Fall Grants Important Dates! 

Did you know a CNN small grant can be a great match for other proposals or grants you are working on? Contact us  about ideas and get a head start for community projects in 2018! This can be a resource to reach under-served groups. Application is NOW available online; Grant Workshop -September 20 6 PMGrants Due -November 13 by 4 PM;
Grants Awarded-by January 1

Visit our grants page for the 2018 Application/  sandral@cnncoalition.org

Block Parties Build Community!

It is the season to connect and get to know your neighbors while grilling and chilling. Some of the most popular gatherings are hosted at apartment complexes-  National Night Out in Hollywood (photo)  is an event that brings diverse neighbors together to enjoy BBQ and to make new connections that may not happen in other settings.  If you are hosting a block party on your street at anytime the new online PBOT application is now live!

National Night Out has been celebrated across North America on the first Tuesday of August since 1983. It’s a day when people hold parties to strengthen community cohesiveness and crime resistance, and get to know their neighbors and their local public safety officials. When neighbors get to know each other, they create a connected and safer community. Every year, more than 20,000 people in Portland participate. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention Program has responsibility for coordinating National Night Out (NNO) in Portland.

  • Official date of NNO: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017. In Portland, residents and businesses may also hold a NNO party between Friday, July 28th and Sunday, August 6th, 2017.
  • Registration is open from June 6th-July 18th.

Questions? Call 503-823-4064 or email onicpa@portlandoregon.gov.

Stay Connected Workshop!

How to get the best outreach results using online tools–Busy organizing community activities with limited time and resources to get the word out -all the while hoping social media and online props will help you to meet outreach goals? Learn new tips using online tools to best reach your community at a free workshop conducted by a professional media trainer May 31st. Space is limited.

2017 is Bright with Community Grant Projects!

Central Northeast Neighbors Coalition (CNN) awarded $10, 390 in grants to community groups and organizations that will engage underserved neighbors in four projects in 2017!  We are grateful that the City of Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement provided $8, 390 in grant program funding.  Additional contributions of $2, 000 were provided by CNN to increase community engagement and leadership. We also recognize the importance of the grassroots efforts that we could not fund this year.  We will continue to support small grants as a priority and build community together. 

Building Community Together.
The Small Grants Program supports efforts that achieve one or more of the following goals: 
 Increase the number and diversity of people who are engaged in their communities and neighborhoods. 
 Strengthen community and neighborhood capacity to build community leadership, identity, skills, relationships and/or partnerships. 
 Increase community and neighborhood impact on public decisions and community life.

Avanza Program                 
Edúcate Ya, Inc.

Youth leadership and community organizing program for Latinx youth. The goal is to bring together a cohort within CNN to participate in leadership, skill, and coalition building with 8 trainings and a community project. The sessions include 

Teamwork, Ethics/Values, Culture/Oppression, Government & Public Policy, Community Organizing, and more.

Community Space Creation and Celebration

Jason Lee Parent Teacher Association

The goal of this project is to create a community-envisioned welcoming outdoor space for kids, parents, and the community to gather and enjoy. The project will culminate in a celebration of the creative power of community. The majority of the students at Jason Lee in Madison South are Asian, Latino, and African American-80% are on free/reduced lunch. 

New Year in the Park 
Hmong American Community of Oregon

This project is to support immigrant and refugee community organizers to host a SE Asian New Year community celebration at Glenhaven Park on NE 82nd Ave. Cultural performances, food, music, and resources will be presented. The event is relatively new and builds leadership and partnerships between diverse groups as well as attracts thousands of people to join the festivities. 

Scott School Kermés Community Celebration and Resource Fair
Scott School Parent Teacher Association

The Kermés multicultural celebration is to strengthen community identity and to inspire in parents and neighbors a sense of investment, responsibility, and pride in the education of the children in Cully. More than half of the students speak a language other than English at home. This effort will provide resources to bring families, neighbors and groups together. The event is planned by a racially diverse group of parents and teachers.

Neighbors Advocate to Improve Access in Under-invested Areas

Neighbors advocate for street improvements in areas that have been under-invested such as NE 82nd & 60th Max station areas, NE Halsey safety and access to transit and the NE 72 pedestrian & bikeway to Killingsworth in Cully.  City staff are proposing transportation options and concept plans with input from the community managed by PBOT’s Growing Transit Communities (funded in part by the State Transportation Growth Management Grant-TGM).

