Information and activities related to supporting and increasing affordable housing in our neighborhood.

Advocacy Training Opportunities

Join ‘Countering NIMBYism’ Trainings with Leaven Community this month! It’s time to kick-off the ‘People’ part of ourHousing and Wholeness campaign! Leaven Community is hosting a series of trainings on how to have courageous conversations with our neighbors around the housing crisis – conversations that address people’s concerns, counter the NIMBYism narratives that divide us, and build active support for humane & proven solutions to this crisis. Sign up today!Trainings will be held at a variety of “anchor sites” throughout the tri-county area…

The Alcena: Congregational Input Update

Alcena Affordable Housing Project Update from Gary Carroll, II At the annual meeting of the St. Philip’s congregation, Gary Carroll and Rev. Maria presented the progress and process of The Alcena, and included information on the latest discussions between St. Philip’s and our project partner, PCRI.  Additionally, they shared the new project parameters that the vestry requested our consultant, Second Stories, to explore. Second Stories produced additional options for St. Philips to consider and the congregation was asked to rank-choice…

Land & Housing Coalition Mass Assembly

Leaven Community’s Land & Housing Coalition is organizing a tri-county Mass Assembly of over 400 people on Sunday, February 26th from 4-6pm at First Unitarian Church (1211 SW Main St, Portland). Their purpose is “to show our people power and invite our elected officials to join us in more creative, community-centered policy and action so that all Oregonians can find wholeness and belonging in our communities.“ Join them and bring your families and neighbors, so that we can change the answer to…

Housing Update: A Potential New Path

In order to live into our decades long vision of building affordable housing at St. Philip, the Vestry has decided to explore additional opportunities that combine market rate and affordable housing, and explore affordable homeownership options.

ACTION: Support Joint Office of Homeless Services Budget

Leaven Community Land & Housing Coalition is mobilizing, alongside our partners at HereTogether, to make sure that both the Portland City Council and Multnomah County Commission jointly fund the Joint Office of Homeless Services and pass a budget that invests in the near term and permanent solutions needed to tackle our homeless crisis. 

The Alcena has been awarded funding!

We did it! On February 8th, the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) announced its award of $11,250,000 for The Alcena. This is a HUGE step forward! St. Philip is so proud to partner with Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc., in their mission to increase stability for low-income and vulnerable residents in N/NE Portland, especially Black residents. We are also so grateful that a seed planted decades ago by the parishioners of St. Philip, to build affordable housing for seniors, is finally coming to fruition. As Mother Alcena Boozer said when she heard the news, “Hallelujah and Amen!”

January Housing Update: P-BOS, 130 NE Knott, and Kafoury Court Funding

The Alcena and P-BOS Funding In the wake of learning that we did not receive the M-BOS last fall, we were invited by the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) to re-apply for the same bucket of money, the ‘P-BOS’. In December, the P-BOS submission was completed. It was based on the M-BOS submission which was not accepted, but which received specific recommendations from PHB for a second submission. The total amount requested is  $11,250,000. Salazar Architects was brought on as an…

Welcoming Our Elders Home

This blog was written and contributed by the Rev. Maria McDowell and the community at St. Philip the Deacon, Portland. It appeared in the Diocesan Digest on September 30th and the full article is on the Diocesan website. St. Philip the Deacon, in partnership with Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI), Urban League of Portland, Northwest Pilot Project, and the Leaven Community Land and Housing Coalition, is welcoming our elders home. We are stewarding the resources God has given us to build affordable housing for Black seniors…

A Tale of Two Conversations

The conversations were revealing. A common theme, for newcomers and long-time residents alike, was the desire for safe venues and events where people can meet one another. This search for common ground forms the basis of the Neighborhood Engagement conversation. What do residents cherish about the neighborhood—and how can St. Philip respond to the needs, hopes, and dreams of those around us?
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