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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Housing Bureau

Solving the unmet housing needs of the people of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-2375

fax: 503-823-2387

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Gabriella Steele, Resident of Walnut Park

Gabriella SteeleGabriella says: “The managers are wonderful. They treat us like human beings.”

Everyone deserves access to opportunities in the neighborhood of their choice. After living at Walnut Park for 12 years, Gabriella, 68, says she feels inspired to paint again. She worked as a caregiver and moved around a lot because of rising rent prices. She experienced homelessness for two years. Even then, Gabriella found reasons to be happy every day, “When I am happy, I can move a mountain.” Gabriella, who moved to Oregon from Italy in 1975, lives passionately and expresses herself through Latin dance, singing karaoke, cooking, painting and gardening. “I’m very glad to be here. Here, I can take care of myself.”

Click here to listen to Gabriella in her own words.

Click below to read the stories of other residents living in homes preserved through the 11X13 Campaign.

 Photo by Cathleen Arnerich


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