Recently Roseway, Rose City Park, Cully, and the 82nd Ave. Improvement Coalition hosted conversations on how to improve travel for all modes.  The 82nd Improvement Coalition is an effort by a group of advocates desiring to transform 82nd into a City street that serves the community with safe access.  The conversation hosted at the Dharma Rain Center, nestled a block East of 82nd across from Madison High School, provided opportunities for community input on the 82nd study: Understanding Barriers to Development with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS).  This effort involves exploring opportunities within new mixed use & employment zones, and commercial development on this key transit corridor under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT ).  The ODOT jurisdiction for 82nd  limits desired street improvements that can be implemented, thus community members are advocating for safe access , connectivity, and street amenities.  This project is funded in part by a Metro Community Planning and Development Grant and will involve the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).  The ODOT 82nd Ave. of Roses Implementation Plan is to create a list of feasible projects to improve safety, mobility, and access for people using 82nd Ave. to Killingsworth.

As for the Max stations, PBOT has been working with the neighborhood and property owners on the design for needed sidewalks, bike lanes, safe crossings, traffic calming, greenways connecting to safe routes.  Construction may come as soon as 2018  for the 60th from the Max Station to Halsey in line with a scheduled paving project.  This is funded in part by Transportation System Development Charges (TSDC).  These efforts come on the heals of community advocacy as Metro prioritized improvements.  Rose City Park has been advocating for adequate sidewalks close to 10 years ago.

Cully, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Oregon  emerged with active leadership that continues to work with the City for safe connected streets.  This is an area where a lack of direct bus routes to downtown requires residents to walk on streets with no sidewalks or designated safe routes for all modes.  The Connected Cully: NE 72nd Ave. project managed by PBOT funded by a Metro grant is to enhance walking and biking through the heart of the neighborhood along NE 72nd.  This will connect residents to schools, businesses, and foster needed access to parks and greenspace in Cully and Roseway. Traffic calming and pedestrian crossing improvements from NE Sandy to Prescott are part of the Active Transportation and Complete Streets Metro grant regional flexible funding.  The project also includes lighting, street trees, and place-making elements.


Let the Spirit of Community Prevail

The recent divisive election impacted many, especially underserved groups such as immigrant and refugee communities. It is a good time to ask what we can do to make our neighborhoods, streets, places where we gather, a welcoming place for all. There are many ways to nurture goodwill which helps to cultivate hope in difficult times.  Our nearest neighbors are a great place to start. It could be taking the time to greet those who you have not had the opportunity to meet or chat with.
Promoting inclusion, connection, and compassion shows how people turn a place into a community.  
Thank you for your commitment to community!
~Warm holiday wishes to all

Support Transportation Improvements in your Neighborhood

Metro is seeking your input about transportation projects competing for regional funding through November 7.  The Portland Bureau of Transportation submitted several projects for complete streets to Metro to compete for Regional Flexible Funds. Below are 3 projects that propose improvements in Central NE neighborhoods:
  • NE Halsey Safety and Access to Transit
  • Connected Cully: NE 72nd Ave Ped/ Bike Parkway
  • N/NE Columbia Blvd ITS (Regional Freight Initiative)

Read more.

Home is Where the Heart Is Project

In partnership with Rose City Park Neighborhood Association,  Living Stages Theater will present an interactive theatrical forum “Home is Where the Heart Is” engaged community members in conversation about ideas, values, and assumptions related to “home”.  The forum was held at the Rose City Park meeting in June.  During the forum, community actors from Right to Survive, an organization created by and for members of Portland’s houseless community, presented a short scene to share some of the challenges homeless individuals and families face in day-to-day survival. Members of the audience were invited to stop the action of the scene and step onto the stage to propose their ideas for possible solutions.

This program was made possible with a Small Neighborhood Grant from Central Northeast Neighbors, and a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Living Stages is a Portland-based 501 c3 arts organization committed to the practice of interactive theater as a process for community engagement, action and transformation.

“As long as social injustice exists, ours is an unfinished theater,” says Tamara Lynne, Living Stages Creative Director. “We hope to inspire action not only on the stage, but in real life— to help communities transform this situation and create neighborhoods where all individuals feel safe, and can have a sense of home.”

