SE Uplift COVID-19 Response & Resources

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Multnomah County has been approved for Phase 1 reopening on July 19th 2020. You can find more information here: https://multco.us/covid-19/reopening.

With this news, SE Uplift is excited to open our building in very limited capacity.

We at SE Uplift want to be clear that we are aware that this pandemic, as well as the crisis around justice for Black lives are still happening. Please keep in mind that this health crisis is disproportionately harming Black and Brown communities and we ask that everyone can work together to follow these guidelines.

We will be keeping our staff and our community as safe as we can by following the guidelines below:

Staff:

Staff will begin to be on site at our regularly scheduled office hours (Monday-Thursday, 10:00AM-5:00PM) starting the week of July 6th 2020.

Who will be on site & when:

We will only have one staff member in the office at a time*. The schedule is as follows:

Monday: Leroy Eadie, 10:00am-5:00pm – leroy@seuplift.org

Tuesday: Christina Estimé, 10:00am-5:00pm – christina@seuplift.org

Wednesday: Leroy Eadie, 10:00am-5:00pm  – leroy@seuplift.org

Thursday: Leah Fisher 10:00am-5:00pm – leahf@seuplift.org

*Mireaya Medina will still be available for virtual meetings and e-mails at mireaya@seuplift.org

Meetings, Assistance, & Mask Policy:

We are only meeting for technical assistance, mail pick-up, and general needs by appointment. Please make sure to wear a mask before entering the building.

If you do not wear a mask, you will be turned away and your meeting will be declined.

Meeting & Event Space:

Whilst the county is set to reopen and gatherings of up to 25 people are now allowed, we believe that it is within our best interest to continue to keep our indoor space closed to public events and gatherings until further notice.

We recommend that you follow these websites for more detailed public health information:
 
 

SE Uplift is officially recommending that Neighborhood Associations continue to meet virtually until further notice.

There are several platforms you can use to host your meetings. We are recommending: Zoom, and Google Hangouts Meet. 

This is a great opportunity to use your communications funds! Remember, most NAs have access to funding that can come in handy during this time. While Google’s Hangouts Meet is free, Zoom is not if you would like to have a meeting that lasts longer than 40 minutes. You can find information on Zoom pricing here: Zoom US Pricing .

While most bylaws do not explicitly give permission for online meetings and votes, we think that virtual meetings during this time is an extraordinary circumstance and should be the first and only option. 

With the new culture of online meetings, it is important to still maintain safety precautions to uninvited and disruptive guests. While it is important to stay consistent with Oregon Public Meeting laws, there are measures to be followed. Please visit Civic Life’s webpage regarding some tips around web-based remote meetings. 

Advice on Hosting Virtual Public Meetings

Please reach out to your liaison for more information, if you have questions or need assistance of any kind. 

Please visit our elections page for the most up to date information.

We are recommending that Neighborhood Associations that have scheduled elections between March and May 2020 postpone until June 2020. After which, we are recommending virtual elections or socially distant elections. Please visit our elections page for more detailed information. 

If you are concerned about your bylaws and compliance with DOJ standards, please connect with your community liaison to have further discussion. Don’t know your neighborhood Liaison? Check out our staff bios to find out! ( SE Uplift Staff

This is a great exercise in how to be accessible, resilient,  and flexible when presented with change. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance, we are ready to help!

SE Uplift Community Liaisons are available for mail exchange by appointment. You can reach us via e-mail, which you can find here: Staff.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone, isolation is difficult for all of us. SE Uplift reminds everyone to prioritize their mental and physical health. Go on a walk while maintaining six feet of distance between each other, talk or video chat with a friend, and eat plenty of fruits and veggies while watching your favorite shows! 

With the new culture of online meetings, it is important to still maintain safety precautions to uninvited and disruptive guests. While it is important to stay consistent with Oregon Public Meeting laws, there are measures to be followed. Please visit Civic Life’s webpage regarding some tips around web-based remote meetings. 

Advice on Hosting Virtual Public Meetings

“Beginning April 5th, TriMet will adjust schedules to reflect the reality of dropping ridership, while preserving safety and service coverage across the tri-county area.”

Please follow this link to find out more: Trimet Adjusting Schedules

COVID-19 Economic Stabalization Resources:

This page linked below provides information about economic resources for workers, job seekers, and employers who may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated as more information and resources become available.

Rep. Blumenauer Economic Stabilization Resources

Last Updated: March 31, 2020

 

Need business support? Contact the City of Portland information line at 503-823-4000.
 

While the Small Business Relief Fund grants are now closed.  The Portland Small Business Relief Fund loan program will open Wednesday, April 8 (return to this page for details).  Up to $50,000 in zero-interest loans will be available for Portland businesses with $5 million or less in annual gross revenue.

Learn more here: Prosper Portland Loans