Original Lents Village residents say they’re ‘still thrilled’ a decade later

See why residents are celebrating as the first, major ROSE Community Development turns ten years old‚

These ten-year Lents Village residents say they’re proud, and happy, to have been among the first residents of the facility.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
As hard to believe as it may seem, the affordable senior housing project on outer SE Holgate Blvd. — Lents Village — is already ten years old.

“It is great to get together with the residents who live here, and community members, to celebrate this facility,” comments the executive director of ROSE Community Development, Nick Sauvie.

ROSE board member Rick Soards and executive director Nick Sauvie congratulate the long-term residents at Lents Village Apartments.

Sauvie reminded us that ROSE (Revitalize Outer South East) Community Development Corporation is 15 years old this year. “This was the first large, new development that ROSE did. It has been tremendously successful.”

Further, there has been a lot of progress in the Lents neighborhood in the last 10 years, Sauvie adds. “ROSE has been a significant part of that. There is a huge need for affordable housing for seniors, people with disabilities, and families. ROSE is working to meet that need.”

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Lt. Richard Jones gives residents safety tips and reminds them, “When ever you need us, we’re just minutes away.”

In its 63 units, Sauvie says Lents Village accommodates persons 55+ years old who meet low-income qualifications.

Even after residing there for a decade, Lents Village resident Lynn Simmons says she feels blessed to have been selected to live in the building.

“Blessed to live here”
One of the folks we meet is Lynn Simmons, who moved in on opening day.

“I moved in here in 1997,” Simmons tells the group of celebrants assembled in their Lents Loaves & Fishes dining hall.

“There hasn’t been one day that I have regretted moving into Lents Village,” continues Simmons. “I’m happy here. All of my needs have been fulfilled. The location is good, the facility is clean, and they take good care of the property. I’m thankful to the Good Lord that I heard about Lents Village, and have been able to live here.”

Find out more about all of the ROSE programs by going to www.rosecdc.org or by calling (503) 788-8052.

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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