Community Project Funding Requests

  • Cascade AIDs Project: Expanding the Prism
    • Location: 520 NW Davis St., Suite 215, Portland, OR 97209
    • Sponsor: Cascade AIDS Project
    • Amount requested: $847,337.00
    • Explanation of the request: Prism Health is the only nonprofit LGBTQ+ health center in the Pacific Northwest providing comprehensive primary and behavioral healthcare. This funding will add a psychiatric mental-health nurse practitioner, two psychotherapists, a health psychologist, three medical assistants, and a Director of Behavioral Healthcare to the medical team. Research shows that LGBTQ+ people experience mental-health issues at a higher rate than heterosexuals. Despite these disparities, the LGBTQ+ population is less likely than heterosexuals to have any regular healthcare provider and face cultural barriers to entering substance-abuse treatment, even as they experience substance-use disorder at higher rates than the general population. Funding an expansion of LGBTQ+ culturally specific behavioral-health services is a smart investment that will prevent “downstream” costs and strengthen Oregon communities.
    • Financial Disclosure Form

 

 

  • Gradin Community Sports Park Phase II Development
    • Location: 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham, OR 97030
    • Sponsor: City of Gresham
    • Amount requested: $2,000,000.00
    • Explanation of the request: This project will add additional capacity and much-needed basic infrastructure to Gradin Community Sports Park, providing more equitable access to recreational opportunities for an increasingly diverse, young, and economically challenged population. This is particularly important considering the demographic changes that have occurred in Gresham. Between 2000 and 2012, Gresham’s population grew by 18%, but the population of non-White residents more than doubled. During the same time, poverty grew by 148%. Poverty in Gresham disproportionately impacts youth, as more than half of students in Gresham’s schools are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Investing in public parks and recreation is a key to addressing the issue of equity in our community. 
    • Financial Disclosure Form

 

  • The Lower Willamette Environmental Dredging and Ecosystem Restoration Project
    • Location: 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 410, Portland, OR 97204
    • Sponsor: City of Portland
    • Amount requested: $732,000.00
    • Explanation of the request: This project will replace an old culvert on Tryon Creek, a tributary of the Willamette River, that currently prevents fish from accessing a forested watershed that has undergone significant restoration in recent history. The existing 400-foot long box culvert, installed in the 1930s, would be replaced with a new culvert that would simulate natural stream dimensions, allowing for water, sediment, and debris to pass downstream and give fish and lamprey unhindered passage into one of the largest contiguous high quality habitats in the Portland metro region, Tryon Creek State Natural Area. The project supports the recovery of salmon and steelhead to the largest city in Oregon, building on, supporting, and amplifying the millions of dollars the Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Portland have spent on ecosystem restoration in the Upper Willamette River Valley and in the City itself. This also supports Tribal partners in their work to restore salmon in the Willamette Basin and reconnect urban indigenous people to their cultural relationship with salmon. 
    • Financial Disclosure Form

 

  • Portland Office of Violence Prevention's Street Level Outreach Program
    • Location: 1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 410, Portland, OR 97204
    • Sponsor: City of Portland
    • Amount requested: $200,000.00
    • Explanation of the request: The city of Portland’s Office of Violence Prevention promotes public safety by targeting the root causes of conflict in neighborhoods, rather than focusing on policing or relying on punitive measures to affect change. The Office of Violence Prevention’s Street Level Outreach program offers mentorship opportunities for struggling youth and their families, helping them access social and educational services. The Street Level Outreach program is an important step to reimage public safety in Portland, and the reduction of violence will have a positive effect on communities of color. Studies show African American community members make up less than 6% of the population in Portland, but are involved in 50% of gun violence incidents. 
    • Financial Disclosure Form

 

  • Friends of the Children Mental Health Surge Capacity Project
    • Location: 44 NE Morris St #3015, Portland, OR 97212
    • Sponsor: Friends of the Children
    • Amount requested: $750,000.00
    • Explanation of the request: The Friends of the Children Mental Health Surge Capacity Project will support enhanced professional mentoring services to youth and families in low-wealth households most impacted by trauma, lack of access to life-saving behavioral health supports, un- and under-employment due to the pandemic, and the intergenerational impacts of decades of disinvestment. For every $1 invested in Friends of the Children, the community benefits over $7 in saved social costs. 83% of youth who receive mentorship from Friends of the Children graduate high school, 93% avoid the juvenile justice system, and 98% avoid early parenting.
    • Financial Disclosure Form

