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April 16, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Media and community joined PCRI for a Pathway 1000 launch event. Photo courtesy Flossin Media

PCRI invited the press and the community to celebrate the completion of the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan, a bold and ambitious 10-year displacement mitigation initiative. On Tuesday, April 18, 2018, PCRI hosted a launch celebration and media event at its offices at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Prepared by PCRI, its partners, and collaborators and informed by a participatory community engagement process, the Plan contains collaborative, inclusive and integrated goals, strategies and actions to raise and invest $300 million over the next ten years. The Plan sets a roadmap to create 1,000 affordable homes for Blacks and others displaced or in danger of displacement from North and Northeast Portland, of which 800 will be sold to new homeowners. The initiative will create hundreds of living wage jobs and spur significant business growth and development.

“We need only to examine promises made, and apologies received, to know what is needed is more than words containing promises and apologies can provide. Action is required,” PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick said. “Pathway 1000 will go beyond apologies and promises. We are addressing the housing issues caused by income disparities in the City of Portland and State of Oregon. We are offering corrective measures and long-term solutions. The Plan addresses unemployment, underemployment, wage disparities and the unequal treatment that led to these disparate outcomes.

Pathway 1000 differs from community development initiatives planned by local public agencies because it is community driven, community informed, community advocated, and community built. The Plan focuses on housing stability, wealth creation through homeownership, and subsequently a reduction in poverty, specifically the generational poverty that exists in Portland’s Black community. Moreover, Pathway 1000 has intentionally developed strategies that are not reliant on deep and ongoing public funding to catalyze construction and sustain the momentum.

“We believe our approach can be a model for other communities in Portland and elsewhere in the country that are impacted by gentrification and displacement,” added Fitzpatrick.

Formed 25 years ago in response to a housing crisis created by redlining and predatory lending practices, PCRI is a non-profit community development corporation with a mission to preserve, expand and manage affordable housing in the City of Portland and provide access to and advocacy for services to residents.  As the Executive Director of PCRI for over 24 years, Fitzpatrick has been a tireless advocate for affordable housing and culturally responsive support services for households in the N/NE Portland community.

Check out media coverage from OPB. More information about Pathway 1000 is available on PCRI’s website and the Pathway 1000 website. For media inquiries, contact Fawn Aberson at Flossin Media.

April 15, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is making final preparations for its annual fundraising gala, to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018. PCRI Lounge will be a gala event, re-imagined with live entertainment by Zoulful Muzic’s Alonzo Chadwick and Saeeda Wright, as well as an exciting auction and dinner, all at the Hilton Portland Downtown.

Tickets for the event are still available, but are going fast. Get yours now at pcri.ejoinme.org/pcrilounge. Volunteer opportunities are also available! Learn more HERE and email us to sign up.

PCRI Lounge is a night for us to connect, engage and celebrate together as we invest in the future of stable, diverse, and livable Portland neighborhoods. We’re particularly excited to celebrate the recent launch of the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan and construction of our first homes for rent and for sale as part of Pathway 1000.

Sign up for PCRI’s mailing list to be the first to learn about gala announcements, exciting auction packages and more. We expect the event to once again sell out.

March 19, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Grant Warehouse, New Construction, The Beatrice Morrow

Aerial view of the Beatrice Morrow building, March 2018.

The Beatrice Morrow development reached a milestone in mid-March as construction of the top floor was completed and the building’s roof trusses and sheathing were installed. Installation of the brick exterior is beginning the building’s courtyard while installation of the plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems continue inside the building.

As has been the case during throughout construction, street closures are to be expected during the day on Ivy Street at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., as well as parking spaces on NE Cook Street. Some intermittent closures of NE Cook Street and NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. are also likely in the future as needed to facilitate jobsite access and safety, including safety requirements mandated by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

General contractor Colas Construction has been in communication with construction crews at an adjacent, unrelated construction project at 422 NE Ivy Street, and others to help ensure safe access on the street for large trucks and other special needs. In addition, the project team has had regular communication with City of Portland and Portland Bureau of Transportation officials to ensure we are in compliance with all construction, traffic and noise ordinances.

Additional information and prior construction updates can be found HERE. Completion of the 80-unit mixed-use commercial and residential building is anticipated in mid-2018 and all apartments are expected to be leased by the end of 2018.

March 10, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI has recently created and opened several positions and we’re looking for candidates who will excel within our diverse and fast-paced organization. More information, including downloadable job descriptions will full details of each opportunity, is available on our Job Opportunities page.

DSC_0470Job opportunities at PCRI include a generous benefits package that typically includes paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays and employer-paid health coverage. Details of benefits for each position are included in each position’s job description. PCRI also offers a 403(b) retirement savings plan, access to PCRI’s asset building and other programs, as well as other benefits.

PCRI is a fast-paced, highly engaged work environment. We strive to communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. We actively seek opportunities for professional development for our staff and promote a willingness to change for continual improvement.

 

March 5, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Team members break ground with golden shovels. From L-R: Travis Phillips and Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI; Dennis Harris, Albina Construction; Brett Schulz, Brett Schulz Architect.

On February 27, PCRI hosted a crowd of future and past home buyers, community members, media, and partners for a groundbreaking celebration at the site of new townhomes for first-time homebuyers. The to-be-constructed homes are part of PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Initiative, which aims to develop 1,000 new homes for rent and for sale during the next 10 years.

“The goal is to help people displaced by gentrification move back into the neighborhood,” relayed Ken Boddie of KOIN 6 news. Check out his coverage of the event below and in his Where We Live feature.

Four new homes for sale to low- and moderate-income first-time buyers will be developed on the site. The completed homes will be prioritized for families displaced from North and Northeast Portland and families at risk of displacement.

