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June 13, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs HB4010. (Courtesy Gov. Brown)

On June 12, the Oregon legislature announced the appointment of 11 members, including PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick, to the Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership. House Bill 4010 was passed in April 2018 mandating the state to create the task force to more closely examine racial disparities in homeownership in Oregon, identify barriers, and recommend solutions to help close racial homeownership gaps.

As per the provisions of the bill, the task force must include a member representing an organization that focuses on educating and assisting people of color in purchasing homes. With PCRI and Pathway 1000’s focus on homeownership for African Americans and others, Fitzpatrick is a natural representative for this role. An additional four members represent communities that have suffered historic discrimination or who currently face barriers to homeownership.

According to the Portland Housing Bureau’s 2017 State of Housing report, homeownership rates for African Americans and other communities of color are approximately half that of White households in Portland: 54 percent or White households in Portland own their homes, but 30 percent or fewer of African American, Native American, and Hawaiian-Pacific-Islander households own their homes. In addition, Oregon’s home ownership rates for African American households trails nationwide rates for African American homeowners.

The bill was introduced by a coalition of legislators, including Task Force member Rep. Mark Meek (D-Clackamas County) and Sen. Lew Frederick (D-Northeast Portland). According to The Skanner News, the Task Force will:

  • Compile data concerning levels of homeownership among people of color in Oregon;
  • Identify barriers to homeownership that people of color in Oregon face;
  • Investigate practices and procedures for approving mortgage loans;
  • Identify discriminatory mortgage loan application and approval practices and procedures that deliberately or inadvertently discriminate against people of color;
  • Identify barriers other than access to mortgage loans or other credit that reduce or prevent home ownership among people of color;
  • Recommend solutions, including legislation, to eliminate any impermissible discrimination or barriers to homeownership and to improve other conditions that reduce or prevent home ownership among people of color in Oregon.

Other members of the Task Force include two members from the state senate (Senators Cliff Bentz and James Manning), two members from the house of representatives (Representatives Mark Meek and Richard Vial), one member representing real estate licensees, and one member representing mortgage lenders. The announcement and full list of members can be found here.

June 5, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

As part of the Pathway 1000 initiative, PCRI is excited to host a seminar on June 27 focused on helping future homebuyers “get ready to be ready.” RSVP online and join us to learn what you need to know about income, debt, and getting prepared. PCRI’s homeownership team (pictured below) will help you understand how to make homeownership a reality, how much you may be able to afford, and where (besides PCRI) you can turn for help.

Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!

Date:  Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: PCC Cascade Campus, Terrell Hall Rm 101 (705 N Killingsworth St.)

RSVP by 6/25: via PCRI’s our Eventbrite registration page HERE.

Interested in more information about PCRI’s financial education or homeownership programs? Learn more HERE. Additional classes are offered each month; check HERE for more information.

For questions or more information contact PCRI’s homeownership team by email or by phone at (503) 288-2923 x102. Click the flyer (above, right) for a downloadable version.

May 23, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Following the release of the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan, PCRI and Flossin Media recently produced the Pathway 1000 Magazine, a companion publication which focuses on the people working to implement the Pathway 1000 initiative. With its goal to deliver at least 1000 new affordable homes for rent and for sale, Pathway 1000 is PCRI’s ambitious 10-year displacement mitigation initiative.

Comprised of interviews with PCRI staff and board members as well as community partners, the Pathway 1000 Magazine details team members’ connections to the work and strategies to implement the initiative. Click on the magazine cover (right) for online or downloadable versions of the magazine.

“I began to look at the plans, listened to Maxine’s dream and after talking about and reflecting upon homeownership and affordable housing, it became more of a reality to me that [Pathway 1000] CAN be done,” said Dr. T. Allen Bethel, PCRI Board Chair.

Prepared by PCRI, its partners and collaborators, Pathway 1000 is informed by a participatory community engagement process. It differs from community development initiatives planned by local public agencies because Pathway 1000 is community driven, community informed, community advocated, and community built. The Plan focuses on housing stability, wealth creation through homeownership, and subsequently a reduction in poverty, in particular, the generational poverty that exists in Portland’s Black community. The initiative also has goals to create hundreds of living wage jobs through business growth and development.

“We believe our approach can be a model for other communities in Portland and elsewhere in the country that are impacted by gentrification and displacement,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI’s Executive Director. “We are addressing the housing issues caused by income disparities in the City of Portland and State of Oregon. We are offering corrective measures and long-term solutions. The Plan addresses unemployment, underemployment, wage disparities and the unequal treatment that led to these disparate outcomes.”

