Posts Tagged ‘Our Homes’

December 10, 2013 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) believes investing in disadvantaged communities is one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty.  This fall, PCRI did exactly that: 22 affordable rental homes in North and Northeast Portland will have new roofs, fresh paint and new sidewalks by the end of 2013 thanks to a workforce training program operated by local non-profit Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and several minority-owned contractors.

PCRI spent more than $112,000 on improvements for the homes, with over 90% of the work performed by local, minority-owned and non-profit contractors.  The improvements ensure the long-term durability and safety of the homes for the low-income families who live in them and further PCRI’s long-standing goals to provide opportunity for small, local businesses and minority-owned firms.

“These aren’t just investments in a few homes, they are investments in the strength and livability of our community,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI Executive Director.  “’Community Reinvestment’ is part of our name as well as an important part of how we do business.”

For the capital improvement projects, PCRI sought businesses with whom the organization had existing relationships such as NAYA Construction Services.  NAYA’s construction workforce training program trains low-income Native Americans with essential skills for living wage construction jobs.

“Our job is to care for our people and invest in our community. These building improvements mean a safer, more secure residence for people who need it, and increased opportunity for the minority-owned-and-operated contractors doing the work,” said Matt Morton, Squaxin Island Tribe, NAYA Family Center Executive Director.

PCRI also used these capital improvement projects to connect with contractors the organization had not previously used.  The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) and Portland’s Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Project (MCIP) were especially instrumental, connecting PCRI with local minority businesses for this and future projects.

PCRI is continually improving its portfolio of 700 affordable housing units, including single-family homes, small plexes, and community apartments.  Contractors who are interested in participating in future improvement projects should contact Jordan Allen, Maintenance Administrator, for more information.

September 15, 2013 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI, Rehabilitations

In the fall of 2012, PCRI and Albina Construction began a project to extensively rehabilitate 10 of PCRI’s affordable rental homes, preserving these valuable assets for our community and helping ensure the stability of their neighborhoods. In September, rehabilitation was completed on the final home and new residents moved in, benefiting from the energy-efficiency, health and durability improvements that characterize the work being completed at each house.

The ten homes are located in eight diverse Portland neighborhoods, with each home near parks, community resources and frequent-service public transportation.  New paint, which addressed lead-based paint hazards, makes a dramatic before-and-after comparison.  Additional improvements to these and the other nine rehabilitated homes go much more than skin-deep, including improvements to efficiency and indoor health made according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards.  Testing was performed upon completion of each renovation to ensure the homes are as healthy, safe, and energy-efficient as anticipated.

Many of the new homes will also benefit from kitchens and bathrooms redesigned for better usability.  These newly-rehabilitated rooms will also benefit from cabinetry and flooring chosen not just because they look great, but also for their durability and the absence of unhealthy chemicals used to produce or finish them.

These rehabilitation projects also provide good paying construction jobs as well as training opportunities.  As with prior projects, PCRI teamed up with Oregon Tradeswomen at several of the homes, where students developed their carpentry and teamwork skills building fences, installing floors and creating raised planter beds where the new residents can grow their own healthy produce.

One other home, which is also part of the so-called “Big 11” project, will be deconstructed and the existing two-bedroom structure will be replaced with a newly-built Earth Advantage-certified four-bedroom home.  This new construction home, which is anticipated to be complete in 2014, will feature a wheelchair-accessible main floor bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room, plus three upstairs bedrooms to accommodate a larger family.

Funding for these projects has been provided by Portland Housing Bureau, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and by energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.

For more information on PCRI’s available rentals, check out the Rent a Home page; for more information about the completed rehabilitations, check out the Rehabilitations page.

March 31, 2013 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, Rehabilitations

One of a handful of affordable rental homes PCRI owns and manages in SE Portland, this house was rehabilitated as part of PCRI’s Big 11 project and will enjoy many improvements that have been completed and are underway in Portland’s Lents neighborhood.  The comprehensive rehab helps ensure the home remains an affordable, healthy and efficient rental property for the long run and helps protect against displacement in the rapidly changing and improving Lents area.  The Big 11 project, funded by Portland Housing Bureau included upgrades and improvements to each of the affordable rental homes.

