June 30, 2014 (Portland, Ore.) — Meyer Memorial Trust awarded Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East with $300,000, over two years, to help fund Habitat’s new Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative in northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood.
The Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative is Habitat’s 5-year focus in Cully. Through this initiative, Habitat has teamed up with Cully residents, Living Cully Coalition and City bureaus to build a shared vision of revitalization.
Habitat plans to complete 150 home repairs for low-income homeowners, build 21 new homes that will be sold to low-income, first-time homeowners, and to develop a strategic affordable housing plan, so that low-income residents are not displaced as Cully becomes a more desirable place to live.
The Meyer Memorial Trust funds will be used to build 21 new homes at Northeast 64th and Killingsworth Street, and provide much needed staffing to support the new, and quickly growing, home repair program.
“It is critical to have affordable housing in neighborhoods where low-income families and people of color are most at a risk of being involuntarily displaced,” said Doug Stamm, chief executive officer at Meyer Memorial Trust. “We are pleased to support Habitat’s housing work in the Cully neighborhood, and applaud their leadership in the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.”
Cully is one of the largest neighborhoods in Portland, and is the most racially diverse in the state. One in four Cully residents lives in poverty. 9 out of 10 kids are on free or reduced lunch. 42% of Cully families are spending more than half of their income on housing.
The City of Portland just published a study that found Cully to be the neighborhood where low-income families and people of color are most at risk of being involuntarily displaced, because as the neighborhood improves, rents go up.
“Cully could be another story of a Portland neighborhood where low-income residents are forced out of their homes and east of I205,” said Steve Messinetti, President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East. “We believe that together, we can create a thriving, prosperous Cully without displacement, by investing in the people and not just in buildings and infrastructure.”
Habitat has already completed 20 critical home repairs in Cully, and will break ground on the new home construction early, next year.
To learn more about the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, contact Danell Norby at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-287-9529 x13.