Re: P:NW Shelter to Housing Continuum Project Event Tonight, 6:00-7:30pm

Tim McCormick

In the PDX Shelter Forum online event June 25th, we had a great conversation section about this with Al Burns, project leader for this Shelter to Home Continuum (S2HC) project at the City's Bureau of Planning & Sustainability.

Interesting points were added e.g. by Eli Spevak, Chair of the Planning & Sustainability Commission (fyi, PSC is the citizen volunteer counterpart & advisor to BPS). Such as, how S2HC might and in his opinion should be extended to create new options for vehicle dwellings, like movable accessory dwellings, or vehicles / tiny houses dwellings on private property. That is a practice currently decriminalized via non-enforcement originally via Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's initiative, but not technically legalized, in Portland. Also, we discussed related "safe parking" programs in Portland and Eugene, and my hypothetical "Parking Dwelling Permit" model ( for managing such on a wide scale. 

See it in the event video on our YouTube channel (and see that anyway, if you haven't yet): (1:03:35 - 1:27:42):

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Also, in the post-event follow-up wrap-up message on mailing list (; join here), we highlighted S2HC in Item #4 as one of the key learnings and next-step foci coming from the event. It is possibly the top way PDX Shelter Forum initiative could help shape city policy and achieve stated goals in the foreseeable future.
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 

On Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 9:21 AM Sean Green <green@...> wrote:
Tonight, Portland: Neighbors Welcome is hosting an event with Al Burns, the BPS planner for the Shelter to Housing Continuum (S2HC) Project. This is the zoning code project seeks to, among other things, "[a]llow and regulate tent camping facilities and clusters of sleeping pods or “tiny homes.”"The zoom event is from 6:00-7:30pm, here is the link for the meeting:

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