August Newsletter

  • DMA Updates
    • DMA Staff Highlight
    • DMA Community Outreach
    • DMA Youth Environment Leadership Program (YELP)
    • DMA 2020 Census Project
    • DMA Resource List
    • DMA Business Highlights
  •  Resources for Businesses and Community
    • Livelihood Northwest
    • Southeast Work
    • Other Resources


On behalf of Division Midway Alliance, we would like to express our gratitude to two outstanding employees that have recently been recognized for 2 years of employment with Division Midway Alliance.  Both Lute Richards, Tongan Community Liaison and Storefront Grant Coordinator, and Lwe Wah Shee, Karen/Burmese Community Liaison, and 2020 Census Field Representative reflected on some of their experience working at DMA. 

Lute Richards

Throughout my 2 years at DMA, I am thankful to have the opportunity to learn and engage with the people in the community that DMA serves and especially my culturally specific community in the Pacific Islander Communities, the Tongan Community. I learned of resources that are out there such as from non-profits program resources, the city level & the state-level resources for the community & under-served communities, and their awareness. I grew to learn to adapt to their struggles and or challenges they are faced with, so I can reach out to appropriate resources to fulfill their needs in their own special ways. I also enjoy engaging with prominent local business owners and the community's small business owners, that DMA serves. I try to learn to offer and or provide help when needed specifically for their businesses. And, just giving resources that our local community & business owners may have overlooked when they are available to our district.
Overall, I enjoy my work at DMA, for me to successfully achieve a task or goal, and that's exactly what my ambitions have been with DMA. I am hoping that I could continue making a difference for Division Midway Alliance and it's missions as well as for the community and businesses I serve.

Lwe Wah Shee

I learned that working as a team is important because when problems arise, we can solve them easier. I feel valued and welcomed by working with all the DMA staff, which encourages me to express my perspectives without concerns. I also learned that there are many non-profit organizations out there who helped people with different/diverse needs. I got to work with some of them because of the DMA partnership with other non-profits and city bureaus. This is something very helpful for me and my Karen community as well. I enjoy helping my Karen community the most because this is what I always wanted to do. I love helping and empowering others. I value and appreciate DMA by providing many opportunities not only for the immigrant and refugee communities to start or own their businesses, but also to support underrepresented communities with their personal needs. DMA offers an investment class in multi-languages and educates the community of colors with the environment and drivers and pedestrians' safety rules. These are beneficial and save many people's lives.


DMA collaborated with local business Al Amir Bakery and used their space located at 223 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204 to pass out some supplies to community members affected by the pandemic. Some of those supplies included laundry detergent, facial wipes, and paper towels. Mohammad Khalid, Arabic Community Liaison supported this work. 



Elizabeth Lopez, Program Coordinator at DMA concluded the YELP program at DMA. DMA partnered with the City of Portland to create the new Youth Environmental Leadership Program in Fall 2019!

Youth Mentors strengthened both their knowledge in environmental conservation and leadership skills through the program. On July 24, students part of the Youth Environmental Leadership Program completed their presentations with numerous groups discussing their research projects. On behalf of DMA, we would like to recognize the dedication and hard work of these young superstars for completing and presenting their projects during the pandemic! The staff at DMA are super proud of your accomplishments and we gained some great insights on their topics!


You can find the link to the Zoom session here @DMAFB. For more information, contact Elizabeth Lopez, DMA Program Coordinator at 



The Self-Response deadline has now been extended to October 31st. 

Please remember to fill out your CENSUS questionnaire.
You can find more info on statistics here.


DMA will be hosting an informational session and everyone is welcome to attend on August 11 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. During this information session, attendees will be able to learn about the history, benefits, impact, and importance of completing the CENSUS 2020 questionnaire. DMA staff are available to answer any questions related to the Census 2020 questionnaire. Attendees will not only be gaining valuable knowledge, and be empowered but will also be entering a raffle for either a gift card or gift certificates to one of the local businesses. If you need more information contact Elizabeth Lopez at


As our community is still struggling to navigate through the impacts that COVID-19 has caused, many DMA employees are hard at work in identifying resources that provide both businesses and residents immediate relief. Our resource list will be updated with brand new information when available. The resource list may be accessed @DMAResourceList.

DMA Business Highlights

The following businesses are open within Division Street. On behalf of Division Midway Alliance and its staff, we would like to thank them for continuing to provide services to residents during this crisis. Please support these small businesses. Here is the list of businesses that are open with details of hours of operation.

PPP Forgiveness and EIDL Zoom Sessions

Livelihood NW is conducting zoom sessions every Monday on different topics. This Monday, they are focusing on the Strategy tool & Digital Marketing. The two sessions will take place on August 3 and August 11. Below is the link to attend BOTH sessions. You will be receiving a calendar invite for both sessions. If you are interested and have not received the calendar invite with the zoom link, please email

Reopening Resources

Livelihood NW compiled new signage and requirements for small businesses re-opening during Phase 1; here's the link to the folders where the signage is separated by industry- Reopening Resources

Here is the site where you can find the signage in other languages


SE Works and their navigators are offering support in job employment skills for unemployed and underemployed individuals, building networks with individuals and employers, training opportunities, and accessing community resources.

You can find out more SE Work's website or learn more about new job openings by contacting Nathaly Pretell, Workforce Navigator at, and 971-284-4635. 


Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW), recently opened their largest health center located at 14601 SE Division St., previously Duke’s Country Bar & Grill. 
Read More and email Oliva with any questions.


More Stimulus
Another Federal stimulus package appears to be on the way.
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PBOT's Healthy Business Permit
You may have heard about PBOT's Healthy Business Permit which allows businesses to operate in the public right of way. This program has been extended to allow businesses to utilize their parking lots to accommodate social distancing as part of their operations.
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Safe Streets: Healthy Business Program
Portland businesses can apply for permits to convert sidewalks and street parking near their businesses into car-free zones to service customers while promoting safe distancing.
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