Tucked into a sleepy corner of NW Lents is the shuttered Foster Elementary School (EDIT: the school site is at SE 86th & Steele). The school has been sitting vacant for years (last used as a public school in 1982, and occupied periodically since then), but it’s about to get a big dose of energy in the form of new complex of housing, education, and services provided by the Native American Youth Family Center (NAYA).
Learn more in this Metro East Community Media interview:
Here’s the blurb from the NAYA website:
The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) Generations Project/Early Learning Center will consist of: Inter-generational Housing Community (IGC) designed for individuals/families adopting (or guardianship) Native American and other children currently in Oregon’s foster care system; an Early Learning Center (ELC) to provide early learning educational opportunities to under-served children in outer SE Portland; and, a cultural and community center (Long House), offering services to the families and residents. Services planned include workforce training for young parents; a health clinic; counseling/advocacy services, a food service for the ELC, after-school academic support, and elder services for the residents. The project will be culturally specific and open to all.
Come to the Lents Neighborhood Association Meeting next week to hear more about the area-changing project: April 29th, 7pm. at Lents Activity Center, 8835 SE Woodstock
Learn more at: http://nayapdx.org/services/housing/generations/