At a May 4th Portland City Council meeting, CEP’s Natalya Sobevskaya appeared before the Council to give testimony as to the importance of the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP) grant program, specifically urging them to fund the grant for Weatherization and Lead Prevention workshops for Russian Speaking Communities.
This grant would allot Community Energy Project to offer workshops dedicated specifically to Russian speaking communities living within the East Portland Action Plan neighborhoods. The workshops will allow participants to receive culturally specific, hands on education about weatherization and Lead Poison prevention. A decision of the grant funding will be given in June.
On May 15th, Natalya Sobolevskaya was sworn in by members of the Portland City Council, Mayor Ted Wheeler and former Mayor Tom Potter as one of 25 New Portlanders Policy Commissioners.
This group, representing all the diverse, ethnic, and native cultures that make up the fabric of Portland the opportunity to advise the City on policies and practices to integrate immigrant and refugee communities’ voices and needs into the provision of City services, City decision-making and civic engagement in Portland, and to seek constructive relationships with City Council.