Taking Ownership PDX

As part of our ongoing effort to address historic and systemic racism in Portland and the Real Estate industry, Think is proud to support Taking Ownership PDX, a local Black-led organization that is dedicated to helping Black homeowners to age in place, generate wealth, and deflect the gentrification process. Founded by Portland musician and activist Randal Wyatt, Taking Ownership PDX is a community collective of contractors, realtors, neighbors, and businesses working together to renovate and revive Black-owned homes in Portland.

While nothing can undo the decades of harm imposed upon Portland’s Black community via deliberate historical redlining, gentrification and systemic racism, Taking Ownership PDX is turning the tide with a commitment to impactful grassroots change in support of the Black residents of our city. Taking Ownership PDX is dedicated to raising funds and awareness with a team of passionate activists aided by volunteers hitting the streets and making a significant difference in the lives of our Black neighbors.

Why Taking Ownership PDX?

Home ownership is a proven way to create generational wealth. In the United States Black and Brown communities have historically been excluded from this most basic way of creating wealth through redlining, racist lending practices, and systemic barriers. As homeowners (and their homes) age, maintaining their property is vital to ensuring the investment they’ve made in their homes isn’t lost. When homeowners don’t have the resources to maintain their homes, they become susceptible to predatory investors and realtors whose practices ultimately push older, Black and Brown residents out of their communities and contribute to the gentrification process. Taking Ownership PDX aims to deflect the gentrification process by helping existing Black homeowners stay in their homes and age in place.

Why is aging in place so important? Aging in place is the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely and independently, regardless of age, income, or ability level. The National Association of Home Builders reports that 80% of aging-related home modifications are paid for out of pocket. This presents a significant obstacle for the poorest elderly, who have both the highest levels of disability and tend to live in older housing stock. Aging in place is even less financially attainable for Black and Brown homeowners. It’s estimated that 76% of African American and 85% of Latino seniors do not have the financial resources to meet their projected lifetime expenses. Read more about how Taking Ownership PDX is helping Black Portlanders age in place at takingownershippdx.com.

What can you do to help?

Taking Ownership PDX is currently aiming to raise $100,000 by September 1st! The most impactful way you can make a difference is by making a donation today. Taking Ownership PDX is currently in the process of becoming an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit and LLC, and so Friends of Noise has graciously offered to be a fiscal sponsor to ensure your donations are tax deductible! See below of the many options for making a donation, and be sure to specify that your donation is intended for Taking Ownership PDX.

  • PayPal: info@friendsofnoise.org
  • Venmo: @FriendsofNoise
  • Cash app: $FoN503
  • Check: Make out all check donations to Friends of Noise, Taking Ownership PDX’s fiscal sponsor. In the memo section please clarify it is for Taking Ownership PDX. Checks can be mailed to Taking Ownership PDX at 4560 NE 75th Ave. Portland, OR 97218.

Please specify that your donation is for “Taking Ownership PDX” so the fiscal sponsor knows which account to put the money into. Once you have sent your donation please email Randal Wyatt at takingownershippdx@gmail.com letting him know how much you donated. You will be sent a donation confirmation for tax purposes.

If you are a professional looking to donate time or materials fill out the Volunteer Info form here.

Read more about Taking Ownership PDX:

Portland Monthly: A New Portland Group Fights Gentrification by Renovating Black-Owned Homes
Willamette Week: A Month Ago, Randall Wyatt Launched Taking Ownership, a Nonprofit That Funds Home Repairs for Black Portlanders. It’s Already Doing Big Things.

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