 

  • Multnomah County Behavioral Health Resource Center Plaza
    • Location: 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, Oregon. 97214
    • Sponsor: Multnomah County
    • Amount requested: $1,355,000.00
    • Explanation of the request: Multnomah County is in the final stages of planning a peer-led, culturally-responsive, and trauma-informed Behavioral Health Resource Center (BHRC) in downtown Portland, home to a majority of the region’s growing number of chronically houseless residents. The Center, which will offer a day shelter, 32 shelter beds, and 19 transitional beds, will serve those with behavioral health issues who face barriers to accessing services. This funding will build the BHRC’s Plaza, a 6,000 square foot outdoor area accessed through the Day Center, considered by consumers, staff and designers to be the BHRC’s ‘living room’. The BHRC will help support, shelter, and connect people on their path to stabilization and recovery.
    • Financial Disclosure Form

 

  • Northwest Native American Center of Excellence FLIGHT Program
    • Location: OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building (RLSB) 2S006A, 2730 S Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201
    • Sponsor: The Northwest Native American Center of Excellence
    • Amount requested: $800,405.00
    • Explanation of the request: Oregon Health & Science University Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (OHSU NNACoE) and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) have created NNACoE FLIGHT, a multi-sector project to sustainably address the health care needs of all people by increasing the number of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN) in the U.S. health professions workforce. FLIGHT will offer highly tailored enrichment and mentoring programs and will locate, inspire and recruit students for healthcare careers. This investment will increase the number of professionals who can promote and provide high quality, safe, culturally responsive and accessible healthcare to American Indian and Alaska Native and rural people in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
    • Financial Disclosure Form

 

  • Port of Portland: Advancing the development of a seismically resilient runway at PDX
    • Location: 7200 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218
    • Sponsor: Port of Portland
    • Amount requested: $1,000,000.00
    • Explanation of the request: Within the next 50 years, the Pacific Northwest will experience an earthquake greater than 8.7 magnitude caused by the Cascadia Subduction Zone fault. Following an earthquake of significant magnitude, the ground beneath the runways at the Portland International Airport (PDX) is likely to settle and spread, cracking and breaking the runway pavement surface and rendering it unusable for aircraft. Without a usable runway, the airport will not be functional, and it may take up to one year or longer to rebuild a runway that meets federal standards for large flight operations. A resilient runway at PDX—one that can withstand the effects of liquefaction—could be an essential lifeline for many Oregonians. This project will support the design and development work necessary to create a seismically stable south runway at PDX. Mitigating risk in advance of a disaster like this saves money. This project can help save more lives and speed up supply delivery and reconstruction/rehabilitation services in the event of a large earthquake. According to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, the PDX Resilient Runway project could help the State of Oregon avoid $7.2 billion in losses, with an estimated 50:1 cost-benefit ratio. 
    • Financial Disclosure Form

 

  • Portland Community College Artificial Intelligence Program & Curricula Development
    • Location: 12000 SW 49th Ave., Portland, OR 97219
    • Sponsor: Portland Community College
    • Amount requested: $793,000.00
    • Explanation of the request: Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to advance, grow, and transform global social and economic systems. Portland Community College’s project will erect an AI program and develop AI curricula, weaving it across multiple programs, and offering degrees in socially conscious AI design and development. Portland Community College creates billions of dollars in value for the state’s economy and plays a key role in helping students increase their employability and achieve their professional goals. As our economy recovers, we must acknowledge communities of color, low-income, and rural Oregonians have been hardest hit by the pandemic and stand to be impacted for generations without decisive actions that increase access to workforce training and quality jobs. To protect Oregon’s economic future, investing in Portland Community College and increasing educational opportunities in the field of Artificial Intelligence is of vital importance. 
    • Financial Disclosure Form

 

  • Willamette Shore Line Rail & Trestle Repairs
    • Location: 1800 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97201
    • Sponsor: Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon
    • Amount requested: $2,000,000.00
    • Explanation of the request: Funding will go toward replacing deteriorated structural wood elements on three trestles and replace trackway components including ties, rails and drainage systems to maintain safe operations within the 5.5-mile corridor. The funding will also improve substandard crossings for continued operations and public safety. The repairs allow full length rail operations to resume. The continuation of rail service is critical to maintaining conditions of certain easements along the corridor and preserve this valuable community asset for future high capacity transit service. 
    • Financial Disclosure Form