Posts Tagged ‘Partnership’

December 19, 2016 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Project Independence Program - Winter2017_Updated 12_14_16_Page_1The Women’s Resource Center at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus has a limited number of scholarships available through its Project Independence program. This program is designed for single parents and returning women students.  Classes focus on how to be successful in college, exploring careers, and planning an educational path. Students in the program take 7 college credits together in a supportive learning community.

“We’ve had great success with the program getting women back in school and on a career path,” said Dr. Karin Edwards, Cascade Campus President and PCRI board member.

Class space and scholarships are still available, but time is running out to enroll in winter classes, which start January 9.

Please join an information session Wednesday, December 21 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Portland Community College, Cascade Campus, Student Union 301

If you cannot make it to the Information Session, PLEASE call 971-722-5249 to schedule a personal appointment.

Project Independence provides a safe and supportive environment for students as they begin or return to college, and can help participants navigate the college system and overcome anxiety about the program. Many program participants are single parents, are divorced, widowed or separated, or are survivors of domestic violence. All participants benefit from support services designed to ensure success:

  • Guided career exploration to pick out your career and educational path
  • A safe and comfortable place to learn how to do college
  • Scholarship for the first term (7 credits of program classes, up to $800.)
  • Limited childcare scholarship
  • Help with transportation costs
  • On-going personal & academic support during and after the term

The Winter 2017 classes begin January 9 and end March 17, 2017. Click on the image above for more information and to download a full flyer.

May 16, 2016 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI has been working with valued partner Qualen Carter, loan officer at HomeStreet Bank, since 2014. He has helped many of PCRI Homeownership Program clients to find appropriate home financing, guiding them through the complexities of the mortgage lending process with a level of care that is distinctly unusual in his field.

IMG_3370Qualen is a tireless and resolute advocate for first-time homebuyers; his approach to his work is rooted in his deep commitment to his community, and in his belief that opportunities for homeownership should be made accessible to all. He says that most of all he wants his clients to know homeownership is for them. That message is particularly meant for African Americans, who have historically been denied the opportunity to own homes through exclusion from the mainstream mortgage market, redlining, predatory lending practices, and other forms of discrimination. As an African American loan officer, Qualen knows that it’s powerfully important for clients of color to see him — someone who reflects their identity, someone who is intimately familiar with their community — in order to gain a sense of recognition, and a degree of confidence that they will be welcomed and understood.

New Homeowner 003Qualen’s mission-driven approach runs counter to the profit-driven business model that governs much of the financial sector. He highlights what he sees as the huge disparity that exists in the industry based on a borrower’s income — whereas financial institutions ‘roll out the red carpet’ for wealthy buyers (in terms of lower interest rates, more leniency around requirements for debt-to-income ratios, and more), moderate-income buyers struggle to find affordable products. While Qualen shares that he’s had to take some losses in order to do his work with the level of care and integrity this is his trademark, the opportunity to help families get into their first home is well worth it. Qualen cobbles together all possible resources in order to make a loan work for clients, utilizing programs like the Mortgage Credit Certificate, Oregon Bond, Down Payment Assistance Loans and Individual Development Accounts (the second two are available through PCRI). If there was ever a doubt, he wants his clients to know that he’s “grinding just as much as they are” — he’s prepared to advocate and work hard on behalf of deserving first-time homebuyers.

Wondering how you might get started on the road to first-time homeownership? Qualen leaves us with some expert advice:

  • Get prepared. The importance of having a budget (that you actually follow!) and a regular savings practice cannot be overstated. They are the building blocks of successful and sustainable homeownership. Connect with a homeownership counselor (come see Ted, our Homeownership Program Coordinator here at PCRI!) to evaluate your readiness before meeting with the folks who are trying to sell you something.
  • Ask questions. It’s important to have a full and clear understanding of the home purchase process, so that you can know what to expect from each individual or institution with which you interact. The more questions you ask, the better. No amount of information is too much information when closing a loan.
  • Work with people you trust. Find a counselor, realtor, and lender that is available to you and who is transparent with information. You want to be sure that the professionals in your corner will advocate for you and prioritize your best interests.
  • Take your time. Now might not be the right time for you to buy a home — and that’s okay! Take the time you need to get your budget right, to build or repair your credit, and to accumulate some savings. Take the time you need to get yourself in the best possible position to buy — it will be worth the wait!

 

Qualen’s passion for working with first-time homebuyers, his deep commitment to his community, and his true industry expertise make him an invaluable partner to our organization and the individuals and families that we serve in our Homeownership Program. We are proud to partner with Qualen, and grateful for his work.

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.

