Archive for the ‘PCRI’ Category

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.

February 1, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Dancing with the Stars was a big success, but this year we’re dancing without the competition. Join us on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at PCRI Lounge, a new take on our annual gala.

Enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, auction, live music and entertainment at the PCRI Lounge gala event, once again at the Hilton Portland Downtown. We’ll celebrate the work we are doing together to bring stability and self-sufficiency to our communities.

Tickets to the event are on sale now, and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

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

February 1, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

PCRI’s Homeownership Education and Counseling program assists low- to moderate-income first-time buyers in creating a successful homeownership plan. Twice-monthly orientations are the first step to enroll in our program and start on the path to becoming a homeowner. Register HERE.

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.

We invite you to enroll in an orientation and get started!

When: the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. and the third Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Where: PCRI Annex, 6601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
(two blocks north of PCRI’s main office)

Visit the PCRI Homeownership page on Eventbrite to view available times and register for an orientation.

January 5, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

On January 4, 2018, The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR) presented an Oregon Home Foundation grant for PCRI’s homeownership education program. The grant will help support increased attendance in PCRI program as well as continued development of post-purchase support programs. Homeownership Program Specialist Linda Tellis-Kennedy (pictured below, third from left) attended the grant presentation on PCRI’s behalf.

PMAR Presented Homeownership Program Grants on January 4, 2018

“Homeownership is the most effective way for most families to achieve and retain stability within their community,” said Andrea Debnam, PCRI’s Manager of Resident Services. “This grant will help PCRI clients realize their dreams and build assets through homeownership, breaking cycles of poverty.”

PCRI, whose vision is to help low-income families achieve stability and build wealth, shares the Oregon Association of Realtors HOME Foundation’s belief in the incredible value of homeownership to break generational cycles of poverty. PCRI also understands that education and support prior to purchase are key to the long-term success of first-time buyers, especially for PCRI’s target population of African Americans who have been historically and disproportionately excluded from homeownership.

Since 2004, PCRI has successfully provided culturally-specific homeownership education, counseling services, and financial assistance to low- and moderate-income residents living in PCRI housing and in the larger community. Interest in PCRI’s homeownership program has nearly doubled each of the last two years and, with development of new homes for purchase associate

d with the Pathway 1000 initiative, attendance is expected to continue to increase. The Oregon Home Foundation grant will help PCRI meet increased service needs as well as develop new programs.

The Homeownership Opportunities Website Northwest (HOW NW) sponsored by PMAR provides additional resources for buyers without charge or obligation. In addition to PCRI’s education services, buyers are encouraged to visit the HOW NW website to learn more about buying, owning and retaining a home.

August 18, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI
King + Parks Apartments, rendering of development as viewed from MLK Blvd. looking south.

King + Parks Apartments, rendering of development as viewed from MLK Blvd. looking south.

During the past several months, PCRI has presented information about the proposed King + Parks Apartments to the Piedmont Neighborhood Association on multiple occasions and with neighboring residents and businesses. In addition to sharing information, we have listened to diverse feedback and have worked to incorporate this input into the development, proposed for the property on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Rosa Parks Way and Highland Avenue.

More recently, neighbors and passers-by may have noticed activity at the site. Rest assured, we are not yet beginning construction. Activity on the site is related to the city’s sewer repair projects and is limited to equipment and materials related to sewer repair work (more information about sewer repair status can be found here:

For development of the King + Parks Apartments, PCRI is targeting fall 2017 to submit to the City of Portland for building permits and is targeting late winter/early spring to begin construction. Currently, design and development plans are still being refined, based on neighborhood and community feedback as well as functional and cost considerations. Below are some of the themes we have heard from community feedback, as well as some information about how this is informing the future development:

Parking: Interest includes the number of parking spaces to be provided, potential impacts of parking on surrounding streets, and how PCRI will allocate the parking spots.

Although city code requires zero spaces of off-street parking for development of our type in this location, PCRI has applied for a land use appeal to provide 24 parking spaces accessed from the alley. This appeal is currently under review with the City of Portland. It is important to note that PCRI will not be charging residents to park in these spots, which will help ensure residents utilize these spaces before parking on the surrounding streets. PCRI is also in conversation with TriMet to explore opportunities to partner and maximize transit use/minimize vehicle ownership by residents.

Relationship of PCRI’s development with neighboring properties: Interested includes how the design will impact sunlight/shadows, security, and trash pick-up details.

PCRI has reviewed shadow studies completed by our architects early in the design process, which has informed height and other characteristics designed to minimize or altogether eliminate any shadows cast from the building onto neighboring properties. PCRI has also been exploring options to pull the building further away from the existing alley, which will further reduce the impacts to neighboring properties. Lighting along the alley will help aid security and is being designed to minimize any spill-over to adjacent properties. Security cameras are also proposed at key locations to help ensure security but will be placed to avoid any direct lines of sight into residences.