To ensure a safe, healthy home for new residents, the rehabilitation included abatement of lead paint and asbestos hazards as well as replacement of dated electrical and plumbing systems.  Taking the rehabilitation several steps further, new, energy-efficient doors, windows and upgraded insulation were added.  In addition, a new high-efficiency water heater and gas furnace replaced the old water heater and furnace, and new Energy Star-rated appliances and WaterSense plumbing fixtures, all of which help ensure low utility costs for the residents.  All of the weatherization improvements were performed and tested according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards.

The home also benefits from a new kitchen and bathroom, each of which received new cabinetry and fixtures for improved functionality.  Throughout the home, materials, fixtures and appliances were chosen for durability and ease of maintenance as well as appearance.  Similar logic was used to help ensure healthy indoor spaces: new kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans were installed to exhaust stale air, and low- and no-VOC finishes and materials used throughout the home.  New flooring (much of which was installed by Oregon Tradeswomen students) and fresh paint combined with the new windows ensure ample daylight in each room, creating a welcoming environment and helping to further reduce energy costs.

February 1, 2013 · by pcriadmin · Rehabilitations

As part of PCRI’s Big 11 project, this home in the Parkrose neighborhood received significant rehabilitation to ensure it remained an affordable, healthy and efficient rental for PCRI residents.  The Big 11 project, funded by Portland Housing Bureau included upgrades and improvements to each of the affordable rental homes.

To ensure a safe, healthy home for new residents, the rehabilitation included abatement of lead paint and asbestos hazards.  To help ensure low utility costs and a comfortable home, new, energy-efficient doors, windows and upgraded insulation were added.  In addition, a new high-efficiency water heater and gas furnace replaced the old water heater and oil furnace.  All of the weatherization improvements were performed and tested according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards.  Similar improvements were made to help ensure healthy indoor spaces and include new kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans installed to exhaust stale air, and low- and no-VOC finishes and materials used throughout the home.

The home also benefits from new flooring, fresh paint, and a new kitchen and bathroom designed for improved functionality.  New Energy Star-rated appliances and water-saving plumbing fixtures complete the renovated kitchen and bathroom, with all materials and appliances chosen for durability and ease of maintenance as well as appearance.  Finally, a dilapidated shed was removed from the rear of the house to open up the large back yard.

A neighbor who had seen the home both before and after the renovations remarked that she wouldn’t have guessed it was the same house if she hadn’t seen it from the street.  (We’ll take that as a compliment of a job well done!)

January 25, 2013 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI

PCRI would like to inform all interested parties that our waiting list is currently open for all bedroom sizes in our affordable ( non Section 8 ) portfolio.  We currently have several available rental units and are expecting to have more in the upcoming months.

If you are interested in renting one of our single-family houses or a unit in any of our smaller apartment complexes, please contact us today to be placed on our fast-moving wait list.

More information about how to apply for a PCRI rental property is available HERE, by calling our office at (503) 288-2923, or by visiting our office in person at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Portland.

January 25, 2013 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI would like to inform all interested parties that our waiting list is currently open for all bedroom sizes in our affordable ( non Section 8 ) portfolio.  We currently have several available rental units and are expecting to have more in the upcoming months.

If you are interested in renting one of our single-family houses or a unit in any of our smaller apartment complexes, please contact us today to be placed on our fast-moving wait list.

More information about how to apply for a PCRI rental property is available HERE, by calling our office at (503) 288-2923, or by visiting our office in person at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Portland.

December 21, 2012 · by pcriadmin · Rehabilitations

PCRI’s rehabilitation of this single-family home was part of our Big 11 project.  Upgrades and improvements to this and ten other single-family rental homes were made possible by funding from Portland Housing Bureau.

