Re: our Oregonian op-ed supporting *permenent* options in Shelter to Housing Continuum,
Peter Finley Fry
Our housing and zoning codes are developed after years of one crisis after another that have resulted in plaques; horrible living conditions; and specific efforts to force people to live in horrible substandard conditions or worse.
As we all are previlage to live in a country with paved streets and sewer and water; we find it hard to understand or remember where we have come from and why the laws that we have are important. It is unfortunate that the vast majority of humans who live in the states have no idea what it is like to live in poverty or oppression.
So we as entitled humans demand special privileged to do what we like without concern for the consequences of our actions and the “fantasy” village falls into the typical human reality of the strong preying on the weak and disabled.
This is why there is a need for transparent self governance of villages that are actually settlements not camps. A settlement (village, town, city) is not the same as low barrier camps (emergency rooms) where people be in a safe enough environment to open up and receive help to allow them to move out of the relationship impoverished situation that they have found themselves in cast out form their very families.
Peter Finley Fry AICP PhD MUP
303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B
Portland, Oregon 97210
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Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] our Oregonian op-ed supporting *permenent* options in Shelter to Housing Continuum,
Laquida Landford, Tim McCormick, and Les Wardenaar. The Oregonian,
March 24, 2021.
As I long attempted to argue, the (to me) puzzling and unusual provision to
prohibit actual housing structures in "Outdoor Shelters", and the very conception of this shelter type, for which they originally use term 'villages', very much
cut off possibilities for a continuum or or transition from shelter to permanent housing. I have found, over nearly many years of related advocacy work, that in Portland (and many cities), most officials & professionals in the US can rarely conceive
or accept an idea of a site or structure evolving from a 'temporary' or 'shelter' classification to a 'housing' or 'permanent' classification. Even though, this is a quite normal process historically and globally, an obvious and self-determining way to accomplish
a continuum or transition between the two, and is even implicit in provisions allowing a Tiny House on Wheels to be in an Outdoor Shelter or also sited on a private residential property.
The online version dropped 'permanent' from headline, and added an "Editor's note" which I think misrepresents both Shelter to Housing Continuum and what we were trying to say.
"Opinion: Open new paths from streets to housing". Mar 24, 2021