Community Livability Grant

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Project Description

Community Livability Grant (CLG) Program

Contact: Alison Wicks, email or 503-823-3949

Fiscal Year 18-19

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Applications for FY 18-19 closed Friday, November 16 at 5pm.

Each year, Prosper Portland seeks proposals from community-based organizations for projects that foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods and improve the prosperity of area residents and businesses. Projects must be located within:

Funds are available through the Community Livability Grant Program for permanent, real property improvements. Projects must add, expand, or improve physical space.

Priority is given to projects that benefit communities of color or people with low incomes, and that promote widely shared prosperity. Such projects would, for example:

  • Support wealth creation opportunities for small business owners
  • Improve access to jobs and workforce development services
  • Honor and enhance the neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history
  • Deliver a community asset tailored to the community’s expressed priorities and opportunities


Prosper Portland will award $1.49 million in Community Livability Grants for fiscal year 2018-19 to 21 projects in five urban renewal areas or neighborhoods, leveraging nearly $30 million in private investment. Seven projects in Interstate, five projects in Lents, four projects in Central Eastside, three in Old Town/Chinatown and two projects in Gateway will receive funding:

ProjectDescriptionURAFiscal YearAward 
CODA, IncChildcare and Acupuncture Room Refurbishment. To update and reconfigure childcare room and acupuncture room. Central Eastside2018-2019$32,000
Shaking the Tree Inc.Painting the Exterior of Shaking the Tree Theatre. Painting the exterior of the warehouse theatre space, 3125 sqft. Central Eastside2018-2019$14,000
VOZ Workers' Rights Education ProjectImproved Workforce Development Hub for Day Laborers. Closed circuit camera and alarm system with security lighting, renovation of existing garage space into one workforce development classroom and two dispatch stations. Central Eastside2018-2019$46,375
YU Contemporary, IncRestoration of Historic Windows at the Yale Union Laundry building. Restoration of 14 windows in a 10,000 sqft second floor gallery space. Central Eastside2018-2019$32,000
Gateway Area Business AssociationGateway Branding, Economic Development and
Wayfinding. To support the creation of a District Asset Map, as first step of district branding project.
Gateway Regional Center2018-2019$15,000
Immigrant and Refugee Community OrganizationAfrica House. To support the renovation of the newly acquired building and increase office, work, and community meetings spaces to accommodate existing and expanded services defined as high-need by the African community. Gateway Regional Center2018-2019$200,000
DePaul Treatment CentersDePaul's Campaign for Hope & Recovery. To support the relocation and expansion of the treatment center. Conditional award; must meet CLG program requirement before funds are awarded.Gateway Regional Center2018-2019$300,000
Restoration Outreach Community Center (Miracle Revivals)Restoration Outreach Community Upgrades. Support the remodel of downstairs space to accommodate a shelter and dance studio. Interstate Corridor2018-2019$25,000
Community Help Institute for Learning & Development - Sunshine Center Montessori PreschoolSunshine Bathroom Remodel. Upgrade to commercial spaces and bathrooms to expand the preschool and accommodate more children. Interstate Corridor2018-2019$30,000
Vanport Placemarking ProjectVanport Placemarking Project. Design and install permanent markers to bring public awareness of the structural, natural resources, and cultural history of Vanport. Interstate Corridor2018-2019$9,000
Our United Villages, DBA Rebuilding CenterRebuilding Center Roof Replacement & Solarization. Capital improvement funding to preserve and improve our iconic reuse and community hub on North MississippiInterstate Corridor2018-2019$100,000
Q CenterQ Resilience Initiative. Facility improvements to our auditorium and art gallery spacesInterstate Corridor2018-2019$58,000
St Joseph's Grand Lodge (Sons of Haiti Lodge)Preserving African American History. External and interior upgrades to the site: paint, drywall, floors, and windows. Interstate Corridor2018-2019$125,000
St. Paul Missionary Baptist ChurchSt. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Building Renovation Project. Funding to support infrastructure improvementsInterstate Corridor2018-2019$150,000
Emmanuel Church Market Place Community Impact. To support feasibility study for health and wholeness center - 4 story structure to accommodate: Early childhood education, community and meeting rooms, wealth creation institute, 11,000 sq. living units, Medical wholistic healing and health facilitiesInterstate Corridor2018-2019$25,000
Junior AchievementJunior Achievement Exterior Improvement Project. Improvements to the parking lot and landscaping.Lents Town Center2018-2019$45,500
ROSE CDC91st Ave Street Mural. Creation of a mural at 91st Ave. in collaboration with Lents Youth Initiative to engage Lents-area youth in community work.Lents Town Center2018-2019$9,500
Seventh-Day Adventist ChurchLents Activity Center Facility Improvements. Improvements to an activity center including lighting and doors. Lents Town Center2018-2019$30,000
White Phoenix AcupunctureWhite Phoenix Safety, Comfort, and Visibility Project. To support the installation of an ADA electronic door operator, low-e window film, painted signage on the building front and windows, update monument sign and install non-toxic carpet in the treatment room.Lents Town Center2018-2019$18,143
Wisdom of the EldersWisdom Workforce Development Initiative. P rovide the Lents URA with habitat restoration and landscape improvements while helping 15 low-income native Americans adults train for and achieve living-wage work.Lents Town Center2018-2019$30,000
Downtown Portland Clean and Safe DistrictGarbage can optimization in Old Town Chinatown Skidmore District. Replacing 25 concrete round garbage cans as well Big Belly solar trash compactors that have outlived their useful life. Old Town / Chinatown2018-2019$15,903
Maybelle Center for CommunityMaybelle Center Facility Improvements. Improve existing community room, classrooms, and meeting/works spaces. Increase efficiency and safety of the Assisted Living Center.Old Town / Chinatown2018-2019$100,000
Portland Chinatown History FoundationPortland Chinatown History Museum. Final steps of the transformation of the Kida Company building into the Portland Chinatown Museum; protective roof coating, space renovation, and distinctive signage. Old Town / Chinatown2018-2019$87,000