Formed 25 years ago in response to a housing crisis created by redlining and predatory lending practices, PCRI is a non-profit community development corporation with a mission to preserve, expand and manage affordable housing in the City of Portland and provide access to and advocacy for services to residents. PCRI hosted a launch celebration and media event for the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan on April 18, 2018.

Check out media coverage from OPB. More information about Pathway 1000 is available on PCRI’s website and the Pathway 1000 website. For media inquiries, contact Fawn Aberson at Flossin Media.

May 8, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

The first ever PCRI Lounge on Saturday, May 5, was an amazing success! With your help, we celebrated in spectacular style with Zoulful Muzic featuring Saeeda Wright and friends (pictured at right). Most importantly, we raised over $116,000. These funds help PCRI support more families like those of our honored guest Natalie, ensuring their stability in rental housing and providing a helping hand to homeownership. On behalf of PCRI’s staff, Board of Directors, and most importantly, residents and clients, we offer our most sincere thanks.

We also wanted to share a personal message from Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick.

PCRI Lounge Attendees and Others,

I am grateful and hereby thank each Attendee, Supporter and Volunteer at PCRI’s revised annual event – the PCRI Lounge. Your acceptance of PCRI Lounge and our new format was remarkable. Although I anticipated the music would result in some added enjoyment, your acceptance and satisfaction of it surpassed my expectations.

Thank you for your participation and next year will be even better.

In the midst of the exciting evening and all its glory – I forgot something no leader should: I neglected  to recognize and pay homage to PCRI’s hardworking staff – Travis who has assumed the role of producer of the event and each and every PCRI staff person, in some way, contributed mightily to making this event a success.

PCRI has employed some of the most talented people around; they work every day to better PCRI, enabling it to be capable and effective at delivering on its community oriented mission, goals and strategies. PCRI staff are passionate about their work and know that every day – their efforts makes a difference in someone’s life.

And for the gentlemen that gave me that bit of good advice at the end of the event – thank you.

Be sure to check PCRI’s Facebook page and Instagram feed!. We’ll be adding gala photos from the red carpet and the event as soon as we get them!

And save the date for next year’s PCRI Lounge event: Saturday, May 4, 2019!

Check out the photos from this year’s event below:

April 16, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Media and community joined PCRI for a Pathway 1000 launch event. Photo courtesy Flossin Media

PCRI invited the press and the community to celebrate the completion of the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan, a bold and ambitious 10-year displacement mitigation initiative. On Tuesday, April 18, 2018, PCRI hosted a launch celebration and media event at its offices at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Prepared by PCRI, its partners, and collaborators and informed by a participatory community engagement process, the Plan contains collaborative, inclusive and integrated goals, strategies and actions to raise and invest $300 million over the next ten years. The Plan sets a roadmap to create 1,000 affordable homes for Blacks and others displaced or in danger of displacement from North and Northeast Portland, of which 800 will be sold to new homeowners. The initiative will create hundreds of living wage jobs and spur significant business growth and development.

“We need only to examine promises made, and apologies received, to know what is needed is more than words containing promises and apologies can provide. Action is required,” PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick said. “Pathway 1000 will go beyond apologies and promises. We are addressing the housing issues caused by income disparities in the City of Portland and State of Oregon. We are offering corrective measures and long-term solutions. The Plan addresses unemployment, underemployment, wage disparities and the unequal treatment that led to these disparate outcomes.

Pathway 1000 differs from community development initiatives planned by local public agencies because it is community driven, community informed, community advocated, and community built. The Plan focuses on housing stability, wealth creation through homeownership, and subsequently a reduction in poverty, specifically the generational poverty that exists in Portland’s Black community. Moreover, Pathway 1000 has intentionally developed strategies that are not reliant on deep and ongoing public funding to catalyze construction and sustain the momentum.

“We believe our approach can be a model for other communities in Portland and elsewhere in the country that are impacted by gentrification and displacement,” added Fitzpatrick.

Formed 25 years ago in response to a housing crisis created by redlining and predatory lending practices, PCRI is a non-profit community development corporation with a mission to preserve, expand and manage affordable housing in the City of Portland and provide access to and advocacy for services to residents.  As the Executive Director of PCRI for over 24 years, Fitzpatrick has been a tireless advocate for affordable housing and culturally responsive support services for households in the N/NE Portland community.

Check out media coverage from OPB. More information about Pathway 1000 is available on PCRI’s website and the Pathway 1000 website. For media inquiries, contact Fawn Aberson at Flossin Media.

