08/10/18

National Night Out was a big success!

Thank you to the Foster-Powell community for a wonderfully successful National Night Out event! Our rough estimate is that we had around 250 FoPo neighbors in attendance.

Thank you to the organizations that had tables at the event and shared information about their offerings and provided gifts to the community.

We hope you saw the information about the upcoming mural in Essex Park.

Your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association is 100% volunteer run! We are your neighbors and we happily give our time to events like this and other neighborhood/community building activities. Please join us at our monthly meetings on the 2nd Monday of every month (except no meeting in August). We are always looking for people to jump in and help out with projects. Make sure your voice and, more importantly, your time and effort are contributing to your community.

Thanks again for making 2018’s National Night Out event such a success!

07/24/18

Public Community Forum for Foster Shelter

An organization referring to themselves as SouthEast Allied Communities (SEAC)* is putting on a forum to discuss the shelter that is being built on Foster Road. The event details from Facebook states:

Join Southeast Allied Communities for a Neighborhood Forum on the Proposed 6144 SE Foster Road Homeless Shelter.

All are welcome, all will be respectfully heard.

On December 18, 2017, several of our elected officials along with the Joint Office of Homeless Services announced their plans for a 120-bed, low barrier homeless shelter to be located at 6144 SE Foster Road. Despite the fact that plans had been in place for several months, the community wasn’t notified until the start of the holiday season. At the December 18th meeting, these individuals failed to address several of the raised concerns with this particular location, but promised that this meeting was “the first of many”.

…it’s now July 2018, and no additional meetings have been set.

SEAC (Southeast Allied Communities, a neighborhood organization that has formed in response to the proposed shelter, see below*) has taken it upon themselves to host a neighborhood forum. We’ll be inviting the panel from the previous meeting, in addition to other guests, to tell you all what we’ve learned, and give you a forum to share your thoughts and ask questions.

Invited guests include:
Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland
Deborah Kafoury, Chair of Multnomah County Commission
Marc Jolin, Director of Joint Office of Homeless Services
Jessica Vega Pederson, District 3 Commissioner, Multnomah County Commission
George Devendorf, Executive Director, Transition Projects

*About SEAC
SEAC envisions a Portland in which housing solutions are fair, equitable, and just for all Portland neighborhoods. SEAC seeks to hold Portland and Multnomah County officials accountable to southeast Portland residents, businesses, and schools by demanding transparent, fact-based, and progressively-equitable policies to address the low-income housing crisis and pervasive houselessness. For more information, visit www.alliedcommunities.org and follow @seacpdx on Facebook.

UPDATE: the event was livestreamed via Facebook by your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association (part 1 and part 2)

07/12/18

National Night Out, Free Block Party Permits, and Free Pink Barricades!

From a Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announcement:

With the recent announcement that Block Party permits are free throughout Portland, PBOT is also pleased to add that it has doubled the free barricade lending area in 2018. This means more Portland neighborhoods will be celebrating in their streets this spring, summer and fall.

The original Pilot Project was launched in neighborhoods in East Portland with great success. Portland residents in these neighborhoods told PBOT that the free Block Party permit and free barricade checkouts made hosting a block party a breeze. Many said that they plan to make block parties a new tradition, having connected with their neighbors in new ways.

To keep this momentum going, PBOT has expanded the Pilot Area — now the Pink Barricade Lending Zone — adding 26 neighborhoods in Southwest, North, and East Portland<. The numbers on the map above are the community organizations that have partnered with PBOT for easy barricade check in/out.

Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, new to Portland, living in the Pilot Area or not, PBOT has made it easier for you to close your street to celebrate the return of sunny weather, connect with your neighbors, have a BBQ on your block, or create a safe space for kids to play.

National Night Out (NNO) is a fantastic opportunity to organize your own block party. From the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) information page on NNO:

National Night Out has been celebrated across North America on the first Tuesday of August since 1983. It’s a day when people hold parties to strengthen community cohesiveness and crime resistance, and get to know their neighbors and their local public safety officials. When neighbors get to know each other, they create a connected and safer community. Every year, more than 20,000 people in Portland participate. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention Program has the responsibility for coordinating National Night Out (NNO) in Portland.

  • Official date of NNO: Tuesday, August 7th, 2018. In Portland, residents and businesses may also hold a NNO party between Friday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 12th, 2018
  • Registration is open from June 5th – July 24th, 2018

If your block is not hosting their own NNO block party, then join your neighbors at the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association’s biggest party of the year! Please join us and gather with your neighbors. Listen and dance to live music by Foster’s Kids. Check out local businesses and community information tables. Free fun for all ages! You can find more information at our Facebook event. If you would like to volunteer to help with the event (passing out fliers, selling raffle tickets, etc.), please contact Aron Goffin.

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