Welcome to the third edition of the e-RAC update, a project newsletter about the Resource Access Center (RAC). This purpose of this newsletter is to keep the public, our neighbors, and supporters up-to-date on our work on the RAC. For background on the RAC, please click here.

A Green Building

The environmental goal for the Resource Access Center is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum status, which is the highest possible rating. A green building will consume less fossil fuel, and less non-renewable energy, than an average building-saving both the environment, and financial resources that could better be used to end people's homelessness. RAC Green Features

 Green features at the Resource Access Center will include:

  • Solar hot water
  • A gray water recovery system that harvests water from washing machines and showers to flush toilets throughout the building
  • Water efficient landscaping that reduces potable water consumption for irrigation by more than 50 percent
  • Bike parking, in lieu of automotive parking, for residents and staff
  • Storm water management through eco-roofs and community gardens

For more information on LEED, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council. Special thanks to Julie Livingston from the Housing Authority of Portland for her help describing the green features at the RAC, and to Dave Otte at Holst Architecture for the graphic.


RAC Time Capsule

On October 14th, Transition Projects was joined by friends, partners and local officials to commemmorate the burial of a time capsule in a planter at the Resource Access Center. Intended to be opened on November 1st, 2069 - the 100th anniversary of Transition Projects - the time capsule is packed with submissions to represent Portland, and homelessness, today.

Among the over fifty submissions:

- A Resource Access Center/Walsh 50th Anniversary Stainless Steel Engraving from Walsh Construction

- Up Lift: Resource Access Center, a book of architectural drawings put together by Holst Architecture

- Copies of Portland's Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, Transition Projects' Homeless Women's Taskforce Report, and Where I Slept: Being Homeless in Portland

- Letters and pictures from volunteers, local and state officials, and staff

- and many more items, to give future generations a picture of the work our community is doing now to address the tragedy of homelessness.

Transition Projects Executive Director Doreen Binder, Housing Authority of Portland Executive Director Steve Rudman, and County Commissioner Nick Fish all made comments at the time capsule dedication ceremony. They spoke of their pride in the way that the Resource Access has come together, and their hopes for the future. Binder closed with the wish that in 2069 when this time capsule is opened, the RAC will no longer need to be a homeless shelter.

Fundraising Need: Kitchen Supplies

Our new shelter kitchen will offer something that our Glisan Center kitchen does not-the opportunity for volunteers to cook onsite. The new kitchen design was modeled on the excellent kitchen at the Clark Center, one of our 90-bed shelters for men, with some improvements. Volunteers at the Glisan Center have long needed to provide disposable plates, cups and eating utensils when providing a meal; when the new building opens, we will have reusable eating implements and a full commercial kitchen.  

We need to raise about $14,500 to fully equip the kitchen. Our needs list includes hotel pans, flatware, a commercial can opener, pots, drink dispensers, and a busing cart. To donate to the kitchen fund, either in cash or in-kind, please e-mail or call 503.823.4930, x205.


For More Information

For more information on the Resource Access Center, or how you can get involved, please e-mail Tony Bernal, Development Director, or call 503.823.4930, x205.