April 15, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is making final preparations for its annual fundraising gala, to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018. PCRI Lounge will be a gala event, re-imagined with live entertainment by Zoulful Muzic’s Alonzo Chadwick and Saeeda Wright, as well as an exciting auction and dinner, all at the Hilton Portland Downtown.

Tickets for the event are still available, but are going fast. Get yours now at pcri.ejoinme.org/pcrilounge. Volunteer opportunities are also available! Learn more HERE and email us to sign up.

PCRI Lounge is a night for us to connect, engage and celebrate together as we invest in the future of stable, diverse, and livable Portland neighborhoods. We’re particularly excited to celebrate the recent launch of the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan and construction of our first homes for rent and for sale as part of Pathway 1000.

Sign up for PCRI’s mailing list to be the first to learn about gala announcements, exciting auction packages and more. We expect the event to once again sell out.

March 19, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Grant Warehouse, New Construction, The Beatrice Morrow

Aerial view of the Beatrice Morrow building, March 2018.

The Beatrice Morrow development reached a milestone in mid-March as construction of the top floor was completed and the building’s roof trusses and sheathing were installed. Installation of the brick exterior is beginning the building’s courtyard while installation of the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems continue inside the building.

As has been the case during throughout construction, street closures are to be expected during the day on Ivy Street at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., as well as parking spaces on NE Cook Street. Some intermittent closures of NE Cook Street and NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. are also likely in the future as needed to facilitate jobsite access and safety, including safety requirements mandated by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

General contractor Colas Construction has been in communication with construction crews at an adjacent, unrelated construction project at 422 NE Ivy Street, and others to help ensure safe access on the street for large trucks and other special needs. In addition, the project team has had regular communication with City of Portland and Portland Bureau of Transportation officials to ensure we are in compliance with all construction, traffic and noise ordinances.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

March 10, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI has recently created and opened several positions and we’re looking for candidates who will excel within our diverse and fast-paced organization. More information, including downloadable job descriptions will full details of each opportunity, is available on our Job Opportunities page.

DSC_0470Job opportunities at PCRI include a generous benefits package that typically includes paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays and employer-paid health coverage. Details of benefits for each position are included in each position’s job description. PCRI also offers a 403(b) retirement savings plan, access to PCRI’s asset building and other programs, as well as other benefits.

PCRI is a fast-paced, highly engaged work environment. We strive to communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. We actively seek opportunities for professional development for our staff and promote a willingness to change for continual improvement.

 

March 5, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Team members break ground with golden shovels. From L-R: Travis Phillips and Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI; Dennis Harris, Albina Construction; Brett Schulz, Brett Schulz Architect.

On February 27, PCRI hosted a crowd of future and past home buyers, community members, media, and partners for a groundbreaking celebration at the site of new townhomes for first-time homebuyers. The to-be-constructed homes are part of PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Initiative, which aims to develop 1,000 new homes for rent and for sale during the next 10 years.

“The goal is to help people displaced by gentrification move back into the neighborhood,” relayed Ken Boddie of KOIN 6 news. Check out his coverage of the event below and in his Where We Live feature.

Four new homes for sale to low- and moderate-income first-time buyers will be developed on the site. The completed homes will be prioritized for families displaced from North and Northeast Portland and families at risk of displacement.

“PCRI was formed as, and continues to be, a solution to involuntary displacement. This project will help ensure everyone can experience the stability, safety and dignity that a home provides,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of PCRI.

Construction is expected to begin in April 2018, and is anticipated to be complete in early fall 2018. Other developments planned to begin construction later in the year will provide additional opportunities for families to build intergenerational assets through homeownership. Down payment assistance for the future homeowners will be provided by the City of Portland Housing Bureau as part of its N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy.

Additional project partners include Albina Construction, Brett Schulz Architect, Beneficial State Bank, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust.

February 4, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

PCRI’s Homeownership Education and Counseling program is proud to announce workshops and home buyer orientation sessions for 2018. The PCRI program assists low- and moderate-income first-time buyers in creating a successful homeownership plan. Twice-monthly orientations are the first step to enroll in the program and start on the path to becoming a homeowner. In addition, monthly workshops focus on specific parts of the home buying process, issues related to credit and debt, and other relevant topics.

Download a PDF document with dates and information about all of PCRI 2018 workshops or visit PCRI’s Eventbrite page to learn more and register. Homeownership orientations are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month, workshops are generally held the last Wednesday of the month.

In addition to workshops and orientations, one-on-one counseling is part of the program and is designed to help buyers overcome obstacles that would prevent affordable mortgage financing. We analyze financial and credit situations, identify barriers, and develop a plan to remove these barriers. We also work to assist participants with debt-load management by preparing a manageable monthly budget plan.

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