This month marks 25 years since the nonprofit began giving back to the community. Since it started, the group has repaired more than 1,200 homes, putting an estimated $20 million in market value back into the Portland metro area.
Malone said his organization has noticed a big increase in need over the last couple years, as Portland faces an affordable housing crisis. “The need is not going down by any means. If these people moved out, they couldn’t afford another house. Young families can’t afford to buy a house, let alone an elderly person. We are dealing with a lot of multiple family units living in one home, because the kids can’t even afford an apartment,” said Malone.
Source: Nonproft rebuilding Portland homes amid affordable housing crisis | KGW.com
Antonio “Shades” Agee holding up a student’s artwork STEPHANIE BATTAGLIA
Shades acknowledges what might be considered a unique situation, given his commercial success in the urban art: “I’m blessed. I’m an artist. People are paying me for what I do with a God-given talent. So there’s no problem with me giving back,” the graffiti artist said, chuckling. “Any child that gets to see anyone of success doing art … is awesome. Kids love that.”
via A Detroit Collage: How a Graffiti Artist, Apparel Company and Nonprofit Are Helping to Keep Art in Schools – The Root.
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Debt has been a constant for years at Buffalo ReUse. So has turmoil.
The organization was forced to move to its current location after eviction proceedings commenced for falling behind in rent and alleged damage to the Northampton building and parking lot.
Founding member Michael Gainer, whose vision propelled the group, was fired as executive director in 2009, rehired as program director and fired again the following year, leading to the resignations of a half-dozen staffers and charges that the board communicated poorly with staff and lacked transparency.
Community projects were discontinued, and the group’s expertise in deconstructing buildings largely left with Gainer.
The organization received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation in 2008 and 2009, but Gainer’s reinstatement alienated the funder.
via Buffalo ReUse is running out of means – City & Region – The Buffalo News.