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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.

May 7, 2015 · by Staff · PCRI
PPS Class of 2025Through May 8, community members can participate in Portland Public Schools’ 2025 Survey. Through the survey, Portland Public Schools (PPS) hopes to gain community feedback about how best to accommodate the 5,000 new students anticipated to enroll in PPS in the next 10 years.

You can take the survey here or via paper copies in six languages available at all schools. Please share with friends, family and neighbors, even those without children in schools, so they may also share their views.

The results of the survey are vital to the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee, a group of 26 community members tasked with shaping how PPS evaluates school boundaries. This survey will help ensure that every student can get a great education at schools in every neighborhood.

Additionally, PPS invites community members to provide more input  at a community workshop on school boundaries.  The workshop, hosted by the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee, will be on May 16th from 9:30am – 1:00pm. Childcare and refreshments will be provided. Please register by emailing

January 13, 2015 · by Staff · PCRI

The North/Northeast Business Association Portland, Concordia University, Worksource and PacifiCorp present a job fair on Friday, February 6 to highlight the talents and skills of the NOW Generation (North-Northeast Portland’s Outstanding Workforce), ages 16-30.

NNEBA Job FairThe NOW Generation is invited to meet with employers recruiting to fill summer job opportunities, regular full-time and part-time positions and internships. If you are motivated to work, have the basic job readiness skills needed to apply, interview and retain a job, this is the job fair for you!

Pre-register with WorkSource or visit NNEBA for more information.

Ages 16 to 30

Friday, February 6, 2015 – 10:00am-2:00pm

Concordia University, Hagen Campus Center

    2811 Northeast Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211


Interested Vendors should contact: Joice Taylor at 503-841-5032 Table cost is $50 and includes lunch

November 17, 2014 · by Staff · PCRI

PCRI encourages residents and community members to attend a community need hearing.

How are rising rents and home prices affecting your household?

A consortium made up of the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, and Multnomah County will invest millions over the next fiscal year to help address the community’s need for affordable housing and community economic development.

You are invited to participate in the Annual Community Need Hearing as one of several ways to offer input on an annual spending plan for this federal investment in housing and community economic development.

Thursday, December 11th 

Dinner at 6:00 pmProgram from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 

Gresham City Hall: 1333 NW Eastman Parkway

Accessible by Max and Bus

Park at the auto service lot on Eastman Parkway next to Kmart.

For More Information:



November 7, 2014 · by Staff · PCRI

Free Books, Free Resources, and Tips on Learning and Literacy

KairosPDX is partnering with Multnomah County Library to bring

Multi-Cultural READ AND LEARN

When: November 13, 2014

Time: 10:00- 11:00 a.m.

Who: Parents and children 3-5


Where: New Columbia Resident Services Building

4610 North Trenton Street, Portland, OR 97203

Email: to register

Stop by and see us in Resident Services if you have questions on Tuesdays!


September 26, 2014 · by Staff · PCRI

¡Venga a aprender a hacer recetas nuevas, fáciles y nutritivas!

Come and learn how to prepare new, simple and healthy recipes!

Somos educadoras de nutrición de la Universidad del Estado de Oregon Servicio de Extension trabajando con la comunidad.

We are Nutrition Educators from Oregon State University, working with the community.


Ofrecemos clases de:     We offer classes on:

  • Como combinar diferentes alimentos y actividad física para una buena salud
    • How to combine different foods and physical activity for good health
  • Como hacer una mejor compra de alimentos
    • How to save money in the grocery store
  • Como preparar comidas y bocadillos saludables para su familia
    • How to prepare healthy meals and snacks for your family
  • Como mantener la comida sana para su familia
    • Food safety for your family


Donde/Where:     Maya Angelou Community Center, 4012 N Borthwick Ave, Portland, OR

Cuando/When:    El viernes 10 de Octubre, 2014 / Friday, October 10, 2014

Hora/ Time:         10 am


Para más información llame a Yolanda al: 503-254-5004

For more information call Yolanda at: 503-254-5004 or


Educación practica para UD. Y la familia

Education that Works for You

© 2013 Oregon State University, Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

© 2013 Oregon State University, El Servicio de Extensión (Extension Service) de Oregon State University ofrece programas educativos, actividades, y materiales sin discriminación basada sobre edad, color, incapacidades, identidad o expresión de identidad sexual, estado matrimonial, origen nacional, raza, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, o estado de veterano. El Servicio de Extensión de Oregon State University es una institución que ofrece igualdad de oportunid

September 22, 2014 · by Staff · PCRI

 Interviews & Connections!

Employers are signing up weekly!

Meet, greet and take part in on-site interviews with employers in an informal and fun environment, as well as learn about job/internship opportunities offered by diversity driven companies, government agencies, new start-ups and non-profit organizations in the Pacific Northwest.


                             When:   Wednesday, September 24, 2014

                             Where:  DoubleTree Hotel – Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon

                             Time:     Noon to 4:00 pm (Workshops for Job Seekers start at 9:00*)




September 5, 2014 · by Staff · PCRI

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, Legacy Health is hosting a free Healthy Living Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Iserael with her bikeThe Healthy Living event includes helmet sales and fitting, free health screenings, Affordable Care Act and health insurance Q&A, disaster preparedness and resiliency tips, and CPR Training. Plus: enter to win your own emergency kit!

