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August 27, 2020 · by Admin · Featured

THE OREGON CARES FUND FOR BLACK RELIEF AND RESILIENCY IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW

 

The Oregon Cares Fund

Across the country, the Black community has faced greater harm from the pandemic. The same is true in Oregon. Black Oregonians are approximately four times more likely to contract COVID-19 than white people, according to the Oregon Health Authority (1). The global pandemic has widened and exacerbated the longstanding inequities that existed before the virus, hitting Black Americans harder than whites in terms of job and wage loss, the number of financial reserves on hand and the ability to pay monthly bills (2). Black leaders in Oregon suggest this gap can begin to narrow through targeted economic investments in Black people, Black-owned businesses, and Black community-based organizations.

Background

A convening of Black Community leaders met, over the course of six weeks, to discuss the ways the Black community was being left out of coronavirus funding efforts as well as craft remedial action to address those concerns. The Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency was born with a request for disaggregated data, targeted universalism, and a $62 million fund for Black people and families, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led community-based organizations. The Oregon Cares Fund highlights the strength of a diverse leadership coalition aligned on behalf of the Black community’s interests.
In July, the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board voted to allocate $62 million for The Oregon Cares Fund, a targeted cash investment in the Black Community to weather the global health pandemic and ensuing recession. In addition, the Emergency Board allocated another ~$140 million from the federally funded CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund toward other specific communities and sectors.

About the Fund

The Fund provides cash relief to qualifying Black families, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofits using grants. The Council of Trust, composed of eleven Black leaders from across the state of Oregon, is charged with guiding the Fund. Two nonprofits, The Black United Fund and The Contingent, were selected by the larger Black convening group to administer the grant application and disbursement process. Applications will be reviewed in three application periods. Due to the high volume, it will take a few weeks after submission for applicants to receive funding notifications. Applicants can apply to the fund beginning August 24, 2020, at thecontingent.org/oregon-cares.

In making this targeted investment, Black leaders and the Oregon Legislature have made sure we lift up our most vulnerable communities, not leave them behind. This investment is a small step toward helping a community that would be otherwise devastated by this global health and economic pandemic and struggle to remain afloat.

About The Contingent

The Contingent (previously Portland Leadership Foundation) has been in operation in the state of Oregon since 2008. Key facts about The Contingent:

● The Contingent serves all 36 counties in Oregon.
● Currently, The Contingent partners with the Department of Human Services to
oversee the responsibility for Oregon’s foster family recruitment through Every
Child (www.everychildoregon.org).
● The Contingent also partners with the Department of Corrections to facilitate
Know Me Now.
● The Contingent has a rich history serving the Black community through a wide
range of programs.
About The Black United Fund of Oregon
The Black United Fund has been in operation in the state of Oregon since 1983.
● For over 35 years, Black United Fund of Oregon has been committed to
providing financial support and life-changing programs for low-income
communities and communities of color in Oregon.
● The Black United Fund provides a range of educational programs designed to
help advance students of color. These include: scholarships, mentorship
programs and networking events.
● The Black United Fund supports nonprofits through their Nonprofit Mentorship
Program.
1.) Oregon Health Authority weekly reports June 17 through August 12,
2020,https://www.oregon.gov/oha/erd/pages/covid-19-news.aspx
2.) Financial and health impacts of COVID-19 vary widely by race and ethnicity (Pew Research Center)

Application Here:

Application

 

 

 

 

July 22, 2020 · by Admin · Featured

COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund: 211info.org OPEN ONLY 7/21/20. If you have had income loss due to COVID get your name on the rent assistance list today. This list does not open often. Note: The 211info waitlist for the COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund is CLOSED. 

The waitlist opens periodically; if it’s closed, continue to check back regularly for updates. Being placed on the waitlist does not guarantee assistance. 

