Resources for Tenants

homeforrentWoodstock Neighborhood Association is not a homeowners association and it is not a membership association. It is an association that is open and welcomes the involvement of anyone and everyone who lives, works, or owns property here. Because of all the comments we received on a recent Facebook post regarding a family that had been evicted from their home this winter (their school community was helping raise relocation funds via a crowdfunding campaign), we decided to dedicate our March 1st meeting to tenants’ rights.

We want to thank Margot Black of the Portland Tenants Union for responding to our invitation to speak at the meeting by creating an extremely informative slideshow to bring people up to speed on tenants’ struggles in Portland and legislation currently pending in the Oregon State Legislature that would give renters more protection from gigantic rent hikes and sudden, no-cause evictions.

Margot shared a lot about all the hoops people have to jump through just to get housing, with application fees, screening criteria, fickle selection processes, and agreement terms that give tenants very little security and undermine their stability.

She explained the difference between no-cause, for-cause, and FED, or forced-entry and detainer evictions. She said studies have shown that eviction is more often the cause of poverty than an effect.

Yes, Oregon has a number of tenant protection laws on the books, but if a landlord tramples on those rights, the only recourse is through the courtroom. Unfortunately, many renters cannot afford to hire a lawyer, and Legal Aid can only handle 18 percent of cases. Furthermore, it can take a year or more for a complaint to work its way through the system.

Did you know that, at this time, any rent increase, by any amount, is legal in Oregon? That there is no limit on the amount of a security deposit? As property values go through the roof in Portland, so do rents. This is a citywide problem that has received much coverage in local media.

Rent Stability leads to –> Housing Security, which creates –> Better Neighbors

What to do something? Here’s Portland Tenant Union’s “Quick List”

Other resources:
Renters Rights Hotline: 503-288-0130
Community Alliance of Tenants:
Legal Aid: 503-224-4086

From the community, for the community


The Woodstock Neighborhood Association Plant Sale

This year’s pre-Mother’s Day Woodstock Plant Sale is slated for Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Woodstock Community Center. Proceeds from the annual sale go into the Woodstock Community Center Maintenance Fund to cover routine maintenance costs, including custodial service and supplies, plus some landscaping. This is all coordinated by a WNA committee known as the Friends of the Woodstock Community Center (FWCC), in collaboration with Portland Parks and Recreation, as per a partnership agreement that keeps the Center open and available for community use. Funds raised by FWCC may also be used for other neighborhood community projects.

The plant sale depends primarily on donations from generous gardeners in our community.

Gardeners contribute by potting divided perennials or seedlings (in late March or early April) that have volunteered from previous years’ plantings. Some people contribute healthy plants they want to replace. In addition to many varieties of perennials, past plant sales included vegetable starts, herbs, ground covers, native plants, ornamental grasses, houseplants, and small trees and shrubs. Plant donations will be accepted at the Woodstock Community Center on the day before the sale, Friday, May 12, between Noon and 7 PM. If you need empty pots or an alternate drop-off time, call Terry Griffiths at 503-771-0011 or Sandy Profeta at 503-771-7724.

Geek Out on Transportation!

Intersection of SE 82nd Ave and Division, courtesy of Metro.
Intersection of SE 82nd Ave and Division, courtesy of Metro.


With so much development happening all over Portland, have you ever wondered how all those new buildings (and more people) impact our transportation system?

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has created an online open house for the public to learn about Transportation System Development Charges and provide feedback on the list of potential projects that could be built using TSDC revenues. Projects on the list are oriented toward accommodating development growth and improving travel for all modes: walking, biking, driving and transit. Click here to visit the open house and give PBOT your feedback.

Local Pedestrian improvements recommended for funding: Hooray for Brentwood-Darlington!

Twelve projects recommended by Metro’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation to receive federal funding include a Safe Routes to Schools project that would provide $2,200,000 for sidewalk and street improvements in neighboring Brentwood-Darlington. The WNA submitted a letter of support for the grant, which would also benefit Woodstock by creating safer bicycle passage via the Ogden/Knapp Greenway, and making it more feasible for Brentwood-Darlington neighbors to walk to our commercial center. The Metro Council must approve the recommendation before it is final. Read more here.

