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September 10, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · 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.

October 11, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Awards, Featured, PCRI

IMG_8802At its October 4 Equal Opportunity dinner, the Urban League of Portland honored PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick with the 2016 Equal Opportunity Award.

“Maxine Fitzpatrick is a passionate leader in our community, working to ensure that all Oregonians have access to affordable housing and opportunities for home ownership,” the event’s program said. “As the Executive Director of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI) for over 20 years, she has been a tireless advocate for families in our community and at the forefront in providing real solutions to Portland’s housing crisis.”

IMG_8788Nearly every speaker at the dinner praised Maxine’s dedication to the community. Urban League CEO Nkenge Harmon-Johnson recognized Maxine as a role model and mentor, while Senator Jeff Merkley gave honor to Maxine’s “decades of service.”IMG_8798

Brooks Staffing President Simone Brooks recognized Maxine’s perseverance in the face of challenges. “It is not an easy path you walk, Maxine,” she said.

Following Maxine’s acceptance of the award, Simone Brooks and Nkenge Harmon-Johnson presented Maxine with a painting of the City of Portland created by a local artist.

The annual event celebrates and supports the work of Urban League of Portland and others empowering African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security.

PCRI’s staff and board attended the event to celebrate Maxine’s award as well as Urban League’s work in the community. More information about the Equal Opportunity Awards dinner can be found on the Urban League of Portland’s website.

October 6, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Awards, Featured, PCRI

Oregon Business magazine has once again named PCRI as a top nonprofit to work for in the state of Oregon. We are honored to be among other exceptional nonprofits who work day-in and day-out to make Portland a better place while simultaneously striving to be great places to work. We are especially grateful for the recognition, as the rankings are based primarily on feedback from each organization’s employees.

The magazine’s annual 100 Best Nonprofits list is based on surveys of more than 5,000 participating employees from nonprofits throughout the state. The list is based on the Oregon Business’s widely regarded 100 Best Companies project.

“The nonprofit version was created to recognize a critical business sector that employs hundreds of thousands of workers,” according to the Oregon Business website.

Several staff members attended the 100 Best Nonprofits award dinner on September 29, 2016, enjoying a few moments in the spotlight at the reception and dinner.

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Read more about the event and see the full list of rankings here.

 

 

June 17, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Awards, PCRI
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PCRI Director Maxine Fitzpatrick at PCRI’s Gala in May, 2016

The Urban League of Portland announced on that PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick would receive the League’s keynote honors at their Equal Opportunity Awards dinner on October 4, 2016 at the Oregon Convention Center.

The annual event celebrates and supports the work of Urban League of Portland and others empowering African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment and economic security.

In the June 15 announcement, the Urban League stated, “Maxine is a passionate leader in our community, working to ensure that all Oregonians have access to affordable housing and opportunities for home ownership. As the Executive Director of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Maxine is a tireless advocate for families in our community and has been at the forefront in providing real solutions to Portland’s current housing crisis.”

PCRI’s staff and board are honored to see Maxine receive the Urban League’s honors and will attend the event to celebrate the Urban League’s work and Maxine’s award. More information about the Equal Opportunity Awards dinner can be found on the Urban League of Portland’s website.

April 8, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Awards, Featured, PCRI

newsmaker_SkannerPCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick was recognized as a 2015 “Newsmaker of the Year” at an awards ceremony on March 16, 2016. The Royal Rosarian Foundation presented the awards for Newsmaker of the Year to local heroes who have performed acts of bravery or service to the community without regard to personal safety or public recognition. The recipients are nominated by local media representatives including Ms. Fitzpatrick, who was nominated by The Skanner News.

Jerry Foster of The Skanner News nominated Ms. Fitzpatrick for her work developing PCRI’s Pathway 1000 initiative. The Initiative aims to mitigate and prevent involuntary displacement of North and Northeast Portland’s historic residents, including the African American community, which has been disproportionately impacted.

Mr. Foster presented the award to Ms. Fitzpatrick alongside Rosarians Robert Hungerford and Rick Saturn, pictured above.

September 10, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI was one of the local partners recognized by Multnomah County on Tuesday, September 8, as the city and county began a 100-day push for their “Home for Every Veteran” initiative, aimed at ending veteran homelessness before the end of the year.

Home for Every Veteran event

Debi Christensen (right) accepts a “Home for Every Veteran” award from Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury at a media event on September 8, 2015.

“While we have rent assistance and other tools to help get vets back into housing — what we don’t have are the apartments,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury at a news conference.

