August 27, 2020 · by Admin · Featured

THE OREGON CARES FUND FOR BLACK RELIEF AND RESILIENCY IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW

 

The Oregon Cares Fund

Across the country, the Black community has faced greater harm from the pandemic. The same is true in Oregon. Black Oregonians are approximately four times more likely to contract COVID-19 than white people, according to the Oregon Health Authority (1). The global pandemic has widened and exacerbated the longstanding inequities that existed before the virus, hitting Black Americans harder than whites in terms of job and wage loss, the number of financial reserves on hand and the ability to pay monthly bills (2). Black leaders in Oregon suggest this gap can begin to narrow through targeted economic investments in Black people, Black-owned businesses, and Black community-based organizations.

Background

A convening of Black Community leaders met, over the course of six weeks, to discuss the ways the Black community was being left out of coronavirus funding efforts as well as craft remedial action to address those concerns. The Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief and Resiliency was born with a request for disaggregated data, targeted universalism, and a $62 million fund for Black people and families, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led community-based organizations. The Oregon Cares Fund highlights the strength of a diverse leadership coalition aligned on behalf of the Black community’s interests.
In July, the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board voted to allocate $62 million for The Oregon Cares Fund, a targeted cash investment in the Black Community to weather the global health pandemic and ensuing recession. In addition, the Emergency Board allocated another ~$140 million from the federally funded CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund toward other specific communities and sectors.

About the Fund

The Fund provides cash relief to qualifying Black families, Black-owned businesses, and Black-led nonprofits using grants. The Council of Trust, composed of eleven Black leaders from across the state of Oregon, is charged with guiding the Fund. Two nonprofits, The Black United Fund and The Contingent, were selected by the larger Black convening group to administer the grant application and disbursement process. Applications will be reviewed in three application periods. Due to the high volume, it will take a few weeks after submission for applicants to receive funding notifications. Applicants can apply to the fund beginning August 24, 2020, at thecontingent.org/oregon-cares.

In making this targeted investment, Black leaders and the Oregon Legislature have made sure we lift up our most vulnerable communities, not leave them behind. This investment is a small step toward helping a community that would be otherwise devastated by this global health and economic pandemic and struggle to remain afloat.

About The Contingent

The Contingent (previously Portland Leadership Foundation) has been in operation in the state of Oregon since 2008. Key facts about The Contingent:

● The Contingent serves all 36 counties in Oregon.
● Currently, The Contingent partners with the Department of Human Services to
oversee the responsibility for Oregon’s foster family recruitment through Every
Child (www.everychildoregon.org).
● The Contingent also partners with the Department of Corrections to facilitate
Know Me Now.
● The Contingent has a rich history serving the Black community through a wide
range of programs.
About The Black United Fund of Oregon
The Black United Fund has been in operation in the state of Oregon since 1983.
● For over 35 years, Black United Fund of Oregon has been committed to
providing financial support and life-changing programs for low-income
communities and communities of color in Oregon.
● The Black United Fund provides a range of educational programs designed to
help advance students of color. These include: scholarships, mentorship
programs and networking events.
● The Black United Fund supports nonprofits through their Nonprofit Mentorship
Program.
1.) Oregon Health Authority weekly reports June 17 through August 12,
2020,https://www.oregon.gov/oha/erd/pages/covid-19-news.aspx
2.) Financial and health impacts of COVID-19 vary widely by race and ethnicity (Pew Research Center)

Application Here:

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August 6, 2020 · by Admin · Uncategorized

Support Funding for the Oregon IDA Initiative! Click here!

The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative helps build hope for Oregonians with low incomes. It is one of our best tools to improve financial prospects for Oregon individuals and families with low incomes. It is flexible and supports the unique approaches of culturally specific, rural, and urban partners as they work to build better futures in their communities. IDA savers buy homes, start businesses, go to trade school or college, or meet another financial goal that helps set them on a better path.
Because of changes in federal tax law and IRS code, the Initiative, now funded by a state tax credit, is facing significant funding cuts. Legislative action in 2019 (HB 2164) partially addressed these threats but the cuts will still be significant. We need action in the 2020 session to keep the IDA Initiative working in Oregon!

Take a moment to email your state legislators and ask them to support the Oregon IDA Initiative in the second special session. 

If this is your first time taking action here, please enter your contact information so that we can locate your legislators. After that, the pre-drafted email will appear, and all you have to do is add text to our pre-drafted email and click “Send”. It’s that easy!
July 23, 2020 · by Admin · Uncategorized

Free Community Covid-19 Testing

For Immigrants and Refugees and Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color (BIPOC)

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020 12PM – 6PM 

Village Church 330 SW Murray Blvd Beaverton, OR 97005

No appointments, insurance, or symptoms needed.

 

 

For more information click here

For printable PDF version click here 

 

July 22, 2020 · by Admin · Featured

COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund: 211info.org OPEN ONLY 7/21/20. If you have had income loss due to COVID get your name on the rent assistance list today. This list does not open often. Note: The 211info waitlist for the COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund is CLOSED. 

The waitlist opens periodically; if it’s closed, continue to check back regularly for updates. Being placed on the waitlist does not guarantee assistance. 

