The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Eliot Parking Task Force are hosting an open house to collect feedback and input on a proposed parking permit program for the Eliot neighborhood. PBOT kicked off the project last summer and has been working with the Eliot Parking Task Force to look at parking issues in the neighborhood. Together, we have co-created a proposed parking permit program that would make it easier for residents to find parking when there are large events nearby. We want to hear from you! Stop by our in-person open house at the Matt Dishman Community Center (77 Knott St, Portland, OR 97223) in Classroom A on May 16, from 5-7 p.m. to learn more about the proposed parking permit program and give feedback. Learn more on the in-person open house webpage.
Can’t make it to the in-person open house? A virtual open house and online survey will be available on the project webpage from May 12-29. PBOT and the task force will use feedback collected at both open houses to finalize the details of the permit program.
Have a child and need to sign them up for school? Portland Public Schools has several events scheduled to see the schools in person. Most of the Eliot Neighborhood is in the Boise-Eliot/Humboldt (BEH) School area. More information on enrolling at BEH can be found here: https://www.pps.net/domain/6389
I am in year 4 of 10 with my eldest two daughters there and I could not recommend it more highly. The teachers and administration are top notch. Principal Kaveh’s goal is to have 3 classes per grade, which would require 65 kids per grade for grades 4-5 and slightly lower numbers for the lower grades. The way to achieving this is asking more neighbors to at least consider this great school and so I am asking you to take a look. Ask to take a tour or visit on one of the scheduled connect to kindergarten dates. Filling out the paperwork on the earlier side would be a great help to retain our existing teachers amid proposed cuts by the district.
There is an event this coming Thursday where you can tour the school and get a sense of what it is like this coming Thursday 3/15 at 5:30pm. You can also get a sense of the weekly highlights from the Principal’s Message page here: https://www.pps.net/boiseeliot
Principal Kaveh is happy to answer any questions can be reached at email@example.com
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We are having a meeting at Cascadia Garlington Center (Masks required, Enter from the parking lot side off of Morris street near MLK, Jr Blvd) and online. We ask that everyone make their best effort to attend in person. We will again be using WebEx this time but this is likely the last ‘hybrid’ meeting.
On NE MLK at Sacramento, there is a program that you might have never heard of in the Eliot Neighborhood. The Volunteers of America Men’s Residential Program (MRC) is housed there. This program was set up over 20 years ago when voters in Multnomah County voted to fund residential treatment programs for both Men and Women. The Men’s center was an old 50-room hotel that was converted to this use and the director Greg Stone has been running the center this entire time. They have a roughly 70% success rate at discharging clients and have only 1-2 police calls every 5 years (less than once per year).
The main prison system has a 50% reoffending rate, while treatment programs like the MRC have a much higher success rate. As a result, it has the support of DA Mike Schmidt and the Honorable Eric Bloch, a Multnomah County Judge. Judge Bloch and DA Schmidt are working on a relatively new program called STEP which currently exists but does not currently have a residential program. Currently, they have a 0% reoffending rate although as more time passes, all programs have an increasing reoffending rate. This program works by diverting people who would go to prison directly into the residential program. These men are monitored – many had ankle bracelets when I visited the facility with some other neighbors. If someone decides to leave the program, their parole officers are notified and they do not simply disappear into the community.
The Eliot Neighborhood Association has a Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) with the MRC that stipulates that there is a citizen screening committee that is responsible for reviewing (before intake to the program) prospective clients with charges/history of violence to strangers and non-predatory sex offenders. This agreement has been in place since 1999 and we have not had a history of problems with the MRC. I have been on this committee for the past 10 years. The Eliot NA Board has the ability to change the makeup of this committee, and we recently added my co-Chair, Jimmy Wilson to the screening committee.
Judge Bloch and DA Schmidt have requested that we allow clients to come from this STEP program that are not meeting the current criteria for the program. Specifically, the current rules require clients to have served a year of time before they are admitted to the MRC, but the STEP program is designed to divert people from spending time in prison but instead they would go directly to the MRC if they meet strict screening criteria. The ENA Board will be voting to amend our GNA to allow these clients on a 90-day trial basis at the Monday November 21st meeting.
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