Posts Tagged ‘Events’

January 11, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Surely you’ve noticed that the Portland Trailblazers are nearly undefeated at home so far this year.  Join the Trailblazers and PCRI on February 6 as we team up as their Community All Star for the night.

While the games so far this season have been exciting, they’ll be nothing compared to the Community All Star game against Oklahoma City Thunder (who, incidentally, the Blazers recently beat on Oklahoma’s home court)!

PCRI is offering benefit tickets to the Blazers game on February 6 at 7:00 p.m.  For every $36 ticket sold, 20% comes back to PCRI to support the community reinvestment, individualized resident services programs and affordable housing that we provide to help individuals and families stabilize their lives and achieve self sufficiency.

Pass along the word to your friends and family today – the quantity of tickets is limited.  Email us , return a Trailblazers Ticket Order Form, or give us a call soon to reserve yours!

December 22, 2011 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Having a bike is special for 6-year-old Ameia Vaughn.  “I feel great when I ride,” she said.

Ameia was one of many PCRI youth who received a bicycle with help from Resident Services Coordinator Lisa Williams.  PCRI residents with children ages 3-8 were personally contacted by Williams who then helped residents register for Community Cycling Center’s 16th Annual Holiday Bike Drive, held on December 11.

“You went out of your way to make this holiday season special for us,” said Courtney Roser, whose two children Veda and Cadence grinned as they took their bikes for a spin around the bike rodeo safety course.

Before riding around the bike rodeo, the youth got to pick their new ride from a dizzying selection of bikes.  Cadence (pictured below) was a bit shy in front of the camera, but was excited about her choice of bicycles:  “It’s pretty and fun,” she said.

This year, the Bike Drive provided over 465 bicycles, helmets and safety trainings to youth from partner agencies like PCRI.  In addition to pre-registering the youth for their bicycles, Williams and PCRI staff member Travis Phillips joined the families at the event to ensure everything went smoothly.

Judging by the giant smiles on the kids’ faces, everything went very smoothly.

“I like to ride,” said Dominic Weatheroy matter-of-factly before pedaling around the safety course.

His sister Iserael (pictured above) was just as excited to ride, but had some other priorities too.  “It’s pretty with lots of colors and flowers,” she said, posing proudly next to her pink, purple and blue bike.

To express our gratitude for organizing the event and providing the bikes, helmets and training, Williams and the new cyclists signed a giant thank you card.  Williams delivered the card to the center a few days after the event and reflected on the difference made by her effort.

“The economy has put families in financial hardships,” she said.  Connecting families to events like the Bike Drive “can make all the difference to a family.”

PCRI also extends thanks to volunteer Izzy Ventura for capturing great photos of the kids during the Bike Drive.

October 13, 2011 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Residents of PCRI, NAYA and Hacienda CDC communities – please join us at our Food Day Event and Celebration, Monday, October 24th from 6:30-8pm!  We will celebrate community food and food resources and will present the results of our Housing Organizations of Color Coalition’s Healthy Foods Access assessment and survey.

We are very concerned about the health inequities we see in our communities: Nearly 60% of households we surveyed have one or more persons in their household suffering from a preventable diet-related health condition. Ninety-eight percent of survey respondents indicated that access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables in their neighborhood was important to them, so why do so few shop for fresh produce in their neighborhood? What are some of the important values to our communities regarding food and our food system? Find out the responses to these and more, including what potential strategies our assessment points toward for addressing some of our most pressing healthy food access challenges.

This promises to be a fun event and will include a cooking demonstration by a locally acclaimed chef. We will also be sharing locally prepared food and—thanks to donations by fabulous local sustainable farms—we will be sharing fresh seasonal produce with our residents and other participating low-income community members.

The organizations and farms that are contributing to and/or participating in this Food Day event include: PCRI, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Hacienda CDC and it’s Micro Mercantes program, Bob’s Red Mill, The Side Yard Farm, Wealth Underground Farm, Friends of Zenger Farm, Gaining Ground Farm, Portland Fruit Tree Project, Groundwork Portland, and Fork In The Road Mobile Market.

Residents who are interested in joining are requested to RSVP to by email to Adriana Voss-Andreae or by calling (503) 288-2923.  The event will be held at O.A.M.E., 4134 N Vancouver Avenue in Portland.

September 1, 2011 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

The end of September saw a busy week here at PCRI.  On Sunday the 21st, PCRI hosted a barbeque at Peninsula Park for our residents.  And on Wednesday the 24th, PCRI joined the Portland Timbers as a benefit partner for the Timbers game against rival Chivas USA.

