Posts Tagged ‘Supporters’

June 4, 2013 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI is delighted to receive an Organizational Sustainability grant from Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. (Enterprise).  This grant will enable PCRI to improve the quantity and quality of data collected, efficiency of data entry, and quality of reporting from our property management and accounting software system.  In turn, these improvements will allow PCRI to serve our residents, funding partners and vendors better and more efficiently.

“This grant came at a great time,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI’s Executive Director (pictured, with Enterprise’s Amanda Saul).  “We’ve been transitioning with the growth from our acquisition of the Albina Community Development Portfolio, and this is exactly what we need to move forward and better serve the community.”

The Enterprise grant builds on a recently completed portfolio inspection and analysis project funded by the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services (OHCS).  The data provided by the state-funded project will be synthesized into PCRI software system where it can be fully utilized for reporting and decision-making purposes.

This grant will also support enhanced training of staff on PCRI’s software system and updated, detailed documentation in order to capture the complexities associated with the management of PCRI’s scattered site, primarily single family rental portfolio.  This documentation will help ensure current and future user integrity with well-documented procedures that transcend users and maximize employee operational proficiencies.

PCRI extends our sincere thanks to Enterprise for their support as we eagerly begin work on these projects.

About Enterprise Community Partners:

Enterprise works with partners nationwide to build opportunity. We create and advocate for affordable homes in thriving communities linked to jobs, good schools, health care and transportation. We lend funds, finance development and manage and build affordable housing, while shaping new strategies, solutions and policy. Over more than 30 years, Enterprise has created 300,000 homes, invested nearly $14 billion and touched millions of lives.

April 2, 2012 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI’s Premiere Gala Benefit was an exceptional—and exceptionally successful—evening!  Thanks to First Lady Cylvia Hayes and Governor John Kitzhaber, we started off the program in style with their dramatic and graceful waltz (check out the coverage of their dance in The Oregonian!).
Following the Governor and First Lady’s dance performance (and a packed reception before that), the quick-witted Margaret Carter took the microphone as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.  For the rest of the fast-paced evening, Mrs. Carter led a full house of guests through an introduction to Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick, a brief video history of PCRI, and to a fantastically successful and competitive auction facilitated by Kelly Russell of Kelly Russell Auctions.

Ms. Russell also presented a triumphant special appeal with former PCRI resident and successful homeowner Betty Mason before offering the podium to former PCRI Board Member Barbara B. Smith, who presented Ernest Warren, Jr. with her namesake Community Support Award.

The headlining entertainment of the evening, the Dancing with the Stars-style competition, was also a runaway success.  Five prominent local celebrities were each trained by and paired with professional dancers from Portland’s Fred Astaire Dance Studio.  Each dancing couple put on a spectacular show in the individual performance as well as the group waltz competition.  In between dances, the competition’s celebrity judges kept the audience entertained with their witty commentary about the dancers’ performances.

Pressed to crown a champion, the judges had their work cut out for them:  Stephanie Torres, Director of Events for the Portland Business Journal, took on a difficult rumba for her individual performance and, along with Fred Astaire’s Alex Aillon as her dancing partner, made it look easy.

Brian Stewart, Vice President and Community Relations Officer for JPMorgan Chase & Co, and his long-legged professional dancing partner Jessi Reynolds had the crowd in stitches with a foxtrot  choreographed to Lena Horne’s “I’ve Got Rhythm.”

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury surprised the judges and her professional colleagues, bringing the sexy back in a swing dance with Fred Astaire’s Malik Delgado.  Judge Roy Jay remarked, “so that’s how legislation gets done!”

Voted by the judges as the top dancer in the group waltz competition, professional sports representative Trisonya Abraham also danced a dramatic and stunning tango with professional partner Austin Faller.

The champion of the evening was Portland attorney and interim Director of the National Association of Minority Contractors of Oregon, Melvin Oden-Orr, along with his dance partner, Fred Astaire’s Tara Konyn.  Mr. Oden-Orr and Ms. Konyn stepped onto the floor like true entertainers and put on an amazing show, cha cha-ing their way to the top of the judges scoresheets.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio followed the competition with a stunning show put on by their professional dancers (yes, the photo below was really taken at the gala!) as well as a lesson, then the dance floor was opened to the gala guests who immediately rushed out for their own around the (packed) dance floor.

We extend a giant thank you to all our sponsors, table captains and guests as well as the fantastic volunteers who made the evening such an amazing success.  Thank you also to our professional photographer Xilia Faye as well as our volunteer photographer Izzy Ventura for the stunning images from the event. Be sure to check PCRI’s Gala Website as well as our Facebook page for more photos of the event and to see what’s coming next!

December 22, 2011 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Did you see Willamette Week’s recent article—the one which states Portland’s rents have risen 17% in the last five years—and 8% just this year?  The article reminded us of some things we already knew: rental housing is more expensive and less available than ever.

It’s one of the reasons we’re working harder than ever to provide safe, healthy and affordable homes for lower-income Portland individuals and families.

In 2011, 15% more families moved into PCRI homes than in 2010 (and 2010 was a busy year!).

Our sights are set to do even more next year.  With your help, we will continue to create affordable housing options and rehabilitate our existing homes, and can exceed our goal to provide affordable rentals to 25% more families in 2012.

