Adopt One Block Update

[See a more recent version of this map at https://sunnysideportland.org/adoptoneblock/]

As of June 28th, 80% of the blocks in Sunnyside have been adopted through Adopt One Block. We have 128 blocks adopted and only 32 blocks still seeking adoption. This is close to three times as many blocks adopted than when we started our neighborhood outreach in early April. We had 43 adopted blocks then. The areas marked in grey on the map have been adopted; areas in black still need adoption.

More information about Adopt One Block (including an updated map as well as information about how to adopt a block) is available at sunnysideportland.org under the Volunteer menu.

If you have adopted a block, please let our Cleanup Coordinator know so we can improve collaboration and coordination among block ambassadors as well as offer local support. So far, block ambassadors covering 40 blocks have made themselves known. Those blocks are identified with a thin white line on the map. Your contact information will not be shared publicly, but knowing about you will allow our Cleanup Coordinator to privately connect adopters of neighboring blocks if they both choose.

To make yourself known to the SNA as a block ambassador, or if you ever need help with disposing of excess trash, dealing with larger items that have been dumped, needles or biohazard cleanup, please contact Vincent Dawans, SNA Cleanup Coordinator at dawansv@gmail.com.

SNA Community Care (SNACC) Committee Update

SNACC’s May meeting was well attended with approximately 15 guests ready to hear from, and talk with, Pat Schweibert of Beacon PDX and County Commissioner Sharon Meieran. Pat Schweibert talked about her multi-decade work serving houseless residents, the work of Beacon PDX in Sunnyside and surrounding areas, and the exciting possibility of engaging with a new community to provide a tiny home village and day center.

Commissioner Meieran presented her vision for a “harm reduction” approach that would create a coordinated network of outdoor shelter sites to provide safety, community, and basic hygiene services to people currently experiencing unsheltered houselessness. She emphasized the urgency of the problem; houselessness is a real and growing crisis for people living on the streets and for housed neighbors in all of the city’s neighborhoods. We were all very excited to hear from her because her vision really captures these missing “medium-term” solutions that all of us have been both advocating for and wanting (and ready) to get involved in.

Unfortunately, the county budget is going to be voted on June 3rd and her approach is not included in the current draft budget. Watch your news sources to see whether she is able to gain the votes needed. 

Please note that the SNACC Committee is on hiatus for the duration of the summer.  Visit the website for ongoing volunteer opportunities or reach out to jessielucidamaran@gmail.com with questions or concerns.  See you in the Fall!

Updated Adopt-One-Block Map

*** PLEASE SEE A MORE RECENT UPDATE HERE ***

As of May 14, over 100 blocks have been adopted in Sunnyside through Adopt One Block with fewer than 60 blocks still seeking adoption.

Click here to open the map in a full size window.

To make yourself known to the SNA as a block ambassador or if you ever need help with disposing of excess trash, dealing with larger dumping, needles or biohazards while cleaning your adopted block, please contact Vincent Dawans, SNA Cleanup Coordinator at dawansv@gmail.com.

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Community Safety & Livability Meeting Thursday, January 21, 2021 6:30 PM

Community Safety & Livability
Thursday, January 21 6:30 – 7:30pm

We will be hosting guest speakers from the Bridgeton and Downtown Neighborhood Associations.  Come learn about the work our neighbors are doing.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81107561033?pwd=cDlyZVdMKzl0ZnVtUTZSSklXVXY1dz09

Meeting ID: 811 0756 1033
Passcode: 441405

SNA Endorses Sanctioned Campsites as Alternative to HUCIRP “Sweeps”

At its January 14th, 2021 meeting the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association voted to endorse our own District 42 State Representative Rob Nosse’s call to City and County leaders to use emergency funding and powers to immediately site additional sanctioned camping areas throughout SE Portland and the city as a whole.  Working directly with SEUL Executive Director Leroy Eadie, the following draft letter has been distributed to all of the Neighborhood Associations in the hope of SE Uplift voting to formally endorse it as soon as protocols allow.

Rob Nosse – Draft Sanctioned Campsite Endorsement Letter – PDF

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