Over several years, Prosper Portland has played a key role in assisting the Sons of Haiti Lodge on N Mississippi and Fremont in NE Portland, most recently through the Community Livability Grant program.

With help from Prosper Portland, local businesses and neighbors, the Lodge broke ground in late January 2016 on improvements for a proposed food cart site to generate revenue to assist with building improvements. The project’s aim was to stabilize one of the last black-owned businesses on Mississippi Avenue, a historically African American faction of the Freemason fraternity. The community celebrated the opening of the food carts in June 2016. Construction is now underway at the property, which will ultimately create space for the meeting lodge, kids’ karate classes and other services.