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


Tim McCormick
 

please join today for a 2nd information session, 6-7:30pm via Zoom regarding City of Portland's Shelter to Housing Continuum project, Discussion Draft


This policy reform project will crucially affect Portland shelters and homelessness, particularly a) "Outdoor Shelters" i.e. shelter villages and b) group/shared/SRO housing. 


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The proposal is to allow outdoor shelters, without requiring discretionary Conditional Use approval from city,

  • of up to 20 dwelling units

  • for 180 days

  • on existing "institutional use" sites (mainly, churches), 

  • of 5,000 square feet or greater, 

  • in multi-dwelling zones (i.e. multi-household residential, not single-family residential), 

  • or on any commercial site, and certain industrial sites. 

  • For longer term siting, or other cases, Conditional Use or other city land-use permitting would be required. 

Also/alternatively, you can view and add to the community notes/responses/summary document hosted by PDX Shelter Forum, containing links to project docs, summary, and questions/suggestions from the community: s2hc.pdxshelterforum.org

To jump in regarding Outdoor Shelters, I would suggest watching that portion of the first information session https://youtu.be/GjBaVIVRK7U?t=1804 (at 30:10 - 49:35) and then the comments/questions from the chat channel at that meeting

Some outstanding questions: 

  1. Where and how many are the sites that would meet this suggested siting criteria? Can we get a map of them? 

  2. What are the structure or vehicle types allowed in an Outdoor Shelter? 

  3. Why does the suggested draft exclude the current State of Emergency allowance of vehicle / Tiny House on Wheels dwelling on private property? 

  4. Why are only 20 dwelling units allowed? 

  5. How soon after hosting an allowed outdoor shelter for 180 days might a site do so again? 

  6. Could allowed Outdoor Shelters be on public land, if so what types? 

  7. Can residents of Outdoor Shelters be counted as 'sheltered' in city, county, and HUD counts? if, so, in what circumstances? 

You can submit comments or questions multiple ways:  

thanks, Tim. 

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Tim McCormick
Moderator, PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 


On Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 10:08 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
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 s2hc.pdxshelterforum.org. 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. 

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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:
https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/Record/13971107/File/Document
Vol 2, Changes to the Zoning Code: https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/Record/13971108/File/Document
Vol 3, Changes to Other City Codes
https://efiles.portlandoregon.gov/Record/13971109/File/Document

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: www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp/proposals/#/s2hc
-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
https://zoom.us/j/91920010130?pwd=UGNDQlA1SlhnNGRVMXkzU3ZxazlCZz09
Meeting ID: 919 2001 0130, Passcode: 981316

Thursday, October 22, 2020
6:00 to 7:30 PM Pacific Time
https://zoom.us/j/97465456551?pwd=NDBCUU1iYk1ubEs5aDE4UkRFUzlKdz09
Meeting ID: 974 6545 6551, Passcode: 805756

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
6:00 to 7:30 PM Pacific Time
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/94691605279?pwd=dlQ5TVZOeWVEeXhZb2xMUVVIZHo1Zz09
Meeting ID: 946 9160 5279, Passcode 362104

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