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March 10, 2010 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

So you’ve checked out descriptions of PCRI’s Programs elsewhere on our website, but you’re hungry for a little more information.  Well, you’ve come to the right place!  Our Programs Department has been feverishly working on new services for our residents–as well as make our current programs even better.  Here are some highlights of our recent Programs successes:

HOMEOWNERSHIP

Our Homeownership Initiative (launched in 2004) aims to transform PCRI residents from renters to first time homeowners.  The comprehensive program includes intake and assessment, credit repair, one-on-one counseling, financial fitness, HUD-certified homebuyer education, monthly homebuyer club meetings, and post-purchase assistance.  It’s exactly this type of program that goes beyond helping homeowners, says the New York Times:  “These alliances have sidestepped the plague of foreclosure.”

Since 2007, PCRI has been working with the African American Alliance for Homeownership and Hacienda Community Development Corporation, with whom PCRI forms the Minority Homebuyers Assistance Collaborative (MHAC). Through the MHAC collaborative, PCRI residents have access to culturally-specific HUD-certified homebuyer education classes and additional funds to assist with down payment and closing costs.

We’re excited about 2009’s growth for our homeownership program and the successes of the residents who are enrolled:

  • 10 PCRI families purchased homes (read one resident’s story here)
  • 54 families participated in our complete homebuyer counseling program
  • 17 families ended the year mortgage-ready … and looking for homes
  • 10 special-topic homebuyer education classes were held
  • PCRI’s post-purchase education initiative, “Life After Renting,” was implemented
  • $178,000 in down-payment assistance was distributed to new homebuyers

FINANCIAL LITERACY

As an integral part of our homeownership initiative, PCRI’s financial literacy program is designed to prepare individuals and families to better manage their finances and achieve family goals such as lowering debt and improving credit scores.  Residents in this program are provided with multiple choices of sound and proven financial education curricula including: Money Smart, Dollar Works 2, and Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.

  • Developed community partnerships with OSU Extension Services to provide the Dollar Works 2 program
  • Worked with Banking on our Future to provide financial fitness to youth at the Maya Angelou Community Center
  • Had 25 individuals graduate from our financial fitness programs.  All residents who participated have developed plans to reduce debt–and have experienced notable increases in their credit scores

INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNTS

IDAs are matched savings programs that allow qualified individuals to set savings goals and make monthly deposits into a designated account. Each dollar deposited is matched 3:1. PCRI has been involved in the IDA matched savings program since 2007.  In 2008, we expanded our community partnership with CASA of Oregon allowing us to provide IDA’s directly through PCRI. Residents have the ability to save in 3 major areas: homeownership, higher education, and home repairs.  The program is so popular, we currently have a waiting list of  residents wanting to take advantage of it.  The program is successful, too.  In 2009, PCRI:

  • Received $70,000 in IDA funding for homeownership, education, and home repair
  • Awarded 11 IDAs to residents utilizing every cent of our allotted funds
  • Had 3 PCRI residents use funds from their homeownership IDAs towards  purchase of their first home

THRIVING FAMILIES

Here’s our newest and most innovative approach to helping PCRI residents achieve their family goals.  The Thriving Families program is the all-encompassing package that helps move residents from family stability to self sufficiency and begin the process of creating wealth.  It incorporates all the programs and services PCRI currently offers, providing an effective vehicle to help families identify their needs and aspirations and put them into a strategic plan framework. Through this framework, each family member age six and older is able to create individual and family goals to be achieved. Monetary and other incentives are offered to participants who meet and exceed agreed upon milestones. These awards can assist families to overcome barriers they currently face. 2009 was an exciting year for the program as staff finalized details and began enrolling families.  In 2009, we:

  • Received funding to begin the thriving families pilot program
  • Signed up 7 families who are actively participating in the program
  • Set a goal of tripling the number of families enrolled in the program by the end of 2010

Next up: a look at the resources available at PCRI’s community centers, where we put these programs into action.

November 19, 2009 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

Part of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives’ mission is to preserve housing in Portland.  But preservation is defined in so many ways:

PCRI Offices - Front Window

One way PCRI preserves housing is through our Programs Department, encouraging homeownership for our residents through education for sensible financial decision making.

Another way we promote preservation is by valuing our natural resources and using them judiciously when constructing new homes.  We’re also continuously upgrading the energy- and water-efficiency of our residences.

But preservation includes something else: maintaining the rich history of our neighborhoods.  Part of that history is told in the architecture of the homes, like the M. G. Nease House where PCRI’s offices are located.  Here’s a little history told by architectural historian Jim Heuer:

PCRI Offices - Conference Room

The M. G. Nease House was designed by Alfred Faber for one of the many newly wealthy lumber entrepreneurs in 1908. In form it is an enlarged bungalow with characteristic Craftsman Style detailing.

When PCRI acquired the building it was in marginal condition, with many disruptive alterations having been performed by its prior owners. After 2 years of painstaking rehabilitation, PCRI moved into their new offices in early 2006. The work they did, as shown in these photos is remarkable for the dedication shown to preserving and restoring the architectural details of this once, and now again, grand home.

Additional photos and a virtual mini tour can be seen here.

November 19, 2009 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Part of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives’ mission is to preserve housing in Portland.  But preservation is defined in so many ways:

PCRI Offices - Front Window

One way PCRI preserves housing is through our Programs Department, encouraging homeownership for our residents through education for sensible financial decision making.

Another way we promote preservation is by valuing our natural resources and using them judiciously when constructing new homes.  We’re also continuously upgrading the energy- and water-efficiency of our residences.

But preservation includes something else: maintaining the rich history of our neighborhoods.  Part of that history is told in the architecture of the homes, like the M. G. Nease House where PCRI’s offices are located.  Here’s a little history told by architectural historian Jim Heuer:

PCRI Offices - Conference Room

The M. G. Nease House was designed by Alfred Faber for one of the many newly wealthy lumber entrepreneurs in 1908. In form it is an enlarged bungalow with characteristic Craftsman Style detailing.

When PCRI acquired the building it was in marginal condition, with many disruptive alterations having been performed by its prior owners. After 2 years of painstaking rehabilitation, PCRI moved into their new offices in early 2006. The work they did, as shown in these photos is remarkable for the dedication shown to preserving and restoring the architectural details of this once, and now again, grand home.

Additional photos and a virtual mini tour can be seen here.

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