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Re: TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Peter Finley Fry
 

No sidewalk. 

Peter Finley Fry
303 NW Uptown Terrace #1B
Portland, Oregon 97210
503 703-8033 

On Feb 25, 2022, at 6:41 PM, Andrew Olshin via groups.io <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:

 Hi all.  I haven’t “posted” I a while so I thought I’d catch folks up on what Cascadia Clusters has been up to and what the next 10 weeks look like for our mission/projects.

Today Jesse and I brought another Eskimo tent to a new ish cluster of folks  - mostly under 25 ? Who are connected to or have aged out of the Homeless Youth Continuum.  These young people have formed a community across from OutSide In on SW 13th.  I am very impressed with the group and have had several warm interactions with OutSide In staff.  We deployed 1 around Thanksgiving, 5 more on 12/24/21 and one today. As you can see from the boxes in the picture below, we have 6 more that are ready to be deployed along with platforms to anchor them onto.




Portland Youthbuild has been working with us to build platforms for future deployment.



If you are interested in helping us build out the space with additional assets, please send me an email with you availability, etc.  Or, just send us some ideas on next steps.

Thanks
Andy Olshin
Founder, Executive Director


On Feb 24, 2022, at 9:40 PM, Sally Bachman <Sarahbach@...> wrote:

Hi Tim,

 

I learned about this late. Was it recorded? I would really like to hear a discussion among these three and the audience.

 

Sincerely,
Sarah

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Tim McCormick" <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2022 5:51pm
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions — tonight 6-7pm PST, hosted by People for Portland

Direct Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89780119231

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with:
  • Alan Evans of Helping Hands (running Bybee Lakes center)
  • Sharon Meieran, County Commissioner
  • Dan Ryan, Portland City Commissioner
RSVP here (not required, apparently): https://fb.me/e/2bnoNBwYR
--
Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 
   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444‬;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216‬#
Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative
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Re: TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Andrew Olshin
 

Hi all.  I haven’t “posted” I a while so I thought I’d catch folks up on what Cascadia Clusters has been up to and what the next 10 weeks look like for our mission/projects.

Today Jesse and I brought another Eskimo tent to a new ish cluster of folks  - mostly under 25 ? Who are connected to or have aged out of the Homeless Youth Continuum.  These young people have formed a community across from OutSide In on SW 13th.  I am very impressed with the group and have had several warm interactions with OutSide In staff.  We deployed 1 around Thanksgiving, 5 more on 12/24/21 and one today. As you can see from the boxes in the picture below, we have 6 more that are ready to be deployed along with platforms to anchor them onto.
Portland Youthbuild has been working with us to build platforms for future deployment.



If you are interested in helping us build out the space with additional assets, please send me an email with you availability, etc.  Or, just send us some ideas on next steps.

Thanks
Andy Olshin
Founder, Executive Director


On Feb 24, 2022, at 9:40 PM, Sally Bachman <Sarahbach@...> wrote:

Hi Tim,

 

I learned about this late. Was it recorded? I would really like to hear a discussion among these three and the audience.

 

Sincerely,
Sarah

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Tim McCormick" <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2022 5:51pm
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions — tonight 6-7pm PST, hosted by People for Portland

Direct Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89780119231

<img-0.png>

with:
  • Alan Evans of Helping Hands (running Bybee Lakes center)
  • Sharon Meieran, County Commissioner
  • Dan Ryan, Portland City Commissioner
RSVP here (not required, apparently): https://fb.me/e/2bnoNBwYR
--
Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 
   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444‬;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216‬#
Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative
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Re: TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Taffy Everts
 

Thank you, Tim, for forwarding the link to the original town hall “broadcast” last night and also the link to the recording of the event. Thanks, David Dickson, for your positive appraisal. I was hesitant to attend the town hall because of People for Portland’s “dark money” reputation, but found it worthwhile and informative.

