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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish
Three Cheers - May 30, 2012

We funded the safety net!
 
Today, the Portland City Council approved $4.8 million to fully fund the safety net. That’s critical funding for short-term rent assistance, shelters, and programs to support homeownership and foreclosure prevention. 
 
Thanks to Mayor Adams and my colleagues for prioritizing funding for people in need during a tough budget year—and to all of our partners who successfully advocated for protecting our safety net.
 
I am also pleased to report that we included a note in this year’s budget which directs the City to move our one-time funding for housing to ongoing funding within the next two years.  This will ensure sustainable funding for safety net programs in the future.
 
Joanne Zuhl in Street Roots
 
Denis C. Theriault in Portland Mercury
 
Beth Slovic in The Oregonian
 
Bud Clark Commons Wins National Award
 
Bud Clark Commons, which combines affordable homes, shelter and services under one roof, recently won national recognition for its design.
 
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Bud Clark Commons the 2012 "Creating Community Connections" award.
 
Congratulations to Holst Architecture, Walsh Construction, Transition Projects, Home Forward, and the Portland Housing Bureau for this prestigious honor.
 
Community Partners Deliver Results
 
Last week, we celebrated two milestones. Catholic Charities rededicated McCoy Village in Northeast Portland, and NAYA Family Center broke ground on new affordable homes in Lents. 
 
McCoy Village, named for honored community leaders Gladys and Bill McCoy, suffered from poor construction and unsafe living conditions.  Catholic Charities and Caritas Housing restored the homes, and added a new child care room, a computer lab, a playground, and resident gathering spaces. 
 
Kah San Chako Haws, or “East House” in Chinook, is the latest venture of NAYA Family Center.  When completed, this LEED-Silver project will bring our region its first multi-story, multi-family modular homes.
 
Three cheers for a housing team that won’t quit. They are making a difference in our community every day.