COVID-19 FINANCIAL RELIEF PROGRAM INFORMATION

HOUSING/SHELTER MULTNOMAH COUNTY COVID-19 RENT RELIEF PROGRAM INFORMATION https://www.211info.org/multco-rent 

1 mile from you (view map for COVID-19 FINANCIAL RELIEF PROGRAM INFORMATION)

CALL: 211 or 1-866-698-6155 (Language interpreters available by phone)
TTY: dial 711 and call 1-866-698-6155
TEXT: your zip code to 898211 (TXT211) (text available English and Spanish)
EMAIL: help@211info.org (email available in English and Spanish)

 

For general information about 211 Covid 19 resources go here: https://covid19.211info.org/

April 30, 2020 · by Admin · Featured, PCRI

The Pantries are located at:

Park Terrace Community Center. 315 N. Alberta St.
Margaret Carter Community Center. 626 NE Brazee St.
Maya Angelou Community Center. 4012 N Borthwick Ave.
Maya Angelou Community Center. 4012 N Borthwick Ave.

 

Park Terrace Community Center. 315 N. Alberta St.

Pantry hours: Wednesdays 10:30 AM – Noon.
For more information contact Victoria @ (503) 282-1359

 

Beatrice Morrow Community Center. 3340 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

Pantry hours: Fridays 1PM – 2PM.
For more information contact Victoria @ (971) 279-2105

 

Margaret Carter Community Center. 626 NE Brazee St.

Pantry hours: Thursday 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.
For more information contact Jasmine @ (971) 341-6047

 

Maya Angelou Community Center. 4012 N Borthwick Ave.

Pantry hours: Fridays 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.
For more information contact Jasmine @ (971) 341-6047

January 3, 2020 · by Admin · Featured, PCRI

Emergency Household Stabilization Funds Available Beginning April 27

April 21, 2020) – The Portland Housing Bureau has reallocated $1 million from its budget into a COVID-19 Emergency Household Stabilization Fund for households suffering a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will provide limited direct cash assistance to at least 2,000 households to help cover urgent needs like groceries, rent, utilities, and medical expenses.

$200,000 of these funds will be available to the public next week through an open application. The remaining funds are being distributed via internal referrals through a network of social service providers serving culturally specific communities, and individuals and families experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

How to Apply

Households can apply for $250 in emergency assistance beginning Monday, April 27 at 10am by contacting 2-1-1 or going to https://www.211info.org/covid19. Applications from eligible households will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis. Assistance with language interpretation or accessibility is available.

211 staff will also be able to connect applicants to additional community resources and assistance, such as discounts for sewer and water charges, crisis vouchers, and the Utility Safety Net program offered by the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Emergency Household Stabilization Fund assistance, a household must be experiencing a loss of employment, income, dependent care, or some other hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and earning no more than 50% Area Median Income prior to any loss of employment or income due to COVID-19.

Applicants will need to include documentation of the COVID-related hardship they are experiencing with their application, such as a letter from an employer, clients or customers, a healthcare provider, or school citing COVID-19 as a reason for reduced hours, termination, loss of business, school closure, loss of childcare, or inability to work, etc.

To access the application* and list of acceptable documentation, visit: https://www.211info.org/covid19

*Application available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese.


What: Open application for $250 emergency cash assistance

When: Monday, April 27 at 10am

How to apply: Call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.211info.org/covid19


February 1, 2019 · by Rachel Loftin · PCRI

Join us on Saturday, May 4, 2019, for the PCRI Lounge, our annual gala!

Enjoy a cocktail hour, dinner, auction, live music and entertainment at the PCRI Lounge gala event, once again at the Hilton Portland Downtown. We’ll celebrate the work we are doing together to bring stability and self-sufficiency to our communities.

Tickets to the event are on sale now, and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

October 29, 2018 · by pcriadmin · Grant Warehouse, Pathway 1000, PCRI

PCRI invites partners and community members to the Beatrice Morrow Cannady Building for a grand opening celebration on November 8 from noon to 2:00 p.m.

PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI staff, and board members will welcome Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, other local officials, nonprofit leaders and business partners for festivities including a ribbon-cutting ceremony, food, entertainment, and a building tour.

The new mixed-use commercial and residential building will provide 80 affordable rental homes prioritized for residents displaced from North and Northeast Portland and community-serving commercial retail space.

Those interested in attending should RVSP their attendance via email or to 971-388-3117. The Beatrice Morrow Cannady building is located at 3340 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Portland, Oregon.

October 16, 2018 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) extends an open Request for Proposals to perform capital improvements at 12 PCRI-owned scattered-site affordable rental homes in Portland. The projects are located in North and Northeast Portland. Scopes of work vary by property and may include interior/exterior painting, electrical repairs and upgrades, carpentry, and flooring.

Interested contractors must schedule an appointment by October 29, 2018 with PCRI’s Maintenance Supervisor to review information about the projects, specifications, and PCRI’s goals for the improvements. Contractors will also be required to complete PCRI’s Contractor Qualification forms prior to inspecting properties and submitting proposals. Appointments may be scheduled and Contractor Qualification forms may be requested by email or by calling PCRI at (503) 288-2923.

All bids must be received by PCRI by 5:00 p.m. on November 9, 2018. Bids received after this time may not be considered.

Please note: many PCRI properties were constructed prior to 1978.  Please consider that any work which disturbs paint in any way will require proper containment procedures. Contractors who are not lead-paint certified, should indicate this clearly in their proposal.

September 18, 2018 · by pcriadmin · 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.

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