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City Launches Initiative to Prevent Displacement of East Portland Homeowners

‘Flood Insurance Savings Program’ Will Help Reduce Cost, Risk in Johnson Creek Floodplain

 

Portland, OR –  The City of Portland today launches a new program to mitigate and prevent displacement among East Portland homeowners at risk for flooding and rising insurance premiums.

As many as 800 households in the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods could face   substantial financial and environmental risk from the Johnson Creek floodplain, according to the latest estimates. As mandatory flood insurance premiums continue to rise each year (up to 18%), some area homeowners face the prospect of economic displacement. Even with flood insurance, flood damaged homes can be difficult to repair. At the same time, property values decrease, impacting investment in the area, and leaving low- and moderate-income homeowners vulnerable to predatory real estate practices.

Beginning in June, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) will pilot a new Flood Insurance Savings Program to help a limited number of low- to moderate-income homeowners in Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert reduce their flood hazard insurance premiums, identify opportunities to make home improvements, and increase their resiliency to flood risks.

This program comes as the result of efforts underway in the Governor-designated “Lents Stabilization and Job Creation Collaborative” Oregon Solutions project, and leverages a unique partnership between the City of Portland and the local non-profit, Enhabit. Through elevation surveys and in-home assessments, Enhabit will determine the unique flood risks facing each home as well as the necessary improvements to improve its resiliency against flooding.

Interested participants can learn more about how to protect their property from flood hazards and save money on flood insurance this Saturday, June 3, at a community event ‘Life in the Floodplain.’ The event is hosted by the Portland Housing Bureau, together with faculty and students from Portland State University and the Oregon Solutions. Area residents will have an opportunity to share how they are being impacted, and ask questions of City staff, as well as State Representative Jeff Reardon and Planning and Sustainability Commissioner, Michelle Rudd.

Applications for the pilot Flood Insurance Savings Program will be available beginning June 3, and the deadline to submit an application is July 5, 2017. Interested participants can apply here: www.enhabit.org/flood

 

“Life in the Floodplain”
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM
Earl Boyles Elementary School
10822 SE Bush Street

For more information, contact: Jacob Sherman
Jacob.Sherman@portlandoregon.gov
503.823.2373

Or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/floodplain



Klamath IDEA Center For Entrepreneurship Opens With Ribbon Cutting

Klamath Falls, Ore. – With a snip of the giant scissors across the giant red ribbon, the  Klamath IDEA Center for Entrepreneurship was officially opened!  Many of the leaders in the community were there including members of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce, Klamath County Commissioners, representatives from OSU KBREC, KCEDA, KCC just to name a few…

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Klamath IDEA Center For Entrepreneurship Opens With Ribbon Cutting. My Basin. April 11, 2017.

Committee turns to state for help on groundwater nitrates

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Committee turns to state for help on groundwater nitrates. East Oregonian. January 24th, 2017.

Entrepreneurship, healthcare tops Gov. Brown’s visit

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Entrepreneurship, healthcare tops Gov. Brown's visit. Hearald and News. January 25th, 2017.

Community organizations join forces to reduce hunger in the Gorge

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Community organizations join forces to reduce hunger in the Gorge. Hood River News. Tuesday, November 29th, 2016.

Group addresses hunger – Gorge Food Security Coalition

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Group addresses hunger. The Dalles Chronicle. December 1, 2016.

West Linn advocate overflows with love for the locks

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West Linn advocate overflows with love for the locks. Portland Tribune. Monday, December 12th, 2016.

Southern Flow Corridor wetland restoration project cuts the ribbon

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Southern Flow Corridor wetland restoration project cuts the ribbon. Tillamook Headlight Herald . December 8, 2016.

An end to Lents flooding?

There are more than 700 households in Johnson Creek’s 100-year floodplain, an area subject to devastating floods predicted to occur once per century, or, put another way, with a 1 percent chance of happening in any given year. Most are in the Lents neighborhood, with a smattering in Powellhurst-Gilbert, two of Portland’s neighborhoods with the greatest concentration of affordable housing.

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An end to Lents flooding?. Portland Tribune. November 22, 2016.

Healthy, portable classrooms designed by PSU Architecture students and faculty open at Lincoln High School

Healthy, portable classrooms designed by PSU Architecture students and faculty open at Lincoln High School

Author: Karen O’Donnell Stein
Posted: October 3, 2016

School may have gotten underway a few weeks ago, but students at Lincoln High School still have something new to look forward to. On September 26, four brand-new, sustainable, healthy educational spaces, known as SAGE (“Smart Academic Green Environment”) classrooms, opened their doors on the campus, providing new spaces for academic classes, club meetings, and lectures by community business leaders.

In 2015, Portland Public Schools selected the SAGE classrooms as the solution for replacing the former portable buildings at Lincoln High School that had been damaged in a fire in July. Seeking an option that would be economical, as well as moveable to another site when the entire campus undergoes a major renovation in the coming years, district leaders met with City of Portland officials and determined that the sustainable SAGE classrooms would best meet the needs of the school and its students.

The SAGE classrooms were designed by Portland State University School of Architecture students and professors Margarette Leite and Sergio Palleroni, as a healthier alternative to the ubiquitous portable classrooms installed at schools across the country. SAGE classrooms feature efficient energy-recovery ventilators that provide fresh air, large windows that allow students a view of the outdoors and plenty of ambient natural light, nontoxic materials, VOC-free paints, vaulted ceilings, and a structural design that gives the classrooms a spacious feel. The structures are designed for both sustainability and affordability.

The project was designated an Oregon Solution by the state’s governor in 2011, which resulted in the formation of a multi-partner team of public agencies and commercial entities that supported the development of the product. The SAGE prototype was introduced in 2012 at the National Green Building Conference in San Francisco. The SAGE classroom received a 2013 SEED award for Social, Economic and Environmental Design.

A total of 59 SAGE classrooms have been installed at 32 schools around the Pacific Northwest, ranging from the Seattle area to Corvallis.

 

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Healthy, portable classrooms designed by PSU Architecture students and faculty open at Lincoln High School. Portland State University. October 3, 2016.