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Portland Housing Bureau receives $3 million federal grant to create safer homes for 300 local children
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Portland as one of 38 communities nationwide awarded grant funding to protect low-income children and families from the dangers of lead-based paint and other home safety hazards.
The City of Portland, through the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), will receive $3 million to create healthier homes for 300 local families. The award is part of a $98.3 million national allocation to address hazards, train workers in lead-safe work practices, and increase public awareness about childhood lead poisoning. PHB will partner with the Community Alliance of Tenants, the Community Energy Project, Growing Gardens, the Fair Housing Council of Oregon, the Healthy Homes Coalition of Multnomah County, and Multnomah County on this work.
This grant is especially important for our community, which has a high number of homes built before lead-based paint was banned in 1978. Exposure to lead-contaminated dust can lead to tragic health consequences for children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and physical impairments. At high levels, it can cause kidney and central nervous system damage and can lead to anemia.
This significant award speaks volumes about the Portland Housing Bureau's track record of working efficiently and effectively with local partners to create safer homes for low-income kids in our community.
The City of Portland has a strong track record with this competitive grant. Since 1998, and including this latest award, the City has received $20 million from HUD's Lead Hazard Control Grant Program. That funding has helped create safer homes for more than 3,300 local kids. This grant will allow PHB to continue helping local children get off to a healthy start.
May 24, 2013
Supporting our Veterans
Right now, the Oregon legislature is considering a bill that could make a great deal of difference in helping veterans who are experiencing homelessness access safe, permanent homes.
House Bill 2417 would ask Oregonians who sell a piece of property, like a house, to pay an additional $5. The revenue raised by the increase would go into a fund to help Oregon’s veterans find a safe and affordable place to call home.
Today, 1 in 6 Americans who are homeless are veterans. Veterans aged 18 - 30 are twice as likely as their peers to end up homeless. That is unacceptable.
Our partners at Central City Concern are asking you to show your support for House Bill 2417 and add your name to the list of Oregonians supporting the bill.
Together, we can help ensure that our veterans get the homecoming they deserve.
Traci Manning, Director of the Portland Housing Bureau
May 23, 2013
The Portland Rose Festival is coming to town
This Friday officially kicks off the 2013 Portland Rose Festival!
Since its start in 1907, the Portland Rose Festival has promoted Portland as the “summer capital of the world.” The festival is organized each year by the Portland Rose Festival Association.
Enjoy events like the Dragon Boat Races, a carnival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, and three spectacular parades – the Starlight parade, the Junior Rose Parade, and the Grand Floral Parade. The Grand Floral Parade is the centerpiece of the festival. It’s the second largest all-floral parade in the United States, and the largest single-day event in Portland.
This year, Nick and his son are proud to represent the City in the Starlight Parade on Saturday, June 1.
This year’s Grand Marshal of the Rose Festival is fourth-generation Oregonian Gerry Frank. Gerry is an author, veteran, statesman, businessman, and volunteer. Gerry also served as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield for 20 years. Congratulations Gerry!
Start your festivities off by attending the opening night firework show this Friday. If you can’t make it this Friday, there’s a second firework show on June 7.
To see a full list of this year’s festival events visit the Portland Rose Festival website.
In The Skanner News
photo courtesy of Portland Rose Festival
May 22, 2013
Portland Parks & Recreation Summer Camps
Summer vacation is right around the corner. Have fun and stay healthy at one of Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) many summer camps!
There’s a summer camp for every kid at the many parks and community centers around the city. Swimming, tennis, basketball, art, dance, and music are just a few of the options available to keep kids active during their time off from school. Tots (age 1) to teens can participate in PP&R camps.
Summer camp is a great way for kids to build social skills, confidence, make new friends, and have fun!
Registering is easy. You can mail, phone, fax or walk-in your registration form to any PP&R facility. You can also register online on the PP&R website.
To see the full list of summer camps, take a look at PP&R’s online catalog.
Get out in the summer sun and have some fun!
May 21, 2013
Volunteer Opportunity at Peninsula Park Rose Garden
The Wonder Weeders help reduce or eliminate herbicide use, and contribute to the overall beauty and health of the garden. They are essential to the success of the North Portland rose garden.
You don’t need to have the “greenest” thumb to be a Wonder Weeder. Just commit to at least an hour of weeding and bring your own weeding tool and gloves.
Being part of Wonder Weeders is a great way to connect with the community, be outdoors, and help maintain one of Portland’s oldest public gardens.
Wonder Weeders meet once a month to weed the garden.The next weeding party is June 3. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Don’t forget to join us on June 27 for the Peninsula Park Centennial Celebration from 11 am - 11 pm!
Peninsula Park Rose Garden
June 3, 8 am - 12 pm
May 20, 2013