No two events have had a greater impact on Portland’s housing market than WWII and the flooding at Vanport. The systemic political, cultural, geographical, and racial implications that resulted from the 1940s changed Portland in ways unseen before or since.
Colise has done more in one life than most dream of doing in several. Raising two children, building her own home, and providing food and clothing to countless neighbors —all with her unrelenting compassion.
Portland is known nationally and across the globe as one of the most progressive enclaves in the world. What’s less known is the severe history of racism that, to this day, permeates all systems and institutions, including our neighborhoods, schools, laws, and housing policies.