First on the calendar was our resident barbecue.  Portland’s on-again, off-again summer weather cooperated perfectly for nearly 100 residents to turn out for burgers (traditional and veggie alike) and hot dogs under the welcoming shade of Peninsula Park’s trees.  Many residents took advantage of passes to the park’s pool to beat the heat as well.

While the burgers–and especially the ice cream–were in high demand, the gathering also provided the opportunity to build community among PCRI’s residents and to introduce residents to the varied programs offered to them.  It was also a great chance for residents to meet staff members (Amber, left, and Cyndi are pictured at the grill) they may not have contacted before, not to mention for staff to meet the residents.

As the grill was cooling down, face painting by artist Christian Grijalva, a BINGO game and raffle prizes kept things going.  Of course, without generous donations from Fred Meyer, Starbucks, Tonalli’s restaurant, Mid-K Beauty Supply and Geneva’s hair salon, we wouldn’t have had the great prizes for the BINGO game and raffle, so we extend huge thanks to our donors (and when you stop in to support them, be sure to say “Thanks” for donating to PCRI)!

While we’re extending thanks, a great big one goes out to the Portland Timbers!  We were excited to join the Timbers for the second year in a row.  Even better, the Timbers won their game against Chivas USA on August 24, and PCRI raised $1,750 thanks to donations at the game and sales of the benefit tickets.  Our table on the concourse of Jeld-Wen Field gave us a great opportunity to connect with new friends and supporters as well.  In fact, Yolanda (at left in the photo, but often spotted at the front desk at PCRI) took the chance to talk available rentals with some Timbers fans.

We’re already working on future events–for residents and for our friends and supporters, so stay tuned for more information!

August 8, 2011 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Dr. Algie Gatewood, Cascade Campus President of Portland Community College and PCRI Board Member, shares the following story with PCRI staff, residents and neighbors.  All are invited to join this neighborhood National Night Out celebration:

Once again, the Humboldt Neighborhood Association and Portland Community College – Cascade Campus are joining forces to throw a party for the people of North Portland. The two organizations are teaming up to put on the 2011 Cascade Campus Open House and National Night Out celebration, set for 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Campus’ Borthwick Mall, 705 N. Killingsworth St.

“This year, our event is shaping up to be fun and educational for everyone,” said PCC’s Suzette Pump, chair of the event’s planning committee. “This event allows us to provide a safe environment for local residents to learn about community resources, neighborhood safety, and have fun while doing it.”

The featured performer for this year’s festivities will be a longtime Portland favorite – Ghanaian master drummer Obo Addy and his ensemble, Okropong (pictured at left). The group will play two sets, at 5:15p.m. and 7:15p.m. The evening’s entertainment will also include performances from the Usual Suspects – a jazz band headed by Cascade Professional Music department chair Allen Jones – as well as an interactive dance session with the campus’ Zumba class and an appearance from the dragon dancers of the Northwest Chinese Cultural Association.

The celebration has something to offer for visitors of all ages. Good stuff to eat and drink will of course be available, and for the kids, there will be fun, games, face painting, hands-on art activities and a drawing for two children’s bicycles. Representatives from a range of campus academic programs will be on hand with demonstrations, and information will also be available for those visitors who are interested in attending classes at the campus.

In keeping with National Night Out’s theme, “a going-away party for crime and drugs,” a host of community organizations and government agencies will provide demonstrations and information on how to be safe at home and in the neighborhood. The Portland Police Bureau will be on hand to echo this message.

Staff and students from the Campus’ Emergency Services programs – Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Protection Technology – will showcase their skills as they perform a live simulated rescue of victims from a staged DUI accident. This activity will encompass the different stages of an accident rescue, from the initial call to 9-1-1 through patient transport on an ambulance.

“When people come together in a spirit of unity, it’s always a good thing for a community,” said Cascade Campus President Algie Gatewood. “I’m excited to partner with our neighbors to show our appreciation for the richness and diversity of our neighborhood.”

Participating organizations include Target, THA Architecture, Zipcar, Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits, the Florida Room, Leonard Adams Insurance Co., Eddie’s Flatiron Pizza, Pacific NW Federal Credit Union, Hillsboro Auto Wrecking and many more.

July 8, 2011 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Updated 8/1/2011: PCRI extends an open request for proposals for rehabilitation of 11 PCRI-owned scattered-site single family affordable rental homes in Portland.

