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Neighborhood House wins grant for proposed housing projectTHE CONNECTION

Neighborhood House has announced that it has received a $235,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust for the beginning phases of a proposed $6 million affordable housing project.

The Southwest Portland nonprofit plans to build the facilities, which will cater to seniors and veterans, on its current site in Multnomah Village.

Neighborhood House Executive Director Rick Nitti said his organzation wants to address what he describes as a "significant shortage" of affordable housing for seniors in Southwest Portland.

"While this community has always had one of the city's largest senior populations, elders are currently being driven out of their existing housing by rising rent costs and being displaced to parts of the city where they are isolated from their social networks and resources," Nitti said.

Construction of the housing project will begin when the fundraising goal is met — hopefully by early summer 2018, Nitti says.

For more information on the project or to make a donation, contact Mari Yerger, Neighborhood House's development director, at 503-246-1663 x2119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TriMet proposes new bus line through part of Southwest PortlandTRIMET

TriMet has proposed a new bus route between the Beaverton Transit Center and the Tigard Transit Center.

The route, which would include a stop at the Washington Square Transit Center, would go through parts of the Garden Home neighborhood in Southwest Portland and serve the Vose, Denny-Whitford and Metzer areas. Buses would travel on Southwest Lombard Avenue, Southwest Denny Road, Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and Southwest Hall Boulevard, providing a more direct route between the transit centers.

For more information or to provide feedback on the proposed route, call 503-238-7433 during regular business hours or visit trimet.org/busplan at any time.

First annual sustainability summit held at PCC Sylvania

More than 50 leaders in the sustainability movement gathered in late January at Portland Community College's Sylvania campus for the school's first sustainability symposium.

The Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network organized the event, which highlighted academic and community research conducted in the Portland region related to sustainability issues. Amy Pearl, the founder and executive director of Hatch Innovation, was the keynote speaker for the summit. In addition to recognition for her nonprofit, Pearl received the Portland Business Journal's 2015 Women of Influence award.