Inside and outside of the house, asbestos hazards were addressed and the home was tested for lead-based paint hazards.  Kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans were upgraded as well, all of which help to ensure a healthy environment for residents.  With ventilation systems improved, insulation systems were checked and the home was tested for areas where drafts and air leaks might occur.  Diligent air sealing and new windows reduced these drafts and leaks by nearly 40%, helping to ensure better efficiency and indoor health according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards.  The new, more efficient windows and an Energy Star-rated refrigerator and hot water heater were installed to further help keep residents’ utility expenses low.

Additional improvements were made to ensure the home was as livable and easy-to-maintain as possible.  The kitchen and bathrooms were completely overhauled with new water-saving fixtures, new flooring was installed, and the home was painted inside and out.

 

December 16, 2012 · by pcriadmin · Rehabilitations

As part of PCRI’s Big 11 project, this home in the Woodlawn neighborhood was rehabilitated and renovated to ensure it remained an affordable, healthy and efficient rental for PCRI residents.  The Big 11 project, funded by Portland Housing Bureau included upgrades and improvements to each of the affordable rental homes.

New residents in this home will first be greeted with a new front porch and entry stairs.  New, energy-efficient doors and upgraded insulation help create a comfortable interior for residents.  The improvements in insulation, air-tightness (to reduce drafts and heat loss), and efficiency were performed and tested according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards and will help keep utility bills low for the residents.  Similar improvements were made to help ensure healthy indoor spaces and include new kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans installed to exhaust stale air, remediation of lead-based paint and asbestos hazards, and low- and no-VOC finishes and materials used throughout the home.

The home also benefits from new flooring, fresh paint, and a new kitchen, bathroom and laundry area designed for improved functionality.  New Energy Star-rated appliances and water-saving plumbing fixtures complete the renovated kitchen and bathroom, with all materials and appliances chosen for durability and ease of maintenance as well as appearance.  Finally, a dilapidated shed was removed from the rear of the house to open up the large back yard.

November 9, 2012 · by pcriadmin · Rehabilitations

The rehabilitation and renovation of this home in Portland’s popular Concordia neighborhood was one of eleven single-family rental homes included in PCRI’s Big 11 project.  The project, funded by Portland Housing Bureau included upgrades and improvements to each of the affordable rental homes.

Though not readily evident, significant improvements to efficiency and indoor health were made according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards.  Improved air sealing of the home reduced air leakage by 41%, new energy-efficient windows and doors were installed, and more than 800 square feet of  insulation was added, helping heating systems to work efficiently and aiding residents with energy bills which are as low as possible.  New kitchen and bathroom ventilation fans were also installed to exhaust stale air, lead-based paint and asbestos hazards were addressed, and new low- and no-VOC finishes were used, ensuring a healthy indoor environment for the home’s occupants.

Inside, new flooring, fresh paint, and new and refurbished cabinetry provide a bright and welcoming environment for the residents.  New Energy Star-rated appliances complete the refurbished kitchen, and all materials and appliances have been chosen for durability and ease of maintenance.  Outside, a new driveway and walkway were installed to replace the deteriorated concrete which previously existed.

October 25, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, Rehabilitations

The rehabilitation and renovation of this home was part of PCRI’s Big 11 project.  The project, funded by Portland Housing Bureau included upgrades and improvements to 11 single-family rental homes.

The biggest change to this 1905 home is the addition of two upstairs bedrooms in the former attic space.  Thanks to a high roof, two generously-sized bedrooms were added without making any changes to the home’s exterior other than adding windows.  Although one existing main-floor bedroom was lost in order to make room for the stairway, the change allowed for an updated main floor layout including an enlarged family room and a more functional kitchen.  All of the rooms received new flooring, which Oregon Tradeswomen crews helped to install.

Inside and outside of the house, lead-based paint and asbestos hazards were addressed and kitchen and bathroom ventilation was improved.  A fresh coat of no-VOC paint also helps to ensure a healthy environment for residents.  A new Energy Star rated hot water heater and refrigerator were installed and insulation was upgraded help ensure low utility costs. The improvements to efficiency and indoor health were made according to Home Performance with Energy Star standards, with testing performed after the renovation to ensure anticipated results had been achieved.

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