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.

Multnomah County reopens June 19; face covering required

OREGON PUBLIC HEALTH DIVISION

Starting June 24, people in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Marion, Polk, Hood River and Lincoln counties must cover their faces when in stores or other indoor public spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday. More info here.

SUMMER MEALS FOR CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY

The PPS Nutrition Services department will be extending meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st at all locations except Rigler and Harrison Park due to extensive construction projects (for the full list of locations, click here).  Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any PPS student and any children in the community ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pickup the meals. Nearby Lents locations:

  • 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.

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

Lents Community Pre-Election Assembly

6:30 PM August 30, 2018 – Asian Health and Service Center

9035 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR

 

Ever wonder what the heck are these Neighborhood Associations? What is the Lents Neighborhood Association Board, and what do I need to know to decide whether to run for office in the upcoming election September 25th?

The Lents Neighborhood Association invites the community to bring your questions and curiosity to our informational event, August 30, 2018 at 6:30 PM. We will meet at the new Asian Health and Service Center, 9035 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR. Paul Leistner, Neighborhood Program Coordinator for the City’s Office of Community & Civic Life, will share with us his experience and knowledge, including but not limited to:

  • History and development of the LNA;
  • What it has been and what it could be;
  • Opportunities, resources and limitations of being a city-linked association;
  • the LNA Board;
  • Info to make smart decisions about running for an open board position at the Annual Meeting on September 25th.

It’s time for all of us to come together to learn the nitty gritty about our Neighborhood Association and how each of us can contribute to livability in Lents and progress via the LNA. We encourage all LNA members who care about the well-being of Lents to join your neighbors at this meeting.

Graffiti & Litter Clean Up Day

June 16, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM

Along SE 82nd Avenue

(Meet at 5613 SE 82nd Avenue at 9 AM sharp)

The Lents Neighborhood Association is partnering with SOLVEKink.fm, Metro, SE Uplift, City of Portland Graffiti Abatement Volunteer Program, and more to lead a graffiti and litter clean-up day on Saturday, June 16, from 9 AM until 1 PM. Volunteers will be picking up trash and painting over graffiti along SE 82nd Avenue.

If you’d like to help out, please meet us at the McDonald’s at 5613 SE 82nd Avenue (avoid parking in their parking lot) for a light breakfast and quick training. After the training, we will begin the clean-up on 82nd Avenue. In teams, we will work our way on both sides of SE 82nd Avenue to pick up trash and paint over graffiti.

At the end of the clean-up, we will celebrate all the great work with a free lunch for all volunteers at a central location.

We are still in need of volunteers. If you would like to partake in a few hours of community beautification, meet some new friends, and have some great food, please contact Lents Neighborhood Association board member davidcarrollpdx@gmail.com or sign up here. All details will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

Please dress for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle. We’ll provide all materials and training – no experience necessary.

We now have a newsletter!

We now have a newsletter that we’ll be sending out twice a month: once right after a General Membership Meeting (to recap major decisions/action items, approved minutes, and committee reports) and a second time ahead of the next General Membership Meeting, to share draft minutes from the previous meeting and agenda for future one.

To subscribe to our newsletter, click here.