“PCRI was formed as, and continues to be, a solution to involuntary displacement. This project will help ensure everyone can experience the stability, safety and dignity that a home provides,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of PCRI.

Construction is expected to begin in April 2018, and is anticipated to be complete in early fall 2018. Other developments planned to begin construction later in the year will provide additional opportunities for families to build intergenerational assets through homeownership. Down payment assistance for the future homeowners will be provided by the City of Portland Housing Bureau as part of its N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy.

Additional project partners include Albina Construction, Brett Schulz Architect, Beneficial State Bank, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust.

February 4, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

PCRI’s Homeownership Education and Counseling program is proud to announce workshops and home buyer orientation sessions for 2018. The PCRI program assists low- and moderate-income first-time buyers in creating a successful homeownership plan. Twice-monthly orientations are the first step to enroll in the program and start on the path to becoming a homeowner. In addition, monthly workshops focus on specific parts of the home buying process, issues related to credit and debt, and other relevant topics.

Download a PDF document with dates and information about all of PCRI 2018 workshops or visit PCRI’s Eventbrite page to learn more and register. Homeownership orientations are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month, workshops are generally held the last Wednesday of the month.

In addition to workshops and orientations, one-on-one counseling is part of the program and is designed to help buyers overcome obstacles that would prevent affordable mortgage financing. We analyze financial and credit situations, identify barriers, and develop a plan to remove these barriers. We also work to assist participants with debt-load management by preparing a manageable monthly budget plan.

February 1, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Dancing with the Stars was a big success, but this year we’re dancing without the competition. Join us on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at PCRI Lounge, a new take on our annual gala.

Enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, auction, live music and entertainment at the PCRI Lounge gala event, once again at the Hilton Portland Downtown. We’ll celebrate the work we are doing together to bring stability and self-sufficiency to our communities.

Tickets to the event are on sale now, and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Sign up for PCRI’s mailing list to be the first to learn about gala announcement, exciting auction packages and more. We expect the event to once again sell out.

January 26, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction, Pathway 1000

PCRI invites the community to join us, Albina Construction, Brett Schulz Architect and other partners on February 27 to break ground on the first homes for purchase by first-time homebuyers as part of our Pathway 1000 Initiative.

Four new townhomes will be built in a prime location of North Portland, the first of many homeownership developments in PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Initiative. These new homes, for sale to low- and moderate-income first-time buyers will be prioritized for families displaced from North and Northeast Portland and families at risk of displacement.

For more information about the groundbreaking event or to RSVP for the event, email us HERE.

“PCRI was formed as, and continues to be, a solution to involuntary displacement. This project will help ensure everyone can experience the stability, safety and dignity that a home provides,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, Executive Director.

Four new 2- and 3-bedroom townhomes, certified to meet Earth Advantage green building standards, will be developed on the site. The homes will be two and three stories (for 2- and 3-bedroom sizes, respectively) and have been designed to fit with existing neighborhood scale. Front, rear and side yards and walkways help ensure reasonable separation from neighboring homes and maintain the scale and feel of the neighborhood. A condo association for the completed homes will maintain the building’s exterior and landscaping.

Construction will begin in February 2018, and is anticipated to be complete in late summer or early fall 2018. Other developments planned to begin construction in summer 2018 will provide additional opportunities for families to build intergenerational assets through homeownership.

“To be owning a home, to be investing in our own personal asset and someday pass it on to our daughter, it’s a great feeling,” said Genté Shaw, a PCRI client and first-generation homeowner.

Down payment assistance for the future homeowners will be provided by the City of Portland Housing Bureau as part of its N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy.

The development team is being led by PCRI. In conjunction with the National Association of Minority Contractors – Oregon and Minority Contractor Improvement Partnership (MCIP), PCRI selected Albina Construction to build the new homes due to their deep roots in N/NE Portland and their commitment to opportunity for local and minority subcontractors and workforce. Albina Construction owners Dennis Harris and Caitlin MacKenzie are pictured above. Additional project partners include Brett Schulz Architect, Beneficial State Bank, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust.

January 5, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

On January 4, 2018, The Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors (PMAR) presented an Oregon Home Foundation grant for PCRI’s homeownership education program. The grant will help support increased attendance in PCRI program as well as continued development of post-purchase support programs. Homeownership Program Specialist Linda Tellis-Kennedy (pictured below, third from left) attended the grant presentation on PCRI’s behalf.

PMAR Presented Homeownership Program Grants on January 4, 2018

“Homeownership is the most effective way for most families to achieve and retain stability within their community,” said Andrea Debnam, PCRI’s Manager of Resident Services. “This grant will help PCRI clients realize their dreams and build assets through homeownership, breaking cycles of poverty.”

PCRI, whose vision is to help low-income families achieve stability and build wealth, shares the Oregon Association of Realtors HOME Foundation’s belief in the incredible value of homeownership to break generational cycles of poverty. PCRI also understands that education and support prior to purchase are key to the long-term success of first-time buyers, especially for PCRI’s target population of African Americans who have been historically and disproportionately excluded from homeownership.

Since 2004, PCRI has successfully provided culturally-specific homeownership education, counseling services, and financial assistance to low- and moderate-income residents living in PCRI housing and in the larger community. Interest in PCRI’s homeownership program has nearly doubled each of the last two years and, with development of new homes for purchase associate

d with the Pathway 1000 initiative, attendance is expected to continue to increase. The Oregon Home Foundation grant will help PCRI meet increased service needs as well as develop new programs.

The Homeownership Opportunities Website Northwest (HOW NW) sponsored by PMAR provides additional resources for buyers without charge or obligation. In addition to PCRI’s education services, buyers are encouraged to visit the HOW NW website to learn more about buying, owning and retaining a home.

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!

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