PCRI will host a pre-bid conference to meet prospective contractors, provide information about PCRI as well as share information and answer questions regarding the rehabilitation projects and specifications as well as PCRI’s goals for the rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation funding will be provided by Portland Housing Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  PHB representatives will be present at the conference to share information and answer questions about contractor requirements and required project reporting.

WHEN:     Friday, August 12, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. (please note new date!)

WHERE:  Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)

4134 N Vancouver Avenue, Portland, Oregon

Interested contractors MUST attend this pre-bid conference.  Contractors should also complete PCRI’s Contractor Qualification forms prior to inspecting properties and submitting proposals.  Forms will be available at the meeting or may be requested by calling PCRI at (503) 288-2923 or emailing

The homes to be rehabilitated are located in North, Northeast and Southeast Portland.  Rehabilitations vary by property and may include interior renovations, interior and exterior painting, roof repair and/or replacement, cabinetry and fixture replacement, electrical and plumbing upgrades, foundation upgrades and repairs, floor refinishing and/or installation.  Projects will involve coordination with lead-based paint removal and weatherization upgrades.

UPDATE 8/1/2011: Proposals will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2011 and may be submitted in person, electronically (email), or by fax.  Bids will be opened at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 followed by PCRI review and (as needed) clarification.  Successful bids will be awarded by end of day on September 9, 2011.

PCRI representatives will be present to meet contractors at pre-set times at each site on Monday, August 15 and Tuesday August 16.  The meeting schedule and site addresses will be available at the pre-bid conference noted above.

June 16, 2011 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

On Thursday morning, June 16, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc. (PCRI) welcomed community members and project partners to celebrate the completed rehabilitation of 12 units of affordable housing at four sites in North Portland.  The Grand Re-Opening celebration showcased PCRI and General Contractor Colas Construction’s most dramatic transformation—a grand 1909 four-bedroom, two-bath single-family home—and highlighted the project’s success in increasing PCRI’s diverse affordable housing options, creating construction jobs and providing unique opportunities for community partnerships.

The rehabilitation, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and financed through Portland Housing Bureau, provides significant improvements to the rental homes.  Upgrades like new siding, roofs and paint compliment less obvious benefits such as improved indoor air ventilation and upgraded weatherization that will ensure affordable utilities for residents and low maintenance costs for PCRI.  But what caught visitors’ attention during the open house were the beautifully refinished floors and the preserved character of the turn-of-the-century home (below: one home before and after).

“I love that it’s an old house so it’s got all the character, but everything in it looks so new!” said visitor Orion Lumiere, Communications and Development Manager for Oregon Opportunity Network.  “It’s the best of both worlds,” she added.

These affordable rental homes exemplify PCRI’s diverse portfolio and the benefit of these affordable housing options.

“This scattered-site approach helps to weave families into the fabric of their neighborhood and is a consistent and unique opportunity for PCRI to eliminate concentrations of poverty,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI Executive Director.

Two detached single-family homes—one with two bedrooms and one with four—in North Portland’s quiet University Park neighborhood were completely renovated (below: before and after photos of one home’s kitchen).  Two other properties—a two-unit turn-of-the-century home and a eight-unit mid-century complex—are within walking distance of hip North Mississippi Avenue and received significant upgrades to ensure the units’ durability and functionality.  All of these improvements were completed at a fraction of the cost of building new housing units.

Beyond preserving affordable housing, the project was also an opportunity to preserve area jobs–a priority of the stimulus funds that financed the project.  Throughout the course of the project, construction trades amassed over 3,100 hours of work improving the units inside and out.  In addition, the rehabilitation was a Davis-Bacon prevailing wage project.  While this ensured the project’s construction jobs were good-paying ones, it also involved detailed and elaborate reporting requirements.  In keeping with Colas Construction’s—and PCRI’s—philosophy of working with small businesses, Colas provided opportunity for several subcontractors to work on their first Davis-Bacon project, something that will better position them for future opportunities.

“I have so enjoyed working face-to-face with the small and emerging contractors [on this project] and helping them understand the intricacies of Davis-Bacon,” said Gail Quail, the former Prevailing Wage Specialist at Portland Development Commission.  Referring to one particular subcontractor who returned to her for additional training, she added, “he is an emerging small business and I was also able to guide him to John Classen at PDC to assist with his ESB certification.”

