September 18, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Anatoliy, Judith and Chris (L-R) joined PCRI’s maintenance team in September 2018

Three new staff members joined PCRI’s in-house maintenance team in September 2018. Anatoliy Trofimenko, Judith Russo, and Chris Palacios joined PCRI’s existing staff of refurbishment and repair technicians who respond to residents’ repair needs and work to refurbish newly-vacant homes in preparation for new residents.

We welcome these new staff members to the PCRI team!

As a reminder, many types of repairs, if prolonged, can become very costly, so PCRI relies on residents to let us know right away if a repair is needed. Residents should call in all maintenance and repair requests to PCRI’s office at (503) 288-2923. Emergency requests (no heat or hot water, severe leaks or flooding, no electricity, or inoperable toilets) should be called into PCRI’s office during business hours, or to PCRI’s after-hours pager at (503) 265-9634 for emergencies outside of business hours.

September 10, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Awards, Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

PCRI’s Pathway 1000 initiative earned Bank of America’s Innovator Award at the 2018 Housing Oregon Conference. Bank of America’s Sindy Spivak presented the award to Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick at the September 7, 2018 conference.

Sindy Spivak of Bank of America (left) presents the Innovator Award check to PCRI’s Maxine Fitzpatrick and Travis Phillips (center) with Housing Oregon Director Brian Hoop (right).

The Innovator Award recognizes the replicability and opportunity Pathway 1000 achieves by addressing generational poverty, mitigating displacement and combatting historic inequities.

“We are really excited to say that we are awarding this year’s Innovator Award to PCRI’s Pathway 1000 project.  It is an exciting, innovative and replicable model to address historic equity issues with a pragmatic achievable plan for homes,” said Jan Laskey, Senior Vice President, NW Community Development Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Along with the award’s recognition, Bank of America presented PCRI with a $2,500 grant, which PCRI will use to offset closing costs for 25 new homebuyers.

“We are honored to have this distinction,” said Fitzpatrick. “More importantly – twenty-five new home owners will benefit from this grant.”

Pathway 1000 sets an ambitious goal to develop 1,000 new homes over the course of 10 years. The new homes, including units for rent and for ownership, will be prioritized for families displaced or at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland. Eighty new homes at the Beatrice Morrow Cannady building will be complete in September, 2018. Nearly 100 additional homes are currently under construction or in final stages of development and permitting.

August 31, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

As part of the Pathway 1000 initiative, PCRI is excited to host a seminar on September 26 focused on helping future homebuyers “get ready to be ready.” RSVP online and join us to learn what you need to know about income, debt, and getting prepared. PCRI’s homeownership team (pictured below) will help you understand how to make homeownership a reality, how much you may be able to afford, and where you can turn for help.

Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!

Date:  Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: PCC Cascade Campus, Terrell Hall Rm 101 (705 N Killingsworth St.)

RSVP by 9/21: via PCRI’s our Eventbrite registration page HERE.

Interested in more information about PCRI’s financial education or homeownership programs? Learn more HERE. Additional classes are offered each month; check HERE for more information.

For questions or more information contact PCRI’s homeownership team by email or by phone at (503) 288-2923 x102.

August 25, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Featured, PCRI

PCRI hosted its second-annual Resident Appreciation and Back to School event on August 18 at Columbia Park. In addition to a cook-out hosted by NW Natural with burgers, hot dogs and other food, the event offered a variety of fun events, games, face painting and a raffle. PCRI staff also distributed backpacks and school supplies.

Cash prizes in the raffle were especially appreciated by residents who attended.

“This was a awesome event. My father has a renewed look at life having moved into his new apartment!” said one resident. “And we’ll split the $100 that I won in the raffle!”

A resident shows her excitement after winning a raffle prize at PCRI’s August Resident Appreciation event.

Community partners, such as the City of Portland and Comcast, joined the event as well, with give aways of their own and information about programs and special pricing available to PCRI residents and other lower-income families.

PCRI staff benefit from the event, too. The event allows staff to hear directly from residents about what services and support residents would like to see and what services we’re providing that are most valuable. The event is also an opportunity to share information about current and upcoming PCRI initiatives, resident service programs, and services available to residents and community members.

Click on any of the images below to view a larger version.

 

 

June 27, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, New Construction, Pathway 1000, Uncategorized

Crews poured the homes’ concrete foundation and slab in May 2018.

