NAYA initiates Cully Weatherization 2.0 PDF Print E-mail

10.29.2014: This winter, Living Cully -- together with Clean Energy Works , MACG, Energy Trust of Oregon, Multnomah County Health Department and Portland Housing Bureau -- is supporting neighborhood stabilization and offsetting the pressures of gentrification in Cully through the Cully Weatherization 2.0 project.  Cully Wx 2.0 builds off of 2010's Changing the Climate in Cully project, led by MACG.

After intensive neighborhood outreach, the project partners will launch a pilot weatherizing up to 100 single-family owner-occupied homes-with a focus on low- and moderate-income households and communities of color-to advance the benefits of carbon reduction, energy savings, workforce development and positive health outcomes.

To find out if you qualify for the Cully Weatherization 2.0 project, please contact the project coordinator at the Native American Youth & Family Center via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or by phone (503.288.8177 ext. 299). 

New Positions in FY15 PDF Print E-mail

8.6.2014. Good additions and changes happening at Verde as our FY15 enters its second month:

Alyssa Kocsis continues growing with and within our company, transitioning to the Verde Data Coordinator position. Long-time friends of Verde might recall that she began working at Verde in early 2012 as the Landscape Program Assistant, and then became Verde's first Training Liaison (our point person for crew member training). As the Data Coordinator, she collects, organizes, analyzes and shares data to support Verde and Living Cully, building off a year of work with Ecotrust to develop an in-depth data collection, evaluation and dissemination model, with an emphasis on GIS presentation. Congratulations Alyssa!

Maria Jimenez has been hired to serve as the Verde Program Assistant. Maria began working as an Intern at Verde in early 2014, referred through the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization’s Workforce Experience Intermediary Project. She quickly became a great and valuable part of our team, and we are happy to say that we have hired her as a regular Verde employee. As the Program Assistant, Maria supports Cully Park, Outreach, Verde Landscape, and organizational administration. Welcome Maria!

Living Cully awarded Kresge Foundation cross-program grant... PDF Print E-mail

7.10.2014. Something good to share -- today, Living Cully (Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East, Hacienda CDC, NAYA, Verde) was awarded a 3 year, $600,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation. This important award will build capacity across all 4 Living Cully Partners, as well as fund 2 new full-time positions:

The Living Cully Communications Coordinator, responsible for implementing the Living Cully Communications Plan. Verde hosts this position in FY15, and the position rotates to another Partner in FY16 and in FY17

The Not In Cully Coordinator, responsible for implementing “Not In Cully: Anti-Displacement Strategies for the Cully Neighborhood," a 2013 Report prepared by Living Cully. Habitat for Humanity hosts this position in FY15, and the position rotates to another Partner in FY16 and in FY17.

Led by Kresge's Health Program, this grant includes resources from 4 Kresge program areas: Health, Community Development, Arts & Culture, and Environment. Please click here to read a joint Living Cully-Kresge press release about the grant, and please join us in celebrating this exciting opportunity and in the good/challenging work ahead...

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