Building Partnerships, Building Healthy Homes

June 18, 2012 · by Staff · PCRI

Economic self-sufficiency means not only stable careers, but also decent, safe, and healthy homes.

PCRI and the Oregon Tradeswomen are working on a shared vision: we build programs to help women and low-income families achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Through the Big 11 Rehab, PCRI preserves affordable rental homes, retains the beauty and stability of Portland’s neighborhoods, and provides needed training opportunities for the Tradeswomen.

Carpenters-in-training with the Oregon Tradeswomen work on a new fence at one of PCRI's single-family homes.

This week, a team of students from Oregon Tradeswomen tackled their first carpentry project of the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class at a home PCRI is rehabilitating as part of the Big 11 Rehab. The women built a new fence to provide valuable privacy from the DMV offices next door and utilized extra fence material to build raised planter beds so the residents who move into the home have a place to grow fresh produce. The home on N Interstate Avenue, is a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home that will be available to families earning less than 60% of area median income.

In addition to the carpentry work performed by Oregon Tradeswomen, major capital improvements like a new roof, a renovated bathroom, and measures to address lead-based paint hazards are being tackled by local general contractor, Albina Construction.  New windows, weatherization and other energy-efficiency improvements are another part of the project that will provide valuable benefits for the home’s future residents by helping ensure low utility expenses.

The rehabilitation project is funded by Portland Housing Bureau and by energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.  More information about Oregon Tradeswomen’s partnership with PCRI is available here.  Information about weatherization and incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon is available here.

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