PCRI and Albina Construction began development of four new townhomes on N Williams Avenue in April 2018. Construction of the new homes is proceeding briskly, with foundation and walls quickly taking shape. When complete in late-2018, the new homes will be sold to qualifying first-time buyers and will be prioritized for households displaced or at risk of displacement from North and inner Northeast Portland.

Neighbors and passers by have likely noticed significant activity at the site during the past few months as Albina Construction’s crews cleared the site, formed and poured the foundation, framed the homes’ walls. In addition, the City of Portland’s Urban Forester oversaw work performed close to the large tree next to the street, which was preserved and pruned to ensure it would safely clear the future homes.

Youth in the POIC program joined Albina Construction on the jobsite in May 2018.

In late-May 2018, a group of students from the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) joined Albina Construction to learn more about the work happening at site. POIC provides education, job training and more for students enrolled in the program and is a key partner mentioned in PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan, increasing the participation of minority youth in good-paying construction trades.

Four new 2- and 3-bedroom townhomes, certified to meet Earth Advantage green building standards, are being built on the site. The homes will be two and three stories (for 2- and 3-bedroom sizes, respectively) and have been designed to fit with existing neighborhood scale. Front, rear and side yards and walkways help ensure reasonable separation from neighboring homes and maintain the scale and feel of the neighborhood.

 

Additional information about PCRI’s Homeownership Initiatives can be found HERE. Prior updates and information about the Williams Townhomes can be found HERE. Completion of the four townhomes on N. Williams Avenue is anticipated in late 2018, with additional homeownership developments in N/NE Portland slated to begin construction in summer 2018 for completion in early 2019. Click on the gallery below for larger images.

June 13, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs HB4010. (Courtesy Gov. Brown)

On June 12, the Oregon legislature announced the appointment of 11 members, including PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick, to the Task Force on Addressing Racial Disparities in Home Ownership. House Bill 4010 was passed in April 2018 mandating the state to create the task force to more closely examine racial disparities in homeownership in Oregon, identify barriers, and recommend solutions to help close racial homeownership gaps.

As per the provisions of the bill, the task force must include a member representing an organization that focuses on educating and assisting people of color in purchasing homes. With PCRI and Pathway 1000’s focus on homeownership for African Americans and others, Fitzpatrick is a natural representative for this role. An additional four members represent communities that have suffered historic discrimination or who currently face barriers to homeownership.

According to the Portland Housing Bureau’s 2017 State of Housing report, homeownership rates for African Americans and other communities of color are approximately half that of White households in Portland: 54 percent or White households in Portland own their homes, but 30 percent or fewer of African American, Native American, and Hawaiian-Pacific-Islander households own their homes. In addition, Oregon’s home ownership rates for African American households trails nationwide rates for African American homeowners.

The bill was introduced by a coalition of legislators, including Task Force member Rep. Mark Meek (D-Clackamas County) and Sen. Lew Frederick (D-Northeast Portland). According to The Skanner News, the Task Force will:

  • Compile data concerning levels of homeownership among people of color in Oregon;
  • Identify barriers to homeownership that people of color in Oregon face;
  • Investigate practices and procedures for approving mortgage loans;
  • Identify discriminatory mortgage loan application and approval practices and procedures that deliberately or inadvertently discriminate against people of color;
  • Identify barriers other than access to mortgage loans or other credit that reduce or prevent home ownership among people of color;
  • Recommend solutions, including legislation, to eliminate any impermissible discrimination or barriers to homeownership and to improve other conditions that reduce or prevent home ownership among people of color in Oregon.

Other members of the Task Force include two members from the state senate (Senators Cliff Bentz and James Manning), two members from the house of representatives (Representatives Mark Meek and Richard Vial), one member representing real estate licensees, and one member representing mortgage lenders. The announcement and full list of members can be found here.

June 12, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Pathway 1000, PCRI

Prior to PCRI’s 2018 fundraising gala, staff sat down with videographer Sika Stanton to discuss the strategy and importance of the Pathway 1000 initiative to mitigate and prevent displacement. Watch the video below:

May 23, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, Pathway 1000, PCRI

Following the release of the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan, PCRI and Flossin Media recently produced the Pathway 1000 Magazine, a companion publication which focuses on the people working to implement the Pathway 1000 initiative. With its goal to deliver at least 1000 new affordable homes for rent and for sale, Pathway 1000 is PCRI’s ambitious 10-year displacement mitigation initiative.

