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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

The Weekly Catch

Supportive Housing

Council Commits to 2,000 New Supportive Housing Units

Nick Fish Blog

 

Supportive Housing Saves Money and Saves Lives: Guest Opinion

Nick Fish, Ted Wheeler, and Deborah Kafoury in The Oregonian

 

Helping Portland's Chronically Homeless is a Choice to Save Lives

The Oregonian Editorial Board

 

Portland City Councilors Pass Resolution to Add 2,000 Affordable Housing Units

KATU News

 

Portland is Plotting to Set Aside 2,000 Apartments for Its Hardest-to-Reach Homeless Residents

Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

 

Portland Wants to Build 2,000 New Units of Supportive Housing

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Council Sets Goal of Creating More Supportive Housing

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

 

Portland and Multnomah County Will Look at Pairing Housing with Services to Keep Homeless Housed

Jessica Floum in The Oregonian

Portland Water Bureau

City Hall Watch: Portland Submits Crypto Plan

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Superfund

Oregon Delegation Urges Prompt EPA Action on Portland Harbor site

Senator Ron Wyden Press Release

 

Oregon's Congressional Push To Get EPA To Clean Up Polluted Portland Harbor

Cassandra Profita in OPB

In Other News

City to Honor Thorns Championship with a Wednesday Proclamation (Photos)

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal

 

Portland Thorns cap off NWSL Championship celebration with boisterous rally at Providence Park

Jamie Goldberg in The Oregonian

 

‘A Visual Diary’ of Portland’s Artists of Color

Emilly Prado in StreetRoots

 

The Show Must Go On: Keller Auditorium Turns 100

Lyndsey Hewitt in the Portland Tribune

Helping Low-Income Ratepayers

October 25, 2017

This morning, the Auditor released a review of the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services' utility financial assistance program. Nick shared this message with his colleagues:

Dear Colleagues,

Some of our neighbors need extra help paying their utility bill, especially during this housing crisis.

The Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services have a nationally-recognized financial assistance program.

Today, Auditor Mary Hull Caballero released her audit of the program. It affirms the work we're doing and offers common-sense guidance to strengthen the program.

I have directed the Water Bureau and BES to implement the Auditor’s recommendations, and to work to increase the number of eligible customers they serve.

A lot of work is already underway.

This summer we launched a year-long project to find and implement new ways to reach low-income Portlanders with our services.

This fall and through the upcoming budget process, the two utility bureaus will work with our public oversight bodies, the Portland Utility Board and the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon, to improve and strengthen the program in a variety of ways, including:

   • Helping cost-burdened renters in multi-family buildings.

   • Launching a pilot project to reduce monthly bills for people on a tight budget living in single-family homes.

   • Increasing the value of our crisis voucher.

   • Scaling benefits to better reflect household size.

I want to thank Auditor Mary Hull Caballero and her team for their comprehensive and thoughtful work. Audits are a valuable tool to assess where we are and how we can do better.

I also want to thank the dedicated staff at the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services who administer all of our customer service programs.

And I am always interested in your feedback. Email me any time at nick@portlandoregon.gov.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Nick Fish

Background

City Auditor Press Release

 

Utility Payment Assistance Audit Highlights

 

Utility Payment Assistance Audit

Media

Water Bill Assistance Program Still Misses Residents Who Need It The Most: Audit

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

 

Audit: Residents Need Help with Water Bills

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

The Weekly Catch

RACC Launches National Search for New Executive Director

RACC Press Release

Utility Bill Assistance

Helping Low-Income Ratepayers

Nick Fish Blog

 

Water Bill Assistance Program Still Misses Residents Who Need It the Most: Audit

Molly Harbarger in The Oregonian

 

Audit: Residents Need Help with Water Bills

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Environmental Services

Portland Says Honey Bucket Jammed Sewer; Company Blames ‘Homeless Folks’

Emily Green in StreetRoots

 

Portland Fines Honey Bucket for Clogging Sewer Lines

Keely Chalmers in KGW

 

Honey Bucket fined $90K for Wrongful Disposing

KOIN 6 News

In Other News

Water Bureau Construction Crews Make Way for Neighborhood Kid Bike Festival

The Portland Water Blog

 

Portland Plans to Fight Order to Release Union Records

Amelia Templeton in OPB

 

Portland Adopts New ‘Livable Streets Strategy’ for Outdoor Events

KATU News

 

PBOT Inspects Plows, Prepares for Winter Weather

Trevor Ault in KOIN 6 News