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March 28, 2022 · by Admin · Featured

Hello everyone! We have a brand new team of housing counselors here at PCRI so we wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves. At this time, while the team is getting fully trained and certified, we are not conducting Homeownership Orientations or individual counseling sessions. However, we hope to resume those services later in the Spring/Summer and will send out another email when they are available. Anyone who would like more immediate housing counseling can reach out to one of our partner agencies below:

We hope you’ll take a moment to meet the new PCRI Homeownership Team below, and we look forward to working with you all very soon!

Meagan Bakker, Homeownership Program Coordinator

Hey I’m Meagan, I am from Bend and I attended the University of Oregon, Go Ducks! I moved to Portland a few years ago to be closer to family and to start a career. Prior to this role, I was working for a Public Housing Authority, where I worked closely with the tenants on the affordable housing program. From this experience I gained a knowledge and passion in the necessity that stable housing provides. I am thrilled to be a part of the PCRI team, and I look forward to helping buyers achieve their dreams of homeownership.

Laura Dickerson, Homeownership Program Coordinator

Let’s get your money right and that home tight! Hello, I am Laura. I am a native Portlander and Portland resident for…a long time. I have worked in the tech industry as an educator and coder, and now I am pivoting to homeownership and wealth-building. My goal is to give back and guide folks on the path to the generational wealth that homeownership and understanding money can bring. I look forward to helping you on your journey.

Vera Lewis, Homeownership Program Coordinator

Hi, I’m Vera! Although I was born/raised in North Portland and never lived any place else, I’m a southern girl at heart. I don’t like rain. I’m a foodie who loves to dance, sing, and spend time with my family. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and I’m a self-proclaimed “compassion guru”.  Homeownership is a true passion of mine and being able to partner with families to achieve their homeownership dreams and also bring back generational wealth to my community is ever so important to me. I’m also excited to take on the role of IDA Specialist for the organization; if you’re currently a saver, I’ll be in touch directly. Did I mention I’m a former PCRI Resident and Homeownership graduate! I’m beyond excited to partner with you on your journey and dream to homeownership. Let’s get started!

Michelle Manning, Homeownership Program Coordinator

My name is Michelle and I’m stoked to be a part of PCRI’s Homeownership Team. I grew up in San Francisco, but Portland is now my home (August will mark 15 years since I moved to the Rose City). Previously, I was an academic advisor with a local university, where I guided students through the process of earning their Bachelor’s degrees. Like earning a degree, homeownership is a huge accomplishment that can positively impact families for generations, creating stability and opportunities to grow wealth. I was fortunate enough to become a first-time homeowner a few years ago, so I also know first-hand how intimidating the homebuying process can be. All of these reasons are why I’m so excited to be with PCRI to support families and individuals going through the homeownership process!

Staci White, Homeownership Program Coordinator

I’m Staci and I am originally from Tacoma, WA. I have been in Portland since January of 2010. I studied at Portland Community College, then moved on to attend Portland State University and graduated with a degree in Community Development. Before PCRI I was doing youth work which was rewarding and can be challenging. During that period I was able to evolve and nurture youth to be who they want to be in the world. Why PCRI for me? Well, I am grateful to be in a position to help Black, people of color and low-income folks define their values of what community and home feel like for them. I believe this notion will give folks a sense of belonging and increase more generational wealth. Overall, I’m excited about this new journey to help families become first-time homeowners.

August 4, 2021 · by Admin · Featured

We are creating our new website and we might experience occasional downtimes. Please visit us again later and sorry for the inconvenience!

New Site coming in 2022!

November 11, 2020 · by Admin · Featured

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August 27, 2020 · by Admin · Featured

I, Kymberly Horner, Executive Director of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI), am writing to express my support for the impact the Oregon Cares Fund (a $62 million state fund) has had on Black Oregonians and their businesses. The huge need for targeted funds such as these is essential to help enable Black individuals and families, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led non-profits, such as PCRI, continue to make a difference in the Black Community despite being hit by the hardships that the spread of COVID-19 has created.

Formed in 1992 in response to a housing crisis, PCRI is a non-profit community development organization and the largest provider of affordable housing and HUD certified housing services for low-income residents in North and Northeast Portland. Additionally, it is the first Black-led affordable housing provider focused on Portland’s African American community.

The $200,000 grant provided by the Oregon Cares Fund helped soften the severe and swift impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many Portlanders that were already struggling with housing in our community.

With the aid of these funds, we’ve been able to continue our mission to help families in need through the operation of our housing programs that foster housing stability and homeownership. One of these initiatives is Pathway 1000.

The Pathway 1000 initiative seeks to build prosperity for African-Americans and others living in Portland’s North and Northeast Neighborhoods by creating 1,000 affordable homes, thousands of living wage jobs, business growth, and development for those who have been displaced or are in danger of displacement from North and Northeast Portland.

As an organization committed to community economic development, community partnerships, community engagement, and a community choice of housing options that are both stable and healthy in addition to being economically and culturally diverse; we support the Oregon Cares Fund and the great things these resources have done to help the Black Community.

Warm regards,

Kymberly Horner, Executive Director

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative, Inc. (PCRI)

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.

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