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A Draft District Map is Coming! Get Involved Now 
By the end of May, the Independent District Commission must deliberate and vote on their district plan for the four political districts from which Portlanders will elect 12 members of City Council. Maps are being considered now that could reshape what neighborhoods are in the SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition and that could bisect neighborhood boundaries. Here’s how you can share with the Commission how you define your community: Wednesday, May 17: Comment at the Commission’s Next MeetingWednesday, May 31Attend the Commission’s Work SessionSubmit a comment via their online public comment form, via email to DistrictCommission@portlandoregon.gov, or via phone by calling 3-1-1SE Uplift has invited the Commission to present its draft plan to our 20 communities in June, so please stay tuned for a separate email when details are confirmed. In July, the commission will hold eight to-be-announced Public Hearings to take official comment-  two in each proposed district. In the meantime, visit and bookmark this hub for the Independent District Commission activities and opportunities and sign-up for email updates from the Commission. 

Mary Jaron Kelley, MLA

Program Director | North Portland Neighborhood Services

Pronouns: she/her/hers    

City of Portland |Office of Community & Civic Life                                                                         

503-823-8877 (cell) number

Historic Kenton Firehouse                                                                                                                

2209 N. Schofield Street  Portland, Oregon 97217

Mary.Kelley@portlandoregon.gov

www.Facebook.com/NorthPortlandNeighborhoodServices

http://www.npnscommunity.org

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Our State Representative

Representative Travis Nelson Important Telephone Resources Hello everyone,  It’s been a pleasure to serve the last week in sunny Salem. This week, I’m excited to share the latest updates from the legislature and provide information on available telephone resources. It’s commonly known that numbers such as 411 exist as a helpful tool for directory assistance; however, 411 is far from the only number people can dial for help. We’ll be going through other numbers such as 211, 311, and 988, and the resources each number can help you navigate and discover.  St. Johns Parade  Before getting to the important resources in the rest of the newsletter, I wanted to share some photos from the St. Johns Parade. After a long hiatus, the St John’s Parade came back with a bang this Sunday! It felt awesome being amongst the people who are the heart and soul of North Portland! I was happy to be joined with Senator Lew Frederick and Representative Maxine Dexter. It was great seeing Governor Kotek back at the parade! Rep Nelson and Rep Dexter at the parade
Rep Nelson and Governor Kotek

211

Through 211 access free and confidential information about health, community, and social services near you. Calls can be answered in over 150 languages. 211 is everyone’s front door to information on more than 7,000 nonprofit, government and faith-based health and social services programs in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

There are multiple ways of obtaining information through 211:

In addition to what is listed above, dialing 211 can help you with: finding a crisis hotline; Housing and Shelter; Utility Assistance and Paying Bills; Child Care and Parenting; Food; Basic Needs; Foster Families; Health Care; COVID-19; Mental & Behavioral Health; Transportation; Legal & Public Safety; Employment; Education; Financial Wellness; Diverse Populations; Youth Services; Disaster Services.

311

311 improves access to local government within Multnomah County by providing a single point of contact – in person, online, or over the phone to find information, report issues, or request services. The 311 mission is to simplify community member access to local government programs and services. 

Ways to access 311 services: 

  • Email 311@portlandoregon.gov
  • Dial 3-1-1 within Multnomah County or (503) 823-4000
  • In-person at the Portland Building’s Customer Service Desk at 1120 Southwest Fifth Avenue.

PDX 311 staff can be reached Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., excluding federal holidays, by phone or email.

Staff are fluent in English, Spanish, Romanian, and Tagalog and have resources to assist community members in additional languages. 

Call 311

988

988 also known as “the Lifeline,” has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline) and is active across the United States. The Lifeline connects individuals with crisis counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat or texting 988.

When people call, text, or chat at 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

Click here to access the Lifeline Chat or to learn more. 

*For veteran crisis support, dial 988 then Press 1*

National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233. The hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

Community Resources List from the City of Portland

Check out this link to see a complete list of community resources. Numbers can be found for help with: alcohol/drug addiction, clothing/food, domestic violence/ assault, energy/rent/ emergency help, employment/re-entry help, LGBTQ, health/medical/dental help, HIV/AIDS care, housing/homelessness, legal support, mental health support, STD testing/ reproductive care, and East Multnomah County/ Clackamas County specific help. 

List of phone numbers that are included in the link

Legislative Updates

Over the last week, I carried several Senate Bills on the House Floor. I want to draw your attention to one specific Senate Bill that passed this week.

Link to youtube video or Rep Nelson speaking on SB 558

Senate Bill 558 is a simple but important bill. It would allow Oregonians to purchase hearing aids that do not require a prescription over the counter, which is already allowed in most states. Many people will be able to save time and money once SB 558 is signed into law. The bill is currently awaiting the signature of Governor Kotek and will take effect on passage.

