Conferences Highlight PCRI Anti-Displacement Strategies

September 18, 2015 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

PCRI, the Portland African American Leadership Forum and Living Cully will share the history of displacement and strategies to mitigate current and future displacement at the Oregon Opportunity Network Peer Support Conference on September 21, and Neighborhood Partnerships re:Conference on October 30, 2015.

Pathway 1000_Page_4PCRI, the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and Living Cully are leading the charge to mitigate prior displacement and prevent future displacement in Portland, America’s most rapidly gentrifying city. PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick, PAALF’s Cat Goughnour and Living Cully Coordinator Tony DeFalco will share innovative strategies, dedicated community engagement activities and passionate advocacy the organizations and their leaders are doing to effect community change. By presenting at the conferences, Ms. Fitzpatrick and the other leaders hope to catalyze an anti-displacement model for cities across the nation that are struggling to combat the negative consequences of gentrification.

At each conference, attendees will gain an understanding of the causes of involuntary displacement, including opportunities to prevent displacement that failed or were missed. The sessions will also detail how communities that suffered from disinvestment, most often low-income renters and communities of color, were left out of and left behind when investment occurred, resulting in their displacement and continued economic inequity. Through the lessons learned by Ms. Fitzpatrick, Ms. Goughnour and Mr. DeFalco, attendees will learn how historically disadvantaged communities can advocate for, participate in and benefit from investment when it happens in their community. The sessions will also include successful strategies that individuals, communities, and public agencies can use to prevent displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods and mitigate—or even reverse it—in neighborhoods which have already been gentrified.

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