Important message from your neighborhood association

March 14, 2020

Dear Lents community members, 

As our local community and much of the world are now dealing with an unprecedented public health crisis, we want you to know that your neighborhood association board of volunteers cares about your well being and takes very seriously the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep our community safe.

Following the guidance from our local and state elected officials regarding social distancing, we have decided to proactively cancel all meetings and gatherings for the remainder of this month, including our board meeting and general membership meeting. We will update you about plans for April and beyond in the coming weeks.

At this time, we want to echo our support for the measures taken by our state and local officials and health authorities to slow down the spread of this virus. We encourage everyone in our community to follow recommended best practices:

-Cancel all non-essential in-person meetings and gatherings

-Stay home as much as possible, even if you are not sick

-Wash hands frequently

-Cover mouths when coughing or sneezing

-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

Additionally, we encourage you to:

Be mindful of how fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma: don’t join in racism and xenophobia. A person’s ethnicity, language or association with a country or region is not a risk factor for this virus. More on this here

Reach out to the members of our community most vulnerable to the virus. The CDC has recommended that people over 60 and folks who have underlying health conditions stay home if possible and avoid crowds.  If you are young and/or relatively healthy, don’t forget to check on relatives and neighbors who have a chronic illness, a disability, and older adults who might be self-isolating at home. We can always check in on loved ones and community members with a message, call, or FaceTime. 

Stay informed — and make sure that your information is coming from trusted sources

The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 is available here: 

Look for the help. If you’re feeling the anxiety and stress over the coronavirus, you are not alone. The good news is that we are seeing local communities, businesses, organizations, and agencies come together to help those in need in an unprecedented way, with acts of love and generosity, such as mutual aid groups that are setting up deliveries and childcare. 

Take advantage of our resources. We have set up a dedicated page on our website, lentsneighborhoodassociation.com/coronavirus-covid-19, where we will do our best to link some of these resources, mutual aid, and support as we become aware of them. Our goal is to keep track in one place of news and information that’s pertinent to our local community and that people can access even if they are not on social media. If you come across info that you think would be useful to your community, please send it our way.

Finally, we are calling on all other Lents-area organizations and businesses who are in positions of power to join forces in advocating for policy changes on behalf of those who are the most vulnerable amongst us (medically or financially) and who will likely be the most affected by the coronavirus, such as caregivers, immigrants, refugees, low-income families, folks with disabilities, and those who are housing insecure. If you would like our support with your advocacy, please reach out to us.

We encourage you to think of ways in which we can all cultivate our support network online, while maintaining social distancing in a physical sense.

In solidarity,

Sabina Urdes
President, Lents Neighborhood Association

Robert Schultz
Public Safety Chair, Lents Neighborhood Association

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in our area is available here:

We have set up a permanent Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates tab in the upper left area of this page where you can access information such as:
Food access
Mutual aid
Income support
…and more.

Meals for children in the community

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to children in the community Monday through Thursday. Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following Lents-area locations (for the full list of locations, click here):

  • Harrison Park School – 2225 SE 87th Ave
  • Lent School – 5105 SE 97th Ave
  • Woodmere Elementary – 7900 SE Duke St
  • Madison at Marshall – 3905 SE 91st Ave

For more information about access to food for families, please call 211 or visit oregonfoodfinder.org.

For the latest COVID-19 updates from the Governor, click here.

Reopening Oregon: For details on restarting public life and business in Oregon, click here

COVID-19 updates from Mayor Wheeler can be found here.

The City of Portland is coordinating with Multnomah County, regional and state partners to prepare for local impacts of coronavirus.

Multnomah County is the city’s primary resource for public health information. Get public health information and guidance, resources, and updates regarding COVID-19 from the County.

The City of Portland is responsible for more localized response to COVID-19 through things including first response, economic relief, housing, utilities, and more. Check back to this page for updates.

If you have a question or need information about City services or programs, please call the City/County Information & Referral line at 503-823-4000 or email cityinfo@portlandoregon.gov. Staff are available to help Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

C19oregon.com is a regional online triage tool that helps public health officials track COVID-19 cases. The tool allows community members to check their symptoms and receive guidance.

Services and Information

COVID-19 Resources and Information

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 (video)

Face coverings, masks and COVID-19: What you should know

Customer Service Hours and Operations Changes

Emergency Handwashing Stations

Emergency Parks Restrooms Opened

COVID-19 Situation Status Reports – Emergency Coordination Center

Federal and Private Mortgage Relief

Federal and Private Mortgage Relief | FAQ

Multnomah County/City of Portland COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium | FAQ

COVID-19 Revenue Division Program Relief

COVID-19 Updates from Mayor Wheeler

More services and information related to COVID-19

During the State of Emergency, water service will not be disconnected for non-payment of sewer/stormwater/water bills.

Coronavirus map: Track new cases in Oregon and U.S.


As new cases of coronavirus are being reported throughout Oregon, across the country and around the world, The Oregonian/OregonLive has built a comprehensive tool to track the illness as it spreads both in the state and in the U.S.

The tool, which is updated in near real-time, tracks the number of confirmed cases as they are reported in Oregon and nationwide. The underlying data comes from state and federal health authorities, as well as private initiatives that track the spread of the disease.

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.