Posts Tagged ‘Our Homes’

January 3, 2017 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI
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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.

July 22, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Featured, New Construction, PCRI

PCRI is excited to announce a new rental housing development which will serve low-income families in Northeast Portland. The PCRI-led team was chosen by Portland Housing Bureau earlier this year to develop the site at the corner of NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Rosa Parks Way, less than a block from PCRI’s main office.

Conceptual Rendering of King + Parks Apartments. ©Merryman Barnes Architects 2017

In partnership with Merryman Barnes Architects, Colas Construction and Cascade Management, PCRI is currently developing designs for the property, envisioning a U-shaped building surrounding a central courtyard (pictured below). Initial designs include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments serving households at a variety of income levels. The completed building is expected to feature on-site management on its ground floor, along with a community room and secure bicycle storage.

Conceptual Rendering of King + Parks Apartments. ©Merryman Barnes Architects 2017

Design development is currently underway. Construction is estimated to begin in spring/summer 2018, with completion in 2019. When completed, the apartments will utilize a geographic preference policy administered by Portland Housing Bureau to provide leasing priority for current and former residents of North and Northeast Portland who have been negatively impacted and/or displaced by prior public action and investment. For more information about the preference policy, visit the Portland Housing Bureau website.

Contracting and hiring opportunities for the development are intended to benefit local business, especially minority- and women-owned firms. For more information about the development or to stay informed about contracting or employment opportunities, please sign up for our mailing list (check the box for King + Parks for information specific to this project).

Answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions are listed HERE and will be updated throughout the project. Sign up for our mailing list (and check back often) for more information.

Conceptual Rendering of King + Parks Apartments. ©Merryman Barnes Architects 2017

June 30, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI
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Urban League Director Nkenge Harmon-Johnson (left) joined PCRI’s Travis Phillips and Maxine Fitzpatrick at the open house

Community members, neighbors, partners and others joined PCRI for an open house to see PCRI’s newest affordable rental homes and enjoy food from local businesses Tamale Boy, Portland Prime and Cupcake Jones. The June 14 event celebrated completion of construction of six three-bedroom, townhouse-style rental homes intended to help mitigate and prevent displacement in Northeast Portland’s rapidly changing neighborhoods.

Families on PCRI’s affordable housing waiting list who were displaced or are at risk of displacement from North and Northeast Portland will receive priority to rent the homes using a “Right to Return” policy developed by PCRI to mitigate involuntary displacement. The homes will be reserved for rent by families earning up to 50-60% of Area Median Income (income thresholds vary by unit) and will rent for $955 to $1,146 per month.

Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager (with hat) congratulates PCRI on the complete homes

Portland Housing Bureau Director Kurt Creager (with hat) congratulates PCRI on the complete homes

Designed by eM|Zed Architecture and built by Colas Construction, these homes will ensure durability, health and affordability for resident families for years to come. Thanks to a grant from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the existing home at the site which was not suitable for rehabilitation was deconstructed, helping to prevent valuable building material from becoming landfill. Financing for the development and construction was provided by Portland Housing Bureau and Pacific Continental Bank, with additional incentives and grant funding from Energy Trust of Oregon and NW Natural.

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June 30, 2016 · by pcriadmin · New Construction, PCRI

IMG_6959In June, 2016, PCRI completed construction of two in-fill developments a few blocks from one another in Northeast Portland. Each development featured three new construction attached townhomes which will be available for rent by families earning up to 50-60% of Area Median Income, based on family size.

Each townhome includes three bedrooms, a full bathroom and laundry room upstairs, while the open main floor includes the home’s kitchen, living and dining rooms and a half bath. Individual front porches give each townhome a welcoming entry, while private fenced rear yards offer a place for residents to garden, relax or play.

Designed by eM|Zed Architecture and built by Colas Construction, these homes will ensure durability, health and affordability for resident families for years to come. These new homes earned Earth Advantage Platinum certification for sustainable construction and energy efficiency. As with other homes developed by PCRI, the homes utilize finishes, cabinetry and flooring chosen for good looks and durability as well as the absence of unhealthy chemicals used in production and finishing. Space and water heating, appliances and lighting fixtures were all selected to maximize the home’s energy-efficiency, reducing utility costs for residents.

One of the two sites was vacant land prior to development of the townhomes. At the other site, an existing, dilapidated single family home was deconstructed prior to development of the new townhomes. The new homes are part of a larger strategy by PCRI to ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods. This home and future developments aim to mitigate–and when possible, prevent–the forced displacement of long-term residents due to rising rents and gentrification.

Families on PCRI’s affordable housing waiting list who were displaced or are at risk of displacement from North and Northeast Portland will receive priority to rent the homes using a “Right to Return” policy developed by PCRI to mitigate involuntary displacement. The homes will be reserved for rent by families earning up to 50-60% of Area Median Income (income thresholds vary by unit) and will rent for $955 to $1,146 per month.

This new construction project, built by Colas Construction, also provided good paying construction jobs for historically underutilized firms. Construction work performed by certified minority-owned businesses comprised approximately half of all subcontracted construction expenses. In addition, volunteer partnerships helped stretch the project budget while ensuring the new home was a compliment to the neighborhood.