 

The hour+-long event consisted of a moderator, Maria Smithson, a political consultant from Eugene and one of P4P’s founders; Sharon Meieran, county commissioner, physician (and former lawyer), Alan Evans, Helping Hands and Bybee Lakes Center director; and Dan Ryan, city commissioner. Smithson divided the hour into thirds, allowing each person to speak briefly about their experience with the housing/houseless emergency and asking them pointed questions. She interspersed their portions with a few pre-recorded questions from Portland residents. Not exactly a “town hall” with live questions, but still informative, with good ideas. Smithson claimed several times that 6 thousand people were watching. If true, they’ve gotten people’s attention. Here’s what I got from the presentation:

 

Sharon Meieran. In her opinion Portland likely has the legal leeway to prevent street camping, but people have nowhere else to go. Her emergency room work and street medical practice have led her to conclude that our local governments (city, county, & Metro) need to:

  • Collectively agree on a strategy that is “orders of magnitude bigger” than what we’re currently doing.
  • Clarify the extent of the problem. Estimated 5 thousand folks living outside in greater Portland but we don’t know the numbers. We need a by-name count to identify people & issues.
  • Fund both permanent & transitional housing. This is a housing emergency. It’s not a “binary problem” between supporting affordable housing and transitional sites; we need both. We don’t have enough housing stock currently and won’t for years. And lots of homeless folks aren’t ready for permanent housing.
  • Create an “ecosystem” of shelter sites NOW. She recommends a network of 10-structure ‘hamlets’ scattered throughout the city & county, with services (trash collection, toilets, laundry, etc.) in every Portland neighborhood. Also a network of safe-parking sites.
  • Greatly increase # and interconnection of caseworkers. Caseworkers are doing lifesaving work on our streets, but we’re asking “tens of workers” to help thousands of people. And there’s little interaction among government, nonprofit, & private services.

Alan Evans. Personal story of overcoming homelessness & addiction and program at Bybee Lakes Hope Center informs his belief in high-barrier shelters and hands-on help. He supports:

  • Focus on reentry. Listen to peoples’ stories, bring resources to them, and evaluate them for reentry.
  • More outreach. City/county/Metro aren’t clear on shelters available. No one knows where to go.
  • Identification of people with addiction/mental health problems vs. homeless seniors and families. 52% of houseless have alcohol and addiction issues. But seniors and families are fastest-growing homeless populations.

Dan Ryan. Heroin-addicted brother who died on the street focuses him on the current situation. Says we need to

·       Stop allowing “the perfect to get in the way of the good” and modify city/county ordinances to solve the housing emergency.

  • Cooperate & stop pointing fingers. Private sector, city, county, & Metro need to take action locally together and not wait for help from the state.
  • Collectively reprioritize resources. $280 million spent so far; need to collectively focus on how to spend $1 billion over next 10 years.
  • Understand why an individual is homeless. Gather data at safe rest villages to distinguish folks who lack $$ from mentally ill/addicted folks.
  • Support safe rest villages and consider other sites for camps. Ryan supports repurposing Expo Center and the downtown Post Office. He announced an additional 4 safe rest village sites yesterday (https://www.opb.org/article/2022/02/24/portland-oregon-homeless-safe-rest-village-dan-ryan-shelter/) and called them “restorative camps” that will provide security, behavioral health services, showers, laundry, bathrooms. He claimed most residents would need to live there from 6-9 months before moving to permanent housing. [I seem to remember some Kenton Women’s Village residents took somewhat longer—and could stay for 18 months.]
  • Recognize our mental health/drug addiction crisis to reverse drug deaths and other problems resulting from addiction. Ryan stated that half the drug deaths in Portland are caused by methamphetamine use and says the fact that hard drugs are allowed in Portland attracts addicts from elsewhere.
  • Establish treatment centers and places to dry out.
  • Challenge low-barrier model and move to high-barrier success (like Alan Evan’s Bybee Lakes Hope Center).

 

Taffy Everts

Kenton

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of David Dickson
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2022 10:39 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

 

I have deep respect for the work you have done, Tim, bringing hundreds of people together through Pdx Shelter Forum, to talk about alternative shelters for Portlanders who suffer from a lack of housing.  But I am compelled to speak up in response to your recent post about yesterday’s People for Portland Webinar.

 

I have been delivering coffee, survival items, friendship, and information to my downtown unhoused neighbors for 15 months, as part of a cast of approximately 25 Good Neighbors.  It is that very experience of first hand witness of people on the streets of Portland’s downtown that leads me to greet People for Portland’s video last night with a sense of optimism.  There were thousands of people on that webinar. 

 

Multnomah County Commission Chair candidate Sharon Meieran kicked off the event.  In addition to being a current County Commissioner, Meieran is an emergency room physician who also volunteers for Portland Street Medicine. She expressed her frustration with the lack of urgency with which the housing first proponents on the commission  have addressed the humanitarian crisis on our streets.  For me, what said it all was her description of a weekly meeting, where the first half hour is made up of introductions! 

