Toxic Air has its greatest impact's on Portland Houseless population. According to the City of Portland on any given night approximately 3,800 people are expected to sleep on the streets of the city. Houseless people have the closest proximity to toxic diesel pollution from passing vehicles and construction projects; however, they are often left outside of the conversation when it comes to working towards clean air. Green Lents has worked to directly engage houseless communities. We have partnered with organizations such as Sisters of the Road and Right 2 Survive to distribute much needed N95 masks that filter small carcinogenic particulate matter.
Another way that we have been putting resources into the hands of community members is by giving out free in home DIY air filtration systems. We have given away hundreds of filters and dozens of fans to community members who are impacted by extreme diesel pollution in East Portland. Many residents we have talked to are afflicted with asthma and allergies from air toxins.