08/23/18

Portland Parks Foundation is Seeking Nominations for a Parks Champion!

Know someone who’s been a champion for Portland parks? The Portland Parks Foundation wants to recognize their service to a park, community center, natural area, or community garden. They will make a grant of $1,500 on behalf of the winner to a community organization that aligns with our mission. You have until Friday, September 7th to nominate!

Click here to submit a nomination.

You may also want to consider joining as a member, or donating directly, to the Portland Parks Foundation to support the wonderful work they do for all of us!

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)