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Participants in Portland Opportunities Industrial Center + Rosemary Anderson High School (POIC + RAHS) program receiving classroom training on construction industry tools. In this photo, they are shown in safety gear practicing sawing holes into wood.
Cannabis Social Equity Grant Update
In 2016, Portland voters approved a 3% tax on retail cannabis sales. Since then, a portion of the tax revenue has been used for restorative justice and community reinvestment grant opportunities.

On October 16, Civic Life will present to Portland City Council proposed recipients of this funding for a second year of Cannabis Social Equity Grants; ahead of that meeting, we wanted to share the work from three recipients from the first year's grant cycle.

Green Hop Academy
The Green Hop Academy includes an internship track and an apprenticeship cannabis workforce-training program that connects historically underserved populations with entry-level job experience in the cannabis industry. To date, 846 hours of industry experience and education has been completed. All 8 academy interns completed the 10-week internship and passed the Marijuana Workers Permit Test.
Metropolitan Public Defenders (MPD)
Funding from the Grant allowed MPD to expand legal services that assist with exchanging fines and fees associated with cannabis offences for community service hours, as well as funding other legal services that help remove barriers towards employment and housing. To date, 953 people have received record-clearing services and 213 people have been identified for record expungement as a result of the grant funding.
Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center + Rosemary Anderson High School (POIC + RAHS)
The POIC + RAHS program serves young adults of color and those from low income communities, ages 18-25, by holistically preparing them for full-time construction apprenticeships and living-wage professional careers in the construction industry. To date, 37 total trainees have been enrolled in three cohorts. Of those trainees, 74% have earned an industry-recognized credential and completed the Construction Pre-Apprenticeship; 58% of trainees have entered a Bureau of Labor and Industries-Certified Construction Apprenticeship Program or obtained a living-wage employment in construction or a related field; and 75% of trainees are employed full-time in any sector.

Code Change Update

Participants of April 30 community code change meeting pausing to record their participation with a selfie.
Last Wednesday, our office sent an update that Commissioner Chloe Eudaly will present the proposed code changes as a report on November 14. You can read Commissioner Eudaly's full statement on her website. 

Civic Life will continue to keep you informed on the proposed code change process through community engagement, our website, social media, and through email updates. Do you have questions about the proposed code change and the process? Our website is a great place to start!

We also encourage you to provide your feedback here.

You Are Invited to the Spirit of Portland Awards

We are less than two weeks away from the 2019 Spirit of Portland Awards, do you have your tickets yet?

For 35 years, the City of Portland has hosted the Spirit of Portland Awards to highlight meaningful individual and organizational leadership. This year, we have chosen the theme to be associated with the 2035 Comprehensive Plan for the City of Portland. The plan’s five principles guided the categories for the nomination this year: economic prosperity, human health, environmental health, equity, and resilience. Join us on October 15 to honor the 11 award recipients for their incredible work to make Portland a safe, fun, and meaningful place!

The event is free and open to the public. Reserve your tickets here>>

Partner Spotlight

Oregon Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Street Roots vendor sit with people experiencing homelessness and interview them about their experiences. (Photo by Katalina Berbari) 

“As long as we deal with homelessness with a police response, people’s lives will be needlessly entangled in the legal system.” – Street Roots

In January, the Oregonian reported that one in every two arrests made by the Portland Police Bureau was of a person experiencing homelessness. The Portland Street Response (PSR) is a plan and pilot program created to explore ways to change that statistic by feasibly, quickly and effectively addressing the crises on our streets in a compassionate and responsive way.

On September 19, Street Roots published the report Believe Our Stories & Listen. The report is culmination of interviews with 184 people experiencing homelessness and addresses questions about what the PSR pilot should look like, including who the first responders should be, how to approach individuals in crisis, and the types of training first responders need to responsively act. The proposed PSR program is scheduled to go to City Council in November.

You can read the full report here>>

Civic Life Online Events Calendar

Visit our online calendar to find out information about community and neighborhood events.

If you have an event you would like to be considered for the calendar or if you have an image you would like to share from a recent event, please contact us at

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