Volunteer Program Helps Black Elders Age In Place, Fights Gentrification One House At A Time
The Oregonian reports on Taking Ownership PDX, an organization that helps Black homeowners age in place. Taking Ownership PDX is oriented toward longtime residents like J.C. Wade, who bought his ranch-style house in Woodlawn in the mid-1980s.
The group focuses on maintenance to keep houses livable, making long-needed repairs and renovations to decaying decks, sagging roofs and failing plumbing. In so doing, the organization aims to generate wealth for Black homeowners, deter predatory investors and realtors, and prevent communities from being splintered by gentrification.