A planning group of Eastside residents have enthusiastically taken on the task of developing the first grassroots aging-in-place “Village” in the Portland metro area.
A Village is a group of like-minded people in a geographic area who come together to help each other age affordably in their own homes. This kind of village is not a building or a real estate development or a retirement community. It is a coordinated network of volunteer and reduced cost services that supports village members to “do as much for as little cost for as long as possible.”
The working boundaries of Eastside Village, PDX are:
- Powell Blvd on the south until SE 82nd, then Division continuing east;
- the Willamette River on the west;
- I-84/Banfield or Halsey (east of I-205) on the north;
- 122nd on the east (except between Stark and Division where the boundary extends out to 130th to include all of the Mill Park neighborhood).
According to the current working boundaries, the Eastside Village PDX service area will cover all or part of 12 Portland neighborhoods: Buckman, Kerns, Laurelhurst, Sunnyside, North Tabor, Montavilla, Hazelwood (west of 122nd), Hosford-Abernethy, Richmond, Mt Tabor, Mill Park and South Tabor. [The working boundaries may be subject to change.]
Village membership will be open to anyone who is 18 or older, so that people with disabilities who aren’t yet seniors may benefit from its services and support.
Learn About Eastside Village PDX
In addition to checking out the Eastside Village website, one of the best ways to learn about Eastside Village PDX and get involved is to attend a “Village 101” informational presentation.
Upcoming Village 101 presentations will be held on:
Wednesday, December 4th at 7pm
Sunday January 12th at 2pm
Wednesday, January 22nd at 7pm
Location for all: Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main St, Portland 97214
Space is limited. Please click here to RSVP.
Our goal is to launch the village by the Fall of 2014. Our fiscal sponsor for this project is a local nonprofit organization Health Advocacy Solutions, who assists us with grant applications and processing donations.
Eastside Village, PDX aspires to be a supportive, interdependent community in which older adults and people with disabilities are able to live at home safely, affordably, happily and healthily for as long as they choose.
If this vision speaks to you and you live inside our village boundaries, please join us!