Funding for this project was provided by Portland Housing Bureau, Pacific Continental Bank, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a deconstruction grant provided by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, equity invested by PCRI, and the use of energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

May 24, 2016 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

IMG_6550PCRI is planning an open house and ribbon-cutting celebration June 14, 2016 for our newest affordable rental homes. These three-bedroom townhome-style rental homes are our most recent example of transit-oriented infill homes to help mitigate and prevent displacement in Northeast Portland’s rapidly changing neighborhoods.

Neighbors and community members are invited to help us celebrate these new homes at an event June 14, 2016 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Email Travis Phillips or call PCRI’s main office for more information and to RSVP.

These new homes (and a virtually identical development a few blocks away) are expected to achieve Earth Advantage Platinum certification for their sustainable, energy-efficient construction. Designed by eM|Zed Architecture and built by Colas Construction, these homes will ensure durability, health and affordability for resident families for years to come. Financing has been provided by Portland Housing Bureau and Pacific Continental Bank, with incentives and grant funding from Energy Trust of Oregon, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability and NW Natural.

December 12, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · New Construction

This new construction 4-bedroom, 2-bath home in Portland’s Woodlawn neighborhood was completed in December 2014. The home earned Earth Advantage Platinum certification for its’ sustainable construction and serves as a prototype for future developments. A main floor bedroom and bathroom, as well as all living spaces, are accessible to a resident with mobility impairments. Upstairs, three additional bedrooms and a full bathroom provide space for a larger or extended family.

As with other homes developed by PCRI, this home benefits from finishes, cabinetry and flooring chosen because for good looks and durability as well as their absence of unhealthy chemicals used in production and finishing. Space and water heating, appliances and lighting fixtures were all selected to maximize the home’s energy-efficiency, reducing utility costs for residents.

When PCRI determined that the existing home on this property wasn’t practical to rehabilitate, we looked to replace it with a new home that was not only affordable and practical, but also healthy and efficient. The new home is part of a larger strategy by PCRI to ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods. This home and future developments aim to mitigate–and when possible, prevent–the forced displacement of long-term residents due to rising rents and gentrification.

This new construction project, built by Albina Construction, also provided good paying construction jobs for historically underutilized firms. Construction work performed by certified minority-owned businesses comprised approximately half of all subcontracted construction expenses. In addition, volunteer partnerships helped stretch the project budget while ensuring the new home was a compliment to the neighborhood.

Funding for this project was provided by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), equity invested by PCRI, and the use of energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

 

December 12, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

IMG_4240On Friday, December 12, PCRI welcomed partners and community members to its newest affordable rental home. The new home in Northeast Portland’s Concordia neighborhood is part of a PCRI initiative to enable involuntarily displaced residents of the community to return to neighborhoods they would otherwise be priced out of.

The new home features four bedrooms and two baths. A main floor bedroom and bathroom, as well as all living spaces, are accessible to a resident with mobility impairments. Upstairs, three additional bedrooms and a full bathroom provide space for a larger or extended family.

When PCRI determined that it wasn’t practical to rehabilitate the affordable rental home which was previously at this location, we looked to replace it with a new home that was not only affordable and practical, but also healthy and efficient. The new rental home is part of a larger strategy by PCRI to ensure and expand the availability of affordable rental housing in neighborhoods where community resources are robust, schools are easily accessible, and transit services are frequent and readily available. This home and future developments coming soon aim to mitigate–and when possible, prevent–the forced displacement of long-term residents due to rising rents and gentrification.

IMG_2135As with other homes rehabilitated or newly constructed by PCRI and our contractor partners, this home will benefit from finishes, cabinetry and flooring chosen because for good looks and durability as well as their absence of unhealthy chemicals used in production and finishing. The durable and highly efficient design will not only help the home earn Earth Advantage Platinum certification, but will also help ensure low maintenance and utility costs for PCRI and the home’s residents.

This new construction project, built by Albina Construction, also provides good paying construction jobs for historically underutilized firms. Construction work performed by certified minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses (MWESBs) exceeded 87% of all contracts, based on percentage of overall construction costs. In addition, approximately two-thirds off all work was performed by Section 3 certified workers and businesses, ensuring the economic opportunities of construction benefits low-income residents.

Funding for this project has been provided by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), equity invested by PCRI, and the use of energy-efficiency incentives and planning grants from the Energy Trust of Oregon. Volunteer crews also helped install low-maintenance, drought-tolerant landscaping to minimize water use and maximize the home’s beauty.

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October 28, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

On Tuesday, October 28, eight women from Airbnb volunteered at PCRI’s newest rental home, prepping and planting new landscaping in the home’s front yard alongside Travis Phillips and Kirk Rea from PCRI.

IMG_1883Under the threat of downpours, the eight volunteers cleared debris from the yard, prepped the ground for planting and got their boots and shovels muddy planting ornamental grasses, trees and other plants. Home Depot’s Jantzen Beach store provided the plants and landscape material for the front yard, creating a colorful and low-maintenance first impression for the home’s residents and neighbors.

