Support Black-Owned Restaurants Week is Coming!

Aug 26th - Sept 1st

Check out this link for more information about the 6th annual “Support Black-Owned Restaurants Week!”

The iloveblackfood website is an excellent resource listing black-owned eateries in Portland. You’ll find everything from food trucks to coffee shops to brick and mortar restaurants, representing cuisine from the American South, Somalia, Ethiopia, Jamaica, and much more. Visit the iloveblackfood restaurant directory for a complete list of eateries.

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‘Nesika Illahee’

A historic affordable housing project for urban Natives

is underway in Portland

“Confederated Tribe of Siletz Indians partners with local Indigenous organizations to build a 59-unit affordable housing complex with units for Portland's urban Native population”

“The project goals are to address disparities in access to affordable housing for Native Americans; provide culturally specific services to residents; provide medical, dental and behavioral health care for all residents.”

New building offers low rents, cultural programming, and culturally specific medical care

Read More about this project here…

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Portland City Council OKs a Per Unit Landlord Fee

On Wednesday, Portland mayor Ted Wheeler and the City Council adopted an annual $60 per unit fee for landlords, saying “the charge is necessary to collect better data about the city’s rental market” but many fear the cost could be passed down to tenants.

According to The Oregonian, The fee is to help fund the city’s renter services office, according to a government analysis. The office, stationed within the Portland Housing Bureau, enforces fair-housing laws, mediates landlord-tenant disputes and maintains a registry of rental units.

Click here to read more…

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Equifax Breach Settlement Q's & A's

Equifax Breach Settlement Questions & Answers

Like so many of us, When I heard about the Equifax breach settlement and looked at my choices of 10 years of free credit monitoring (a service I already have elsewhere) and hard, cold cash, I veered towards the compensation. Well, on further investigation, it’s obvious that this is not the smart choice here.

This article breaks down the landmark settlement and what you can do about it if your data was breached.

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New Listing + Open House!

Remodeled in Montavilla!

3 bedroom home in Montavilla with remodeled kitchen and a ton of light & charm. 10 minute walk to The Observatory, Academy Theater, brew pubs, antiques, Bipartisan Cafe, food carts and Sunday Farmers Market. Summer concerts down the street at Berrydale Park. Short bike ride/walk to Mt. Tabor. New roof! Up/down blinds. Fenced yard.

MLS# 19001582

Open House this Weekend (7/27-7/28) from 1-3 pm.

Hope to see you there!

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Affordable Homes for Greater Portland

More than 300 new affordable homes are underway across greater Portland

From the “Metro Affordable Housing Update – July 2019”

In 2018, voters approved a $652.8 million affordable housing bond measure to create permanently affordable homes across greater Portland for seniors, working families, veterans and others who need them.

More than 300 new affordable homes are underway across greater Portland
The Metro Council has given the green light to four projects which will bring 339 new affordable homes to the region. The projects, located in Clackamas, Beaverton, Tigard, and Northeast Portland, will receive $40 million in Metro Housing Bond money, and account for almost 10 percent of the goals set for the affordable housing program approved by voters last November.

Read more about this Metro News story here.

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Helping the Mother of all Portland Food Cart Pods

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The Portland Food Cart scene is an essential part of our community. The downtown pod on SW Alder and 10th is “the oldest and largest food cart pod in Portland and sometimes referred to as the “MotherPod.” This pod alone is home to 40 food carts, employing anywhere between 200 - 300 people, many of whom are people of color and immigrants.”

As you no doubt have heard, it’s being displaced to make way for a new development. This Go Fund Me is raising funds to help these local entrepreneurs find a permanent home in “The Culinary Corridor,” which has been proposed for SW 9th Ave. between Director Park and O’Bryant Park.”

To read more about The Culinary Corridor and the plan to find a permanent home for this beloved pod, you can check out this Friends of The Green Loop site and read all about their plan to build a “transformative urban trail that would connect businesses and residents to Portland.”