COVID-19 FINANCIAL RELIEF PROGRAM INFORMATION

HOUSING/SHELTER MULTNOMAH COUNTY COVID-19 RENT RELIEF PROGRAM INFORMATION https://www.211info.org/multco-rent 

1 mile from you (view map for COVID-19 FINANCIAL RELIEF PROGRAM INFORMATION)

CALL: 211 or 1-866-698-6155 (Language interpreters available by phone)
TTY: dial 711 and call 1-866-698-6155
TEXT: your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) (text available English and Spanish)
EMAIL: help@211info.org (email available in English and Spanish)

 

For general information about 211 Covid 19 resources go here: https://covid19.211info.org/

April 30, 2020 · by Admin · Featured, PCRI

The Pantries are located at:

Park Terrace Community Center. 315 N. Alberta St.
Margaret Carter Community Center. 626 NE Brazee St.
Maya Angelou Community Center. 4012 N Borthwick Ave.
Maya Angelou Community Center. 4012 N Borthwick Ave.

 

Park Terrace Community Center. 315 N. Alberta St.

Pantry hours: Wednesdays 10:30 AM – Noon.
For more information contact Victoria @ (503) 282-1359

 

Beatrice Morrow Community Center. 3340 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Pantry hours: Fridays 1PM – 2PM.
For more information contact Victoria @ (971) 279-2105

 

Margaret Carter Community Center. 626 NE Brazee St.

Pantry hours: Thursday 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.
For more information contact Jasmine @ (971) 341-6047

 

Maya Angelou Community Center. 4012 N Borthwick Ave.

Pantry hours: Fridays 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
For more information contact Jasmine @ (971) 341-6047

January 3, 2020 · by Admin · Featured, PCRI

Emergency Household Stabilization Funds Available Beginning April 27

April 21, 2020) – The Portland Housing Bureau has reallocated $1 million from its budget into a COVID-19 Emergency Household Stabilization Fund for households suffering a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will provide limited direct cash assistance to at least 2,000 households to help cover urgent needs like groceries, rent, utilities, and medical expenses.

$200,000 of these funds will be available to the public next week through an open application. The remaining funds are being distributed via internal referrals through a network of social service providers serving culturally specific communities, and individuals and families experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

How to Apply

Households can apply for $250 in emergency assistance beginning Monday, April 27 at 10am by contacting 2-1-1 or going to https://www.211info.org/covid19. Applications from eligible households will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis. Assistance with language interpretation or accessibility is available.

211 staff will also be able to connect applicants to additional community resources and assistance, such as discounts for sewer and water charges, crisis vouchers, and the Utility Safety Net program offered by the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Emergency Household Stabilization Fund assistance, a household must be experiencing a loss of employment, income, dependent care, or some other hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and earning no more than 50% Area Median Income prior to any loss of employment or income due to COVID-19.

Applicants will need to include documentation of the COVID-related hardship they are experiencing with their application, such as a letter from an employer, clients or customers, a healthcare provider, or school citing COVID-19 as a reason for reduced hours, termination, loss of business, school closure, loss of childcare, or inability to work, etc.

To access the application* and list of acceptable documentation, visit: https://www.211info.org/covid19

*Application available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese.


What: Open application for $250 emergency cash assistance

When: Monday, April 27 at 10am

How to apply: Call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.211info.org/covid19


October 16, 2018 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) extends an open Request for Proposals to perform capital improvements at 12 PCRI-owned scattered-site affordable rental homes in Portland. The projects are located in North and Northeast Portland. Scopes of work vary by property and may include interior/exterior painting, electrical repairs and upgrades, carpentry, and flooring.

Interested contractors must schedule an appointment by October 29, 2018 with PCRI’s Maintenance Supervisor to review information about the projects, specifications, and PCRI’s goals for the improvements. Contractors will also be required to complete PCRI’s Contractor Qualification forms prior to inspecting properties and submitting proposals. Appointments may be scheduled and Contractor Qualification forms may be requested by email or by calling PCRI at (503) 288-2923.

All bids must be received by PCRI by 5:00 p.m. on November 9, 2018. Bids received after this time may not be considered.

Please note: many PCRI properties were constructed prior to 1978.  Please consider that any work which disturbs paint in any way will require proper containment procedures. Contractors who are not lead-paint certified, should indicate this clearly in their proposal.

September 10, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Awards, Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

PCRI’s Pathway 1000 initiative earned Bank of America’s Innovator Award at the 2018 Housing Oregon Conference. Bank of America’s Sindy Spivak presented the award to Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick at the September 7, 2018 conference.