 

Bybee Lakes Hope Center CEO Alan Evans followed.  He described how his 25 years of addiction, incarceration and homelessness led him to found Helping Hands Reentry Centers and most recently take on the challenge of converting Multnomah County’s unused Wapato Jail to Bybee Lakes Hope Center.  Against the headwind of housing first advocates, who said that the Wapato Jail site was too far away from “downtown services”, Evans responded that Bybee Lakes is a short distance from hundreds of jobs.  His goal is for people to gain control of their lives, find work and independence.  And Bybee Lakes’ success to date reflects that.

 

My favorite community which I visit in my weekly walks was made up of 12-15 youth ranging from age 16-21.  I interviewed the 32 year old woman whom the kids referred to as Mama.  Mama held the group together in the face of numerous drive-by pelletings with all kinds of objects, including from BB guns. Every time I visited the camp, day and night, there were conversations,  laughter, preparation of meals and a sense of community   During the interview with Mama, a young woman returned to the camp in tears, having been raped the night before.  

 

Several months ago this formerly vibrant community broke up.  Mama, who proudly stated that her “family" used no drugs beyond pot, was too trusting and brought in someone whose drug use and violence threatened the group.  A family feud ensued, and Mama left the camp and has now found housing.  Today the line of tents, where the  community of young Portlanders once resided, sits empty.  And the kids are scattered around in various nearly locations, the community lost.

 

I could tell many stories here.  Suffice it to say that my experience  on Portland’s streets leads me to applaud People for Portland.  Finally someone has stood up and shouted from the rooftops that Portland is in a crisis that we have ignored for too long. 

 



On Feb 25, 2022, at 2:06 AM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

 

the meeting video can be viewed at People for Portland's facebook page: 

 

As with other events from P4P, this was highly managed: really just a fairly canned presentation and a few answers to host's questions,  from each guest in turn, really no discussion between guests and none at all with the 'audience.'  Attendees couldn't see who else attending, or ask Qs or make comments publicly. 

 

I'd say that the whole People For Portland initiative is about as far from a "town hall" concept as any public civic effort could be. It's funded by undisclosed donors, possibly just one or a few wealthy ones, and run by professional lobbyists / campaign consultants, the one who hosted today of which lives in Eugene. 

 

They do 1-way broadcast communications to those who sign up to follow, and mainly try to trigger followers to form-send a deluge of pre-messaged emails to City Council. Aside from running a ton of paid advertisements and hinting to officials that P4P forces and money will get uncooperative officials voted out, and/or run ballot initiatives to achieve its aims. 

 

 There's nothing grass-roots, everything Astroturf about this group. It's sad to see, but also I can understand why powerful people in the community might feel so shunned and dismissed by flailing, unresponsive, & arrogant city leaders that they felt they had to resort instead to this dark-money hardball operation. 

 

I don't trust most polls very much, really never when done by advocacy and lobbying groups, but nonetheless it's possible that in some ways P4P are expressing fairly widely held public views, for example on a need for more urgent action and accountability. 

 

Then again, I keep in mind the observation by Stuart Hall: "Politics does not reflect majorities, it constructs them."  P4P's politics is heavy-handedly imposed, not participatory, and far from what almost anyone would consider healthy civic process. 

 

 

On Thu, Feb 24, 2022 at 9:40 PM Sally Bachman <Sarahbach@...> wrote:

Hi Tim,

 

I learned about this late. Was it recorded? I would really like to hear a discussion among these three and the audience.

 

Sincerely,

Sarah

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Tim McCormick" <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2022 5:51pm
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions — tonight 6-7pm PST, hosted by People for Portland


Direct Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89780119231

<img-0.png>

with:

  • Alan Evans of Helping Hands (running Bybee Lakes center)
  • Sharon Meieran, County Commissioner
  • Dan Ryan, Portland City Commissioner

RSVP here (not required, apparently): https://fb.me/e/2bnoNBwYR

--

Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network

+1 503.334.1894. 

   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216#

Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative

 

 

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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network

+1 503.334.1894. 

   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216#

Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative

 


Re: TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

David Dickson
 

I have deep respect for the work you have done, Tim, bringing hundreds of people together through Pdx Shelter Forum, to talk about alternative shelters for Portlanders who suffer from a lack of housing.  But I am compelled to speak up in response to your recent post about yesterday’s People for Portland Webinar.

