PCRI Engages Minority Contractors for Capital Improvements

December 10, 2013 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI) believes investing in disadvantaged communities is one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty.  This fall, PCRI did exactly that: 22 affordable rental homes in North and Northeast Portland will have new roofs, fresh paint and new sidewalks by the end of 2013 thanks to a workforce training program operated by local non-profit Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and several minority-owned contractors.

PCRI spent more than $112,000 on improvements for the homes, with over 90% of the work performed by local, minority-owned and non-profit contractors.  The improvements ensure the long-term durability and safety of the homes for the low-income families who live in them and further PCRI’s long-standing goals to provide opportunity for small, local businesses and minority-owned firms.

“These aren’t just investments in a few homes, they are investments in the strength and livability of our community,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI Executive Director.  “’Community Reinvestment’ is part of our name as well as an important part of how we do business.”

For the capital improvement projects, PCRI sought businesses with whom the organization had existing relationships such as NAYA Construction Services.  NAYA’s construction workforce training program trains low-income Native Americans with essential skills for living wage construction jobs.

“Our job is to care for our people and invest in our community. These building improvements mean a safer, more secure residence for people who need it, and increased opportunity for the minority-owned-and-operated contractors doing the work,” said Matt Morton, Squaxin Island Tribe, NAYA Family Center Executive Director.

PCRI also used these capital improvement projects to connect with contractors the organization had not previously used.  The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME) and Portland’s Metropolitan Contractor Improvement Project (MCIP) were especially instrumental, connecting PCRI with local minority businesses for this and future projects.

PCRI is continually improving its portfolio of 700 affordable housing units, including single-family homes, small plexes, and community apartments.  Contractors who are interested in participating in future improvement projects should contact Jordan Allen, Maintenance Administrator, for more information.

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