Register now for the March 20-21 Oregon Active Transportation Summit

Registration is now open for the 2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit, to be held March 20-21 at the Oregon Zoo. The summit is two full days of inspiring mobile workshops; plenary sessions; professional training; and networking with innovators, thought leaders, and passionate professionals from the Pacific Northwest. If you are a professional, policy maker, or advocate working in the fields of transportation planning and engineering, community development, transportation justice, recreation and tourism, or public health, this event is for you!

Nonprofit combats illegal signs on city streets with proposed ordinance revisions

Learn more about this Friendly Streets initiative.

Marked crosswalk at Trader Joe’s? That and more at land-use meeting, Oct. 19

TJLand Use Committee meeting
7 — 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 19
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave.

Savvy Oregon drivers know that state law makes every intersection a crosswalk, whether marked or not. But circumstances often call for a more formal treatment — the familiar zebra stripes, for a start. Does the Schiller/Chavez intersection at Trader Joe’s qualify? Come hear the discussion and maybe even contribute to it, this coming Wednesday.

Also on the docket (see the agenda): an update about the city’s Residential Infill Project draft proposal, which currently includes an aspect that could increase Woodstock’s pace of demolitions and lot divisions, with subsequently more construction on narrow lots even in R5 zones.


Woodstock Halloween party, Oct. 31 (of course)

Monday, October 31
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Avenue at Knight St.

Get ready for the Woodstock Neighborhood Association (WNA) Halloween party!. Festivities include refreshments, crafts and games, cool backdrops for DIY photos, a raffle, and acoustic music by Status Crow and the Squeezebox Cowboys.

Bring cash or checks to play the Chinese Style Raffle! Gift certificates, items and goods from local businesses up for grabs. Proceeds go toward pedestrian safety solutions on the boulevard.

Around the neighborhood

Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to visit Woodstock businesses on their way down the boulevard following “Not So Scary Stories” beginning at 4 p.m. in the Woodstock Library. And don’t miss the Halloween carnival at the Woodstock Farmers Market the day before, Sunday the 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Call for volunteers

We’re looking for a few solid volunteers to help out at the community center on October 31. Send us a message if you’re interested in helping with decorations and setup (early afternoon), assisting during the event (4:30 to 7 p.m.), or cleaning up afterward. (The more the merrier!)

Back to school: A run-down of Woodstock health hazards

maskIt’s a sad situation for any neighborhood, but it’s not unique: Back-to-school time throughout Portland now means assessing the risks to your child’s health. Here’s a run-down of the factors in play for Woodstock Elementary and Lewis Elementary, the two public schools within the Woodstock neighborhood boundary. At many of the links below, you’ll see paths to learn about schools outside the neighborhood.

Parents: If you have late-breaking or close-up facts not seen here, please add them in your comments below. Read More»

Woodstock survey results: Traffic, theft, bias and acceptance

challengesThe results of this summers’ neighborhood survey are in; thanks to all who participated. You can delve into the graphs and responses as time allows — but here’s a quick sketch.

Background and acknowledged bias: The survey was online and was promoted here, on Facebook and on NextDoor, in the neighborhood association’s monthly email newsletter (subscribe) and at events including the Movie in the Park. Thus it has an inherent bias toward people who have a high level of online access and comfort. Also, the nearly 300 respondents predominately are homeowners living within the Woodstock boundary. Read More»

Have your say, but hurry!

Click this graph to take the Woodstock Neighborhood Survey.

Time is running out on opportunities to have your say in how our city and our neighborhood take shape over the next few years. For best results, get informed and register complaints now (not later) in these three venues: Read More»

Coming soon: New food, drink and more

As seen this past month on Facebook, things are happening in Woodstock: New places to eat and drink will open soon or soonish, and several marijuana-related businesses appear to be in the works. For details, click the yellow icons on this handy map — or just read the paragraphs below it.

But before you do: Remember that you have a voice in “what’s next” in Woodstock: Make time to attend the Land Use Committee meetings, third Wednesday each month. Read More»

Land Use Committee Breaks New Ground Starting July 20

Land Use Committee meeting
Weds., July 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Woodstock Community Center
5905 SE 43rd Ave.

Things are changing quickly in and near the Woodstock neighborhood, so the Woodstock Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee (LUC) is following suit. Starting this month, meetings are to be more organized and efficient. Four 15-minute segments plus spillover time will help keep things moving along.

The LUC’s first task will be to build and prioritize a list of crucial topics to track, most likely including unimproved streets, infill housing, slowing down traffic on Woodstock and/or Steele, and more. Want a hand in shaping the future of the neighborhood? Come to the LUC meeting this and every month.