Re: Article: Homeless Oaklanders were tired of the housing crisis. So they built a ‘miracle’ village
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It was heartening to read the shares by both Angie and Tim. I appreciated the deeper context that Tim gave.
As ever, the Guardian article highlighted the issue of permanence/persistence. From the article:
"So far, the city has expressed support for the project. Or at least interest.
Carroll Fife, a city council member, has been visiting the encampment and meeting with residents. And while Cob on Wood was built without a permit on land belonging to the state’s transport agency, Caltrans, the agency says it has no immediate plans to remove the structures – though it hasn’t ruled out eventually doing so.
Residents and organizers are still concerned. They have experienced sweeps conducted by the city and Caltrans before, and there are rumors that clean-up crews could be deployed to clear the area in the coming weeks.
But they hope that this time, things will be different. The group has already raised more than $24,000 through GoFundMe, and there are plans in the works to expand Cob on Wood. Elliott would like to build a chicken coop to house egg-laying hens, a pond full of water-loving plants to collect the runoff from the shower, and a gray water system that will recycle water so that a washer and dryer can be installed.
They’d also like to build residential “cobins” that people could live in long term – that is, if the community is able to stay. Those involved say the project has already had a positive impact – and are determined to build a future for it."
Land is always at issue.
I wondered, as I read about the miracle cob village what the implications were for Portland. As Tim noted, the City allows for cob construction and there is an interest and history.
One of the unique features for me of the Oakland "miracle" project, is that it's initial focus anyway isn't providing housing but providing important supports for encampment housing - a clinic, showers, food and a place to cook, etc.
I know that there are some mobile supports as well as some provided by churches. Does anyone know of anything similar (permanent structures) in the works in Portland?
On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 8:55 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote: