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Pathway to Housing Celebration

Enjoy music, food and drink and giving back

11/8/2017, 9:32 a.m.
Live music, spoken word performances and works of art created by artists from the African American community will highlight a ...
Blacque Butterfly (left) and Ro Deezy

Live music, spoken word performances and works of art created by artists from the African American community will highlight a kick-off party for the Pathway 1000 housing initiative by Portland Community Reivestment, Inc. (PCRI), a program to bring 1,000 new affordable housing units to north and northeast Portland that are reserved for people who have been displaced by gentrification.

Portland singer Tamara Stephens and spoken word artists Blacque Butterfly and Ro Deezy will perform during the Tuesday, Nov. 14 open-to-the public celebration and fundraiser in the ballroom at the Oregon Public House, 700 N.E. Dekum St.

PCRI is offering a free food delivery service for organizations on the day of the fundraiser for groups ordering at least 50 lunches or dinners. A portion of all food and drink sales will be donated to the non-profit organization. The entertainment will take place during happy hour, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It’s estimated that from 1990 to the year 2010, 10,000 people, mainly people of color, were forced to relocate from inner city neighborhoods to “the numbers,” neighborhoods past 82nd Avenue. As a solution to this housing epidemic, PCRI’s Pathway 1000 Initiative will mitigate gentrification by building 100 homes per year, over the next ten years, totaling 1,000 affordable homes available for rent or purchase.

For more information, visit pcrihome.org