Posts Tagged ‘Collaborations’

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!

FEATURING WORKSHOPS AND PLENARIES ON:

  • 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!

February 8, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Twenty-two low-income families displaced from North and Northeast Portland will be able to purchase a home in their former neighborhood, thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from Wells Fargo Housing Foundation to Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI).

PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick (2nd from left) accepts a grant from local Wells Fargo executives, left to right: Andrew Tweedie, Community Affairs officer; Tracy Curtis, Regional President; and Cobi Lewis, Community Development officer. PCRI will use the $100,000 grant to build 22 affordable homes for sale to low-income buyers displaced from N/inner NE Portland

PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick (2nd from left) accepts a grant from local Wells Fargo executives, left to right: Andrew Tweedie, Community Affairs officer; Tracy Curtis, Regional President; and Cobi Lewis, Community Development officer. PCRI will use the $100,000 grant to build 22 affordable homes for sale to low-income buyers displaced from N/inner NE Portland

PCRI will use the grant to help build 22 new homes in North and inner Northeast Portland for purchase by the families. Construction on the homes is expected to start later this year, with all 22 homes completed and sold to qualifying families by the end of 2018. PCRI is estimating the total construction budget will be close to $6 million.

“Helping a family become a homeowner is one of the most effective ways to help them overcome displacement from their historic neighborhoods,” said PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick. “This grant is an important tool to make homes available and affordable for families who want to return and stay in the neighborhoods they once called home.”

The Wells Fargo grant will make homeownership more affordable by helping offset PCRI’s development costs for new homes built on land it owns. The completed homes will be prioritized for sale to households who have been involuntarily displaced or are at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland.

Families purchasing the homes will receive support from PCRI’s HUD-certified homeownership education and financial education programs.

The 22 homes are part of a larger PCRI initiative: Pathway 1000. The initiative aims to develop 1,000 new homes during the next 10 years, prioritized for residents involuntarily displaced or at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland.

“This grant is part of our commitment to the community to support the creation of more affordable housing, which is so desperately needed in Portland,” said Wells Fargo Oregon Regional President Tracy Curtis of Portland. “We work in tandem with PCRI and other community-based nonprofits to ensure stability and opportunity for local families.”

One of 56 Grants Nationally 

The $100,000 grant to PCRI was one of 56 neighborhood revitalization grants totaling $6 million that Wells Fargo Housing Foundation gave to nonprofits in 20 states and the District of Columbia through its Priority Markets Program. Since 2009 the program has provided grants totaling more than $42 million to nonprofits in 125 communities.

Grant recipients were selected from requests submitted by local Wells Fargo employees and nonprofits Wells Fargo identified as being in need of extra help with large-scale neighborhood revitalization projects. A recipient must be a nonprofit with a successful history of building or renovating housing for low-to moderate-income homebuyers.

 

About Wells Fargo Housing Foundation 

The Priority Markets Initiatives are administered through the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. The foundation has stewarded more than $82 million and 4.5 million team member volunteer hours in support of creating affordable housing and community revitalization programs. The foundation has mobilized more than 175,000 volunteers to build or refurbish 3,600 homes in low-to-moderate income communities. More information: www.wellsfargo.com.

 

February 7, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

Takara 02PCRI awarded two new laptop computers to school-age youth living in PCRI housing at the beginning of February 2017. The two laptops were gifted to PCRI by Comcast at a late-2016 event providing information about Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. After receiving the computers, PCRI invited youth to submit letters describing how they would benefit from having a new computer. While PCRI received many deserving submissions, two winners stood out:

If it wasn’t already evident in Takara’s letter that she loves to read and write, it quickly became obvious when she came into PCRI’s office to pick up her new laptop. Her face lit up when she described what she would be able to learn and write on her new computer.

Takara 09Similarly, her mother Tiffany beamed as Takara talked about the focus areas of the IB program and how she had earned bracelets for each of the program areas, including thinking critically, taking risks, caring, being open-minded and more. IB schools encourage students outside of the basic common core lessons “by developing inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed.”

Another youth picked up his new laptop from PCRI’s Maya Angelou Community Center.

“I have attended the Maya Angelou Community Center ever since it first opened,” wrote Joseph, age 14. “Since that time, I have usually used the center’s computers for homework, but now that I am in high school, by the time I get home the center is either closed or ten minutes to close. Never enough time.”

Joseph with New ComputerJoseph’s letter went on to describe how having a new computer would help him and both of his brothers with their studies and completing homework. Joseph was beyond happy when Resident Services Coordinator Adrena Christmas delivered the news that he had won the new laptop. His immediate response was that Ms. Adrena (as he calls her) was tricking him, but once he realized it wasn’t a joke, he thanked Adrena and PCRI over and over again for allowing him such a great opportunity.

“My teachers would usually assign work that needs to be on Google classroom, I cannot do it without a computer or internet capable device,” Joseph said. “My mother has tried hard to get one, but she never could afford to buy one. This computer will help me so much. My papers will be turned in on time, it will also give me something to do over the weekends.”