The volunteers excellent teamwork ensured the project was finished ahead of schedule–just in time to pack up before the day’s rains started coming down, giving extra moisture to the newly-installed plants.

The new home, being built by Albina Construction, is a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house that will soon be available to rent by a qualifying low-income family on PCRI’s affordable housing waiting list. In addition to below-market rents for future residents, the home features a wheelchair-accessible first floor, including bedroom, bathroom and all living spaces.

Home Depot’s contribution and the volunteer labor help stretch the project’s budget and ensure durable, healthy, high-quality materials can be used inside and outside of the home. Green building certification for the home is being provided by Earth Advantage; the home is expected to achieve Earth Advantage Platinum certification. Construction is anticipated to be complete in late-November.

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October 28, 2014 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

On Tuesday, October 28, eight women from Airbnb volunteered at PCRI’s newest rental home, prepping and planting new landscaping in the home’s front yard alongside Travis Phillips and Kirk Rea from PCRI.

IMG_1883Under the threat of downpours, the eight volunteers cleared debris from the yard, prepped the ground for planting and got their boots and shovels muddy planting ornamental grasses, trees and other plants. Home Depot’s Jantzen Beach store provided the plants and landscape material for the front yard, creating a colorful and low-maintenance first impression for the home’s residents and neighbors.

The volunteers excellent teamwork ensured the project was finished ahead of schedule–just in time to pack up before the day’s rains started coming down, giving extra moisture to the newly-installed plants.

The new home, being built by Albina Construction, is a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house that will soon be available to rent by a qualifying low-income family on PCRI’s affordable housing waiting list. In addition to below-market rents for future residents, the home features a wheelchair-accessible first floor, including bedroom, bathroom and all living spaces.

Home Depot’s contribution and the volunteer labor help stretch the project’s budget and ensure durable, healthy, high-quality materials can be used inside and outside of the home. Green building certification for the home is being provided by Earth Advantage; the home is expected to achieve Earth Advantage Platinum certification. Construction is anticipated to be complete in late-November.

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December 21, 2013 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI believes that low-income families should not be forced to choose between keeping their homes warm and putting healthy food on their table.  To help low-income families stay warm and have money left for other essentials, a partnership of Portland businesses will soon begin a pilot weatherization program at ten of PCRI’s single-family homes in North and Northeast Portland.

HELP installers discuss a home's weatherization measures.

HELP installers discuss a home’s weatherization measures.

The pilot, a collaboration between Portland non-profits PCRI and Verde, will be funded by NW Natural.  It provides energy-saving weatherization improvements like air sealing and insulation to low-income households without challenges like waiting lists and up-front costs that accompany many existing weatherization programs.

“This pilot is a great opportunity to more efficiently provide utility cost savings to families who need it most,” said Travis Phillips, Housing Development Manager at PCRI.  “We’re eager to see and expand on the pilot’s success so these and other families can spend their hard-earned salaries on school books and healthy food instead of keeping their home warm

PCRI and Verde are also using the pilot to provide economic opportunity to low-income families and communities of color.  The two non-profits engaged Home Energy Life Performance Group (H.E.L.P.), a minority- and woman-owned business who has already weatherized and reduced energy consumption for over 800 Oregon homes, to perform the weatherization improvements.  The project is expected to create 340 work hours in its pilot phase, with additional opportunity in future phases.

“Along with helping Oregon families to live in warmer, healthier homes, partnerships like this mean we can grow skilled-labor jobs, while generating additional opportunities for multiple local business providers,” said Berenice Lopez, President of Home Energy Life Performance Group.

Beyond measures like air sealing and insulation, the pilot includes an education program, funded by a grant from a private foundation, helping residents understand the work being performed and how household habits affect their energy bills, comfort and healthy indoor environments.

“NW Natural is excited to fund and partner on this innovative program,” said Bill Edmonds, NW Natural director of environmental management and sustainability. “Even though gas prices are as low as they were in 2004, that doesn’t make drafts any warmer. We think it’s important to reach as many households as possible with education and services about energy efficiency.”

The pilot phase of the project is expected to be complete in early 2014.  Following a successful pilot, PCRI and Verde aim to replicate the program elsewhere in PCRI’s affordable housing portfolio, for seniors in PCRI’s Homeownership Retention program, and with other organizations serving low-income Oregon residents.

Want to learn more? Contact Travis Phillips at PCRI and read about our partners below:

ABOUT VERDE:  Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy.  Verde establishes social enterprises to employ and train low-income adult community members, create contracting opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned businesses, and bring environmental assets to low-income neighborhoods. www.verdenw.org

ABOUT H.E.L.P.: Born out of a desire to build an organization that combined green job values with assistance to homeowners, Home Energy Life Performance Group, Inc. (H.E.L.P.) has been a driving force in Oregon’s home performance industry and is committed to helping make warmer and healthier homes accessible to all Oregonians.  The company’s trained and certified staff perform all aspects of weatherization using building science practices. www.helppdx.com

ABOUT NW Natural: NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and provides natural gas service to about 689,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is the largest independent natural gas utility in the Pacific Northwest.  Additional information is available at www.nwnatural.com.

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