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June 30, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI
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Urban League Director Nkenge Harmon-Johnson (left) joined PCRI’s Travis Phillips and Maxine Fitzpatrick at the open house

Community members, neighbors, partners and others joined PCRI for an open house to see PCRI’s newest affordable rental homes and enjoy food from local businesses Tamale Boy, Portland Prime and Cupcake Jones. The June 14 event celebrated completion of construction of six three-bedroom, townhouse-style rental homes intended to help mitigate and prevent displacement in Northeast Portland’s rapidly changing neighborhoods.

Families on PCRI’s affordable housing waiting list who were displaced or are at risk of displacement from North and Northeast Portland will receive priority to rent the homes using a “Right to Return” policy developed by PCRI to mitigate involuntary displacement. The homes will be reserved for rent by families earning up to 50-60% of Area Median Income (income thresholds vary by unit) and will rent for $955 to $1,146 per month.

Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager (with hat) congratulates PCRI on the complete homes

Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager (with hat) congratulates PCRI on the complete homes

Designed by eM|Zed Architecture and built by Colas Construction, these homes will ensure durability, health and affordability for resident families for years to come. Thanks to a grant from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the existing home at the site which was not suitable for rehabilitation was deconstructed, helping to prevent valuable building material from becoming landfill. Financing for the development and construction was provided by Portland Housing Bureau and Pacific Continental Bank, with additional incentives and grant funding from Energy Trust of Oregon and NW Natural.

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March 22, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000

P1000 Flyer-Final-Color 1Key Planning and PCRI aim to learn what current and future residents of North and Northeast Portland want to see in their neighborhoods. Informed in part by a series of community conversations in March and April, 2016, we will develop the Pathway 1000 Community Housing Plan. This plan will guide PCRI’s Pathway 1000 initiative by helping answer questions of what housing should be developed, where, and for whom.

Join PCRI and Portland State University Masters in Urban and Regional Planning candidates for three upcoming community conversations about what home means to you. Each of the forums will be held at the Peninsula Park Community Center, 700 N Rosa Parks Way in Portland. Refreshments and childcare will be provided!

Forum One: Breaking Ground
Thursday, March 31, 6–8 p.m.

Forum Two: Community Choices and Trade-Offs
Thursday, April 14, 6–8 p.m.

Forum Three: Building Community
Sunday, May 22, 2–4:30 p.m.

Looking for ways to stay informed about the latest Pathway 1000 and Community Housing Plan updates? Sign up for our e-news or follow the PCRI and Pathway 1000 Community Housing Plan Facebook pages!

January 19, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick shared PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Initiative at The Skanner newspaper’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast in January, 2016. The video, below, accompanied her presentation.

November 23, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Colas Construction and PCRI began development of affordable rental homes on two sites in Northeast Portland in November, 2015. Six new three-bedroom, two-bath townhouses are anticipated for completion in spring 2016 and will be available to rent by families earning up to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI – additional information is available HERE).

IMG_0647Work for the new homes began with deconstruction of an existing home, made possible in part by a grant from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. When it was determined that the existing rental home on the site wasn’t practical to rehabilitate, we looked to deconstruction (rather than demolition) as a way to keep valuable building materials out of the landfill and reduce the disturbance for neighbors as well as the impact on the environment.

Site preparations are now being made for the new homes. The new townhomes are designed to fit with the existing neighborhood scale, improve the properties that were vacant or underutilized, and provide the community with needed housing that is affordable to working families in Northeast Portland.

The new homes are part of PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Initiative, a response to involuntary displacement of families from North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods where affordable housing has become increasingly difficult to find or maintain. These new home will help ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in neighborhoods where community resources are robust, schools are easily accessible, and transit services are frequent and readily available.

The project will also provide good-paying jobs for its workforce and opportunity for historically underutilized firms. Construction work performed by certified minority/women-owned and emerging small businesses (including general contractor Colas Construction) is anticipated to exceed 40% of all construction costs.

In addition to the deconstruction grant mentioned above, funding for this project is provided by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), construction and permanent financing from Pacific Continental Bank, equity invested by PCRI, and the use of energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

September 28, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Through its Community Planning and Development Grant Program, Metro Council recently awarded 16 grants totaling over $4.7 million, including $250,000 for the N/NE Community Development Project, part of the PCRI-led Pathway 1000 Initiative. The grant for N/NE Community Development Project will aid in planning, identification of underdeveloped properties and other strategies to mitigate, prevent and reverse residential and small business displacement in North and Northeast Portland.

PCRI staff and PSU Architecture students collaborate on a housing planning project

PCRI staff and PSU Architecture students collaborate on a housing planning project

For the grant-funded project, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) will lead a partnership including the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland Housing Bureau, Portland State University’s Center for Public Interest Design and PSU Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. Awards were announced at a Council meeting held at Harrison Park School in East Portland on September 24.