Helmets for infants to adults will be available for sale at the event: $6 for bicycle helmets and $20 for multi-sport helmets. Bring your own helmet for a free fitting.

All activities will be held at the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Atrium 501 N. Graham St. Portland, OR 97227.

For more information, event schedule, and details, visit:



July 25, 2014 · by Staff · Featured, PCRI, PDX Roots

Bryant Terry is a chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.  In regard to his work, Bryant’s mentor Alice Waters says, “Bryant Terry knows that good food should be an everyday right and not a privilege.”

AfroVeganBryant’s fourth book, Afro-Vegan, was published by Ten Speed Press in April 2014.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine, which was named one of the best vegetarian/vegan cookbooks of the last 25 years by Cooking Light Magazine.  Bryant also authored The Inspired Vegan, and he coauthored Grub (with Anna Lappe), which The New York Times called “ingenious.”  Bryant is also proud to have served as the “humanities advisor” on the Between Meals cookbook project, which shares the recipes and stories of newly-arrived refugee and immigrant women and explores how they have nourished their families in the US.

Bryant’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Food and Wine, Gourmet, Sunset, O: The Oprah Magazine, Essence, Yoga Journal, and Vegetarian Times among many other publications.  As an exclusive speaker signed with the Lavin Agency, Bryant presents frequently around the country as a keynote speaker at community events and colleges, including Brown, Columbia, NYU, Smith, Stanford, and Yale.

Bryant is the host of Urban Organic–a multi-episode web series that he co-created–and he was a co-host of the public television series, The Endless Feast.  He is a featured expert in the documentary film Soul Food Junkies.  He served as an advisor and made an appearance in the documentary film What’s on Your Plate, as well as the PBS educational film Nourish.  Bryant has made dozens of national television and radio appearances, including being a guest on The Martha Stewart Show, Emeril Green, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, The Splendid Table, and The Tavis Smiley Show.

Bryant’s education efforts and activism have earned him numerous accolades.  In 2014 the African American Studies Department at UC Berkeley honored Bryant (along with Tavis Smiley and Belva Davis) for his commitment to community development and transformative change.  In 2012, Hillary Clinton chose him as one of 80 American chefs to be a part of the American Chef Corps.  That same year included him on its list of “100 most influential African Americans,” included him on its list of “100 African Americans making history today,” and the San Francisco Bay Guardian named him “Best Cookbook Cheftivist” in the Bay Area.  In 2011 Bryant was included in Ebony Magazine’s “Power 100 list,” and in 2009, The New York Times magazine featured him among a handful of “food fighters.”  He was selected as one of the “Hot 20 Under 40” in the San Francisco Bay Area magazine 7×7 in 2008.  From 2008-2010 Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Fellows Program, a national Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and in 2007 he received the inaugural Natural Gourmet Institute Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education along with author and Educator Marion Nestle.

In 2002 Bryant founded b-healthy (Build Healthy Eating and Lifestyles to Help Youth), a multi-year initiative in New York City designed to empower youth to be more active in fighting for a more sustainable food system.

Bryant graduated from the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He holds an M.A. in History from NYU and a B.A. with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana.  He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and daughter.

July 18, 2014 · by Staff · PCRI, PDX Roots

PDX Roots Poster 2014

The 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival is almost here! Join us:

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
12PM – 8PM
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

We are looking forward to tasting Africa-inspired dishes from some of the city’s tastiest food trucks, caterers, and restaurants. Including:
Love Belizean, Gamila Cafe, Terrel’s Texas BBQ, Delight of Africa, Enat Kitchen, and Caribbean Kook Pot

On the main stage, we will be treated to performances from some incredible musicians, poets, and dancers. Including:
Turiya Autry, Capoeira Ijexá PDX, ZZ Rose, Amenta & Hanifa Abioto, Chata Addy, Black Butterfly, Akela Auer, NW B-Boyz, and Speakerminds

Have fun learning about food, health, and community with our partner organizations. Including:
Friends of Family Farmers, Q Center, Coalition of Community Health Clinics, Urban League, Men’s Health Project, Curriculum of Cuisine, Bradley Angle, Earth Wisdom Alliance, Lanyi Fan, Black Women for Peace, and Oregon Children’s Theater who will be on-site with storytelling workshops.

Bryant-Terry-photo-credit-Margo-Moritz-680x835Special guests include key-note speaker, Bryant Terry.
Bryant Terry is a chef, food justice activist, and author of numerous books, including Vegan Soul Food, The Inspired Vegan, and Afro-Vegan. He is also the host of Urban Organic, a multi-episode web series. His interest in cooking, farming, and community health can be traced back to his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee, where his grandparents inspired him to grow, prepare, and appreciate good food. Bryant completed the chef’s training program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City. He holds an M.A. in American History from New York University and a B.A. with honors in English from Xavier University of Louisiana. From 2008 to 2010, Bryant was a fellow of the Food and Society Policy Fellows Program. He lives and creates in Oakland, California, with his wife and children.

image b. gallyotSpecial guests also include event host – Bryan Gallyot. Repeatedly voted Pasadena’s “Best Personality”, Bryan is also known for hosting charitable events across Southern California. This Palm Springs based entertainer and co-owner of the Crazy Coconut Bar & Grill is happy to join us here in Portland for the 2nd annual Portland Roots Festival.

For more information, contact PCRI at 503-288-2923. We hope to see you there!


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