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Nonprofit organizations -- Low-income housing, Sustainability -- Oregon -- Portland


Interview of Corinna Kimball-Brown by Chris White at Portland State University, Oregon on March 3rd, 2011.

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Corinna Kimball-Brown lives in one of two houses owned by Portland Collective Housing. She served on the PCH Board for two years as Treasurer, and saw the co-op through a major re-finance. She has also worked with the PCH Development team on expansion plans, and most recently served as the PCH board co-chair.


This interview is with Corinna Kimball-Brown of Portland Collective Housing, a non-profit organization that provides low-income housing. She explaines her personal motivations of doing the job, as well as the organization’s perspective on making housing access fair for low-income communities. Portland Collective Housing started (in 2003) as a student-housing co-op but later expanded to non-student housing. Kimball-Brown explains the concept of co-op housing that is involved with sharing the same house with multiple people. At the time of interview Corinna Kimball-Brown was living in a co-op house in SE Portland with six other roommates. The co-op housing sharing model is used to provide housing within the city center—to prevent gentrification and the exclusion of students living in the city center and low-income communities. Kimball-Brown also discusses the challenges of living with different people under the same roof.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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