Shelter to Housing Continuum (S2HC) project - Discussion Draft released

Tim McCormick

the Discussion Draft of this Portland regulation reform package was released yesterday, see announcement email below from the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability. The final version of this, to be approved by Planning & Sustainability Committee and then the full City Council probably in the Spring, will be a key factor in shaping shelter and group/shared housing responses to homelessness locally.  

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Please join today at 3-4:30pm online Information Session about it, the first of three being hosted by BPS. 

Comments on this draft will be accepted by email or by web until 5pm, Friday Oct 30th (2 weeks from Friday). 

We are looking to coordinate analysis and responses to this Draft via a community Google Doc just started, which is available at You can help by reading the Draft, or any part of it, and adding any summary points or questions to the doc; or just adding your ideas and questions there generally, and/or posting them to this list, or emailing me or Sean Green green@...
thanks, Tim. 

Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 

On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 4:35 PM City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability <bps@...> wrote:
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New zoning code proposals aim to provide more housing and shelter for people experiencing houselessness

BPS and partners retool City regulations to expand shelter options and make it easier for nonprofit and for-profit housing providers to meet the homeless crisis. 
The Shelter to Housing Continuum (S2HC) project aims to further fair housing laws, expand the range of shelter and housing options, and improve how the regulatory environment affects for-profit, nonprofit, and public-sector shelter and housing providers.

Partnering with the Portland Housing Bureau and the Joint City-County Office of Homeless Services, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has been reviewing and retooling City regulations to:

-Adjust City regulations to expand the range of allowed shelter and group living options.

-Amend City Code to facilitate needed emergency shelters, day storage and hygiene 
facilities, transitional living facilities, and stable housing for individuals and households with extremely low incomes. 

 -Improve how the regulatory environment affects for-profit, nonprofit, and public-sector-shelter and housing providers.

Now BPS has released a Discussion Draft of proposals to share with the community for their consideration and comments. 

The Shelter to Housing Continuum Discussion Draft is in three volumes:

Vol 1, Introduction:
Vol 2, Changes to the Zoning Code:
Vol 3, Changes to Other City Codes

Comment on the draft proposals

The homeless crisis affects the entire community, so we encourage you to review the project website and the proposals. Then share your thoughts with us. 
-Via the Map App:
-Send an email:  s2hc@...
-Or contact project staff: Al Burns, Project Manager, a.burns@...

Comments on the S2HC Discussion Draft are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020.

Your comments will inform the development of a revised Proposed Draft of the zoning code that is scheduled to be released in November 2020. The Proposed Draft will be reviewed by the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) at one or more public hearings. Following any amendments to the proposal, the PSC may forward a Recommended Draft to City Council. Additional public hearings will be held before Council prior to the adoption of changes to the City Code. 

Informational Sessions
Want to learn more? BPS is hosting three webinars in October to share details of the proposed City code changes, answer questions, and gather feedback on the Discussion Draft.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
3:00 to 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Meeting ID: 919 2001 0130, Passcode: 981316

Thursday, October 22, 2020
6:00 to 7:30 PM Pacific Time
Meeting ID: 974 6545 6551, Passcode: 805756

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
6:00 to 7:30 PM Pacific Time
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 946 9160 5279, Passcode 362104

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