...sharing stories...connecting deeply...transforming lives

About Us


Leaven Community affirms the sacred interconnection of all and the creative and liberative power within our connective relationships.

Make a Sustaining Pledge to Leaven Community



Email Us

5431 NE 20th Avenue
Portland, OR  97211


See the Leaven Community
Facebook page.

Coming Up...

Eudaly Announces Stay

On October 15, 2017 the organizing action of Leaven Community resulted in Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly declaring a stay on evicting people from tiny houses and RVs on private property.

(L to R) Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, Eric Conklin, Luz Gomez,

Link to Eudaly Announcement

"Leaven Community, partners, friends and neighbors, will you join Luz in officially asking Commissioner Chloe Eudaly representing the City of Portland, for this stay on the citation of tiny homes and RV’s on private property, halting the displacement of these residents and inviting them out of the shadows and into the light to organize with us? If so, respond, “Yes!

The answer was a resounding, "Yes!"

"Commissioner Eudaly, I ask on behalf of all these people, will you implement this stay and work with us toward an affordable, legal option? If so, respond, “Yes!”

Commissioner Eudaly 's response was an unequivocal, “Yes!"

Eudaly's announcement that the stay would take effect immediately moved audience members to jump to their feet, cheering and clapping. Over 140 members, neighbors and friends shared our stories and experienced the power of collective action to relieve some of the pressure felt by many Portlanders around their  immigration and housing status.

The stay is a win for Leaven Community's Land and Housing Research Team. When the team heard Luz Gomez's story of migration and housing displacement and learned of her opportunity to live in a tiny house, they took immediate action to ask the commissioner for a stay on the citation of tiny homes and RV’s on private property while work is being done to adopt new city codes. After meeting with Eudaly's chief of staff, Marshall Runkel, and then with Eudaly, the answer was yes and affirmed by the mayor's office.

The following graphic illustrates the process resulting in this win.

Contact Leaven Community Organizer/Co-Director, LaVeta Gilmore Jones, for additional information: lavetagj@leaven.org


How has Leaven Community made a difference in your life?
Are you investing in this difference for yourself and others?


CLICK HERE to make your sustaining pledge to Leaven Community TODAY