Your contribution of $100 is an invaluable tool for growth. It supports PCRI and empowers residents to build a stable and rewarding future through access to our affordable rentals and comprehensive programs. Through these services we have positively impacted residents’ lives and changed the community in which we have invested and reinvested over the last 20 years. North and Northeast Portland would not be the same without the support of partners like you.

You can contribute easily and instantly through our online partnership with Network for Good.  Visit http://www.pcrihome.org/contact/contribute and click on the “Donate Now” button.  Your contribution goes directly toward the housing and services that impact and empower our resident.

June 29, 2010 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

If you follow PCRI on Twitter or you’re our fan on Facebook, you may have already heard that PCRI, as part of the Minority Homeownership Assistance Collaborative (MHAC), has received a $120,000 grant from the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB).  The grant enables our collaborative (which also includes the African American Alliance for Homeownership (AAAH), Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and Hacienda CDC) to help North and Northeast Portland homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure.  It also helps us assist these homeowners with necessary maintenance and legal issues.

Portland Housing Bureau put it this way:

Leaders of the North and Northeast Portland community have witnessed and reported to PHB an ongoing trend of long-standing, low-income homeowners experiencing foreclosure, lost equity and displacement from the community due to a variety of factors that include legal complications like cloudy title and probate issues, preventable foreclosures related to property taxes and Medicaid recovery, predatory lending, and unaffordable home maintenance. Community leaders have indicated that low- and moderate-income homeowners – particularly seniors and members of communities of color – may have challenges accessing existing community programs that could help.

PCRI, in concert with MHAC, applied to Portland Housing Bureau for funding to provide just this sort of outreach and support.  Our goal–as well as PHB’s–for this program is to help low-income senior homeowners in the North and Northeast Portland area to retain their homes as well as their equity interest in their homes.

Portland Housing Bureau chose our proposal, saying PCRI and our MHAC partners “demonstrated a long, positive history of working in N/NE, particularly within minority communities and with disadvantaged and at-risk residents.”

With this funding, our collaboration aims to help about 80 homeowners who are at risk for foreclosures.  The program will offer senior homeowners in North and Northeast Portland a helping hand to navigate the resources needed to maintain and retain their homes.

“Coalition members have strong ties to the African-American, Latino and Native American communities, and are well-positioned to provide culturally competent services to homeowner elders who may be worried about their homes,” says Margaret Van Vliet, PHB Director. “By combining PCRI, Hacienda CDC, NAYA, and the African American Alliance for Homeownership, MHAC has an extended network of contacts and large amount of trust in the community, as well as a solid infrastructure of programs and staff. We are confident that their relationship-focused approach will effectively mitigate loss of homeownership and displacement in the target neighborhoods.”

When it is up and running, the MHAC program will provide personal assistance to residents to identify their risks, create an action plan, help homeowners communicate with government agencies, banks and other organizations and will provide support to carry out the action plan.  Each member of the coalition brings unique and valuable connections to maximize our outreach efforts: community groups, religious organizations, housing partners, senior and community centers and other local agencies and organizations.

“Funding from  this grant is crucial in helping some of our most vulnerable community members be able to maintain homeownership and have a legacy to pass to the next generation,” says  Deborah Turner, PCRI’s Deputy Director.

The program is expected to be launched in July. Homeowners seeking help may call PCRI at 503-288-2923 and ask for the Homeownership Retention staff.

In addition to funding for this program, Portland Housing Bureau provided much of the information in this post.  You can read the original post (and see a great photo of PCRI’s Deborah Turner and Charles Funches) here.

March 22, 2010 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

PCRI is always exceptionally thankful for our supporters.  Now more than ever, the businesses and individuals that provide financial and in-kind assistance for our programs, our community centers and our residents make an immeasurable difference for PCRI families.  With the help of our supporters, we help ensure our residents’ success on the path from basic survival and family stability to self-sufficiency and beginning the process of savings and wealth creation.

We extend a great big THANKS to

  • CASA of Oregon
  • City of Portland Bureau of Housing and Community Development (Portland Housing Bureau)
  • City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • CLEAR by Mobile Citizen
  • Columbia Cascade Company
  • Franz Bakery
  • Free Geek
  • The Home Depot
  • KeyBank Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • Neighborhood Partnership Fund
  • New Seasons Market
  • Northwest Area Oregon Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
  • Oregon Association of Realtors Home Foundation
  • Point West Credit Union
  • Portland Children’s Museum
  • Portland Community College
  • Sherwin Williams
March 22, 2010 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

PCRI is always exceptionally thankful for our supporters.  Now more than ever, the businesses and individuals that provide financial and in-kind assistance for our programs, our community centers and our residents make an immeasurable difference for PCRI families.  With the help of our supporters, we help ensure our residents’ success on the path from basic survival and family stability to self-sufficiency and beginning the process of savings and wealth creation.

We extend a great big THANKS to

  • CASA of Oregon
  • City of Portland Bureau of Housing and Community Development (Portland Housing Bureau)
  • City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • City of Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • CLEAR by Mobile Citizen
  • Columbia Cascade Company
  • Franz Bakery
  • Free Geek
  • The Home Depot
  • KeyBank Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • Neighborhood Partnership Fund
  • New Seasons Market
  • Northwest Area Oregon Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
  • Oregon Association of Realtors Home Foundation
  • Point West Credit Union
  • Portland Children’s Museum
  • Portland Community College
  • Sherwin Williams