Since receiving his new laptop, Adrena remarked that Joseph has been in to the community center every day to work on it and she has noticed him become much more in tune with completing his homework.

“I will work as hard as I can to keep my grades up by using the device,” he wrote in his letter. “I will graduate by keeping my grades up by using the laptop that I am hoping to win.”

All of the staff members who read Takara’s and Joseph’s letters congratulate them on their new computers. PCRI staff look forward to reading more of Takara’s writing and seeing Joseph graduate in a few years from Grant High School.

About the Comcast Internet Essentials Program
Working side-by-side with schools, government, and non-profit partners, Comcast has connected more than 750,000 families—over 3 million low-income Americans—to the power of the Internet in their homes. This program has grown to be Comcast’s largest and most successful community investment initiative. Since 2011, Comcast has built a network of over 2,000 volunteers and over 9,000 non-profit and educator partners to help spread the word about Internet Essentials. All told, Comcast has provided more than $300 million of support for digital literacy training, benefiting over 4.4 million people.

January 3, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI
Sabin Fire PFB

Photo credit: Portland Fire Bureau

In November 2016, four families were displaced from their homes after a fire destroyed four of six townhomes at NE 27th Avenue and Killingsworth in Portland. Upon learning of the news, PCRI reached out to affordable housing provider Sabin CDC, who owns the property that was impacted by the fire, offering to assist in finding homes for the displaced families. Happily, two of the families recently moved into nearby PCRI rental homes with help from community partner Self Enhancement, Inc., ensuring the families remain in affordable homes and are able to stay in a familiar neighborhood.

Fortunately, all four families escaped the fire safely and found temporary shelter with the Red Cross while seeking permanent homes. The families not moving into PCRI homes have already found new housing or are working with partners to move into other homes. Sabin CDC is in the process of rebuilding the fire-damaged units so they can be once again made available as permanent housing for low-income families.

IMG_6959In addition to the new residents who were previously displaced due to fire, PCRI welcomed 38 new residents into its homes during the year, ensuring each family had safe, stable and affordable homes. And we’re proud to have opened the doors on 6 new rental homes (including the one pictured at right) in Northeast Portland. Stay tuned for additional news: more new homes are on the way in 2017 for renters and first-time home buyers.

March 23, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI
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Participants in the October 2015 Money Smart Class show off their certificates of completion.

PCRI is excited to begin another series of the “Money Smart” Financial Education Program in partnership with Banner Bank. Residents who complete the four-class program will earn a $100 certificate they can redeem at any Banner Bank location. The program includes four 2-hour classes on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday, April 12, and will cover topics ranging from budgeting, balancing a checkbook, managing credit and avoiding identity theft.

Classes are limited to 35 participants and pre-registration is required, so residents are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible to Amy Dang at PCRI.  The classes include:

  • Class 1 (Tuesday, April 12, 6-8 p.m.): “Bank on It” and “Check it Out” topics include banking and choosing checking accounts.
  • Class 2 (Tuesday, April 19, 6-8 p.m.): “Money Matters” and “Pay Yourself First” topics include keeping track of your money and why you should save
  • Class 3 (Tuesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m.): “Borrowing Basics” and “Charge it Right” topics covered include introduction to credit and making a credit card work for you
  • Class 4 (Tuesday, May 3, 6-8 p.m.): “To Your Credit” and “Financial Recovery” topics include how credit history affects credit future and rebuilding your credit

Participants who attend and complete all four classes will earn the $100 certificate from Banner Bank.  Class sizes are limited and registration is required.  Contact Amy Dang, PCRI’s Financial Education Specialist, for more information or to register. All classes will be held at the PCRI Annex, two blocks north of PCRI’s main office.

January 27, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI, Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and the Urban League of Portland are collaborating for the African American Financial Capabilities Initiative to improve and protect the economic security of African-Americans in our region.

NWAFFunded by an initial $1.2 million in grants from the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF), the initiative will bring together a cohort of African-American-led groups to provide culturally-tailored work that strengthens asset-building services, sharpens policy advocacy strategies, and grows leadership capacity to benefit the communities.

Collaboration is a key aspect of the initiative. Beyond the collaboration between the cohorts themselves and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Corporation For Enterprise Development (CFED), the grant supports and promotes efforts by the cohorts to reach out and convene other organizations that can work collaboratively with groups within the African-American communities of each city.

NAACP and CFED help establish a learning community among cohort members and work collaboratively to provide technical assistance to African-American asset-building organizations that will serve as local anchors for the African-American Financial Capability Initiative in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Des Moines, Iowa.

The technical assistance aims to support a sustainable network of African-American asset development entities that produce and deliver premium asset-building resources that better serve the African-American community and encourage financial capability.

The NWAF listens to, learns from, and leads others to grantees’ transformative program and policy work, which helps hardworking people and families overcome crises today so they can establish good credit, launch small businesses, save, and begin to feel secure and hopeful about tomorrow.

