Major Development Coming to NW Lents

NAYA-site-PlanA major new development is coming to Lents, and the neighborhood association wants you to learn more about it.

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

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  1. I had no idea where Foster Elementary was and none of the text here or on NAYA’s website has that info. So if you want a sense of where the property is, pop this address into Google or Bing: 5206 SE 86th Ave, Portland, OR.

    Cheers fellow Fosterites! :o)

    • Thanks for the reminder! The site is at the intersection of 86th & Steele – I’ll update the article.

  2. A good reference is that it’s basically all that empty space behind the apartment complex that’s behind Standard TV and Appliance.

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