Comprised of interviews with PCRI staff and board members as well as community partners, the Pathway 1000 Magazine details team members’ connections to the work and strategies to implement the initiative. Click on the magazine cover (right) for online or downloadable versions of the magazine.

“I began to look at the plans, listened to Maxine’s dream and after talking about and reflecting upon homeownership and affordable housing, it became more of a reality to me that [Pathway 1000] CAN be done,” said Dr. T. Allen Bethel, PCRI Board Chair.

Prepared by PCRI, its partners and collaborators, Pathway 1000 is informed by a participatory community engagement process. It differs from community development initiatives planned by local public agencies because Pathway 1000 is community driven, community informed, community advocated, and community built. The Plan focuses on housing stability, wealth creation through homeownership, and subsequently a reduction in poverty, in particular, the generational poverty that exists in Portland’s Black community. The initiative also has goals to create hundreds of living wage jobs through business growth and development.

“We believe our approach can be a model for other communities in Portland and elsewhere in the country that are impacted by gentrification and displacement,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI’s Executive Director. “We are addressing the housing issues caused by income disparities in the City of Portland and State of Oregon. We are offering corrective measures and long-term solutions. The Plan addresses unemployment, underemployment, wage disparities and the unequal treatment that led to these disparate outcomes.”

Formed 25 years ago in response to a housing crisis created by redlining and predatory lending practices, PCRI is a non-profit community development corporation with a mission to preserve, expand and manage affordable housing in the City of Portland and provide access to and advocacy for services to residents. PCRI hosted a launch celebration and media event for the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan on April 18, 2018.

Check out media coverage from OPB. More information about Pathway 1000 is available on PCRI’s website and the Pathway 1000 website. For media inquiries, contact Fawn Aberson at Flossin Media.

May 14, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Pathway 1000, PCRI

As part of the Pathway 1000 initiative, PCRI is excited to host a seminar on May 30 all about mortgages. RSVP online and join us to learn what you need to know before you begin shopping. We’ll answer questions like how to get a mortgage loan and what the process is like. What it means to be mortgage ready or what questions to ask when selecting a lender. And what is a FHA, VA or Conventional loan?

Space is limited, so don’t wait to sign up!

Date:  Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: PCC Cascade Campus, Terrell Hall Rm 101 (705 N Killingsworth St.)

RSVP by 5/28: visit our Eventbrite page at: http://pcri-homeownership.eventbrite.com/

Interested in more information about PCRI’s financial education or homeownership programs? Learn more HERE. Additional classes are offered each month; check HERE for more information.

For questions or more information contact PCRI’s homeownership team by email or by phone at (503) 288-2923 x102. Click the flyer (above, right) for a downloadable version.

May 8, 2018 · by Travis Phillips · Featured, PCRI

The first ever PCRI Lounge on Saturday, May 5, was an amazing success! With your help, we celebrated in spectacular style with Zoulful Muzic featuring Saeeda Wright and friends (pictured at right). Most importantly, we raised over $116,000. These funds help PCRI support more families like those of our honored guest Natalie, ensuring their stability in rental housing and providing a helping hand to homeownership. On behalf of PCRI’s staff, Board of Directors, and most importantly, residents and clients, we offer our most sincere thanks.

We also wanted to share a personal message from Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick.

PCRI Lounge Attendees and Others,

I am grateful and hereby thank each Attendee, Supporter and Volunteer at PCRI’s revised annual event – the PCRI Lounge. Your acceptance of PCRI Lounge and our new format was remarkable. Although I anticipated the music would result in some added enjoyment, your acceptance and satisfaction of it surpassed my expectations.

Thank you for your participation and next year will be even better.

In the midst of the exciting evening and all its glory – I forgot something no leader should: I neglected  to recognize and pay homage to PCRI’s hardworking staff – Travis who has assumed the role of producer of the event and each and every PCRI staff person, in some way, contributed mightily to making this event a success.

PCRI has employed some of the most talented people around; they work every day to better PCRI, enabling it to be capable and effective at delivering on its community oriented mission, goals and strategies. PCRI staff are passionate about their work and know that every day – their efforts makes a difference in someone’s life.

And for the gentlemen that gave me that bit of good advice at the end of the event – thank you.

Be sure to check PCRI’s Facebook page and Instagram feed!. We’ll be adding gala photos from the red carpet and the event as soon as we get them!

And save the date for next year’s PCRI Lounge event: Saturday, May 4, 2019!

Check out the photos from this year’s event below:

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