East County Issue forum

Regional Collaboration

The East County Issue Forum engages individuals and organizations committed to serving the needs of residents in East County.  This includes community groups, faith-based organizations, educational stakeholders, economic and workforce development, health care partners, local law enforcement, human and social service providers, regional government and legislative partners, organizations working to increase access to parks and green spaces, and many others.

Important Topics

Over the last year, the Issue Forum has discussed housing stability, parks and community services, youth opportunities, community building events, youth employment, federal technical assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency, innovations in public safety, and distribution of human/social services.  Topics vary each month and there are always opportunities to provide updates or make presentations.  A monthly newsletter is sent out with information, resources and updates from partners.  If you would like to make a presentation or submit something for the newsletter, just contact us.

Power in Numbers

In 2015, the East County Issue Forum was re-launched with support from Multnomah County, the City of Gresham, and our East County School Districts.  Hundreds of community partners are part of the effort, building relationships and partnerships to support communities east of 82nd Ave.  East Multnomah County is home to the highest numbers of families, youth, communities of color, and residents experiencing the effects of poverty, housing instability, re-entry from prison, displacement and other issues requiring greater access to services.  You can be involved by joining the mailing list, connect via social media, or attend a meeting or event in East County.  Join us for a monthly conversation of community priorities, topics range from education, employment, public safety, and economics to parks, health and services for youth and families.