Lents neighbors hear about homelessness plans at City staff

INCLUDES INTRODUCTION & MEETING VIDEOS | Take a look, and learn what others found out about ‘Safe Rest Villages’, and other homeless solutions, at the Lents Neighborhood Livability Association meeting in January …

-1 Folks start settling in, at the January Lents Neighborhood Livability Association meeting.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

On the Thursday evening of January 11, folks filtered into the Community Connections Center on Mount Scott for the first live monthly meeting of the Lents Neighborhood Livability Association in the New Year.

As has been the tradition for some time now, attendees were treated to a light supper of cheese and meat cold cuts.

Those at the meeting heard from two individuals:

Before the meeting starts, Mental Health & Addiction Association of Oregon Executive Director Jamie Gullickson tells about her organization.

Watch Jamie Gullickson’s self introduction video:

The speaker at the meeting was City of Portland Emergency Humanitarian Operations Director, Brandy Westerman.

Brandy Westerman, Emergency Humanitarian Operations Director, City of Portland tells why she’s come to the meeting.

Watch Brandy Westerman’s self introduction video:

That evening, the 22 people in attendance learned more about homelessness, what the City of Portland’s plans are for reducing the number of unhoused; and how mental health figures into the equation.

Now, watch the entire meeting in this video, produced by the Lents Neighborhood Livability Association:

February 8:
The Lents Neighborhood Livability Association meets

The next live and in person meeting is from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, February 8th. A light dinner will be served from 6:30 – 7 p.m.; this month, it will be in the form of a deli tray from WINCO.

Come learn about the major changes coming to your city’s government at the February LNLA meeting.

This month’s speakers include: June Reyes, City of Portland Transition staff; and Amy Randel of the City of Portland Government Transition Advisory Committee. The pair will explain how the City of Portland’s Charter affects public safety, how our public tax dollars are spent, how we vote for elected City leaders … and more.

They’re again meeting at the Community Connection Center in the New Hope Church at 10603 SE Henderson Street. [Come into the front doors, turn right, go down the first hallway. Signs will point the way.] For more information, email lnla2018@gmail.com.

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