Additionally, PCRI has designed the waste room as an enclosed and secured space in a central location for pick up – along the alley near Rosa Parks Way. Trash collection for existing properties is already provided along the alley south of the site; collection at the new development is expected to be coordinated with the existing mid-day schedule.

King Parks Rendering_Page_1Building Design and Rosa Parks Art: The neighborhood association expressed interest in what aspect of the design might act as a statement piece or what will differentiate the design from other buildings along MLK and in the neighborhood. The neighborhood association also noted interest in working with PCRI to integrate a Rosa Parks art piece into the project.

As with any project, PCRI seeks to balance design options within the various requirements of the project. This includes Community Design Standards laid out by the City which provide specific and prescriptive requirements our design must follow. Portland Housing Bureau and other funding sources also have additional provisions we must meet. While this limits PCRI’s flexibility in the building’s design and size, we are committed to continuously evaluate how the building’s design can respond to neighborhood feedback. This includes moving the building away from the alley and highlighting design elements on the MLK Blvd. façade. PCRI has worked with the architect to select additional perspectives to provide views of the building and has shared drafts of these perspectives with the Neighborhood Association (also pictured above and right).

PCRI and its design team have also begun brainstorming options for integrating a Rosa Parks art piece into the building and how this could also potentially provide a stronger statement to the design. The architect has been discussing with the city planner how these ideas interplay with Community Design Standards and PCRI will continue engaging the neighborhood association in discussing options for the art piece.

PCRI will continue to provide updates as the design is refined and as the project moves closer to construction. For additional updates and information click HERE.

August 3, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow

Beatrice 080117Record temperatures in Portland will result in some changes in work crew schedules this week. Construction crews will stop work at 1:30 p.m. August 3 to avoid extreme mid-day heat. During continued hot temperatures, crews are anticipated to begin work at 6:00 a.m., slightly earlier than normal. Notices have been posted at neighboring homes advising of the schedule change, with contact information in case of any issues.

Despite the weather inconvenience, concrete walls continue to be formed and poured. One phase is complete, with a second underway and a third phase coming in approximately one week. Forming and pouring on concrete slabs will follow.

As has been the case during prior weeks, street closures are to be expected during the day to facilitate safety and jobsite access:

  • Ivy Street at NE Martin Luther King Blvd
  • Parking spaces on NE Cook Street near NE Martin Luther King Blvd

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.

August 1, 2017 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

The most important step towards financial freedom is tackling a budget. Map out your goals, save money, keep track of your progress and make your dreams a reality. Join PCRI on Wednesday, August 30 to learn how to budget, find the motivation to save, and take home great tips on how to save money.

Budgeting made easy flier_083017Date:  Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: PCRI Annex, 6601 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.

RSVP by 8/28: Via email to Marqueesha or by calling (503) 288-2923 x102

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

For more information contact Marqueesha Merriweather by email or by phone at (503) 288-2923 x102. Click the photo (above, right) for a downloadable flyer.

July 13, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

Oregon’s growing economy and quality of life are attracting more and more new residents every year. However, rising housing costs in cities and rural areas are making it increasingly difficult to live here. Cities like Portland are experiencing problematic impacts from gentrification and displacement, while many parts of rural Oregon are facing a deteriorating and insufficient housing stock. Across the state, communities struggle to create an environment where small businesses can thrive.

Oregon Summit FlyerNCRC’s Oregon Reinvestment Summit, taking place October 2, 2017 in Portland, Oregon, will bring together rural and urban community-based organizations, from fair housing organizations, community development corporations (CDCs), policy organizations, and financial institutions to exchange knowledge and develop strategies to promote economic opportunity for all Oregonians.

Please register and join us! Registration is open through September 15 and attendees using PCRI’s link are able to attend at the member rate!


  • Equitable development in gentrifying communities
  • Rural development
  • Bridging the urban-rural divide
  • Transitioning from renting to homeownership
  • Community reinvestment
  • Capital and credit for small businesses
  • Affirmatively furthering fair housing
  • Increasing availability of workforce housing
  • Community development partnerships

Special Community Member rates and scholarships are available for people who are experiencing financial hardship. Email Caitie Rountree at NCRC for more information.

The Oregon Reinvestment Summit is convened in partnership with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), CASA of Oregon, Fair Housing Council of Oregon, Housing Land Advocates, Oregon Opportunity Network and PCRI.

Click on the flyer to the right for a downloadable copy. New information will be posted as it is available – check back for updates!

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