PCRI was recognized as one of a handful of community partners who have been instrumental in opening doors and removing barriers for veterans seeking housing. Since January 2015, PCRI has housed six residents referred by the Veterans Administration’s Portland Community Resource and Referral Center. Debi Christensen, PCRI’s Senior Portfolio Manager, was one of the PCRI staff members at the event and accepted the award from Kafoury.

At the news conference, Kafoury noted unprecedented demand, skyrocketing rents, and near-zero vacancy rates as barriers making it even harder than normal for veterans and other renters to find stable housing.

Kafoury, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, and local Veterans Administration officials each spoke at the event. The common message from the leaders to private and nonprofit landlords was: if you have a vacant unit, please consider a veteran.

The speakers noted that with federal and local resources focused on ending veteran homelessness, “a veteran who comes with unprecedented resources behind him or her to help them be good tenants.”

The local officials who spoke at the event also asked that anyone knows a landlord with available housing visit www.ahomeforeveryvet.net where additional information is available.

To date, the “Home for Every Veteran” initiative has connected 430 veterans to permanent housing, but according to estimates, there are still about 290 Portland veterans without housing.

The goal of ending veteran homelessness is to achieve “functional zero.” The county acknowledges that there will still be veterans who experience homelessness after their goal is achieved, but add that systems are now in place to ensure veteran homelessness is brief, rare and non-reoccurring.

The media event preceded an event on September 11 called Veteran Stand Down. That event, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, helps veterans connect to services including housing, clothing, employment, medical programs and other critical services.

September 10, 2015 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI was one of the local partners recognized by Multnomah County on Tuesday, September 8, as the city and county began a 100-day push for their “Home for Every Veteran” initiative, aimed at ending veteran homelessness before the end of the year.

Home for Every Veteran event

Debi Christensen (right) accepts a “Home for Every Veteran” award from Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury at a media event on September 8, 2015.

“While we have rent assistance and other tools to help get vets back into housing — what we don’t have are the apartments,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury at a news conference.

PCRI was recognized as one of a handful of community partners who have been instrumental in opening doors and removing barriers for veterans seeking housing. Since January 2015, PCRI has housed six residents referred by the Veterans Administration’s Portland Community Resource and Referral Center. Debi Christensen, PCRI’s Senior Portfolio Manager, was one of the PCRI staff members at the event and accepted the award from Kafoury.

At the news conference, Kafoury noted unprecedented demand, skyrocketing rents, and near-zero vacancy rates as barriers making it even harder than normal for veterans and other renters to find stable housing.

Kafoury, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, and local Veterans Administration officials each spoke at the event. The common message from the leaders to private and nonprofit landlords was: if you have a vacant unit, please consider a veteran.

The speakers noted that with federal and local resources focused on ending veteran homelessness, “a veteran who comes with unprecedented resources behind him or her to help them be good tenants.”

The local officials who spoke at the event also asked that anyone knows a landlord with available housing visit www.ahomeforeveryvet.net where additional information is available.

To date, the “Home for Every Veteran” initiative has connected 430 veterans to permanent housing, but according to estimates, there are still about 290 Portland veterans without housing.

The goal of ending veteran homelessness is to achieve “functional zero.” The county acknowledges that there will still be veterans who experience homelessness after their goal is achieved, but add that systems are now in place to ensure veteran homelessness is brief, rare and non-reoccurring.

The media event preceded an event on September 11 called Veteran Stand Down. That event, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, helps veterans connect to services including housing, clothing, employment, medical programs and other critical services.

October 10, 2013 · by Staff · About Us, Awards, PCRI

  Oregon Business magazine has once again named PCRI as a top nonprofit to work for in 2013. We are honored to again be a part of this stellar class of fellow nonprofits who work day-in and day-out to make Portland a better place. Congratulations to everyone!

For the fifth year, they showcase exemplary nonprofit workplaces with our 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project. More than 5,000 employees and volunteers from 159 nonprofits statewide took part in our 2013 survey.

The project is based on Oregon Business’ 20-year-old, well-known 100 Best Companies project. The nonprofit project was created to recognize nonprofits as key businesses critical to the economic health of the state, employing hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.

October 10, 2013 · by pcriadmin · About Us, Awards, PCRI

  Oregon Business magazine has once again named PCRI as a top nonprofit to work for in 2013. We are honored to again be a part of this stellar class of fellow nonprofits who work day-in and day-out to make Portland a better place. Congratulations to everyone!

For the fifth year, they showcase exemplary nonprofit workplaces with our 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon project. More than 5,000 employees and volunteers from 159 nonprofits statewide took part in our 2013 survey.

The project is based on Oregon Business’ 20-year-old, well-known 100 Best Companies project. The nonprofit project was created to recognize nonprofits as key businesses critical to the economic health of the state, employing hundreds of thousands of Oregonians.