Flood safety links

MCDD Emergency preparedness & response website: https://www.mcdd.org/what-we-do/district-services/emergency-response-preparedness/

This includes:

  • the Flood Emergency Action Plan
  • links to partner organizations
  • links to FEMA’s Ready.org and other resources for making a plan, building a supply kit, and staying informed (public alerts, weather, and others)

To sign up for MCDD newsletters: https://www.mcdd.org/#newsletter

Current river conditions are on the main page of the MCDD website. The direct link to Nat’l Weather Service’s Vancouver gauge hydrograph is: https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage=vapw1&wfo=pqr

US Army Corps of Engineer’s Portland Metro Levee System project website: https://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/missions/projects-and-plans/portland-metro-levee-system/



East Columbia Neighborhood Association Meeting
Columbia Community Bible Church
Thursday 23 March
7:00n pm In-Person and via ZOOM

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 835 6949 1052 Passcode: 198661

Colin Rowan from MCDD is our featured guest and will discuss:
 Roles and Responsibilities of Landowners versus Drainage District versus City/County
before and during high water (FLOOD) events.
 This topic is particularly timely given that the Columbia River Spring Freshet will soon
begin. This year’s abundant snow pack in the Cascades will raise the Columbia River


Get funding for civic activities

Program Description

The Office of Community and Civic Life (Civic Life) supports neighborhood associations and other community organizations through the North Portland Neighborhood Services Community Activities Fund (CAF). Eligible volunteer-run organizations in the North Portland neighborhood district are invited to apply for reimbursement of community-building and civic engagement activities. A total of $8,000 is available. Each organization may apply for reimbursement of up to $700.

Applications will be accepted March 21, 2023, through May 31, 2023, or until funds are fully allocated, whichever comes first. This is a reimbursement program for expenses incurred between June 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023. Apply to receive approval of planned expenses. After the approved expenses are incurred, submit invoice, receipts, and a short narrative to receive reimbursement.

Contact Civic Life to request language translation.

Who is eligible?

This program is available to neighborhood associations and other volunteer-run community organizations in North Portland that serve the North Portland community. Organizations with paid staff and organizations that charge dues or fees are not eligible. Enter an address at PortlandMaps.com to view neighborhood and district information.

How does it work?

Submit a Funding Request Form to NPNS. Turnaround time is approximately two weeks. If approved, organizations must be set up as a City of Portland Vendor to receive payments. Civic Life staff will assist organizations with that set up.

Funding will be allocated on a “first-come, first served” basis. The amount of funding available will decrease as applications are approved. Apply as soon as you know details of planned activities.

What can the funds be used for?

The spirit of this funding is to support community-building and civic engagement activities. The funds may be used for activities that have a public benefit. Some examples of what funds can be used for:

  • Meetings and workshops – Zoom account, rental space, interpretation, translation, childcare, food, masks, COVID cleaning, adjustments needed for social distancing
  • Project, event, and activities – supplies and materials, rental space, speakers, performers, presenters
  • Communications – printing, signs, banner, website hosting, Email, hybrid meeting technology
  • Operations – filing fees, productivity tools

Contact Mary Jaron Kelley at NPNS with questions about eligible expenses. Changes in approved activities must be communicated to Civic Life and approved before funds are spent.

What can’t the funds be used for?

Some examples of what funds cannot be used for:

  • Private events or activities
  • Direct services, grants, scholarships, or loans that benefit specific individuals
  • Projects that are solely or primarily capital improvements
  • Donations or sponsorship to another organization
  • Expenditures that violate City policies or ordinances

Funding Process:

Payments will be paid approximately 30 days from receipt of the following items.

  1. Reimbursement Request Invoice. A template will be provided.
  2. Receipts
  3. A short narrative of 150 – 250 words, describing the project’s impact, with photo(s). Elaborate how this funding allowed your organization to assist the community.


  • Wed March 29 4-5pm
  • Wed Apr 5 12-1pm
  • Upon request

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/campaign-briefing-2/

Oregon is at a decision point with the I-5 Bridge. We need an earthquake-safe bridge with public transit, bike and walk solutions. Oregon cannot risk a sprawling boondoggle that will increase air pollution and drive up costs for working commuters.

Learn more about our Right Size, Right Now campaign to build the I-5 Bridge, protect our climate and create good union jobs. Join our campaign to educate leaders in the Oregon legislature. 

RSVP for a Campaign Info Session for community organizations, labor, faith, and neighborhood groups. Learn ways you can take action and help our communities win our Right Size, Right Now campaign.

RSVP: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/campaign-briefing-2/

Right Size, Right Now is a campaign of the Just Crossing Alliance, a partnership of Environmental, Environmental Justice and Sustainable Transportation organizations from across Oregon and Washington.

Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons

Just Crossing Alliance


Hello Friends and Neighbors of the Arbor Lodge Shelter!

The Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) will be hosting a Ground-Breaking Ceremony to celebrate the upcoming start of construction at the Arbor Lodge Shelter.

We invite you to come by, enjoy refreshments, and get to know the space and the plans for construction!

When: Thursday, March 16, 2023, 3:30pm-5pm 

Where: Arbor Lodge Shelter, 7440 N Denver Ave., Portland OR 97217

The Joint Office of Homeless Services appreciates your interest in the development of the Arbor Lodge Shelter!

Andrea Matthews (she/they) 

Shelter Project Manager

Joint Office of Homeless Services | Multnomah County

andrea.matthews@multco.us | D: (971) 201-6089