September 10, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is excited to begin the second series of the “Money Smart” Financial Education Program in partnership with Banner Bank. Residents who complete the four-class program will earn $100 to open a new checking account. The program includes four 2-hour classes on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday, October 6, and will cover topics ranging from budgeting, balancing a checkbook, managing credit and avoiding identity theft.Children-and-savings

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, October 6, 6-8 p.m.): “Bank on It” and “Borrowing Basics” topics include basics of banking and borrowing.
  • Class 2 (Tuesday, October 13, 6-8 p.m.): “Check it Out” and “Money Matters” topics include backing vs. check cashing services, and budgeting.
  • Class 3 (Tuesday, October 20, 6-8 p.m.): “Pay Yourself First” and “Keep it Safe” topics include the importance of saving and protecting your identity
  • Class 4 (Tuesday, October 27, 6-8 p.m.): “To Your Credit” and “Charge it Right” topics include financial scams, identity theft, and maintaining good credit.

Participants who attend and complete all four classes will earn $100 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.

September 10, 2015 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is excited to begin the second series of the “Money Smart” Financial Education Program in partnership with Banner Bank. Residents who complete the four-class program will earn $100 to open a new checking account. The program includes four 2-hour classes on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday, October 6, and will cover topics ranging from budgeting, balancing a checkbook, managing credit and avoiding identity theft.Children-and-savings

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, October 6, 6-8 p.m.): “Bank on It” and “Borrowing Basics” topics include basics of banking and borrowing.
  • Class 2 (Tuesday, October 13, 6-8 p.m.): “Check it Out” and “Money Matters” topics include backing vs. check cashing services, and budgeting.
  • Class 3 (Tuesday, October 20, 6-8 p.m.): “Pay Yourself First” and “Keep it Safe” topics include the importance of saving and protecting your identity
  • Class 4 (Tuesday, October 27, 6-8 p.m.): “To Your Credit” and “Charge it Right” topics include financial scams, identity theft, and maintaining good credit.

Participants who attend and complete all four classes will earn $100 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.

August 17, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI, The Beatrice Morrow

IMG_0230At an August 17 event, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced the selection of a PCRI-led team to develop the former Grant Warehouse site. The site, located on NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, between Cook and Ivy streets, is envisioned with new affordable rental housing and community-serving ground floor commercial retail space.

“Even though this is just one site, it is the beginning,” said Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick of the project’s goals to mitigate involuntary displacement.

PCRI and our project team, including co-developer Gerding Edlen, general contractor Colas Construction, and Carleton Hart Architects, were selected following a Request for Qualifications issued by Portland Housing Bureau. The RFQ served to identify the development team which could best meet the goals of Housing Bureau’s N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy and develop a project which would involve and benefit the Northeast Portland community as well as its its historically African-American residents.

“This is an important opportunity to provide access to affordable family rental housing in a neighborhood that has experienced displacement and gentrification in the past several decades,” said Ms. Fitzpatrick. “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.”

IMG_0218The announcement about the development team for the Grant Warehouse site was one of two cornerstone projects highlighted at the public event, held at the site of the former Grant Warehouse. Colas Construction and Majestic Realty will develop a new commercial project a short distance away at NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Alberta Street. That project will feature a grocery and other commercial retail space.

“Through their focus on commercial activity and affordable housing, both projects will add to the vitality and diversity of the community, and will serve to underscore our commitment to this vital section of Northeast Portland,” said commissioner Saltzman in an email invitation for the event.

“This is a happy, long awaited day,” said Mayor Charlie Hales.

For continued information about the Grant Warehouse redevelopment and project updates, visit pcrihome.org/grant-warehouse or follow PCRI on Facebook.

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August 17, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

REACH Build Day TeamPCRI, REACH and others came together recently to complete critical home repairs for four low-income seniors in NE Portland neighborhoods. PCRI staff and other volunteers joined REACH Community Development for Community Building Day on Saturday, August 15.

Ms. Johnson, a client of PCRI’s Senior Homeownership Retention Program, was one of the seniors whose home was cared for by the Community Building DSC_0020volunteers, including Retention Program Coordinator Lisa Williams (pictured at left). With fresh exterior paint and other improvements, Ms. Johnson’s house not only looks good, but will also ensure she can remain safe and stable in her home for years to come.

“It was so great to be working in community to help Ms. Johnson out,” said PCRI staff member Kirk Rea, one of the volunteers. “Her family, friends, plus folks from different agencies showed up, and we had youth to elders working and laughing together. The positivity and service I saw us all activate, just by painting a home, gives me hope that we can keep rolling back the barriers and hardships of our most vulnerable people.”

In addition to painting, volunteers installed two wheel chair ramps and completed plumbing repairs for the seniors who were selected for Community Building Day improvements.

