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Healthy Homes Workshop

From NECN:

Please help us spread the word about the Healthy Homes workshop, where participants will learn simple strategies for improving the “health” of their home environment.

Reduce your family’s exposure to the contaminants and chemicals that can trigger asthma, allergies and other health concerns. Win prizes, make recipes and play games while discussing healthy, cost-effective alternatives to store-bought cleaners!

This workshop is lead by Josiah Hill III Clinic and hosted by NECN’s Safety and Livability Team. Josiah Hill III Clinic is an environmental health non-profit located in NE Portland. Josiah Hill III Clinic’s focus is on providing families in Portland with the tools and information they need to create healthy and safe home environments. They offer free blood lead screenings for families at risk for lead poisoning and a variety of workshops to support the community in creating Healthy Homes, Healthy Childcare, Healthy Equity and Green Cleaning Solutions. To learn more or to schedule a blood lead test or workshop, please call (503) 802-7389.

When: Monday, November 21, 7-8 PM
Where: King School Facility, 4815 NE 7th Ave., entrance on 7th

Portland Financial Planning Day – a free personal finance event

City of Portland, CASH Oregon, and the Financial Planning Association of Portland invite you to attend Portland Financial Planning Day on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, 2nd floor, where you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with dozens of professional financial planners to discuss your personal finance questions, concerns and interests.

Information will be provided on a pro-bono basis by experts from the Financial Planning Association and highly qualified CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals. There are no strings attached – volunteering financial planners will not pass out business cards, marketing materials or sell products or services.

You may seek information and advice on a wide range of topics, including:

Buying a Home – Debt Management
Building a College Fund – Savings Goals
Job Loss and Job Change – Foreclosure Assistance
Change in Marital Status
Investment Strategies – Asset Accumulation
Generating Investment Income
Building a Retirement Fund – 401(k) and 403(b) Plans
IRA Accounts – Social Security
Tax Reduction Strategies
Charitable Contributions – Small Business Taxation
Building an Inheritance – Wills and Trusts
Estate Tax Strategies
Life Insurance Coverage – Disability Insurance
Long-term Care Planning
Managing Health Insurance – Health Savings Accounts
Pension Benefits

In addition to personalized advice, Portland Financial Planning Day will also feature a series of classroom-style 50-minute Educational Workshops

“ABC’s of Land Use” Workshop

Learn the basics of how the City of Portland’s land use and development review processes work. Get hands-on experience with a land use review case study, including review of a development proposal and site plan, identification of relevant issues, and effective ways to respond to the approval criteria.

“ABC’s of Land Use” Workshop
Saturday, October 22, 2011
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Historic Kenton Fire House

Introduction by Mary Jaron Kelley, North Portland Neighborhood Services. Presented by Barry Manning–Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Paul Leistner–Office of Neighborhood Involvement.
Refreshments will be provided. The workshop is free. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 40 people.
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New Subsidized Housing for Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

According to the Portland Tribune, a new housing project will break ground next year just south of the King Neighborhood on NE Cook and Martin Luther King. The development will feature ground floor retail, LEED certification, and serve residents earning 30, 50, and 60 percent of median area income.

Community Livability Grant funds available in Interstate URA

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) will have funds available in fiscal year 2011-12 for community livability projects in the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area (ICURA). PDC’s Community Livability Grant Program began in the Interstate Corridor URA in 2006 and expanded to the Lents Town Center URA in 2010. The program has awarded nearly $2 million to more than three dozen projects that improve livability for residents and enhance the unique nature of the Interstate Corridor and Lents Town Center neighborhoods.

For the Interstate Corridor URA Map, click here.

Up to $300,000 in Community Livability grants will be awarded in the coming fiscal year in each of the two urban renewal areas. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, neighborhood and business associations and neighborhood groups.
Individuals or groups interested in submitting an application are strongly encouraged to learn more about project eligibility, completing the application, and the evaluation and selection process by attending an information workshop. For ICURA: Thursday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Legacy Emanuel Hospital, 2801 N. Gantenbien, Room 1075 in the East Wing.

The grants support a wide variety of community benefits: historic preservation, open spaces and gardens, community and cultural centers, social services, jobs training, and the growth of local businesses. The work is not always visible, but investment supports each organization’s ability to benefit the community.

Grant applications are due to PDC by Monday, May 10 at 5 p.m. Applications will be reviewed by Community Livability Committees for each urban renewal area, which will make recommendations back to PDC. Decisions will be announced by Thursday, June 30, and projects can begin as soon as the grantees have formalized a Letter of Agreement with PDC.
Since 2006, PDC has awarded approximately $1.8 million in Community Livability Grants, ranging from $5,000 to more than $100,000. Projects receiving awards have included:

• Green/energy efficient upgrades to a historic building
• Preservation of historic assets: Kenton’s Paul Bunyan statue; Historic Columbian Cemetery
• Improvements to small community open space and community fruit garden
• Added outdoor performance space
• Exterior improvements to a music center
• A wheelchair ramp for a community medical center
• New shade trees and benches at Humboldt School
• Heating, electrical upgrade, and doors for a new art center in Kenton
• Exterior building improvements for a community center in Boise
• A new furnace and energy efficient improvements for a child care center
• Historic building improvements, including acoustic upgrades, new solar power and sustainable storm water runoff

Details about the grant program, highlights of two recent projects and a downloadable application are available at:, or contact Susan Kuhn at; 503-823-3406 (Interstate Corridor URA).