I have been delivering coffee, survival items, friendship, and information to my downtown unhoused neighbors for 15 months, as part of a cast of approximately 25 Good Neighbors.  It is that very experience of first hand witness of people on the streets of Portland’s downtown that leads me to greet People for Portland’s video last night with a sense of optimism.  There were thousands of people on that webinar. 

Multnomah County Commission Chair candidate Sharon Meieran kicked off the event.  In addition to being a current County Commissioner, Meieran is an emergency room physician who also volunteers for Portland Street Medicine. She expressed her frustration with the lack of urgency with which the housing first proponents on the commission  have addressed the humanitarian crisis on our streets.  For me, what said it all was her description of a weekly meeting, where the first half hour is made up of introductions! 

Bybee Lakes Hope Center CEO Alan Evans followed.  He described how his 25 years of addiction, incarceration and homelessness led him to found Helping Hands Reentry Centers and most recently take on the challenge of converting Multnomah County’s unused Wapato Jail to Bybee Lakes Hope Center.  Against the headwind of housing first advocates, who said that the Wapato Jail site was too far away from “downtown services”, Evans responded that Bybee Lakes is a short distance from hundreds of jobs.  His goal is for people to gain control of their lives, find work and independence.  And Bybee Lakes’ success to date reflects that.

My favorite community which I visit in my weekly walks was made up of 12-15 youth ranging from age 16-21.  I interviewed the 32 year old woman whom the kids referred to as Mama.  Mama held the group together in the face of numerous drive-by pelletings with all kinds of objects, including from BB guns. Every time I visited the camp, day and night, there were conversations,  laughter, preparation of meals and a sense of community   During the interview with Mama, a young woman returned to the camp in tears, having been raped the night before.  

Several months ago this formerly vibrant community broke up.  Mama, who proudly stated that her “family" used no drugs beyond pot, was too trusting and brought in someone whose drug use and violence threatened the group.  A family feud ensued, and Mama left the camp and has now found housing.  Today the line of tents, where the  community of young Portlanders once resided, sits empty.  And the kids are scattered around in various nearly locations, the community lost.

I could tell many stories here.  Suffice it to say that my experience  on Portland’s streets leads me to applaud People for Portland.  Finally someone has stood up and shouted from the rooftops that Portland is in a crisis that we have ignored for too long. 


On Feb 25, 2022, at 2:06 AM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

the meeting video can be viewed at People for Portland's facebook page: 

As with other events from P4P, this was highly managed: really just a fairly canned presentation and a few answers to host's questions,  from each guest in turn, really no discussion between guests and none at all with the 'audience.'  Attendees couldn't see who else attending, or ask Qs or make comments publicly. 

I'd say that the whole People For Portland initiative is about as far from a "town hall" concept as any public civic effort could be. It's funded by undisclosed donors, possibly just one or a few wealthy ones, and run by professional lobbyists / campaign consultants, the one who hosted today of which lives in Eugene. 

They do 1-way broadcast communications to those who sign up to follow, and mainly try to trigger followers to form-send a deluge of pre-messaged emails to City Council. Aside from running a ton of paid advertisements and hinting to officials that P4P forces and money will get uncooperative officials voted out, and/or run ballot initiatives to achieve its aims. 

 There's nothing grass-roots, everything Astroturf about this group. It's sad to see, but also I can understand why powerful people in the community might feel so shunned and dismissed by flailing, unresponsive, & arrogant city leaders that they felt they had to resort instead to this dark-money hardball operation. 

I don't trust most polls very much, really never when done by advocacy and lobbying groups, but nonetheless it's possible that in some ways P4P are expressing fairly widely held public views, for example on a need for more urgent action and accountability. 

Then again, I keep in mind the observation by Stuart Hall: "Politics does not reflect majorities, it constructs them."  P4P's politics is heavy-handedly imposed, not participatory, and far from what almost anyone would consider healthy civic process. 


On Thu, Feb 24, 2022 at 9:40 PM Sally Bachman <Sarahbach@...> wrote:
Hi Tim,

 

I learned about this late. Was it recorded? I would really like to hear a discussion among these three and the audience.

