EAST PORTLAND resilience coalition
Building Community Resilience to THRIVE In East Portland
EPRC is a community coalition whose mission is to facilitate and support the THRIVE East PDX community resilience programs that benefit all residents of the thirteen neighborhoods of East Portland. EPRC will foster diverse communities that provide opportunities for residents to thrive and not just survive by centering the voices of all residents, especially those underserved and underrepresented. We will identify and prioritize programs that build neighborhood resilience, create connection and create thriving communities. EPRC defines community resilience as “the ability to withstand and recover from disruptions. A resilient community has social and environmental systems that are less vulnerable to disruption and more able to recover and adapt when disruption does occur.”
EPRC formed in late 2020, with the two-year purpose of centering the voices of families and residents of the 13 neighborhoods to increase the capacity of neighborhoods and organizations in East Portland to build Community Resilience in response to disruptive events like the pandemic or environmental disasters. We will develop community projects and prioritize innovative ideas that benefit residents of East Portland. EPRC is a new direct action initiative that values Community Resilience planning that aligns with the advocacy, actions and activities that are in the East Portland Action Plan. All residents, community organizations and agencies are welcome to participate in the public discussion session planned for this project.
EPRC will foster connections among residents of the 13 neighborhoods through programs that increase the capacity of families, neighborhoods and organizations to thrive and prosper. As a coalition we will strive to represent the underserved and underrepresented residents by increasing resources and services that promote community resilience in response to disruptive events like health, climate or environmental emergencies. All residents, community organizations and agencies are welcome to participate in the initiatives and programs of this coalition. EPRC is aligned with the East Portland Action Plan and other community-based organizations who support family and neighborhood programs.
As Coalition Partners, we value actions that recognize and respect equity and inclusion for all residents.
- We acknowledge the racial, sexual and cultural diversity of residents in our communities including LGBTQ, Black, Indigenous, and Peoples of Color as represented in our neighborhoods.
- We promote equitable, innovative, resilient and forward-thinking planning for thriving neighborhoods.
- We promote connection with the private sector to promote small business and entrepreneurial spirit in the neighborhoods.
- We strive to assist families to thrive and grow wealth with steady income, and have opportunities for education, food security and cultural stability.
Partner Organizations and Affiliated Supporters
Affiliate Participant Organizations:
EPRC PRIORITY PROGRAMS FOR 2022-2024:
Community Resilience Hubs Program
Facilitating place-based community Resilience Hubs in each of East Portland’s 13 Neighborhoods
EPRC is promoting the idea that community resilience includes making information and resources available in each of the 13 East Portland neighborhoods. Project promotes community resilience hubs as place-based resources for community connections that promote “blue sky” events that are positive and affirming for the community. When extreme climate events,
disasters or public health alerts and mitigations are needed those “blue-sky” resilience hub facilities become the trusted, disaster mitigation location that neighbors already know and are familiar with in each neighborhood.
Tree Canopy Enhancement for Shade Equity
In Portland, hotter areas of the city, called urban heat islands, disproportionately occur in the 13 neighborhoods of EPRC.
This program will bring together community and business groups to increase the number of drought-resistant native trees and shrubs to be planted along major commercial streets.We will plant trees and create shaded seating areas to reduce impact of climate extremes relating to heat in our 13 East Portland neighborhoods.
EPRC Priority project for 2021:
With a Planning Grant from a Portland Clean Energy Fund, EPRC will conduct a Community Resilience initiative from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. As part of the initiative, we will hold monthly public meetings that center community discussions around the PCEF work-group categories of:
- Regenerative agriculture and green infrastructure projects.
- Workforce Green jobs training
- Innovative programs that reduce greenhouse gases and promote economic, social and environmental benefits
- Clean energy projects, including renewable energy and energy efficiency programs
Devoted to Social and Environmental Justice
EPC is developing a plan for Community Resilience to recover and adapt to future pandemics and disasters that broadly disrupt basic services.
Primary activities will include:
- Collect and record lived experiences from disruptive event in 2020 from individuals and families
- Identify activities/projects to address impacts on neighborhoods and families
- Foster collaborative action to create a healthier more resilient neighborhood environment
Benefits of the EPRC Initiative:
- Prioritized project ideas for PCEF implementation and funding
- A Community Resilience Plan for 13 neighborhoods
- A better understanding of actions taken at the neighborhood level to mitigate disproportionately adverse impacts of 2020
- An increased capacity for volunteer run organizations to apply for funding to further Community Resilience, and an improved ability of neighborhoods in East Portland to work collaboratively for common goals
EPRC Community Resilience
Plan for East Portland neighborhoods
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