SEPTEMBER 2016
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Grand Award for Diversity, Density, Design
B1The Abigail Opens in Portland
More than 100 people celebrated the ribbon-cutting of The Abigail in Portland, OR, earlier this month. Located in the Pearl District, The Abigail offers 128 affordable apartments for families and 27 market-rate units. "Above all, I feel peace of mind," said resident Shannon M., a Portland native who faced drastic rent hikes at her previous home. Read more and view event photos.
B2Measuring Up: Nearly $4B in Ballot Initiatives
In the face of scarce resources and rising costs, it is encouraging to see cities, counties and advocates taking action: almost $4 billion in affordable housing measures are at stake on west coast ballots this November. BRIDGE is proud to endorse many of the nonpartisan measures, which will generate more homes for people who are getting priced out of their own communities. Read more in the latest blog by BRIDGE President and CEO Cynthia Parker. 
citiCeremonial Demolition of Jordan Downs
In August, Watts residents, community leaders, housing authority and elected officials, and the master developer team of BRIDGE and The Michaels Organization celebrated the ceremonial demolition of Jordan Downs in Los Angeles. The multi-phase effort calls for one-to-one replacement of the existing 700 public housing apartments and the addition of up to 1,400 mixed-income homes, along with neighborhood-serving retail, a new community center and parks. Read more.
With the help of a Stein Scholarship from BRIDGE, San Diego resident Max S. completed his community college studies and gained admission to the USC School of Cinematic Arts. We're proud to play a role as he reaches for his educational and career goals. Read more.
S2Creating Healthier Homes
Holly Courts, the oldest public housing building west of the Rockies, is undergoing a major revitalization under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program created by HUD and championed by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development. BRIDGE and Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center are partnering on Holly Courts. Resident Karen J., who recently moved back into her renewed apartment, loves to cook in her new kitchen. "It feels much healthier now," she said.
BRIDGE is pleased to welcome Simone Robinson as Vice President of Human Resources. Previously, Simone was Director of HR for Bracket Global, a leading clinical trial technology and specialty services provider with more than 500 employees worldwide. "Her experience will greatly benefit BRIDGE as we continue to grow and advance our strategic initiatives," said President and CEO Cynthia Parker. Read more.
L2Grand Award for Diversity, Sustainability, Design
Celadon at 9th & Broadway in San Diego received the Grand Award for Affordable Housing from Multifamily Executive magazine. "BRIDGE constructed the 17-story, dramatically edgy apartment building for a mix of tenants who reflect the diversity of people living in a bustling, growing downtown..." Read more.
L3Neufeld Joins National Leadership Program to Build Culture of Health
Susan Neufeld, BRIDGE's VP of Community Development and Programs, has been selected to participate in Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, a new program led by the University of Minnesota with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As a member of one of only 15 three-person teams across the country, Susan is focusing on the impact of redevelopment policy on residents of public housing. Read more.