Lents Urban Renewal Area Audit Is Released

On February 12, 2020, the Portland City Auditor published the audit report of the Lents Urban Renewal Area. The audit contains data about Lents, including urban renewal spending, Census and housing data, and jobs/business data. You can view and download the full report here:

Photo credit: Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

You can also view the report on their website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditservices/lents. If you would like a printed paper copy of this report, please let us know.

Press coverage:

The Oregonian: More than $200 million spent by Portland in Lents shows mixed results, audit says

Portland Business Journal: Portland’s Lents neighborhood more gentrified after city invested millions, audit says

Updated speed limits on SE Flavel Street

This week the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be updating the speed limit on two segments of SE Flavel Street. The new speed limit will be 25 mph from 52nd to 92nd avenues and from 112th Avenue to Deardorff Road.

According to PBOT, speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland and lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive.

You can learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero work at http://visionzeroportland.com.

US Census Bureau hiring temporary workers in our area

Census day is April 1, 2020.  The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring hundreds of thousands of people across the nation — and they are recruiting in our area!

If you are interested in working in our community, you are encouraged to apply at your earliest convenience. They are hiring now. You can apply online from a computer, smartphone, or any other electronic device.  Visit www.2020census.gov/jobs and select the Apply Now button.  If you know anyone who could benefit from a part-time temporary job, please feel free to share this information and link with them. 

Pay rate for Multnomah and Clackamas Counties is $18 per hour.

 Benefits:

-Flexible hours

-Paid Training

-Weekly Paychecks

-Work in your Community

-Reimbursement for Work-Related Mileage and Expenses

For questions, go to www.2020census.gov/jobs/faqs. Or call 503-265-3400.

APPLY TODAY AT http://www.2020census.gov/jobs

Hiring events in the Lents area:
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – APANO
 Unite Oregon and Community Alliance of Tenants : Alianza Comunitaria de Inquilinxs are hosting a Census Field hiring event to fill positions for their Census Field Teams. More details: https://secure.everyaction.com/AaRAG8wWk026YZmLi6AZkg2

Agenda: LNA Board Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2019

Please note: we will be meeting at a new location this month:

5800 SE 91st Avenue, Portland, OR 97266 (around the block from our previous location)
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
If you plan to attend, please come around to the side door inside the courtyard and knock so that one of us can let you in; the front door is locked.

As always, the meeting is open to the public, but public comment on agenda items is by Board invitation only.

Board meetings are meetings in which Board members meet to discuss the agenda for the upcoming General Meeting, conduct informal communications with each other, and ask questions they may have for Board members/Chair before taking action on agenda items at upcoming meetings. The Board typically asks community members observing the Board meetings to hold agenda comments and questions for the general meeting.


Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty visited us to discuss Street Response

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty speaking at the Lents Neighborhood Association Meeting on January 28, 2020. (Photo by Danelle Painter)

Approximately 80 people came out Tuesday night (1/28/2020) to participate in a Street Response presentation and Q&A organized and hosted by the Lents Neighborhood Association with guests Commissioner Jo Ann HardestyStreet Roots Executive Director Kaia Sand, Portland Fire & Rescue‘s Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT) Manager Tremaine Clayton, and Portland / Multnomah County 911 Bureau Director Bob Cozzie. 

A video recording of the conversation is available here.

Press coverage of the event is available here.

For links to Street Response in the news, scroll to the bottom of this page.

In an effort to continue the conversation beyond that night, the Lents Neighborhood Association is also collecting questions for the Commissioner or any of the other presenters via this form: https://forms.gle/2ZyaKZ14NEajTnxu9 Please submit your questions/feedback. We will publish the answers when they respond — stay tuned!

Got a question for Street Response / Jo Ann Hardesty?

Got a question about Street Response for Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Street Roots Executive Director Kaia Sand, and/or Portland Firefighter Tremaine Clayton? 

Come out to our general membership meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 for a chance to ask them in person!

Additionally, we’ve made this form for you to submit your question(s) or comment(s) to any of them: https://forms.gle/roYDc4FLjQ6i1pYw8

You might hear the answer to your question at the meeting that night or on the LNA website after the meeting, at lentsneighborhoodassociation.com.
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Please note: We can’t guarantee a response from any of them, but we will do our best to get your question(s)/comment(s) to them. Submitting a question via this form doesn’t guarantee that the question will be asked during tonight’s meeting.

Jo Ann Hardesty coming to Lents to discuss Street Response: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, 7:00 pm

The Lents Neighborhood Association is proud to announce that Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty will be joining us at our general membership meeting on Tuesday, January 28, starting at 7:00 o’clock in the evening to discuss Street Response, a pilot program launching exclusively in Lents this Spring, that is about responding to low-risk 911 calls involving people who are homeless, such as calls about people who are intoxicated or need someone to check on their health or welfare. Instead of using a police officer, the team will consist of an emergency medical services specialist and a crisis worker.

According to a report, officials considered starting the street response program downtown, but felt it was too big of a geographical area. They said focusing on Lents allows the team to work in a smaller area and address the needs of people who are further away from services.

Along with the Commissioner, we will also be joined by Kaia Sand, executive director of Street Roots, an organization that’s been at the forefront of launching Street Response and Firefighter Tremaine Clayton, the manager of Portland Fire & Rescue’s Community Health Assessment Team (CHAT), who will be directly involved with Street Response in Lents.