 

Sincerely,
Sarah

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Tim McCormick" <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2022 5:51pm
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions — tonight 6-7pm PST, hosted by People for Portland

Direct Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89780119231

<img-0.png>

with:
  • Alan Evans of Helping Hands (running Bybee Lakes center)
  • Sharon Meieran, County Commissioner
  • Dan Ryan, Portland City Commissioner
RSVP here (not required, apparently): https://fb.me/e/2bnoNBwYR
--
Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 
   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444‬;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216‬#
Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative


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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 
   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444‬;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216‬#
Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative


Re: TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Sue Gemmell
 

Thanks Tom for your review. 

“There's nothing grass-roots, everything Astroturf about this group.“ totally nails it. 

Sue


Re: TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Tim McCormick
 

the meeting video can be viewed at People for Portland's facebook page: 

As with other events from P4P, this was highly managed: really just a fairly canned presentation and a few answers to host's questions,  from each guest in turn, really no discussion between guests and none at all with the 'audience.'  Attendees couldn't see who else attending, or ask Qs or make comments publicly. 

I'd say that the whole People For Portland initiative is about as far from a "town hall" concept as any public civic effort could be. It's funded by undisclosed donors, possibly just one or a few wealthy ones, and run by professional lobbyists / campaign consultants, the one who hosted today of which lives in Eugene. 

They do 1-way broadcast communications to those who sign up to follow, and mainly try to trigger followers to form-send a deluge of pre-messaged emails to City Council. Aside from running a ton of paid advertisements and hinting to officials that P4P forces and money will get uncooperative officials voted out, and/or run ballot initiatives to achieve its aims. 

 There's nothing grass-roots, everything Astroturf about this group. It's sad to see, but also I can understand why powerful people in the community might feel so shunned and dismissed by flailing, unresponsive, & arrogant city leaders that they felt they had to resort instead to this dark-money hardball operation. 

I don't trust most polls very much, really never when done by advocacy and lobbying groups, but nonetheless it's possible that in some ways P4P are expressing fairly widely held public views, for example on a need for more urgent action and accountability. 

Then again, I keep in mind the observation by Stuart Hall: "Politics does not reflect majorities, it constructs them."  P4P's politics is heavy-handedly imposed, not participatory, and far from what almost anyone would consider healthy civic process. 


On Thu, Feb 24, 2022 at 9:40 PM Sally Bachman <Sarahbach@...> wrote:

Hi Tim,

 

I learned about this late. Was it recorded? I would really like to hear a discussion among these three and the audience.

 

Sincerely,

Sarah

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Tim McCormick" <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2022 5:51pm
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions — tonight 6-7pm PST, hosted by People for Portland
  • Alan Evans of Helping Hands (running Bybee Lakes center)
  • Sharon Meieran, County Commissioner
  • Dan Ryan, Portland City Commissioner
RSVP here (not required, apparently): https://fb.me/e/2bnoNBwYR
--
Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 
   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444‬;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216‬#
Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative

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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 
   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444‬;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216‬#
Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative


Re: TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Sally Bachman
 

Hi Tim,

 

I learned about this late. Was it recorded? I would really like to hear a discussion among these three and the audience.

 

Sincerely,

Sarah

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: "Tim McCormick" <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2022 5:51pm
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions — tonight 6-7pm PST, hosted by People for Portland
  • Alan Evans of Helping Hands (running Bybee Lakes center)
  • Sharon Meieran, County Commissioner
  • Dan Ryan, Portland City Commissioner
RSVP here (not required, apparently): https://fb.me/e/2bnoNBwYR
--
Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 
   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444‬;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216‬#
Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative


TODAY 6pm - Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions - hosted by People for Portland

Tim McCormick
 

Virtual Town Hall: Homelessness Solutions — tonight 6-7pm PST, hosted by People for Portland
  • Alan Evans of Helping Hands (running Bybee Lakes center)
  • Sharon Meieran, County Commissioner
  • Dan Ryan, Portland City Commissioner

RSVP here (not required, apparently): https://fb.me/e/2bnoNBwYR

--
Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 
   Or ‪+1 617-675-4444‬;  PIN: ‪532 454 332 2216‬#
Director ORCoOp, Organizer at Village Collaborative


Beacon Village has a new Executive Director starting March 1!

Matt Lembo <matt.lembo@...>
 

To our friends at the PDX Shelter Forum,

Please find attached the news release from Beacon Village about our new Executive Director, Cara Rothe. Cara will be joining the team starting March 1. 

Thanks!
Matt

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Matt Lembo
Acting Executive Director
Beacon Village


Rent increases

Dave Brook
 


Re: You have been unsubscribed from pdxshelterforum@groups.io

Tim McCormick
 

I just sent an invitation to rejoin, Gloria. 
For everyone, fyi, you can always ask to join or rejoin on site at https://pdxshelterforum.org, or direct others there, or contact me.

