Agenda for General Membership Meeting, March 26, 2019

  1. Introductions
  2. Approve February 2019 General Membership Meeting Minutes
  3. Discussion 1: Residential Infill Project. Duplexes, Triplexes, and ADUs: What does infill mean for Lents? Guest speakers from Portland for Everyone and the Coalition to Prioritize, Protect, and Preserve Affordable Housing
  4. Community Announcements
  5. Discussion 2: Portland Budget Update Fiscal Year 2019-2020 with Alison Wicks from Prosper Portland
  6. Closing Remarks

Over $130,000 awarded to Lents in Prosper Portland Community Livability Grant (CLG) Program

Prosper Portland is awarding $1.49 million in Community Livability Grants for fiscal year 2018-19 to 23 projects in five urban renewal areas or neighborhoods — and five of those are in Lents!

The goal of the Community Livability Grant (CLG) program is to foster vibrant and healthy neighborhoods and improve the prosperity of area residents and businesses. 

One of the largest projects to be funded in Lents is a partnership between the Lents Neighborhood Association and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to make $30,000-worth of improvements to the Lents Activity Center. The Activity Center currently houses monthly community meetings and events, such as neighborhood association general membership meetings and the Community Clothing Closet. The money will go toward facility improvements, such as upgrading the existing lighting system to energy efficient, long-lasting LED technology and fixing the doors so that the Activity Center can be used more efficiently by more people. 

“We are grateful to be able to bring this money to Lents and hope this success will energize and inspire others here to dream up their own projects and partner with us to make them happen, knowing that funding is possible for work that benefits our community,” said Lents Neighborhood Association Chair Sabina Urdes.

Other projects in Lents that have received funding from Prosper Portland: Junior Achievement Exterior Improvement Project ($45,500), Rose CDC’s 91st Ave Street Mural ($9,500), White Phoenix Acupuncture’s Safety, Comfort, and Visibility Project ($18,143), and Wisdom of Elders’ Workforce Development Initiative ($30,000).

Another area in East Portland receiving Community Livability Grant money from Prosper Portland is Gateway: $15,000 for the creation of a District Asset Map; $200,000 for Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s Africa House; and $300,000 for DePaul Treatment Center’s Campaign for Hope & Recovery.

The full list of awards is available on Prosper Portland’s website.


OPEN HOUSE: Let’s talk about Lents!

What improvements do you want to see happen in Lents? Are you interested in working toward making them happen?

At our upcoming monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 26, starting at 7 PM at the Lents Activity Center, we will devote a considerable portion of the agenda to exploring our committees and what they’re currently working on, as well as what might be coming up. 

This will be OPEN HOUSE style. You can walk around and check out each committee and join any work session(s) that seems appealing to you. OR you can bring your own project and receive help with obtaining funding to make it happen!

Angela Previdelli, Grant Specialist with East Portland Community Office will be there as a resource.

So far, we have the following committees:

Transportation
Traffic
Public Safety
Land Use
Events (Community Closet, Lents Fair, Pet Parade, Memory Garden)
Lents History Project

This meeting is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! We serve food and offer childcare and interpretation at no charge to the community.

Agenda for General Membership Meeting, February 26, 2019

  1. Approve January 2019 General Membership Meeting minutes
  2. Committee announcements
  3. Motion from Land Use Chair re: vacating a portion of SE Malden Street, SE Malden Court, SE Lambert Street and SE 89th Avenue.
  4. Community announcements
  5. Committee Open House (more details below)

COMMITTEE OPEN HOUSE: Get involved!

We will devote a considerable portion of the agenda to exploring our committees and what they’re currently working on, as well as what’s on the horizon for each one. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what we do and get involved with issues that are important to you!

Current committees:

  • Transportation
  • Traffic
  • Public Safety
  • Land Use
  • Events (Pet Parade, Memory Garden, Community Clothing Closet, Lents Fair)
  • Lents History Project