Join us to hear directly from the Commissioner, Street Roots, and hopefully Portland Fire about what Street Response is all about and bring your questions for them!

Our other topic of discussion is Prosper Portland’s budget for Lents for fiscal year 2020/2021. We will be joined by Thea Munchel from Prosper Portland who will give a presentation and be prepared to answer your questions.

We will also be discussing an upcoming training for neighborhood association board members and general members that our neighborhood association is sponsoring.

And we will vote on a candidate for the Land Use Chair on the Lents Neighborhood Association board.

Visit our Facebook page to RSVP.
Got a question for the Commissioner, Kaia Sand, or Tremaine Clayton? You may submit it in writing by clicking here.

Meeting agenda/schedule:

7:00 PM: LNA Meeting Opening
Recognition: co-facilitator, time-keeper, note taker, childcare provider, food
Territory acknowledgement 
Code of conduct

7:05 PM Action items
Nomination & vote: new Land Use Chair, Jennifer Breedlove
Nomination & vote: new Secretary, Sara Wines

7:15 Update and Q&A
Lents Budget for Fiscal Year 2020/2021, presented by Thea Munchel with Prosper Portland

7:35 PM: Announcements
Community announcements

7:40 Presentation and Q&A
Street Response — Presented by Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, with guests Kaia Sand (Executive Director, Street Roots) and Tremaine Clayton (Manager, Portland Fire & Rescue’s Community Health Assessment Team, or CHAT)

8:25 PM: Public comment

8:30 PM: Meeting Adjourned

Street Response in the news:

https://news.streetroots.org/2019/03/15/better-system-street-response-where-do-we-go-here

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2019/11/portland-street-response-homeless-first-responders-to-start-in-2020-after-council-oks-proposal.html

https://www.opb.org/news/article/portland-street-response-team-homelessness-calls-lents/

https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2019/11/21/27517753/city-council-unanimously-approves-street-response-pilot-program

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/homeless/portland-street-response-pilot/283-2586e5ff-491b-4450-a35f-93614fb57ac1

Agenda: LNA Board Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019

8940 SE Reedway St.

6:30 PM

Board Meeting Agenda

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from previous meetings
  • Set agenda & responsibilities for January 2020 General Meeting

Updates:

  • Treasurer update and reimbursement(s) 
  • Update on our EPN insurance and what’s covered

Discussion

  • Meet potential board member seeking nomination from the board
  • Neighborhood dumpster clean up
  • What other projects do we want to do this year?

7:45 PM Meeting Adjourned

Agenda: LNA Board Meeting, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019

December 12, 2019

8940 SE Reedway St.

6:30 PM

Board Meeting Agenda

Action items:

  • Approve minutes from October Board Meeting
  • Set agenda & responsibilities for January 2020 General Meeting

Updates:

  • Treasurer update and reimbursement(s) 
  • Update on our EPN insurance and what’s covered

Discussion

  • Meet potential board member seeking nomination from the board
  • Neighborhood dumpster clean up
  • What other projects do we want to do this year?

Adjourn: 7:45 PM

Public Safety Open House & Townhall in Lents with Mayor Ted Wheeler

A townhall on public safety and livability in Lents hosted by Mayor Ted Wheeler, with an open house (details below) hosted by the Lents Neighborhood Association prior to the townhall.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM

Church of the Nazarene, 9715 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97266

Schedule:

5:00 PM Doors open to the public

5:00 – 6:00 PM Open House. Come chat with:
-Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team
-Portland One Point of Contact Program
-Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct
-Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
-The Community Safety East Team-Bureau of Emergency Communication
-Portland Fire & Rescue-Portland Parks & Recreation
-Portland Bureau of Transportation
-Portland Housing Bureau’s ‘Neighborhood Housing Program’
-Portland Water Bureau’s Financial Assistance Program
-Multnomah County Youth Commission
-Office of Youth Violence Prevention
-Winter biking skillshare
…and more!

These representatives will be on site with information throughout the townhall as well.

6:00 – 8:00 PM Townhall with Mayor Ted Wheeler
-a presentation on gun violence in Lents, including a progress report on cases
-a presentation on One Point of Contact and livability by a representative from the City’s Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Program
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Refreshments and childcare provided by the Lents Neighborhood Association.

Questions? Email lentsneighborhood@gmail.com.

Official press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 29, 2019

Contact: Tim Becker (503) 823-1121

Timothy.Becker@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to host forum on community safety and livability in Lents

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will lead a panel of law enforcement experts and officials to address community safety and livability in the Lents neighborhood. The Lents Town Hall will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Portland Police Bureau’s Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) and Detective Division will be in attendance to share what is being done to prevent gun violence and to listen to community concerns on the subject. Representatives from the city’s One Point of Contact program and the Police Bureau’s East Precinct will also be present to update residents on the city’s efforts to improve livability in the neighborhood and to answer questions.

 The goal of the forum is to engage community members and listen to their concerns regarding incidents of gun violence in Lents. The meeting is part of Mayor Wheeler’s ongoing commitment to increase safety measures for residents in Lents and all of East Portland. 

“East Portland is today the heart and soul of the City of Portland. I look forward to listening to the residents’ concerns, their hopes and their ideas for enhancing livability in their neighborhoods,” Mayor Wheeler said. “My goal as Mayor is to make the lives of all Portlanders better, and that specifically includes those who live and work in East Portland.”   

WHAT:  Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Town Hall to address gun violence in Lents

WHEN:  Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Church of the Nazarene, 9715 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97266