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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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VA Assistant Secretary Joan Mooney in town for Street Count, community conversation about veterans issues

Commissioner Nick Fish was very proud to join Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, for a volunteer shift with the one-night Street Count and a coffee discussion about veterans issues

January 31, 2013

Nick was very proud to join Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, for a discussion of veterans issues this morning at Bud Clark Commons.

They were joined by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Multnomah County Commissioners Deborah Kafoury and Diane McKeel, and staff from the offices of Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Congressman Kurt Schrader.

During the meeting, we updated Assistant Secretary Mooney on our local work with the VASH program, heard from her about Washington's new focus on veterans and what that means for cities like Portland. 

We shared feedback about what the VA and Congress can do to help us better serve veterans in our community.

Nick was also honored to join Assistant Secretary Mooney and Congressman Schrader last night for a volunteer shift with the Street Count. Every other year, the City coordinates a one-night Count to find out how many people locally are sleeping outside. The information we collect helps us better understand the challenges we face and refine our strategy to fight homelessness. It also helps us make the case for additional federal resources to strengthen our work.

We're fortunate to have very strong partnerships with our local VA, Home Forward, Multnomah County, and service providers across the City. We also enjoy the strong support of our elected representatives in Salem and in Washington.

One veteran on the street is too many, and it will take all of us working together to win this fight and make sure every veteran in our community has a place to call home.

VIPs, volunteers and staffers convene to discuss veterans issues during annual homeless count

Mike Francis in The Oregonian

 

Mult Co surveys number of homeless

Ashley Korslein, KGW News

 

Portland homeless being counted

KXL News

Whitaker Community Farm Survey

We invite you to share your thoughts on the Whitaker Community Farm proposal.

January 31, 2013

We invite you to share your thoughts on the Whitaker Community Farm proposal.

Please take a moment to fill out the survey and tell us your ideas!

(You will need to create a "portlandonline" account to access the link. This will only take a few seconds before directing you to the survey page:  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/61359)

You can also e-mail Nick directly at: nick@portlandoregon.gov or call Emily York at: 503-823-3594

Since 2007, the former Whitaker School site (at the corner of NE 42nd Ave and NE Killingsworth) has sat vacant. The community has long expressed interest in the future of this Portland Public Schools (PPS) property.

PPS indicated that long-term development of this site would not occur within the next five years, so we are working with the community and partner organizations to explore a temporary farm project as a way to activate the space, grow healthy food, and provide opportunities for job training.

For more information on the project see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Whitaker site proposal in Northeast Portland could be a model for urban farming

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

Photo courtesy of the Oregonian

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

For four hours, City Hall councilors took testimony on proposed sick leave rule

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

With one hearing down, Portland City Council pushes forward on earned sick leave rule

Ryan Kost in The Oregonain

 

Portland homeless being counted

KXL News

 

Mult. Co. surveys number of homeless

Ashley Korslien on KGW News

 

VIPs, volunteers and staffers convene to discuss veterans issues during annual homeless count

Mike Francis in The Oregonian

 

Whitaker site proposal in Northeast Portland could be a model for urban farming

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

 

Charlie's in charge---Hales will take bureaus next week: Portland City Hall roundup

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Days before 2013 Legislative Session, council members outline top priorities: Portland City Hall roundup

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

Return of Chucky: Portland needs to make big spending cuts. Charlie Hales is swinging the ax

Aaron Mesh in The Willamette Week

 

Sick leave ordinance goes before Portland City Council

Don Mcintosh on nwlaborpress.org

 

N Williams, NoPo Greenway projects seek funding support

Jonathan Maus on bikeportland.org

 

City county gear up for one-night count of homeless

On the Street Roots blog

 

Whitaker School site to be community farm? Proposal open house Wednesday in Northeast Portland

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

 

VIDEO: Peninsula Park Rose Garden Celebrates 100 years with 3,000 Shrubs and a Lot of Mulch

Lisa Loving of The Skanner News

Mark finds his dream home

Oregonian columnist Steve Duin wrote about Mark Gunderson, a veteran struggling with homelessness. Mark has secured a home, and is scheduled to move in today!

February 1, 2013

We have an inspiring story to share with you.

Recently, Oregonian columnist Steve Duin wrote about Mark Gunderson, a veteran struggling with homelessness.

In December, Mark was issued a VASH voucher. The VASH program provides veterans with rent assistance to help pay for a home, and case management and services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The challenge is that once he was issued a VASH voucher, Mark only had 90 days to find an apartment or else the voucher goes back into the pool. And with a tight rental market, many veterans are having difficulty finding an apartment to rent.

Here’s the good news: Mark has secured a new home at Weidler Commons, and is scheduled to move in today!

Weidler Commons is owned by our partner, Northwest Housing Alternatives, which has been serving our community for over 30 years.

There are many unsung heroes to thank, including the VA, Home Forward, and Mark’s case manager.

But special thanks go to Cascade Management CEO Dave Bachman, who read Steve Duin’s column and stepped up to rent Mark an apartment.

The VASH program was created to help men and women who served our country move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. But the program doesn't work if landlords don't rent to our veterans.

Recently the Portland Housing Bureau was proud to partner with Home Forward, Multnomah County, and United Way to help veterans overcome barriers to successfully using their vouchers.

Yesterday I attended a town hall on veterans and homelessness with VA Assistant Secretary Mooney and local leaders and partners. We discussed the progress we have made together, and the challenges ahead.

Thanks to strong partnerships, our community has helped nearly 270 veterans find a place to call home. That's a great success, but there are still dozens of veterans looking for homes to rent.

We call on landlords in our community to join with Cascade Management and others to open their doors to our veterans.

For more information on the program, email Home Forward at landlordservices@homeforward.org, or call (503) 802-8333, Option 6. Home Forward has created this fact sheet about how you can help.

Mark Gunderson is a veteran of Portland's war on homelessness

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

 

Mr. Gunderson finds his dream house

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

 

VIPs, volunteers and staffers convene to discuss veterans issues during annual homeless count

Mike Francis in The Oregonian

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month!

February 4, 2013

February is Black History Month!

All month long there are events around the city for reflection and celebration to grow awareness that Black History is American History.

Black History Month began in the United States in 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association of Negro Life and History dedicated the second week in February as “Negro History Week.” The 2nd week in February was chosen because both Fredrick Douglass and President Lincoln’s birthdays were in that week.

The week grew in popularity throughout the decades, and in 1976 the federal government expanded Black History week to Black History Month.

On Wednesday, February 6 City Council will issue a Black History Month Proclamation at 9:30am in City Hall Chambers. Other events around the City of Portland include films, a Taste of Soul Luncheon at the Portland Building, community events, and a market place.

Get out and about in your community to reflect and celebrate!

To learn more about what the city is doing in honor of Black History Month check the City's activities calendar.