The rehabilitation project provided yet another opportunity to support the community:  the jobsites provided excellent opportunities for women involved in Oregon Tradeswomen’s pre-apprenticeship training program to gain valuable real-world carpentry experience.  Dozens of Tradeswomen students worked on the projects, performing demolition work and building porches and fences.  In keeping with the project’s goals to use materials wisely and provide healthy, functional spaces for the residents, some particularly efficient and industrious Tradeswomen put their speed to good use by building planter boxes from remnants of the fencing material.  The Tradeswomen-built planter boxes are a great compliment to many colorful, water-efficient plants donated by Portland Nursery and Colas Construction.

New residents have already moved into several of the recently-rehabilitated units.  All 12 units which were part of the rehabilitation are reserved for individuals and families earning 60% or less of Area Median Family Income.  Rents range from $686 for a one-bedroom apartment to $958 for the four-bedroom house.  A list of currently available rentals is updated regularly on PCRI’s website.

September 30, 2010 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

As recipients of a Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot (PEEHP) grant, PCRI previewed our newly completed homes this morning to project partners and to KGW-TV, channel 8.

The new homes are being made available for purchase by families earning 80% or less of area median income.  To ensure they are affordable in the long haul, the PEEHP grant helped offset the cost of energy-saving techniques and systems (like the water heaters provided by Portland General Electric).

KGW’s Erica Heartquist has a video preview of the homes, including their energy-efficient features and sustainable materials.

Families currently living in PCRI’s rental housing are expected to purchase the new homes.

“We house over 700 families and so when we decided to move into home ownership development, we just decided to work with the households that were already living in PCRI properties, so it was really quite easy,” said Fitzpatrick.

This start-to-finish approach toward self-sufficiency is part of PCRI’s larger goal of increasing home ownership rates for minority Portland families.  The home ownership rate for most minorities in Portland is 33% compared to 69% for white residents.

The homes were built by Terrafirma Building Inc., with the construction loan funded by the Portland Housing Bureau.  The construction funding and PEEHP Grant also includes two other row homes nearby that are scheduled for completion in October.

August 24, 2010 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Art and Soul

PCRI Presents Paintings by Felicia Capuia

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives is excited to host an exhibition the evening of September 16, 2010, featuring paintings by renowned local artist Felicia Capuia.

Felicia’s vivid mural-like artwork has been featured on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat and she was the featured artist at the City of Portland’s 2009 Black History Month Celebration.  She will be featuring a selection of paintings at PCRI’s offices in the historic M. G. Nease house.

“Art has different interpretations and meanings to all types of people regardless of race or a person’s upbringing,” says Felicia. “Even though the word ‘art’ is small, it opens up so many big ideas and thoughts.”

Besides being a talented artist, Felicia is a participant in PCRI’s homeownership program–and the Art and Soul exhibition will be an opportunity to learn more about PCRI’s programs and ways you can become involved.

Due to space constraints, PCRI’s Art and Soul exhibition with Felicia Capuia is by invitation.  Didn’t receive yours yet?  Email for more information.

April 21, 2010 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

With deconstruction of an existing, vacant home in progress in the background, we celebrated the beginning of development for four new affordable and sustainable homes in North Portland’s Portsmouth neighborhood.  City of Portland officials, neighbors and other community members joined in the celebration Wednesday, April 14.

The four new homes, developed by PCRI in conjunction with Portland Development Commission and Portland Housing Bureau, fulfill a part of PCRI’s mission to provide affordable housing—when they are completed in the fall, the homes will be available for sale to buyers earning 80% or less of area median income.  The homes also represent a commitment to expand minority homeownership opportunities as part of the Operation Home Ownership and Minority Equity program, established in 2005 to raise awareness and reduce barriers for minority homeowners.

Ranging from 1550 to 1620 square feet, the homes “will be the largest homes being targeted for affordable home ownership that Portland Development Commission and Portland Housing Bureau has funded to date,” said John Marshall of Portland Development Commission, who was present for the celebration. “They will be incredible improvements to the neighborhood.”

As evidenced by the deconstruction work happening in the background, sustainability is another key aspect of the new homes.  As part the Portland Energy Efficient Home Pilot program, the four new homes will be 15% – 30% more energy efficient than a home built to Oregon’s 2008 energy code and will provide practical information about energy efficiency methods and costs for the City of Portland and other homebuilders.  The homes have been designed to achieve LEED, Earth Advantage and Energy Star certifications for sustainable materials, design and construction and have been submitted for the city’s annual Build It Green home tour.

The kick-off celebration comes just weeks after closing on construction funding with Portland Development Commission and Portland Housing Bureau.  Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI Executive Director, addressed the crowd at the celebration, enthusiastically thanking the project’s partners and supporters and speaking of the hurdles overcome to realize the project.

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