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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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Grand opening of Kah San Chako Haws!

Nick was proud to join the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and community partners at the grand opening of Kah San Chako Haws yesterday afternoon

February 14, 2013

Nick was proud to join the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and community partners at the grand opening of Kah San Chako Haws yesterday afternoon.

Kah San Chako Haws, “East House” in Chinook, brings Portland its first modular affordable homes. The Portland Housing Bureau was proud to support the project with a $1,221,147 investment.

Kah San Chako Haws, in the Lents neighborhood, brings high-quality, affordable choices to families – many of whom are Native American – of modest means. 

While most new affordable housing developments take anywhere from 18 to 24 months to build, Kah San Chako Haws was completed in just over a year. It is an innovative, sustainable building – achieving LEED Gold certification – and is supported by Section 8 vouchers provided by Home Forward.

Congratulations to the team that brought this vision to life, and to the families who now call Kah San Chako Haws home.

Some assembly required: Kah San Chako Haws affordable housing project uses modular construction

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

 

Kah San Chako haws takes shape in SE Portland

David Nguyen

American Winter premiere!

Don’t forget – Joe and Harry Gantz’s film, American Winter, premiers this Sunday at thePortlandArt Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.

February 14, 2013

Don’t forget – Joe and Harry Gantz’s film, American Winter, premieres this Sunday at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.

Online ticket sales have closed, but there will be tickets for sale at the door beginning at 2:30pm on Sunday.

Working with 211info, the filmmakers tell the stories of eight families struggling in the aftermath of the worst economic crisis in generations. Filmed over the course of one winter, American Winter captures a perfect storm of declining resources and a rising tide of need. This powerful film presents an intimate and evocative snapshot of the challenges facing our country.

American Winter premiere

Sunday, February 17 - 3 pm

Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium

1219 SW Park Avenue

General admission is $11

Immediately following the premiere, the filmmakers will host a benefit reception for 211info.

211Info Benefit Reception

Sunday, February 17

Immediately following the film

Portland Art Museum– Fields Ballroom

Sign up online to attend

Looking at the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression from the eyes of everyday people

On 90.7fm KBOO

Murmurs: The Other Side of Portlandia Gets its Due.

Willamette Week Editorial Staff 

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Dr. Budget's Harsh medicine

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury

 

Looking at the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression from the eyes of everyday people

On 90.7 fm KBOO

 

Death, taxes, and increasing water and sewer rates: Portland City Hall roundup

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Fiscal Bluff

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week

 

Murmurs: the Other Side of Portlandia Gets its Due

In the Willamette Week

 

P:ear marks 11 years as the community their homeless youth never had

Sarah Hottman in The Oregonian

 

It's National 2-1-1 Day!

Chuck Sheketoff on BlueOregon.com

 

American Winter on Carl in the Morning

on carlwolfson.com

 

Housing and homeless services face deep cuts

In Street Roots

 

$6.4 Million in One-Time Money is On the City Hall Chopping Block

Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week

 

Sick Leave ordinance gets first hearing at Portland City Council

on nwlaborpress.org

 

within REACH

REACH Community Development, Inc.

American Winter debuts to sold-out crowd

On Sunday afternoon, a large line formed outside the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium for the premiere of the new documentary film, American Winter.

February 19, 2013

  

On Sunday afternoon, a large line formed outside the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium for the premiere of the new documentary film, American Winter.

The beautiful and unique film premiered to a sold-out audience.

American Winter gives viewers a glimpse of the lives of eight Portland families who struggled through the U.S.’s economic downturn. The film shows us that even in the richest country in the world, too many of our families fight to pay bills, buy groceries, or care for their sick children.

American Winter was filmed in Portland, but can be easily placed in any town or city in the U.S. 

Special thanks to filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz for bringing this stirring film to life. And thank you to Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek, Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, former Governor Barbara Roberts, and former Mayor Tom Potter for attending and showing support for the film.

Nick would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the families in the film who shared their stories with us.

For more information on American Winter, and to pre-order the DVD of the film, please visit www.americanwinterfilm.comAmerican Winter will premiere on HBO on March 18 – visit HBO’s website for full listings. 

'American Winter' focuses on Portland's poor

On KGW.com

 

American Winter Explores Families On The Edge In Metro Portland

On OPB.org

Portland to host World Environment Day

Portland is being recognized for being green!

February 20, 2013

Portland is being recognized for being green!

The United Nations Environmental Programme(UNEP) has selected Portland to host this year’s North American World Environment Day on June 5.

Portland was selected to host the celebration because it is repeatedly ranked number one among the top ten green cities in the United States.

Join us for a series of community events from Earth Day on April 22, to World Environment Day on June 5. This year’s World Environment Day theme “Reduce your Foodprint,” aiming to reduce food waste.

The UN General Assembly established World Environment Day in 1972. Today, it is celebrated in more than 120 nations and focuses international attention on environmental issues.

For more information about UNEP, World Environment Day, and local events, please contact Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox with UNEP or Linc Mann at the Bureau of Environmental Services.