“Most importantly, and for the first time since this grant program was established, projects were selected using new criteria that addressed equity considerations,” said Metro Councilor Sam Chase in his email newsletter. “To me, ensuring we grow in a way that enhances the quality of life for everyone is critically important.”

The N/NE Community Development project is intended to help reverse negative impacts of past policies and public investment. The project will produce strategic and implementation plans for how to develop at least 1,000 new, affordable homes and commercial space in close-in North and Northeast Portland during the next ten years. This ambitious goal was framed by the Pathway 1000 Initiative envisioned by PCRI. The project is intended to mitigate, prevent and reverse the residential and minority-owned small business displacement that has occurred in North and Northeast Portland during the last 10 years, the impacts of which have been borne most heavily by the African-American community, which is the focus of the initiative.

“This is great news!” said PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick. “It provides PCRI and the City of Portland with valuable resources to strategically plan for at least 1,000 new affordable homes, reversing decades of involuntary displacement in North and Northeast Portland and ensuring these new homes are thoughtfully integrated into existing neighborhoods.”

With intentional community involvement, the project aims to develop a deep understanding of the housing needs and preferences of previously-displaced North and Northeast Portland residents as well as those at risk of being displaced. The grant will also help define criteria by which potential development sites are evaluated and proposed for development. In turn, this understanding can influence public investment strategy as well as the types of developments undertaken by PCRI and other housing providers.

Similarly, the grant funding will help design commercial opportunities, contracting, small business and workforce-related strategies that engage the target population of African-American and other low income residents who have been historically and consistently underrepresented in economic opportunities such as the development proposed in the Pathway 1000 Initiative.

Metro established the Community Planning and Development Grant program in 2006 to help local communities do the hard work of thinking forward: planning for development, investment and collaboration that help create great places all over the region. The community planning and development grant program is one of the Metro Council’s best tools to help communities achieve their visions, reflecting the council’s belief in investing to support communities, create housing and jobs opportunities and improve people’s lives throughout the region. Funded by a regional construction excise tax, these grants are critical planning resources that help communities revitalize existing neighborhoods and plan for the development of new urban areas. For more information, visit oregonmetro.gov.

September 18, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · 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.

May 28, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Providing homeownership opportunities and housing counseling assistance to low-income families ensures long-term affordability, stabilizes residents and their neighborhoods and helps families build equity and break the cycle of poverty.

Pathway 1000_Page_2In conjunction with the Pathway 1000 Initiative, PCRI is adding additional focus in current and future housing development efforts to increase opportunities for homeownership. PCRI’s goal is to address active and ongoing involuntary displacement of African Americans and other low income residents from the neighborhoods we serve.

During the period from the mid-1990’s to 2010 10,000 residents—primarily African Americans—were forced to relocate out of North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods.  Essentially, 3 people every day for 10 years were forced to find another place to live.

To accomplish our  goal of addressing involuntary displacement, PCRI established a displacement mitigation initiative, Pathway 1000, with the sole purpose and intent of slowing and reversing the involuntary displacement of long term residents previously forced to move from N/NE Portland, and current residents at risk of displacement.  Through the Pathway 1000 initiative, PCRI aims to build and create at least 1,000 homes, many of which will be available to purchase.  The homes will be located throughout the city of Portland, with the primary focus on the N/NE Portland neighborhoods where displaced families previously resided.

Pathway 1000_Page_1The 1,000 homes will be constructed at a level of 100 homes per year over the next ten years. PCRI is targeting involuntarily displaced residents who were forced to relocated due to escalating housing costs, or because their rental home was sold to a homeowner. PCRI encourages interested community members to participate and learn more via PCRI’s website and social media channels, where a forthcoming questionnaire will be posted to determine eligibility and housing needs.

PCRI will also conduct a series of exploratory sessions with displaced residents and residents on the verge of displacement. These sessions will further determine the need as well as interest in taking advantage of the Pathway 1000 initiative and share more information about the opportunities to move back into historic, African-American populated NE Portland neighborhoods.

We cannot undo the harms done, but rather must focus on restoring housing justice for those who were harmed.  PCRI’s goal is to support and encourage displaced African-Americans to focus on the future.  Homeownership is the stabilizing solution to displacement.  Investing in opportunities and assistance for low-income families ensures long-term affordability and stabilizes residents in their neighborhood.

Community development corporations like PCRI can support displaced residents by building community awareness of solutions through advocacy and civic engagement to create anti-displacement policy.  Residents and community leaders have influence over planning and development in their neighborhood. Gentrification and displacement issues must be discussed and addressed on a regular basis.  Residents must remind government leaders and city planners of displacement, and the reality of unintended consequences of strategic growth.  Residents who are concerned and who have been impacted must get involved in their neighborhood and they must expect and encourage equitable development.

Update: PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Initiative is featured in the Portland Observer, June 2, 2015.

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