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May 23, 2018 · by Travis Philips · Pathway1000

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.

PCRI to Launch Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan

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April 16, 2018 · by Travis Philips · Pathway1000

PCRI invites the press and the community to celebrate the completion of the Pathway 1000 Implementation Plan, a bold and ambitious 10-year displacement mitigation initiative. On Tuesday, April 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m., PCRI will host a launch celebration and media event at its offices at 6329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Prepared by PCRI, its partners, and collaborators and informed by a participatory community engagement process, the Plan contains collaborative, inclusive and integrated goals, strategies and actions to raise and invest $300 million over the next ten years. The Plan sets a roadmap to create 1,000 affordable homes for Blacks and others displaced or in danger of displacement from North and Northeast Portland, of which 800 will be sold to new homeowners. The initiative will create hundreds of living wage jobs and spur significant business growth and development.

“We need only to examine promises made, and apologies received, to know what is needed is more than words containing promises and apologies can provide. Action is required,” PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick said. “Pathway 1000 will go beyond apologies and promises. 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.

Pathway 1000 differs from community development initiatives planned by local public agencies because it 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, specifically the generational poverty that exists in Portland’s Black community. Moreover, Pathway 1000 has intentionally developed strategies that are not reliant on deep and ongoing public funding to catalyze construction and sustain the momentum.

“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,” added Fitzpatrick.

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.  As the Executive Director of PCRI for over 24 years, Fitzpatrick has been a tireless advocate for affordable housing and culturally responsive support services for households in the N/NE Portland community.

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.

March 16, 2018 · by Travis Philips · Pathway1000

Team members break ground with golden shovels. From L-R: Travis Phillips and Maxine Fitzpatrick, PCRI; Dennis Harris, Albina Construction; Brett Schulz, Brett Schulz Architect.

On February 27, PCRI hosted a crowd of future and past home buyers, community members, media, and partners for a groundbreaking celebration at the site of new townhomes for first-time homebuyers. The to-be-constructed homes are part of PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Initiative, which aims to develop 1,000 new homes for rent and for sale during the next 10 years.

“The goal is to help people displaced by gentrification move back into the neighborhood,” relayed Ken Boddie of KOIN 6 news. Check out his coverage of the event below and in his Where We Live feature.

Four new homes for sale to low- and moderate-income first-time buyers will be developed on the site. The completed homes will be prioritized for families displaced from North and Northeast Portland and families at risk of displacement.

“PCRI was formed as, and continues to be, a solution to involuntary displacement. This project will help ensure everyone can experience the stability, safety and dignity that a home provides,” said Maxine Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of PCRI.

Construction is expected to begin in April 2018, and is anticipated to be complete in early fall 2018. Other developments planned to begin construction later in the year will provide additional opportunities for families to build intergenerational assets through homeownership. Down payment assistance for the future homeowners will be provided by the City of Portland Housing Bureau as part of its N/NE Neighborhood Housing Strategy.

Additional project partners include Albina Construction, Brett Schulz Architect, Beneficial State Bank, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, and Meyer Memorial Trust.

PCRI to Host Monthly Homebuyer Orientations

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February 26, 2018 · by Travis Philips · Pathway1000

As part of the Pathway 1000 Initiative, PCRI’s Homeownership Education and Counseling program assists low- to moderate-income first-time buyers in creating a successful homeownership plan. Twice-monthly orientations are the first step to enroll in our program and start on the path to becoming a homeowner. Register HERE.

One-on-one counseling is part of the program and is designed to help buyers overcome obstacles that would prevent affordable mortgage financing. We analyze financial and credit situations, identify barriers, and develop a plan to remove these barriers. We also work to assist participants with debt-load management by preparing a manageable monthly budget plan.

We invite you to enroll in an orientation and get started!

When: the first Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. and the third Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Where: PCRI Annex, 6601 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
(two blocks north of PCRI’s main office)

Visit the PCRI Homeownership page on Eventbrite to view available times and register for an orientation.

2018 PCRI Homeownership Workshops Announced

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February 26, 2018 · by Travis Philips · Pathway1000

PCRI’s Homeownership Education and Counseling program is excited to announce workshops and home buyer orientation sessions for 2018. A key part of the Pathway 1000 Initiative, the PCRI program assists low- and moderate-income first-time buyers in creating a successful homeownership plan. Twice-monthly orientations are the first step to enroll in the program and start on the path to becoming a homeowner. In addition, monthly workshops focus on specific parts of the home buying process, issues related to credit and debt, and other relevant topics.

