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“Northeast Passage”- movie night at NECN, March 4th.

Movie night with North & Northeast Neighbors for Housing Affordability


Featuring “Northeast Passage: The Inner City and the American Dream”

Directed by Spencer Wolf and Cornelius Swart

“Neighborhoods besieged by discrimination, neglect and crime frequently welcome any change that seems to be for the better. But gentrification can come at a high price.

In Portland, Oregon, one woman struggling to provide a decent life for her 10-year-old daughter takes on public officials and a developer intent on creating low-income housing in her neighborhood. While public officials emphasize the need to create affordable housing in order to revitalize the community, opponents fear that the new property will attract renters who won’t take pride in their neighborhood in the way that homeowners do. But when homeowners replace renters in gentrifying neighborhoods, long-term residents are often priced out and a new class prejudice can arise.

Northeast Passage is a unique portrait of a neighborhood in the midst of dramatic change. It chronicles the clashes between those who advocate making rental properties available to low-income individuals and families, and those who promote home ownership. Proponents of both sides get equal say as the debate escalates.  As seen through the eyes of one woman, this film examines an issue that challenges nearly every inner city in the country.”

When:             March 4, 2015

Where:            NE Coalition of Neighbors   4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97211

Time:               6:30 pm – 8:30pm

This movie runs about 54 minutes, and a discussion with the film director will ensue following the showing of this film.

We are N/NE Neighbors for Housing Affordability. We are a grassroots group of neighbors working to create equitable, inclusive neighborhoods in N/NE Portland, where people of color, low-income families, seniors and everyone else can live and thrive without fear of displacement.

To learn more please join us! You can connect with us at:

Open House Tuesday, Aug 5th: LifeWorks/Beech St. Apartments

Home Forward is partnering with LifeWorks NW on a development in Northeast Portland that will provide permanent apartment homes with supportive services and expand a culturally-focused residential treatment program, Project Network.

The development’s 32 permanent apartments, which will be reserved for graduates of substance abuse treatment programs, represent Home Forward’s first “dry” housing program.  The development also is part of the agency’s efforts to preserve public housing by replacing former single-family public housing homes with more cost-efficient apartments in multi-family buildings.

Patients released from treatment would be eligible to live in one of the 32 affordable housing units in the other wing. Once there, they would continue outpatient services at a LifeWorks Northwest facility two blocks away on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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Can You Go Solar? Find Out Now

Solarize Northeast is a project of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods that helps homeowners to go solar by lowering the cost through bulk purchasing and free education on how to go about it.  Low-cost financing is available as well.

Installing solar is affordable and easy! Come learn how and why at one of the Free Community Introductory Workshops:

  • Sat 3/10 11AM-12:30PM Umpqua Bank, 1745 NE Alberta
  • Thurs 3/22 6PM-7:30PM NECN, 4815 NE 7th Ave.
  • Sat 4/14 11AM-12:30PM Umpqua Bank, 1745 NE Alberta
  • Thurs 4/19 6PM-7:30PM NECN, 4815 NE 7th Ave.

Register for the workshops or a free solar site assessment now at:

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ABC’s of Land Use Workshop Returns

Are you interested in learning more about Portland’s land use and development process?  Neighborhood associations and leaders often are asked to respond to land use notices or to help neighbors who are struggling with a land use issue. Many neighborhoods have a land use chair or other volunteer who is the point person for responding to these requests.  It can really help to learn more about how the land use system works and how to advocate for the community’s interests most effectively. Also, it’s often comforting and helpful to share experiences with other neighborhood activists facing the same challenges. 

The ABCs of Land Use workshops were designed to meet this need. The neighborhood coalitions, the Planning Bureau, and ONI have teamed up to host ABCs of Land Use workshop in different parts of the city a few times each year.  The next ABCs workshop is being hosted by Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition on Sat. January 28, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southeast Uplift office.

You can register for the workshop on line at:
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Occupy Northeast Neighborhood Assembly Jan. 7 at Chapel Pub

Shiva Markandeya, a self-identified Occupy Portland outreach committee member, has invited members of the Humboldt and King Neighborhoods to attend a meeting this Saturday, January 7th at the McMenamin’s Chapel Pub on 430 N. Killingsworth, 5 – 8pm.

According to the press release:

[T]he Occupy Portland Outreach Committee has created a project to gather various communities in this city who are interested in learning more about this modern movement and to encourage these communities to be more involved in seeing economic fairness and civil rights manifest in Portland neighborhoods. We hope to include every part of the city beginning with a few areas first, like North and Northeast Portland. The name of this project is called Occupy Northeast Neighborhood Assembly where we will come together and discuss our grievances and develop action based solutions among ourselves to address local and national concerns. There are many issues we plan to focus on which includes supporting the amendment to abolish cooperate personhood at the state level, administering education and strong support for those neighbors who have been wronged by our banking system which causes many families to receive unjust evictions from their homes, to create initiatives to remove the wrongful use of money from politics, to help families cope with joblessness and income disparities, and to develop green and sustainable permaculture practices that build community and bring people together.

The release states that this will be the first in an ongoing series of local meetings and that:

We understand that community, friendly associations, neighbors and the trust that is shared between them is power. When we are unified and working together in a common purpose our power is strengthened. We need all of our voices to be raised against the very things that ails us in this society. And we invite you and your associations to join us in making great efforts in trying to better our poor and middle class condition and improve the quality of our lives.

Shiva Markandeya can be reached at:
OPDX Outreach Committee