For more information, contact Living Stages through our website www.livingstages.org or email tamara@livingstages.org.

For additional information contact: 503-863-1406

Air Quality Concerns Update

In response to the latest wave of concern about Portland’s air quality, The Cully Air Action Team (CAAT), in collaboration with Portland Clean Air, has developed a user-friendly presentation about how citizens can research:

 > who their nearby air polluting industries are

 > which government agencies issue permits to their operations

 > how to obtain those permits

 > what hazardous materials they have on-site and what toxics they emit

 > what to do once you have the data

The presentation runs about 30 minutes and comes with a guide put out by Portland Clean Air.

Please let us know if you are interested in hearing this presentation at your next gathering. Contact Alma Velazquez : advelazquez@comcast.net.


April/May Update:

Forum in Central Northeast Neighborhoods this summer.

The Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD), Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are collectively working to investigate sites in Portland with high arsenic levels detected in the initial, experimental, moss testing method reported in late February. The agencies developed a method to decide which locations to investigate first, using relevant air toxics data and information about vulnerable populations. Here is the set of criteria by which agencies will prioritize hot spots identified in U.S. Forest Service moss studies for further investigation (CNN had 3 hot spots). Current projections are that validated information from the US Forest Service moss study will be available this summer. DEQ and its partner agencies plan to update the public in a central northeast, multi-neighborhood forum sometime this summer, possibly in July. Look to the Central Northeast Neighbors website for announcements regarding the investigation plan, and for the date and location of the forum. Until the forum, look to the joint DEQ/Oregon Health Authority (OHA)/MCHD website: <http://saferair.oregon.gov<http://saferair.oregon.gov/Pages/index.aspx>> and for more information this multi-agency report: <http://public.health.oregon.gov/newsadvisories/Documents/se-portland-metals-emissions-physician-guidance.pdf>.

from David Gates of Rose City Park NA

Portland State University, the city of Portland and Multnomah County announced plans to spend $125,000 on a two-year study of the city’s toxic air pollution.


March Update:

Following the February meeting at Tubman, we have continued to follow the story of air quality in regards to the neighborhoods part of Central Northeast Neighbors.

Thus far, the greater attention has been on the neighborhoods in North and Southeast Portland affected by Bullseye Glass and Uroboros Glass. As local and statewide attention has turned to these two plants, the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been struggling to keep up with increased interest in air quality.

Moss testing has known for years to be an effective test for air quality, but Oregon DEQ described it at community meetings as an innovation they have struggled to keep up with. Oregonlive’s map shows 3 major hotspots in the CNN area. While the Owen’s Brockway glass plant off of Killingsworth and 92 doesn’t make colored glass, a process that used cadmium at other plants, CNN residents are still concerned about arsenic and other metal pollutants found in the neighborhood. Portland State University Professor Linda George suggests that one option for concerned residents could be testing their soil. Anyone who does test their soil should share their results with her and the DEQ to determine if further tests in the area are needed.

CNN will continue to track the issue and offer updates as they are available. CNN neighborhood leaders are in communication with local agencies and Cully leaders sent a letter to the Governor to take action.

By Andrés Oswill, MURP

CNN LUTOP student intern



The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) are working to investigate concerns about arsenic levels in five Portland neighborhoods. Carcinogenic metals were found in tree moss around Portland, with cadmium found near stained glass manufacturers Map. The map shows 3 hotspots in CNN neighborhoods. The most concentrated sits in Rose City Park around NE 52nd Ave.  Another is based along Sandy Blvd. and I-205 by Sumner. The last is on Columbia and NE 52nd largely in the Cully Neighborhood.

Both glass factories identified as potential sources of carcinogenic metals have voluntarily suspended use of cadmium and arsenic. Both companies were complying with legal regulations, but changed their practices once the information emerged. The state DEQ has released a Frequently Asked Questions sheet to help give more information, and a new group the Eastside Air Coalition emerged in response to the high levels of toxic metals discovered. They are visiting different neighborhood associations to talk about the concerns, and you can learn more about their upcoming activities on their events page. Neighbors for Clean Air-What’s in our Air has been actively working on community advocacy and policy to improve air quality in Portland for several years now. Also, The Cully and Rose City Park Neighborhoods are investigating and discussing the recent concerns at their meetings and plan to take action.

By Andrés Oswill, MURP

CNN LUTOP student intern