from their 3,000-mile migration from Mexico.

You can keep an eye on the nest by visiting the Center for Conservation Biology Osprey Nest Watch’s website where it is registered as nest #304.

Take a winter swim with Portland Parks & Recreation

Portland Parks & Recreation is offering free swim lessons to children and adults from December 17 - 20.

December 4, 2012

Swimming isn't just for summer.  Head over to the pool during your child's winter break!

Portland Parks & Recreation is offering free swim lessons to children and adults from December 17 - 20.

Instructors will teach and improve your child’s swimming and water safety skills. All of PP&R lifeguards are certified by Ellis & Associates.

Registration is required for all classes which begin at 9 am, 9:35 am, 10:10 am, and 10:45 am.

Also during the winter break, five of the PP&R pools will be offering extended Open Play Swim Monday through Friday.

For registration, more information and a complete schedule, call PP&R’s East Portland Community Center at (503) 823-3450.

City Council invests in preserving affordable homes

This morning City Council unanimously approved an investment of $6.13 million to preserve affordable homes in the Park Tower and Lexington Arms buildings in downtown Portland.

December 5, 2012

This morning City Council unanimously approved an investment of $6.13 million to preserve affordable homes in the Park Tower and Lexington Arms buildings in downtown Portland.

The Park and Lexington buildings are home to more than 216 low-income older adults and people with disabilities. But the buildings were at risk of losing the federal subsidies that keep rents low.

Preserving and rehabilitating the buildings now will keep $40 million in federal subsidies right here in our community–for the people who need it most.

The Portland Housing Bureau’s investment of $3.5 million in Tax Increment Financing, and $2.63 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds leveraged $34 million in additional public and private investment to keep these buildings affordable.

Special thanks to our partners, including the Schnitzer Family, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, Cedar Sinai, the Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

Read more in today’s Oregonian.

Read more about our 11 x 13 Campaign to preserve affordable homes.

Keeping elderly, needy renters in some of downtown's best old buildings

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Making home affordable

Many low-income families count on programs from theU.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help make their homes affordable.

December 5, 2012

Many low-income families count on programs from the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help make their homes affordable.

HUD recently released a “Public Use Microdata Sample” report that shows us who in America is living in federally-subsidized homes.   

The report shows us that housing assistance is going to those who need it the most: very low-income families and individuals - including seniors, children, and people with disabilities.

Some highlights: 

  • About 4.8 million households in the U.S.receive some housing assistance.
  • Most people who live in subsidized homes earn less than $20,000 a year.
  • Nearly a third of public housing residents, and nearly half of Project-Based Section 8 residents, are older adults.
  • Across all programs, female-headed households are disproportionately common.
  • In 2011, the U.S Census Bureau counted 46.2 million Americans living in poverty.
  • The federal poverty line in 2012 is $23,050 in annual income for a family of four.

The City of Portland is proud to partner with HUD, Home Forward, and mission-driven non-profits to ensure our local families can access the programs they need to access safe, affordable homes.