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Monday, November 22nd at 6:30 PM
Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Association's Monthly Meeting
Video call link:

  First on tonight's agenda...
  Q & A with county assessor Michael Vaughn

  Mr. Vaughn will discuss property tax purposes, trends,
  and how to understand a property tax statement
We need 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 November 22nd at 6:30 pm. Have questions? Ask us!
Neighborhood Construction Updates

Catholic Charities is building a new apartment building at 2706 SE Powell Blvd
Annex Apartments November 2021 Update
The new Annex Apartments will help close a gaping hole in Portland’s social safety net and fill a critical need for the growing number of Catholic Charities clients who find themselves houseless or at imminent risk. The Annex will offer 27 highly affordable apartments for whom rapid recovery from houselessness, or prevention of chronic houselessness, is paramount. Construction is expected to be complete in summer 2022.

Concrete pours have been completed for the Annex's basement and work on the first floor will begin soon. The first stage of this work will include more concrete pours before framing begins. As before with concrete pours, concrete trucks and pumps will be a common sight. Expect extra vehicles, activity, and noise.
Lastly, Catholic Charities wants to share a few key reminders:
  • Construction activity will typically be confined to Mondays through Fridays from 7 am and wrapping up before 5 pm throughout construction (ending in Summer 2022). However, as crews work to keep pace with the intended schedule, there may be occasional work on Saturdays during regular business hours. Construction workers will be in uniform whenever they are on site. 
  • The parking area outlined in green with construction icons will be closed off for the whole construction period. If visiting the Clark Family Center, you will not be able to gain entry to the parking lot from Powell Boulevard. Please park on side streets, unless instructed otherwise. Regardless, please do not park in parking spaces for Esperanza Court and SEIU at any time or the drop-off/pick-up area on SE 28th for Grandma's Place between 7-9 am and 3-6 pm.
  • The fenced off area highlighted in yellow on the map continues to be used as a laydown area for construction activities

The job site will include areas outlined by the green and purple box with construction icons. The laydown area is in the Esperanza Court parking lot outlined in yellow. 

Throughout construction, Catholic Charities will continue to send high-level updates approximately once a month. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out at


Shelter is a basic human need, deserved by all. To date, Catholic Charities’ dedicated housing entity, Caritas Housing, has created more than 800 units of affordable housing for over 1,900 individuals. Learn more about Caritas Housing here.
Updates from the Office of Community and Civic Life

Graffiti Removal across Portland

In spring 2021, the Graffiti Program reported that work order requests increased by 300% in comparison to a “normal” year. Five new, emerging businesses were hired by the Office of Community and Civic Life to begin contractor graffiti removal services with the City of Portland. Civic Life reports that work orders have stabilized and all five contractors are working this fall on citywide clean-up efforts.   

Additionally, Civic Life has drafted an ambitious but sustainable multi-bureau graffiti abatement plan that will scale up City capacity to remove graffiti through volunteerism and other means. Stay tuned as that plan gets finalized and approved.

In August, Civic Life announced a partnership with MetroPaint and availability of free graffiti removal kits for all Portlanders. Learn more about how to get your free “Clean it Up & Paint it Up” kit.

Community Safety Program Replaces Neighborhood Watch
The Office of Community and Civic Life has created a new program that replaces Neighborhood Watch. The new program is called Community Safety.

Keeping our communities safe means more than having well-lit streets and low crime rates; it means creating community-centric structures that work to end systemic racism in and from governmental policies and practices and building up communities and bridging the divide between them. We are prioritizing social justice, safety, equity, inclusion, and belonging for all to build more resilient communities and promote the common good.

Community Safety’s Neighbors Together trainings are designed to create inclusive spaces, events, and neighborhoods that feel safe and welcoming for all Portlanders. These trainings ask communities to collaborate on common solutions while building stronger relationships. Building stronger, collaborative relationships with our neighbors increases empathy and breaks down our biases. 

How does Community Safety Benefit my Community?

Community Safety helps our communities toward their safety goals by providing:

  • Free trainings and resources through our Neighbors Together program to help make our communities safer, more connected, and more welcoming for all.
  • Safety tips to help us stay safe as the seasons change and over the holidays.
  • Resources for maintaining our mental and physical health, especially during the winter months and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Events and activities to help keep Portlanders connected while observing social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Community Safety Program provide free trainings and workshops for groups of five or more people who live, work, go to school or play together in Portland. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trainings are currently conducted virtually. 

How it works:

  1. Community groups meet to identify a safety interest;
  2. We develop a shared agreement of the training topic;
  3. The Community Safety Team coordinates a training with the group.

Example trainings include:

  • Emergency preparedness 
  • Personal safety 
  • Active transportation, safe routes to school and pedestrian safety 
  • Social connections and reducing social isolation
  • Youth safety
  • Public safety systems navigation and reporting hate and bias
  • Community advocacy and organizing
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) 
  • Block party organizing and other street events
  • Multi-dwelling safety (apartments, condos)
  • Community care and litter removal events (schools, parks, block) 
  • Bicycle theft prevention

How do I Request a Neighbors Together training?

Fill out our online form to request a Neighbors Together training session for you and your community.

Public trash cans have arrived in Creston-Kenilworth! 
The art on the cans was designed by local artists, chosen in partnership with local arts groups. The artists for the Southeast cans are: Jeremy NicholsBaba Wagué Diakité, and Alex Chiu

Cans have a side attachment for deposit beverage bottles, which can be collected by community members. 

The trash cans will be emptied twice a week by COR Disposal. COR Disposal is a Black-owned, B Corp certified company located in East Portland.

Find more information about the public trash can program here.

Portland Cleanup Resources

Are you looking for resources to clean up your neighborhood or want to get involved in a community cleanup effort? The Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) has put together a comprehensive list identifying how Portlanders can report, organize, and remove unwanted trash in our city.

For more information, please visit the BPS website or download their printable flyer.
Special Message on Foster Care Opportunities
Boys And Girls Aid
You Can Help Oregon's Foster Care Crisis.

On any given day, there are 7,000 children in Oregon’s foster care system. Many of these children come from situations of abuse and neglect only to find themselves facing uncertainty and instability once they enter foster care.
Boys & Girls Aid, a nonprofit founded in Portland in 1885, wants to change that. We are looking for compassionate people to help improve the lives of children in foster care. 

A good foster home is often the first place a child in foster care has felt safe in a long time. Foster parents help children build trust in adults and provide a supportive environment where they can thrive. 

Boys & Girls Aid supports foster parents with responsive program staff available 24/7, ongoing free professional training, and generous monthly, tax-free stipends ranging from $1,200 to $3,500 per month. There are options to fit every family, from full-time placement to relief care a few days a month.

Fostering children might bring life changes and challenges, but it’s a great opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life — and in your own life, too. “It’s worth it to get to know these kids,” said experienced foster parents Jen and Chad. “It’s enriched our lives a lot.”

To learn more, visit the website:, or contact Outreach Coordinator Scott Appel at (503) 542-2316 or

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