September Newsletter

  • DMA Updates
    • DMA Staff Get-Together
    • Celebration of DMA Youth Environment Leadership Program 
    • DMA 2020 Census Project- Bhutanese Info Session
    • DMA Resource List
    • DMA Business Highlight
  •  Resources for Businesses and Community
    • LISC Grant
    • Livelihood NW
    • SE Works


The coronavirus outbreak is challenging organizations and communities everywhere, forcing us to adapt and rethink our priorities. But, throughout this pandemic, we are reminded of what it means to be in the helping profession and the importance of having a sense of purpose and belonging. This crisis has developed new challenges unforeseen for many years in how we conduct our work, provide support to the community, and understand the many challenges that we are facing. It reminds us of the importance of frontline workers and also our team members at Division Midway Alliance. 

Too often, in the helping profession career, we forget to take care of ourselves and our employees, as we are busy reaching out to vulnerable businesses and communities. In order to appreciate and acknowledge the hard work of the DMA team, we gathered at Hazelwood Hydro Park on August 21st and celebrated our joy of hardwork with good conversation, food, drinks, and family members. By coming together, we feel rejuvenated with a renewed sense of purpose in supporting and reaching out to East Portlanders during this pandemic.

Check out some pics of our get-together:


Youth Mentors had an end of the year celebration where they were given the chance to reflect on YELP's impact! DMA is excited for these young teens to go out into the world and create many positive things! Through this program, we were able to guide groups of teens in developing strategies and tools to succeed in life!


Elizabeth Lopez, DMA's Program Coordinator is seen below handing out gift packages to a student from the Youth Environmental Leadership Program. Students recently completed the program and were given bus passes, a $25 gift card, DMA shirts, and assorted goods.


DMA hosted an informational session on August 26 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. During this information session, over 24 individuals from the Bhutanese community learned about the history, benefit, and importance of completing the CENSUS 2020 questionnaire. Attendees were entered in a raffle for a chance to win one of 12 gift cards. DMA staff are available to answer any questions related to the Census 2020 questionnaire. If you need more information, please contact Elizabeth Lopez 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.

Oregon is currently higher than the national self-response average! 


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.


The Portland Bureau of Transportation “Go By Greenways” game is designed to encourage people to walk, scoot, and bike on the recently completed 130’s Neighborhood Greenway. People that participated in the “Go By Greenways” game were eligible to win prizes if they text specific keywords to the number identified by a Zebra symbol positioned along the 130s Neighborhood Greenway. To find out more about the event, please visit their website here.

Here are some highlights:

DMA staff, Lute Richards, with some members of the Tongan/Pacific Islander community, participated in the Go By Greenways event



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.

Lotus Massage & Spa

Come check DMA district business that is serving the East Portland community for many years:

“ I have healing hands and skilled techniques to create a truly pleasing professional therapeutic massage. We offer Swedish, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and Spa Foot Massage.”- Tinh Vu, Owner



Applicants may apply for one business only and must be 18 years of age to apply. For business owners with multiple businesses, please complete this application based on your largest business owned. Each grant is limited to one individual/business.

Applicants may receive anywhere from $5,000 through $20,000 and can be used for:

  1. Paying rent and utilities.
  2. Meeting payroll.
  3. Paying outstanding debt to vendors.
  4. Upgrading technology infrastructure.
  5. Other immediate operation costs.
For more information and to register, please visit their website here or at


The Oregon Cares Fund officially launches for applications on August 24th. On Monday, we are asking that you would help us spread the word to your Black foster families, families of origin, kinship families, and youth who are 18 or older. Our goal is to make sure that every Black family who experienced hardship due to Covid-19 would know about the fund and apply. In particular, we'd love your help getting the word out to those you serve! Applying and receiving funds will not affect the resources of financial assistance families are receiving from other programs or entities.

Applicant qualifications for families or individuals applying would include:

  • Applicant(s) must reside in Oregon,
  • Applicant(s) must self-identify as Black, and
  • Applicant(s) must suffer from demonstrated employment or economic interruptions due to COVID-19 related impacts.

If a family or individual is approved, those funds will be administered by the Black United Fund and The Contingent.

Attached, you will find an overview about the Oregon Cares Fund, which provides more details about the application process for the communities. You can also find the application and similar information on how you, black families, or black businesses can apply for the funds, by visiting The Oregon Cares Fund website, HERE


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. 

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