REACH Build A Day 267The Community Building Day is an initiative of REACH with the support of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) and the Urban League of Portland. Two of the event’s beneficiaries were referred by PCRI and the Urban League. Special thanks to the event underwriters, The Grainger Foundation and Macy’s Community Giving, both of whom sent awesome volunteers! In-kind support was provided by Walsh Construction Co., Miller Paint, Pipeline Plumbing, M & M Contracting Services, LMC, Inc., Greg Clarke Photography and Mike Beeson.

DSC_0030The Community Building Day highlights the extensive free home repair work the Community Builders Program does year round. The Community Builders Program, a program of REACH, is dedicated to helping older adults and people with disabilities age safely in their homes by providing free home repairs. PCRI’s Senior Homeownership Retention program helps area seniors connect with programs such as the Community Builders Program. Through advocacy, referrals and financial support, the program helps seniors retain homeownership and age in place.

March 12, 2015 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is excited to endorse a new coalition dedicated to ensuring ongoing resources for housing and homeless services in our community – the Welcome Home Coalition.wh-logo

Welcome Home is building a region-wide coalition to lead a grassroots movement in support of affordable housing opportunities, and PCRI is proud to be a part of the coalition.  Welcome Home—and PCRI—believe in a community that invests in safe, stable, and affordable homes for everyone.

Here’s how you can support and stay engaged with the critical work of Welcome Home:

​PCRI will also share key milestones and updates in our mailing list and on PCRI’s Twitter and Facebook pages. If you’re not already signed up, be sure to follow PCRI too!

September 26, 2014 · by Staff · PCRI

¡Venga a aprender a hacer recetas nuevas, fáciles y nutritivas!

Come and learn how to prepare new, simple and healthy recipes!

Somos educadoras de nutrición de la Universidad del Estado de Oregon Servicio de Extension trabajando con la comunidad.

We are Nutrition Educators from Oregon State University, working with the community.

 

Ofrecemos clases de:     We offer classes on:

  • Como combinar diferentes alimentos y actividad física para una buena salud
    • How to combine different foods and physical activity for good health
  • Como hacer una mejor compra de alimentos
    • How to save money in the grocery store
  • Como preparar comidas y bocadillos saludables para su familia
    • How to prepare healthy meals and snacks for your family
  • Como mantener la comida sana para su familia
    • Food safety for your family

 

Donde/Where:     Maya Angelou Community Center, 4012 N Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR

Cuando/When:    El viernes 10 de Octubre, 2014 / Friday, October 10, 2014

Hora/ Time:         10 am

 

Para más información llame a Yolanda al: 503-254-5004 Yolanda.Delacruz@oregonstate.edu

For more information call Yolanda at: 503-254-5004 or Yolanda.Delacruz@oregonstate.edu

 

Educación practica para UD. Y la familia

Education that Works for You

© 2013 Oregon State University, Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

© 2013 Oregon State University, El Servicio de Extensión (Extension Service) de Oregon State University ofrece programas educativos, actividades, y materiales sin discriminación basada sobre edad, color, incapacidades, identidad o expresión de identidad sexual, estado matrimonial, origen nacional, raza, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, o estado de veterano. El Servicio de Extensión de Oregon State University es una institución que ofrece igualdad de oportunid

September 19, 2014 · by Travis Phillips · PCRI

PCRI is excited to announce several new partnerships aimed to provide resources and opportunities for residents to save money and achieve better health.

A recent partnership with car-sharing service Zipcar will offer residents free or discounted memberships and reduced weekday car-sharing rates. The collaboration with Zipcar is designed to help low-income residents make use of a car share program by offering lower rates. Car sharing also helps residents avoid the financial burden of owning a personal vehicle. Residents who would like to enroll in the program should contact Nuhamin Eiden at PCRI.

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Youth learned and had fun at the Healthy Eating and Active Living Camp

Cover Oregon and Oregon Health Authority have partnered with PCRI to connect with resident families who do not have health coverage. The partnership will improve residents’ access to health care and health coverage through population-specific assistance.

PCRI also recently renewed a partnership with AmeriCorps’ Oregon State Service Corps. An AmeriCorps volunteer joined PCRI’s resident services team in September and will help deliver healthy food access and education to PCRI residents. The AmeriCorps member will organize a food bank for residents and host educational classes for adults and children.

Last, but not least, Oregon State University’s Food Hero program is coming to PCRI’s Maya Angelou Community Center this fall. Culturally-specific nutrition courses will be offered through this partnership, tailored specifically for Hispanic/Latino families residing in the Maya Angelou apartment community. Families will benefit from the program aimed at teaching parents fundamentals of nutrition and navigating the region’s food systems.

Additional information for residents is coming soon and will be included in PCRI’s October resident newsletter.

 

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