Posts Tagged ‘The Big 11’

September 5, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, Rehabilitations

PCRI rehabilitated this single-family home as part of our Big 11 project, upgrading and improving 11 single-family rental homes with funding from Portland Housing Bureau.

While new exterior paint is the first thing to notice about the renovations to this 1929 home, the improvements are far more than skin deep. Lead-based paint and asbestos hazards were addressed, significant improvements to insulation and weatherization were undertaken, and new ventilation was installed to ensure a healthy environment for residents.  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.  In fact, these improvements reduced air leakage by 39%, something that will help ensure heating systems can work efficiently and energy bills will be as low as possible for residents.

Inside, the kitchen and bathroom were redesigned to be more functional and make better use of the space.  New flooring was installed throughout, making the rooms brighter and providing durable and easy to maintain surfaces.  Outside, repairs were made where a fallen tree had damaged the home, after which a new roof was installed.  Oregon Tradeswomen crews collaborated with PCRI and Albina Construction to build new fences and porch railings as well as raised planter beds where residents could grow fresh vegetables.


August 17, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI, Rehabilitations

PCRI rehabilitated this single-family home as part of our Big 11 project, upgrading and improving 11 single-family rental homes with funding from Portland Housing Bureau.

New exterior paint is the most visible improvement to this 1944 home and addressed lead-based paint hazards.  Upgraded insulation and weatherization as well as improved ventilation were included in the project’s scope in order to improve the home’s efficiency as well as ensure a healthy environment for it’s residents.

Energy Star-rated appliances were installed to minimize utility costs and energy use and natural linoleum floors were installed in the kitchen and bathroom.

June 18, 2012 · by Staff · PCRI

Economic self-sufficiency means not only stable careers, but also decent, safe, and healthy homes.

PCRI and the Oregon Tradeswomen are working on a shared vision: we build programs to help women and low-income families achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Through the Big 11 Rehab, PCRI preserves affordable rental homes, retains the beauty and stability of Portland’s neighborhoods, and provides needed training opportunities for the Tradeswomen.

Carpenters-in-training with the Oregon Tradeswomen work on a new fence at one of PCRI's single-family homes.

This week, a team of students from Oregon Tradeswomen tackled their first carpentry project of the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class at a home PCRI is rehabilitating as part of the Big 11 Rehab. The women built a new fence to provide valuable privacy from the DMV offices next door and utilized extra fence material to build raised planter beds so the residents who move into the home have a place to grow fresh produce. The home on N Interstate Avenue, is a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home that will be available to families earning less than 60% of area median income.

In addition to the carpentry work performed by Oregon Tradeswomen, major capital improvements like a new roof, a renovated bathroom, and measures to address lead-based paint hazards are being tackled by local general contractor, Albina Construction.  New windows, weatherization and other energy-efficiency improvements are another part of the project that will provide valuable benefits for the home’s future residents by helping ensure low utility expenses.

The rehabilitation project is funded by Portland Housing Bureau and by energy-efficiency incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon.  More information about Oregon Tradeswomen’s partnership with PCRI is available here.  Information about weatherization and incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon is available here.

May 24, 2012 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Two additional bedrooms will be added to this N Webster Street home.

This May, PCRI and Albina Construction began rehabilitation of eleven affordable rental homes. This rehab project spans North, Northeast and Southeast Portland with goals to make the existing single-family homes safer and healthier for low-income families and individuals. Interior and exterior renovations will make them not only more livable, but also more energy-efficient and will help to preserve the beauty and the stability of their neighborhoods.

Work is already in progress at four homes in North Portland, including weatherization and insulation improvements targeted to meet the Home Performance with Energy Star standards.  These improvements will help lower energy costs for residents and make the home more comfortable for the future residents.   Other work includes extensive renovations on a N Webster Street home, close to the vibrant N Mississippi Ave. This home, which has been submitted for Portland’s Build It Green! homes tour (selections to be announced in June, so stay tuned) will have new bedrooms added and the existing main floor layout will receive major improvements to its usability and layout as part of the renovations.

This N Trenton Street home was one of the first homes aquired by PCRI in the early 1990s.

These rehabilitation projects will also provide a series of new sites for PCRI to team up with Oregon Tradeswomen.  Students in the Tradeswomen’s training program will build new fences and porches and perhaps tackle a bit of deconstruction work at several of the homes.

The rehabilitation projects, as well as lead hazard remediation at each of the sites is funded by Portland Housing Bureau. All eleven of the rehabilitated homes will be reintroduced to PCRI’s rental portfolio upon completion.  In addition to the improved housing, the project will also provide needed jobs and training opportunities. While the specific needs of each home vary, the final result of the rehabilitations will be a more efficient, safe and healthy rental home. Start and finish dates of the individual sites will be staggered, with completion of the entire Big 11 Project anticipated for the end of 2012.

Guest post written by Emma Chandler, Housing Development Volunteer

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