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Join Us for the First Meeting of 2022!


Monday, January 24th at 6:30 PM

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/jqd-sugh-meq

Join us to talk about:
A Candidates Forum for the upcoming Multnomah County Elections
Plans for a new community market at 3534 SE Powell Blvd

Free At-Home COVID Tests

You can now order 4 free COVID test kits per residential household. They will be delivered by the US Postal Service. Place your order here: https://special.usps.com/testkits

Town Hall with Our State Representative Rob Nosse

Saturday, January 22nd at 10 AM

State Representative Rob Nosse is holding a virtual constituent townhall on January 22, at 10am. Register for the townhall here to ask questions about his priorities for the upcoming session in February, what Democrats more broadly will be working on that session, or really anything else about the legislature.

Portland Charter Review Listening Session
Saturday, January 22nd at 12 PM - 2 PM

The City of Portland's Charter Commission has embarked on a once-in-a-decade opportunity to review and revise the City of Portland's Charter (the City's constitution) and recommend amendments for Portlanders to vote on. Amendments to the City's Charter can change City policies and processes that have the potential to respond to community priorities, shape our City, and address the most pressing issues facing our City. The Charter Commission is an independent group made up of 20 Portlanders with diverse experiences and backgrounds.

How can I get involved?
Come learn from Commissioners about the charter review process, the options of reform for our government and elections, and join small breakout rooms to have a discussion with Commissioners on these options. Community members are invited to attend the last of the Part II Community Listening Sessions on Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 12-2pm Learn more about Charter and register for a listening session here.
 
In November 2021, the Charter Commission hosted Part I of the Community Listening Sessions and participants learned about the charter review process and the issues currently being researched by the Charter Commission. Joining Part I is not a requirement to join Part II. Watch the recording of Part I here!
 

Portland Street Response Now Includes Creston, Will Go City-Wide in March 2022

If you live on the Creston side of the neighborhood, Portland Street Response is now available to call for non-life threatening situations. 

The goal of Portland Street Response is to update our first responder system by providing an additional compassionate first response option when 911 is called on someone experiencing homelessness or a low-acuity behavioral health issues. Once funding is secured, PSR plans to go city-wide March 2022.

Portland Street Response is partnering with Portland State University's Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative to help provide external program evaluation. Frequent updates on program outcomes will be posted on the Portland Street Response webpage and will be presented to Council during and after the pilot. Portland State has released its six-month evaluation of Portland Street Response and you can access it here.


Learn more through the Portland Street Response FAQ
Map of Portland Street Response's current coverage area:

Construction Updates

Findley Commons

Home First Development and Do Good Multnomah are developing Findley Commons, a 35-unit new construction project in South Tabor for veterans and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Findley Commons is just outside Creston-Kenilworth boundaries, located at SE 54th Avenue and Powell Blvd. It's being completed through a partnership between Do Good Multnomah, Home First Development and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. The development will transform a large and under-utilized church-owned parking lot into 35 quality, affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units for veterans who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

Findley Commons will provide 20 one-bedroom units and 15 single room occupancy units. The SROs use the co-housing model that focuses on social interaction and group support as essential contributors to residents transitioning successfully from homelessness. The 20 one-bedroom units will serve veterans with severe mental health issues. They will also benefit from subsidies from the HUD-VASH program. Building amenities include owner-paid utilities, elevator, community area and service delivery spaces, a bike room, storage, energy-efficient appliances and fixtures, quartz countertops, luxury vinyl plank flooring and other features comparable to a market-rate development. An outdoor patio and 34 parking spaces are included.

Full veteran-specific wrap-around services will be provided by Do Good Multnomah and VA social workers. DGM provides a dedicated licensed social worker, case management, art therapy, wellness groups, gardening and employment programs, clinical alcohol and drug counselor and a peer monitor program. Findley Commons will be within walking distance of several neighborhood amenities, including Clinton Park, TriMet bus stops, affordable convenience food, a library, and grocery stores. Walkability in the area is improved by buffered sidewalks with curb ramps, signalized crossings and recently enhanced street lighting.

The Findley Commons site was selected based on a partnership with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and the desire to transform their underutilized parking to help serve the community’s need for affordable housing and support formerly homeless Veterans. Together Do Good Multnomah and St. Mark’s will provide vulnerable members of the community a safe place to call home and provide on-site amenities, including a food pantry and a community closet.

CKNA Still Needs a Secretary!

Considering getting involved? Like connecting with your community? Then you're in luck! We need a secretary! This is a vital position that helps us communicate with the neighborhood. Duties include: taking notes during meetings, recording votes, & sharing meeting minutes after they are completed. If you are interested, join our video meeting on January 24th at 6:30 pm. Have questions? Ask us!

Do you have something to contribute to the newsletter? Let us know! Send your events and ideas to ckna.outreach@gmail.com


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