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

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

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

Lents Neighborhood Association 2019 Board Elections

Date: September 24, 2019

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Lents Activity Center, 8815 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Open positions:

Chair – 2-year term

Vice-Chair – 1-year term 

Secretary – 1-year term

Treasurer – 1-year term

Land Use Chair – 2-year term

Transportation Chair – 1-year term

At Large seats – three 1-year terms; two 2-year terms

Eligibility:

To be eligible to run, you have to:
-Live in Lents
-Be at least 18 years old
-Be an LNA member (if you fulfill the above two conditions and you sign in on the night of the election, you can become a member)

Time commitment:

Board meetings: monthly, every 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm

General membership meetings: monthly, every 4th Tuesday, of the month, 7:00-8:30 pm

E-mail correspondence & setup/take down for meetings: 1-2 hours per month minimum

Optional: 

Committee meetings, if you choose to join or create one (once a month or less)

Events, if you choose to help organize or create one 

Board member training: TBD, via the district coalition office (East Portland Community Office)

How to run for a position on the board:

  1. E-mail lentsneighborhoodassociation@gmail.com with your intention to run by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 20, 2019, if you wish to be on the ballot. If you don’t request to be added to the ballot by the cut off date and still want to run for a position, you may also show up on the day of the election as a write-in. 
  2. Prepare a speech no longer than 3 minutes for election night, covering:
  • Your skills and experience that would prepare you for the positions for which you are running 
  • Why you are the best candidate for that position
  • Anything else you might like to say 

3. Optional: Let the community know that you are running ahead of time and invite them to show up and vote for you on election night. You may consider sharing your candidacy via social media (Facebook pages and groups, Twitter, NextDoor, etc..), e-mail, flyers on announcement boards (where permitted), in person, and more. If you’d like help with outreach, please let us know.

Questions? E-mail lentsneighborhoodassociation@gmail.com.

Ice Cream Social hosted by Lents Neighborhood Association

**Please note**
This meeting will be at a different location than our usual monthly meeting. We are meeting at Lents Collective, 9209 SE Foster Road (at the intersection of SE 92nd Ave and Foster Rd).

We’re doing this month’s general membership meeting a little differently:

We’ll be meeting at the Lents Town Center, at the newly-opened Lents Collective (9209 SE Foster Rd), one of the projects that we’ve supported getting off the ground this year. 

Come enjoy some ice cream with your neighbors, hear updates on what’s happening in Lents, and learn about opportunities to serve your community. 

Open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend! 
Free ice cream. Free childcare.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2371341326456573


2019 Lents Bike Tour: June 29

Open to all: Please join us for a tour of Lents’ unique attractions, including Malden Court Community Orchard, pollinator sites, and Lents Collective.

Think of it as Lents’ very own Pedalpalooza event! We’ll kick off the tour at the Community Tool Library, 9215 SE Ramona Street, at 10 AM, and that’s also where we will end around 12 PM. After the tour, we’ll continue over to Flipside, for conversations and a bite or refreshing beverage.

This event is hosted by the Lents Neighborhood Association and Green Lents. For the latest updates, visit the event Facebook page.