Making a Difference in Neighborhoods Across the City

Portland Mercado

mercadoPortland’s first and only Latino public market opened officially on Saturday, April 11, 2015 with La Gran Apertura – a grand opening party that drew founders and supporters of the years-long project to celebrate its completion.

Five years in the making, the Portland Mercado, developed by Hacienda CDC on Prosper Portland-owned property at 7238 SE Foster Road, hosts more than 15 Latino-owned businesses and food trucks offering everything from fresh produce and flowers to Cuban-Argentine fusion food. Prosper Portland helped throughout the planning process with grant funding and developing the co ncept and the business plan.

A $201,959 Community Livability Grant during FY 2013-14 funded the construction of a 500-square-foot commissary Kitchen and cold and frozen storage units, a $432,000 project within the Mercado site and an essential part of the larger development. The kitchen serves as incubation space for Latino entrepreneurs and can be used for nutrition and enrichment classes as well.

The Portland Mercado received the City of Portland’s 2014 Spirit of Portland award, has increased job capacity at Hacienda CDC and for small businesses in the region, and created 76 new jobs in the first quarter of operations.

Prosper Portland’s total investment in the project was more than $1 million, and the agency has extended a long-term lease of the property to Hacienda for $1 per year.  We’ve been proud to contribute to a project that creates such a strong sense of community and place for Latinos and honors diverse cultures in our city.

North by Northeast Community Health Center

North by Northeast Community Health Center

Patient Darlene Solomon at the Center

Neighbors, friends, and past and present patients of the North by Northeast Community Health Center gathered on Friday, October 21, 2016 to celebrate the opening of the clinic’s newly renovated, larger home at 714 NE Alberta. The clinic was founded in 2005 by Dr. Jill Ginsburg and the late Pastor Mary Overstreet Smith, whose daughters spoke emotionally about their mother’s commitment to the neighborhood and to services focused on the local African-American population.

Prosper Portland provided $366,000 in Community Livability Grant funds to make most of the necessary improvements to turn the building into a first-class health center. Supporters set a fundraising goal of $100,000 to finish the renovations for the Center, which is the only clinic in Oregon focused on African-American health.

Prosper Portland programs encourage progress toward the goal of healthy, complete neighborhoods  – and community livability grants are especially targeted to assist projects that promote resilient, caring communities.

The new home for the Health Center allowed a local landmark to remain in African-American ownership as a vital community asset, where both longtime patients and newer visitors can take advantage of primary care services, education, and health screenings. In addition, this redevelopment project directly fulfills the North/Northeast Community Development Initiative goal to foster economic prosperity among African-Americans and people of color.

Old Town Soundscape Installation

The Community Livability Grant can be used to honor and enhance a neighborhood’s cultural diversity and history, as demonstrated by an innovative project in Old Town/Chinatown.

A $40,000 grant awarded in 2015 to Innovative Housing, Inc. supported the creation of multi-ethnic soundscape installations to bring Old Town history to life. On Thursday, September 15, 2016, neighbors and residents celebrated the first installation on NW 2nd Avenue between Burnside and Couch, in front of the Erickson Fritz Apartments.

“The Erickson Saloon, 1890-1920” evokes August Erickson’s Workingman’s Saloon, between 1890 and 1916 and is the first in a groundbreaking series of public sound art installations telling the story of past lives in Portland’s Old Town, to be installed on the facades of buildings within the Skidmore/Old Town Historic District. The soundscapes are designed by historian Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis and sound recordist Larry Johnson and produced in collaboration with Charles Morrow of Charles Morrow Sound, Inc. Oregon Cultural Trust also provided funding.

Future soundscapes will tell the story of the Greek community in Old Town circa 1925-1960, the Jewish immigrant experience from 1925-1960, and the Japanese American experience from 1915-1941. Each soundscape will be installed on a historic building within a three-block radius to provide visitors a self-guided tour through Old Town’s past.

Malden Court Community Orchard

Malden Community Orchard

Lents Grown isn’t just the area’s tagline – it’s the literal description of a project funded by the Community Livability Grant program that created a community orchard in a once-vacant lot at SE 87th Avenue and SE Malden Court.

Prosper Portland provided a $30,000 grant to the Green Lents project, nearly a third of the total $100,000 cost.

The Malden Court Community Orchard (MCCO), designed and developed by neighbors in the community, is intended to serve as a long-term source of fresh produce in the Lents neighborhood. MCCO also serves as a publicly accessible green space; improves public safety, the watershed health of Johnson Creek, and neighborhood livability; and provides environmental education opportunities for local schools and the surrounding community.

A rainy-day opening on Saturday, September 17, 2016 did not deter the orchard’s enthusiastic volunteers and supporters. MCCO is now a young food forest with more than 250 native and fruit-bearing plants, and much room for development and growth.

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