Quick Shout Out to My Session Intern

Click link to watch video

Justin has been one of my session interns this session. His focus is on health policy. Congratulations to Justin and all of the recent graduates!

Thank you all for your continued support. As we near the end of the Legislative Session, I will continue to deliver for my community. This Wednesday, May 17th, will be the revenue forecast and we will know more about Oregon’s financial status. I am hoping that the forecast will allow for funding many of my priorities in Ways and Means.

Rep. Nelson

Travis Nelson
State Representative
House District 44

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1444
Capitol Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-275, Salem, Oregon 97301
Email: Rep.TravisNelson@oregonlegislature.gov
Website: http://www.oregonlegislature.gov/nelson​

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Historic Vanport Walking Tour
Walk through Historic Vanport and Explore the Past, Present and Future of Flood Safety

2023 marks the 75th anniversary of the Columbia River Flood of 1948 that destroyed the City of Vanport, once Oregon’s second-largest city. 

Join Flood Safe Columbia River on a walking tour that highlights Vanport’s history, the conditions that led to the devastating flood of 1948 that destroyed the city, and what community partners are doing today to upgrade flood control infrastructure and manage flood risk in a changing climate.

Special guest Ed Washington, Vanport survivor and lifelong civic leader, will speak to his experience as a resident of Vanport. 

WHEN:  Sunday, May 21st from 10am to 12:30pm 

WHERE: The Vanport Marker next to the Delta Mark MAX Station

Register Here!

The event is part of the 8th Vanport Mosaic Festival – two weeks of memory activism to commemorate Oregon’s Katrina-like disaster with exhibits, performances, documentary screenings and oral history recordings, tours of the historic Vanport sites, and opportunities to honor the Vanport Community.  
Flood Safe Columbia River is an initiative to manage flood risk in a changing climate.  It represents the work of existing Drainage Districts and a new flood control agency created by the Oregon Legislature. 
Learn more at our website
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Past, Present and Future of Flood Safety

Join Flood Safe Columbia River on a walking tour that highlights Vanport’s history, the conditions that led to the devastating flood that destroyed the City of Vanport, and what community partners are doing today to upgrade flood control infrastructure and manage flood risk in a changing climate. Hear stories from a Vanport survivor.

The walking tour will start at the Vanport Marker near the Delta Park MAX Station, and will end at the site of the historic embankment failure. There is an option to walk back to the MAX station together. Expect about an hour and a half of walking total, about 40 minutes (2 miles) in both directions.  Water and light refreshments will be provided.

This event is hosted as part of the 2023 Vanport Mosaic Festival that commemorates the 75th anniversary of the flood that destroyed Vanport and honors the community that called Vanport home. 

When: Sunday, May 21st from 10am to 12:30pm

Where: Meet at the Vanport Marker near the Delta Park MAX Station.

Registration: Please register online here.

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Aster Moulton (they/them)

Public Affairs and Community Relations Specialist

Multnomah County Drainage District #1 (MCDD)

1880 NE Elrod Drive Portland, OR 97211

Mobile: 971-940-6311

amoulton@mcdd.org

www.mcdd.org

Mission: To enhance community safety and support the region’s vitality by reducing flood risk, maintaining our levee system, managing drainage, and responding to emergencies.

What is MCDD?  MCDD provides flood protection by maintaining the Columbia River Corridor levee system and removing stormwater for residents and businesses.  MCDD also serves three other drainage districts along the south shore of the Columbia River (Peninsula Drainage District #1, Peninsula Drainage District #2 and the Sandy Drainage Improvement Company). The four districts collectively extend from the edge of Smith and Bybee Lakes on the west, to the Sandy River on the east.

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  Portland Business District CleanupWednesday, May 17, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM  Help Keep Rose City Beautiful!
On May 17th, SOLVE is hosting the Portland Business District Cleanup, sponsored by CareOregon, with additional support from the Portland Rose Festival.Join SOLVE, local businesses, and community members to pick up litter along the waterfront. This is a fantastic opportunity to build a connection with your neighbors and contribute to the vibrancy of our city. 

The Rose Festival kicks off at the end of May, and we are determined to make the west bank waterfront look pristine in time for the festivities. We are excited to play our part in making the space ready for the parades, the Clown Prince, and all the fun rides.

Join us for a morning of fun, camaraderie, and community spirit. Volunteers will meet at 9 am at the Salmon Street Spring Fountain, and then will head out into the surrounding area to pick up litter. Cleanup supplies and instructions will be provided, so just bring your passion for making a difference.

This event is made possible through SOLVE’s partnership with CareOregon, whose mission is to make individuals, families, and entire communities healthier. 

Sign up for a chance to spread positivity and make a meaningful impact by volunteering alongside fellow community members. Register now by clicking on the button below!PORTLAND BUSINESS DISTRICT CLEANUP
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