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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

We are the safety net

The "We Are the Safety Net" campaign supports the Portland Housing Bureau's 13-14 budget requests, which will support needed programs and services for some of our community's most vulnerable

April 17, 2013

Last year, our community partners fought to save safety net services during a difficult budget year.

This year, the community is rallying again in the face of a $22 million budget shortfall.  The "We Are the Safety Net" campaign supports the Portland Housing Bureau's 13-14 budget requests, which will support needed programs and services for some of our community's most vulnerable.

We Are the Safety Net coalition fights to maintain city funding through tough budget

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian

Jesse Beason talks Portland safety net

Street Roots

April is Fair Housing Month

This morning, Nick, Mayor Hales and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum welcomed Sara K. Pratt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to City Hall.

April 17, 2013

This morning, Nick, Mayor Hales and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum welcomed Sara K. Pratt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to City Hall.

Ms. Pratt met with jurisdictional partners and community leaders, and led a spirited discussion about Fair Housing challenges and opportunities in our community.

Nick was pleased to read a Proclamation during the City Council meeting, declaring April 2013 Fair Housing Month in the city of Portland.

We were also joined by 5th grader Ashley Robinson, who won this year's Fair Housing Council of Oregon Fair Housing poster contest - featuring the theme "Diversity Creates Better Neighborhoods." 

Special thanks to Ms. Pratt, Attorney General Rosenblum, and our other special guests for joining us!

Fair Housing Month Proclamation

First and Future First Citizen Awards

Last week, Nick was proud to attend PMAR’s First Citizen Banquet, where Jean DeMaster and Sophia Kecskes were presented with the First Citizen and Future First Citizen awards.

April 18, 2013

Last week, Nick was proud to attend PMAR’s First Citizen Banquet, where Jean DeMaster and Sophia Kecskes were presented with the First Citizen and Future First Citizen awards.

The First Citizen Award is presented annually by the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR). The award honors civic achievements and business leadership.

This year’s First Citizen, Jean DeMaster, has spent over 40 years working tirelessly to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness get off the streets and into housing.

Jean’s storied career includes time as the Executive Director of Children’s Club, the YWCA, and Transition Projects. While with Transition Projects, Jean opened the first homeless shelter and transitional housing facility that was solely for women. The shelter is named Jean’s Place in her honor.

Jean now serves as Executive Director of Human Solutions. Last year, she was proud to  open the Rockwood Building, a multi-service center to serve homeless and low-income families in the Rockwood area.

Our office’s very own Sophia Kecskes was given the Future First Citizen Award – an award and $5,000 scholarship that is given annually to an outstandingPortlandhigh school senior. 

Sophia has been an active in the youth community since she was 13.  In just the last two years, she has volunteered over 400 hours to the Multnomah Youth Commission. She is an outstanding leader and a wonderful example for other youth in our community. We all know she has a bright future ahead of her.

Congratulations to our First Citizens! Thanks for all you do to make a positive difference in our community.

photos courtesy of Bill Barry, Barry Foto

Don’t let this opportunity swim past you

Don’t be fooled by those April showers, summer is just a couple of months away!

April 18, 2013

Don’t be fooled by those April showers, summer is just a couple of months away!

Learn to swim at one of Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) 13 pools. PP&R offers swim lessons for everyone, no matter your age or skill level.

Registering online is a good way to beat the last minute rush. You can also register by phone or mail. Your neighborhood pool will start registering walk-in sign-ups beginning June 15.

You can register online now on the PP&R website or call (503) 823-5130 to have a summer program guide and lesson registration form mailed to you.

Swimming is a skill that lasts a lifetime; it’s never too late to start.

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Portland's pitch for Nike looks prudent: Agenda 2013

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Details of Scrapped Nike South Waterfront Deal Emerge

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week

 

Hales and the Board of Directors

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury

 

Council Majority Now Back Campaign for Safety Net Cash

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury

 

Jesse Beason talks Portland safety net

In Street Roots

 

Challenge after Boston Marathon bombings: preserving tradition

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Portland Parks seeks members for River View Natural Area advisory committee

Jonahthan Maus on bikeportland.org

 

We Are the Safety Net coalition fights to maintain city funding through tough budget

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian

 

On Portland City Council agenda, a small park 100 years in the making

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian

 

BRIDGE Housing Expands to Pacific Northwest

on housingfinance.com

 

Portland budget group finds nearly $5 million in possible savings

Ryan Kost in The Oregonian