Download a PDF document with dates and information about all of PCRI 2018 workshops or visit PCRI’s Eventbrite page to learn more and register. Homeownership orientations are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month, workshops are generally held the last Wednesday of the month.

In addition to workshops and orientations, one-on-one counseling is part of the program and is designed to help buyers overcome obstacles that would prevent affordable mortgage financing. We analyze financial and credit situations, identify barriers, and develop a plan to remove these barriers. We also work to assist participants with debt-load management by preparing a manageable monthly budget plan.

January 30, 2018 · by pwkadmin · Pathway1000

PCRI has recently created and opened several positions and we’re looking for candidates who will excel within our diverse and fast-paced organization. More information, including downloadable job descriptions will full details of each opportunity, is available on the Job Opportunities page of PCRI’s main website.

DSC_0470Job opportunities at PCRI include a generous benefits package that typically includes paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays and employer-paid health coverage. Details of benefits for each position are included in each position’s job description. PCRI also offers a 403(b) retirement savings plan, access to PCRI’s asset building and other programs, as well as other benefits.

PCRI is a fast-paced, highly engaged work environment. We strive to communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds. We actively seek opportunities for professional development for our staff and promote a willingness to change for continual improvement.

September 27, 2017 · by pwkadmin · Pathway1000

PCRI hosted a kick off event for its Pathway 1000 Initiative on October 7, 2017. At the kick off event, families and individuals had the chance to learn about homeownership and other opportunities available as part of the initiative, as well as more information about the initiative and its goal of ending involuntary displacement.

Pathway 1000 is a displacement mitigation initiative created by PCRI and informed through community outreach and feedback. In addition to mitigating displacement, the initiative aims to reclaim the historic heart and soul of Portland’s African American community, building prosperity for African Americans and others displaced from North and Northeast Portland through the development of 1,000 new affordable homes during the next decade. This development will create hundreds of living-wage jobs, business growth and additional development opportunity throughout the duration of the 10-year initiative.

Arika and JenniferIn addition to individuals and families interested in learning about homeownership opportunity, industry professionals are encouraged to attend to learn more about how their organization or business can participate in the initiative. Attorneys, architects, finance professionals, contractors and others are invited to join in the Pathway 1000 initiative.

September 25, 2017 · by pwkadmin · Pathway1000

Providing homeownership opportunities and housing counseling assistance to low-income families ensures long-term affordability, stabilizes residents and their neighborhoods and helps families build equity and break the cycle of poverty.

In conjunction with the Pathway 1000 Initiative, PCRI is adding additional focus in current and future housing development efforts to increase opportunities for homeownership. PCRI’s goal is to address active and ongoing involuntary displacement of African Americans and other low income residents from the neighborhoods we serve.

To learn more, join PCRI’s Pathway 1000 kick-off event on October 7, 2017, or visit www.pcrihome.org/homeownership.

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September 24, 2017 · by pwkadmin · Pathway1000

During the period from the mid-1990’s to 2010, 10,000 residents—primarily African Americans—were forced to relocate out of North and Northeast Portland neighborhoods.  Essentially, 3 people every day for 10 years were forced to find another place to live.

To accomplish our  goal of addressing this involuntary displacement, PCRI established a displacement mitigation initiative, Pathway 1000, with the sole purpose and intent of slowing and reversing the involuntary displacement of long term residents previously forced to move from N/NE Portland, and current residents at risk of displacement.  Through the Pathway 1000 initiative, PCRI aims to build and create at least 1,000 homes, many of which will be available to purchase.  The homes will be located throughout the city of Portland, with the primary focus on the N/NE Portland neighborhoods where displaced families previously resided

“We cannot undo the harms done, but rather must focus on restoring housing justice for those who were harmed,” said PCRI Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick.

PCRI’s goal is to support and encourage displaced African-Americans to focus on the future. Homeownership is the stabilizing solution to displacement.  Investing in opportunities and assistance for low-income families ensures long-term affordability and stabilizes residents in their neighborhood.

The 1,000 homes will be constructed at a level of 100 homes per year over the next ten years. PCRI is targeting involuntarily displaced residents who were forced to relocated due to escalating housing costs, or because their rental home was sold to a homeowner. PCRI encourages interested community members to participate and learn more via PCRI’s website and social media channels.