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NEWS BRIEFS

Augustana Lutheran Church Hosts Summer in the City Aug. 6

Free event includes BBQ, book sale, children’s games, music ...

Health Officials Warn of Spike in Heroin Overdoses

Emergency providers urge use of nalaxone, which is available without a prescription ...

Students Reach New Heights

Two rising sophomores attend aviation camp in Vancouver, Wash. ...

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways

This summer the eight-mile bike route takes place on July 23, from 11 a.m - 4 p.m. ...

APANO: Cultural Series Launches with Solidarity Film Screening

"American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" screens on July 25 at North Portland Library ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Throw the Doors of Opportunity Wide Open for Our Youth

Congressional Black Caucus member Robin Kelly says it’s time to pass the “Today’s American Dream Act.” ...

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Civil Rights

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending talks about the impact of President Trump’s budget on civil rights...

Nooses on National Mall Echo Domestic Terrorism

Lauren Victoria Burke reports on a series of domestic terrorist attacks across the U.S ...

White House Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut in Education Funding

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes about the rising costs of higher education ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

St. Andrew Pastoral Council supports the residents of Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park. Help us keep them from displacement. We are joining St. Charles, other area churches and CASA of Oregon in supporting our Cully neighbors. YOU CAN HELP by coming to the City of Portland's Budget meeting May 12th. The Meeting will be from 6:30-8:30 with a rally in front of City Hall beginning at 6:00.

Here's the situation at hand and how you can help by showing up!

The owner of Oak Leaf is preparing to sell the property. The residents want to buy it before a developer buys it and replaces their homes with higher rental units. We are asking the City of Portland to help.

Since 2008, CASA of Oregon has converted nine parks, representing 580 spaces across Oregon, to resident ownership. CASA is prepared to submit an offer on behalf of Oak Leaf residents to purchase the mobile home park. Under their program, acquisition costs, infrastructure improvements and operating expenses are paid for by space rents and available subsidy.

According to the initial financial analysis, a purchase by residents would require an approximate subsidy of $1.5 million in order to keep rents affordable and preserve the 34-space community so that it cannot be closed or redeveloped. CASA is petitioning Portland City Council to provide a subsidy of $1.5 million for the residents of Oak Leaf in order to keep rents affordable and preserve the 34-space community so that it cannot be closed or redeveloped.

The Oak Leaf’s residents include several military veterans, many older adults, families with small children, and people living with disabilities and chronic and terminal diseases. At the Oak Leaf, residents have found stability and created a tight-knit community. At significant risk to themselves and their families, these residents are now organizing to save their homes and to preserve their community for themselves and for future generations of low-income residents.They need support from other people who are passionate about affordable housing.

Come to the City’s budget meeting on the night of May 12th to support their request that money be set aside in the budget for the purchase of the Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park.

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