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PDX Shelter Forum is for news, discussion, proposals regarding alternative shelter and village responses to homelessness, particularly in the Portland, Oregon area and for those currently unsheltered. (i.e. on street, not in emergency shelter or transitional housing). Our goal is to help collaboratively develop and implement humane, creative, and cost-effective strategies to allow everyone a decent and safe place to live. In support of that, we aim to create as diverse, open, community-representative, and constructive a forum as possible.
We particularly welcome a) anyone with experience working in shelters/housing or services for the unhoused; and, because typically underrepresented in discussions, and especially relevant, b) anyone with current or former experience of homelessness; or c) especially likely to have inadequate or insecure housing, including but not limited to people who are:
- very or extremely low income
- evicted or displaced
- have criminal record
- undocumented immigrant
- have substance abuse issues
- formerly in foster care
- Native American
Alternative shelter here means alternatives to traditional, congregate (shared space), nighttime homeless shelters, such as:
- authorized safe sleeping or camping areas
- "safe parking" areas
- small shelter or cabin or tiny house villages
- mobile or interim dwellings
- home share programs
Village means, a self-managed community of cost-effective tiny houses or other alternative dwellings, for people in need of housing. For more on this, see SquareOne Villages' Toolbox site, and the in-progress community book Village Buildings by Tim McCormick / Village Collaborative.
This forum began in association with the Portland Forum on Alternative Shelter & Villages, a June 25, 2020 event organized by Interfaith Alliance on Poverty, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, and Village Collaborative, sponsored by IA and NECN, held (virtually) in Portland, Oregon. Agenda, event video, notes, etc from this are available at: bit.ly/pdxshelterforum.
For another overview of this initiative, see: "Community Proposal on Alternative Shelter & Villages", our Aug 5, 2020 presentation to Portland / Multnomah County's homelessness policy board, A Home For Everyone, (Coordinating Board).
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Organizers' project document: bit.ly/pdxshelterforum-project (access restricted).
Coalition project document: bit.ly/pdxshelterforum-coalition (access restricted).
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