Taking Ownership PDX
Taking Ownership PDX is an organization working to renovate and revive homes and businesses for Black families in Portland. Our mission is to help Black homeowners and small businesses stay in their communities and build generational wealth.
Bottom Line for Portland
Portland has a history of racist and predatory real estate and banking practices that have targeted and displaced thousands of Black home and business owners since Black people were allowed to live in the state. It seems it is up to our grassroots community to provide equity and justice to the Black community of Portland by raising funds, providing physical labor, and sharing resources to combat the consequences of the economic exclusion and social oppression this community has suffered.
“Gentrification meets foe” - Concordia News.
“Local musician and activist, Randal Wyatt was looking to make a change in our community – so he started “Taking Ownership PDX”, see how he’s making a change – one home at a time.” - KPTV
“Activism is no trend for Randal Wyatt.” - Portland Monthly & Portland Mercury
“PORTLAND STATE GRAD SERVES COMMUNITY BY FIXING UP BLACK-OWNED HOMES” - PSU Chronicles
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Taking Ownership PDX provides reparations to the Black community of Portland by raising funds, using volunteers, and other resources to renovate and repair homes and businesses to combat gentrification. We stimulate the economy by providing jobs for all types of companies and organizations (prioritizing minority led companies and organizations) and alleviating financial stress from low and fixed income Black home and business owners. We also provide a clear path of reconciliation and justice for white people who want to contribute to the solution.
Donors who donate $50 or more can contact Takingownershippdx@gmail.com to order a TOpdx zip-up hoodie or t-shirt by providing their shirt or hoodie size and a location they would like it delivered to. Shirts and Hoodies are unisex and range from size small to 3XL.
Taking Ownership PDX is an LLC with a Black-led non-profit fiscal sponsor called “All Ages Music PDX” (DBA Friends of Noise) and their website is https://friendsofnoise.org.