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Welcome to Commissioner Nick Fish's website
Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services. He also serves as Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
HUD Multifamily Housing
Yesterday, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Saltzman in sponsoring a proclamation honoring HUD’s Multifamily Housing office in Portland.
The HUD (or Department of Housing and Urban Development) office in Portland opened in 1971. Over the last 45 years, and it has provided multi-family loans, direct loans, and grants to 342 properties and almost 23,000 affordable apartments in Portland.
The City of Portland was proud to partner with HUD on many initiatives, including 11 x 13.
11 x 13 was a response to the fact that Federal subsidies on 11 privately-owned affordable apartment buildings in our community, home to low-income older adults and people with disabilities, were set to expire.
Through strong partnerships, with the Portland Housing Bureau, HUD, NOAH, the State Oregon, and local nonprofits, all of the at-risk buildings were saved, preventing 1,000 affordable homes from being converted to market-rate rentals or sold as condos.
We are grateful for HUD’s partnership, and legacy of service to thousands of vulnerable families and individuals in our community.
Visit HUD’s website to learn more.
February 11, 2016
Portland Harbor Cleanup
We believe that Superfund is the most significant environmental, public health, regulatory, and jobs issue facing our city.
Yesterday morning, Council hosted EPA leadership at a work session about the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The Superfund process is moving toward significant milestones this year, including the release of a proposed cleanup plan this spring.
At the Council work session, EPA Program Manager Cami Grandinetti updated the Council on where we are in the process to get to a final cleanup plan and how EPA plans to seek feedback from our community. We are grateful to Cami for taking time to bring the Council up to speed and answer their questions about this important issue.
The Portland Harbor is a vital part of Portland’s history, culture, and local economy. It’s used for industry, recreation, fishing, shipping and navigation, tribal ceremonial practices, wildlife habitat, and is a migratory corridor for salmon.
The EPA is hosting Community Information Sessions for Portlanders to learn about the clean-up planning process. Visit the Bureau of Environmental Services’ website to learn more.
February 10, 2016
Happy Lunar New Year!
This weekend, Nick was honored to attend the TET Vietnamese New Year’s Celebration.
Today is the official beginning of the lunar year for many people around the world, and in our community too.
Ethic, racial, and religious diversity are some of our city’s great strengths. The immigrant and refugee families who choose to call Portland home enriches our community.
And, we are grateful for the many contributions the Vietnamese-American community makes to our great city.
We wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
February 8, 2016
Celebrating Venture Portland
Last night, Nick was honored to attend and speak at Celebrate Our City, Venture Portland’s 30th Anniversary Party.
The diamond-anniversary celebrated Venture Portland and our wonderful neighborhood business districts.
And, on Wednesday, Nick was proud to present a proclamation at City Council, honoring their huge milestone.
Nick is Council liaison to Venture Portland. It is a local organization with a strong focused on investing in the smart, strategic growth of our neighborhood small business districts.
Neighborhood small businesses are the backbone of our community. They bring character and strength to our neighborhoods, create jobs, and encourage economic growth. For every dollar spent a local small business, nearly 70 cents stays in Portland’s local economy.
Check out Venture Portland’s website for more information.
February 5, 2016
The Weekly Catch
Nick Fish in The Oregonian
Fox 12 Staff
Amy Wang in The Oregonian
Rob Manning in OPB
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune
February 5, 2016