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Down on the (Urban) Farm
When you think of farming, you probably picture wide open spaces in the middle of nowhere brimming with corn stalks. But tucked away in a beautiful meadow on top of a natural spring, Zenger Farm is an urban farm in SE Portland helping their local community. The farm models and educates visitors about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development, and access to good food for all.

Another of Zenger Farm’s goals is to give young adults and kids access to land to learn about and connect with the natural world around them. The farm’s educational programs cover topics like organic farming, rain collection systems, foods native to the Pacific Northwest, ecology, and other natural sciences. And they also have educational programs for adults (like the Community Kitchens Program pictured above)!

Learn more here!
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Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month (also sometimes called Latinx Heritage Month) is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. This month honors the many diverse cultures and people from or ties to countries in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America, and Spain.

This year, you can celebrate by taking a virtual tour of galleries at the National Museum of the American Latino! You can also watch the City's Latinx Heritage Month proclamation online on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m.
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Saving My Grandparents' North Portland Home
Miranda Monroe’s grandparents lived in their NE Portland home for 60 years before Miranda and her sister inherited the home in 2014. Although not fully prepared to take over the maintenance of the home, Miranda understood the importance of keeping the family legacy going and her grandparents’ home was a big part of that history.

To prevent displacement of longtime N/NE Portland homeowners, Portland Housing Bureau supports home retention through a number of
programs and resources, including 0% interest loans and grants, to help low-and moderate-income homeowners, seniors, and people with disabilities make the repairs and accessibility modifications to continue living safely in their homes.

Read more of Miranda’s story and learn about PHB homeowner assistance!

PHB also has services, like Mandatory Renter Relocation Assistance, that help renters in Portland. Check out more from PHB's Rental Services Office!
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Starting Phase II of the Charter Commission
Phase I of the Charter Commission’s work is complete. Phase II has started and is focused on three new areas: (1) climate and environmental justice; (2) bureau and office proposals; and (3) expansion of voting rights. The Commission formed a subcommittee around each focus area.
Upcoming subcommittee meetings include:
  • Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., Expansion of Voting Rights Subcommittee Meeting
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., Bureau & Office Proposal Subcommittee Meeting
Progress Report
The Charter Commission has released the first
Phase II progress report to provide community members with the latest information on the Charter Commission’s ongoing work and a general idea of where the Commission is headed.
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Parks Community Listening Session
Portland Parks and Recreation needs your input! Join Parks for a virtual Listening and Learning workshop Monday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., to hear your perspectives and gain feedback on the Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland framework. You can help shape the future direction and priorities of Portland Parks and Recreation.

Sign up to attend the virtual event!

Join an Advisory Body!

Joining an advisory body is a way for Portlanders to lend their expertise and personal or professional experience to the City of Portland. As an advisory body member, you will work closely with community members and City of Portland liaisons to impact policies and programs.

North/Northeast Oversight Committee - Closes Sunday, October 2
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Portland Design Commission - Closes Wednesday, October 19
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!

Portland Children's Levy Community Council - Closes Monday, October 31
Learn more about member responsibilities and apply here!
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