Archive for June, 2012

June 29, 2012 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI

The award from the Portland Timbers Community Fund will help encourage physical activity and healthful eating at PCRI’s summer camp.

PCRI will accept an award from the Portland Timbers Community Fund next Tuesday at Jeld-Wen Field. Photo: Pamela Rentz (Flickr)

Look out for a PCRI youth and Resident Coordinator Catherine Mehta on the playing field during halftime at the Timbers’ July 3 match against the San Jose Earthquakes. They will be accepting a $2,000 award to help fund this summer’s Healthy Eating and Living (HEAL) Summer Camp at the Maya Angelou Community Center.

Thanks Timber Joey for your support!

The summer camp is designed to address three significant needs among the youth we serve: educational retention during summer months, physical activity, and knowledge and experience to prepare healthy snacks and meals.

“We know in the community we serve, that there is a high amount of diet-related health issues,” says Julie Madsen, Thriving Families Coordinator to PCRI. “This camp provides an opportunity for young people in our community to understand the impact their choices today make for their health in the future. We are grateful to the PTCF for providing the funds that make this camp possible. If anybody else would like to contribute, we are looking for educators, volunteers, and supplies ranging from food donations, sports equipment, and writing journals.”

PCRI thanks the Portland Timbers Community Fund (PTCF) for its continued dedication to raising awareness for PCRI and strengthening healthy outcomes for youth in the community.

For more information about Camp HEAL or if you’d like to volunteer or donate, please contact Julie Madsen: (503) 288-2923 x122,

June 25, 2012 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

Current PCRI residents can earn $5 by completing a simple on-line survey!  PCRI is seeking resident input to complete a survey that will be used to develop future programs to meet your families needs.  To complete the survey, click HERE.

The survey is important because the results will be used to help our Programs Department generate ideas to improve our program offerings. The entire online process should take no more than 15 minutes and all information you share will be kept confidential and used solely to improve our programming.

Surveys must be completed by July 10, 2012 at 5pm.

For taking the time out of your busy schedule to complete the survey, we have a “Thank You” gift of $5 which you will receive the next time you visit our Main Office.

Thank you for helping to improve the programs and services we provide to you and your family.

If you have questions please call 503-288-2923 and ask for Matthew.

June 18, 2012 · by Staff · PCRI

Economic self-sufficiency means not only stable careers, but also decent, safe, and healthy homes.

PCRI and the Oregon Tradeswomen are working on a shared vision: we build programs to help women and low-income families achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Through the Big 11 Rehab, PCRI preserves affordable rental homes, retains the beauty and stability of Portland’s neighborhoods, and provides needed training opportunities for the Tradeswomen.

Carpenters-in-training with the Oregon Tradeswomen work on a new fence at one of PCRI's single-family homes.

This week, a team of students from Oregon Tradeswomen tackled their first carpentry project of the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class at a home PCRI is rehabilitating as part of the Big 11 Rehab. The women built a new fence to provide valuable privacy from the DMV offices next door and utilized extra fence material to build raised planter beds so the residents who move into the home have a place to grow fresh produce. The home on N Interstate Avenue, is a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home that will be available to families earning less than 60% of area median income.

In addition to the carpentry work performed by Oregon Tradeswomen, major capital improvements like a new roof, a renovated bathroom, and measures to address lead-based paint hazards are being tackled by local general contractor, Albina Construction.  New windows, weatherization and other energy-efficiency improvements are another part of the project that will provide valuable benefits for the home’s future residents by helping ensure low utility expenses.

The rehabilitation project is funded by Portland Housing Bureau and by energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.  More information about Oregon Tradeswomen’s partnership with PCRI is available here.  Information about weatherization and incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon is available here.

June 8, 2012 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

A recent series of articles in The Oregonian titled “Locked Out” has reignited discussion about public investment (and disinvestment) in fair and affordable housing, concentrations of poverty and communities of color, as well as issues of gentrification and displacement.

PCRI applauds efforts to increase awareness and discussion about these issues. Safe, decent and affordable housing can have a profound impact on the health and well-being of the home’s residents and for the community as a whole. Furthermore, culturally competent services provided by PCRI and other community development organizations give residents invaluable tools and support to build stability and self-sufficiency so that these affordable homes can be available in the future to other families who need a hand up.

Unfortunately, while public policy and investment have spurred improvements in many now-desirable Portland-area neighborhoods, many former residents of these neighborhoods have been priced out. The “Locked Out” series serves as evidence that policies and investments that have benefited some residents have not done enough to preserve diverse neighborhoods, prevent institutionalized inequality and displacement, or ensure all families have equal access to quality schools, efficient public transportation or affordable housing near their places of work and community support.

For 20 years, PCRI has invested and reinvested in our community, providing a unique variety of single-family homes, small multi-plexes and community apartments in 30 of Portland’s 95 neighborhoods. We are proud of the benefits our homes provide: PCRI residents are assured a stable and affordable home without fear of displacement by rising rents or changes in ownership; the community also benefits by avoiding concentrations of poverty and ensuring stability of those who work and attend school in the area.

The challenges of displacement, diversity and inclusion identified in the Oregonian’s series are significant, but they can be overcome with thoughtful, proactive, and inclusive policies and investments. You can help by making your voice heard and being educated on the issues.

Here’s what you can do:

1) Make your voice heard: call or write your representatives to let them know where fair and affordable housing is needed.
Portland’s Mayor and City Commissioners represent all Portland residents. Nick Fish is Portland’s housing commissioner.
—To find out who your representative is in the Oregon State Legislature, check here.
—East Portland is represented in the United States Congress by Earl Blumenauer. Contact him here. If you don’t know who your representative is, here.

2) Learn more:

  1. The Oregonian’s four-part report is available on OregonLive.
  2. To learn more about gentrification and housing in North/Northeast Portland, read The Skanners special report.
  3. For more in-depth knowledge, please see the Coalition of Communities of Color.
  4. You can learn about the history of community disinvestment in Albina in an article by Karen Gibson, PCRIs Board President.

3) Please consider supporting PCRI and our commitment to preserve diverse Portland neighborhoods as well as fulfill the Fair Housing Act.

For over 20 years PCRI has reinvested in Portland’s neighborhoods, preserved their diversity and provided tools to help low-income Portland families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.  You can contribute to PCRI here.

June 4, 2012 · by Travis Phillips · MHAC

PCRI and our Minority Homeowner Assistance Collaborative (MHAC) partners present a community partners resource forum on Thursday, June 14, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Please join us to receive updates about MHAC and our efforts to help seniors prevent foreclosure and maintain homeownership.

Community partners are encouraged to attend and share information about their organization and the services offered to seniors.  Please bring flyers and brochures!

The forum is also an opportunity to connect and strategize ways we can help each other in our mission to help seniors maintain stability and homeownership in Portland.

This senior resources forum is free and open to the public at the Humboldt Gardens Opportunity Center at 5033 N. Vancouver Avenue in Portland.

For more information, call Shalonda Menefee (503) 288-2923, extension 123.