Sindy Spivak of Bank of America (left) presents the Innovator Award check to PCRI’s Maxine Fitzpatrick and Travis Phillips (center) with Housing Oregon Director Brian Hoop (right).

The Innovator Award recognizes the replicability and opportunity Pathway 1000 achieves by addressing generational poverty, mitigating displacement and combatting historic inequities.

“We are really excited to say that we are awarding this year’s Innovator Award to PCRI’s Pathway 1000 project.  It is an exciting, innovative and replicable model to address historic equity issues with a pragmatic achievable plan for homes,” said Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President, NW Community Development Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Along with the award’s recognition, Bank of America presented PCRI with a $2,500 grant, which PCRI will use to offset closing costs for 25 new homebuyers.

“We are honored to have this distinction,” said Fitzpatrick. “More importantly – twenty-five new home owners will benefit from this grant.”

Pathway 1000 sets an ambitious goal to develop 1,000 new homes over the course of 10 years. The new homes, including units for rent and for ownership, will be prioritized for families displaced or at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland. Eighty new homes at the Beatrice Morrow Cannady building will be complete in September, 2018. Nearly 100 additional homes are currently under construction or in final stages of development and permitting.

August 31, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

As part of the Pathway 1000 initiative, PCRI is excited to host a seminar on September 26 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 you can turn for help.

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

Date:  Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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

RSVP by 9/21: 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.

August 25, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI hosted its second-annual Resident Appreciation and Back to School event on August 18 at Columbia Park. In addition to a cook-out hosted by NW Natural with burgers, hot dogs and other food, the event offered a variety of fun events, games, face painting and a raffle. PCRI staff also distributed backpacks and school supplies.

Cash prizes in the raffle were especially appreciated by residents who attended.

“This was a awesome event. My father has a renewed look at life having moved into his new apartment!” said one resident. “And we’ll split the $100 that I won in the raffle!”

A resident shows her excitement after winning a raffle prize at PCRI’s August Resident Appreciation event.

Community partners, such as the City of Portland and Comcast, joined the event as well, with give aways of their own and information about programs and special pricing available to PCRI residents and other lower-income families.

PCRI staff benefit from the event, too. The event allows staff to hear directly from residents about what services and support residents would like to see and what services we’re providing that are most valuable. The event is also an opportunity to share information about current and upcoming PCRI initiatives, resident service programs, and services available to residents and community members.

Click on any of the images below to view a larger version.

 

 

June 27, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, New Construction, Pathway 1000, Uncategorized

Crews poured the homes’ concrete foundation and slab in May 2018.

PCRI and Albina Construction began development of four new townhomes on N Williams Avenue in April 2018. Construction of the new homes is proceeding briskly, with foundation and walls quickly taking shape. When complete in late-2018, the new homes will be sold to qualifying first-time buyers and will be prioritized for households displaced or at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland.

Neighbors and passers by have likely noticed significant activity at the site during the past few months as Albina Construction’s crews cleared the site, formed and poured the foundation, framed the homes’ walls. In addition, the City of Portland’s Urban Forester oversaw work performed close to the large tree next to the street, which was preserved and pruned to ensure it would safely clear the future homes.

Youth in the POIC program joined Albina Construction on the jobsite in May 2018.

In late-May 2018, a group of students from the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) joined Albina Construction to learn more about the work happening at site. POIC provides education, job training and more for students enrolled in the program and is a key partner mentioned in PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan, increasing the participation of minority youth in good-paying construction trades.

Four new 2- and 3-bedroom townhomes, certified to meet Earth Advantage green building standards, are being built on the site. The homes will be two and three stories (for 2- and 3-bedroom sizes, respectively) and have been designed to fit with existing neighborhood scale. Front, rear and side yards and walkways help ensure reasonable separation from neighboring homes and maintain the scale and feel of the neighborhood.

 

Additional information about PCRI’s Homeownership Initiatives can be found HERE. Prior updates and information about the Williams Townhomes can be found HERE. Completion of the four townhomes on N. Williams Avenue is anticipated in late 2018, with additional homeownership developments in N/NE Portland slated to begin construction in summer 2018 for completion in early 2019. Click on the gallery below for larger images.

June 13, 2018 · by pcriadmin · 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.

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