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Nonprofit organizations -- Oregon -- Portland, City planning -- Oregon -- Portland, Urban land use -- Oregon -- Portland Metropolitan Area, Old Town (Portland, Or.), Chinatown (Portland, Or.)


Old Town Chinatown is home to over 40 nonprofit organizations (nonprofits), including social service providers and arts, history, and culture groups. These groups contribute immeasurably to the community through the services and educational opportunities they provide and through their role in the social and economic fabric of the neighborhood. Urban renewal has come to the neighborhood in the form of several large projects that are either currently underway or scheduled to begin in the next several years. While these plans present an opportunity for much needed development in Old Town Chinatown, there is concern among nonprofits that redevelopment and private investment will result in increased rents. Because 62% of nonprofit organizations in Old Town Chinatown do not own their facilities and are highly vulnerable to any rent increases, they could be easily forced out of the neighborhood. The goal of this project was to identify feasible, proactive, long-term strategies for retaining the variety of nonprofit organizations in Old Town Chinatown.

This document contains an overview of strategies along with examples of successful models. The authors provide this information as a potential starting point for nonprofit organizations as they begin to contemplate long-term viability in a neighborhood on the cusp of transformation. A crucial first step is to build a coalition of nonprofits to strengthen their position within the community. This project was conducted under the supervision of Sy Adler, Deborah Howe, and Connie Ozawa.


Client: Zimmerman Community Center


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