January 13, 2016 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

Weatherization WorkshopThe Community Energy Project and PCRI partnered for a pair of weatherization workshops held in January 2016. The workshops, which provided easy home weatherization tips and techniques, will help participants in PCRI’s Homeownership Retention program reduce energy costs while keeping their homes warm through the winter.

Thirteen senior homeowners at the January 13 workshop, and others at a January 6 workshop brought home a kit including weather stripping and other tools for insulating and reducing drafts. With easy-to-use instruction provided at the workshop, homeowners are able to begin saving energy and reducing their heating bills right away.

Miss the workshop, but are still interested? Contact PCRI’s Homeownership Retention program at (503) 288-2923 or by email or follow the link for more information from Community Energy Project.

December 24, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI staff coordinated with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to register and distribute toys to 97 resident kids this holiday season. Parents and kids–as well as PCRI staff–showed off big smiles as well as a carload of toys that helped make the holidays a bit brighter for deserving children.

In addition to Toys for Tots, PCRI worked with the Community Cycling Center once again this year, registering resident youth for the Center’s Holiday Bike Drive (follow the link for more photos). Several PCRI residents rode away with a new bicycle for the holidays, as well as safety gear and new bike safety and maintenance skills. Other residents used the Bike Drive as an opportunity to give back, volunteering at the event and helping other youth find the perfect fit.

PCRI Resident Services work one-on-one with resident families to help them find resources like Toys for Tots and the Holiday Bike Drive. Need a hand? Want to volunteer to help other families? Email us for information on upcoming programs.

December 7, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Portland youth lined up for their pick of hundreds of bikes at the Community Cycling Center Holiday Bike Drive, Sunday, December 6, 2015. PCRI youth and other low-income children rode away from the event with a donated and refurbished bicycle, as well as free helmets, equipment and hands-on bike training. For many kids at the bike drive, this was their first bicycle and an exciting early holiday present.

PCRI resident Hermela enthusiastically shows off her new bike

PCRI resident Hermela enthusiastically shows off her new bike

Hermela, a PCRI resident, had an amazing time playing all the games, choosing her new bike, and riding it for the first time. PCRI was one of many partner agencies that referred families to the Bike Drive.

One parent was so thankful for this opportunity, noting that with such a tight budget Christmas presents are in question this year. Thanks to Community Cycling Center, partners and donors, the kids are ensured gifts under the tree. Each bike has an estimated value around $50, and with many participating families having multiple children, the benefit and opportunity of the bike drive adds up quickly.

PCRI resident Jericho (right) volunteered at the Bike Drive

PCRI resident Jericho (right) volunteered at the Bike Drive

In addition to youth receiving a new bike, PCRI residents were at the bike drive serving the community. Jericho has been interested in volunteering and helped give out helmets during the event. Each youth receiving a bike at the bike drive received a free helmet fit to size, as well as safety lessons and bike training to develop skills with their new bike.

Another PCRI parent was not only impressed by the amazing set up and knowledge of the staff and volunteers, but also grateful for someone else telling their kids to be safe, saying, “Parents can seem like nags about safety, so it’s good that the kids are hearing it from someone else this time! This helps!” The parent noted that they wanted the bikes to be a secret for Christmas but in the end was glad to bring their kids to such an informational experience.

PCRI staff member Kirk Rea helped families register them for the bike drive and brought his camera to the event to capture it in photos. It was “probably one of the cutest and most radical events I’ve been to,” he said.

For residents interested in connecting to similar resources, keep an eye on PCRI’s Programs page, contact a Resident Services Coordinator, and also follow us on Facebook, where we regularly share resources and opportunities.

 

October 20, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

The Urban Harvest Garden, run by the Urban League of Portland, serves to create space for African Americans and others to obtain food security and to engender Environmental Justice – the fair access of land to marginalized people. The garden is run on a collective model, so you work in it when you can and harvest from it when you need. This is an amazing opportunity for residents living in multiunit apartments where garden space is limited or not available. The garden is located on the corner of North Beech Street and North Albina Streets.

Urban-League-Garden-Clean-UpTo jump start the winter season, there is a garden work party on Saturday, October 24 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Tasks include amending the soil, removing summer plants, pulling weeds, planting winter vegetables, and providing general garden maintenance. RSVP’s are welcomed (see contact information below), but are not required.

This is an outdoor rain-or-shine event, so watch the weather and dress appropriately. Restrooms are off site a block away. The garden is wheel chair accessible and some work can be accomplished with diverse mobility.

Light snacks will be provided. No specific training is required and work can be taught on site for any volunteer experience level with gardening; the garden is here to build us up.

The Urban Harvest Garden also acts as an educational zone and receives visits from a neighboring childcare facility and Self Enhancement, Inc.’s nearby school. Future dreams of the garden include distributing produce to Black-owned restaurants and to eventually start a Black farmers market.

PCRI residents interested in using the garden will have support from the garden coordinator, Laquida Landford.

For more information, contact:
Laquida Landford, 719-427-1368 or by email.

Garden Workparty
Location: 741 N Beech St (corner of Albina St and Beech St)
Date: Sat. October 24, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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