Also, it looks like you can rejoin automatically for 7 days by clicking on link "Resume Subscription" link in email you get confirming  unsubscription.

Note also that if you want fewer or no emails, you can also click Unsubscribe and change setting to get at most one email (a digest of any posts) per day, or to read only on web site. This is quite understandable, and in fact on other projects I'm considering making that the former the default setting for email groups.
thanks for everyone's contributions & open listening! 
Tim 
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Re: Lots of Ideas

Peter Finley Fry
 

Accessibility requires equity.  For example it is not fair for an able person to enjoy a view out of a second story building when a disabled person can not.

 

 

 

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Strategic Land Use Planning

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Portland, Oregon 97210

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From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
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To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Lots of Ideas

 

The problem with that solution is that it further segregates and marginalizes disabled people and stigmatizes them as a problem that needs to be solved instead of coming up with designs that are truly inclusive that anyone can use. We are not things or problems. We are people and should be seen as such.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

 

 

 

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 7:16 PM Skip Trantow <skiptrantow@...> wrote:

Thanks Aisha.  That's a valid point.  Eliminating an elevator would, I think, significantly lower construction and maintenance cost.  So that's a good goal.  Perhaps the way around this would be to reserve a number of street level units for tenants with disabilities, i.e., solve it at the building management level.

 

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 6:11 PM Aisha Musa <draymusa@...> wrote:

Skip, 

Thanks for offering these ideas. On the question of buildings, you say that four or few floors would not need elevators. As a wheelchair user, I must say that is false. Anything above one story is completely inaccessible to many disabled people if there's not an elevator. We absolutely must consider accessibility in any building plans.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

 

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022, 5:34 PM Skip Trantow <skiptrantow@...> wrote:

 

Dear PDX Shelter Forum:

Toward our common goal of creating a bright and housed future for Portland I would like to share some ideas that may be helpful.  I’m now retired, but while working in the corporate high-tech world I was involved in multiple efforts related to fostering innovation.  There are many aspects to this subject, but an important one when tackling complex problems is to invite ideas from as many perspectives as possible, and to be open to those ideas informing solution discussions.  Per Linus Pauling:

 "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away."

While our current situation with homelessness is severe, I think the severity of this problem, along with climate change disasters we are experiencing, gives everyone,  especially city, county, and state leadership, more license to be inventive, to think big, about how housing and urban living systems can and should evolve.  Below is a list of ‘big ideas’ that I culled from two organizations that have ‘Ideas Challenges’:  The Buckminster Fuller Institute – Ideas Challenge, and The Global Challenges Foundation – ‘New Shape’ Challenge.  Both organizations run an annual prize contests that receive many innovative proposals from Social/Design/Ecological Thinkers and Organizations across the world. Many proposals relate to housing and urban systems.   The full archives can be viewed at the respective websites:

https://www.bfi.org/challenge/archive

https://globalchallenges.org/new-shape-library/

While there are other organizations that invite and publish innovative ideas, these are two that I am most familiar with, and find interesting.  I went through their archives and pulled out a few ideas that I hope you will also find interesting (they make for great evening reading).

In the spirit of sharing ‘lots of ideas’, here we go:

Mass Timber

Oregon is a world leader in Mass Timber Technology.  After we get people off the streets and temporarily housed in shelters and safe camps, a permanent solution will require lots of ultra-affordable, quality rental units.  We need to figure out how to build more efficiently and cheaper than we do today. It seems to me that Mass Timber structures could play a role in this.   In April 2022, Portland is hosting the https://masstimberconference.com/.  Perhaps this is already in planning, but it seems to me that a technical work group from this forum, and certainly from the  City, County or State should attend this conference and get into discussions with Mass Timber industry leaders and experts to figure out how to build affordable housing complexes, inexpensively.  Very Tall Timber buildings may be feasible, but at 4 stories or less you can eliminate the need for elevators to lower the cost, and that may be the sweet spot for low-cost complexes – I’m thinking here of some sort of standardized, mass produced ‘kits’, where just about every component is manufactured in a factory and then assembled on site.

Wiki House Commons
On the topic of shelter kits, Wiki House Commons, https://www.wikihouse.cc/ provides an open-source library of building component plans and various building resources.  Personally, I think Wiki House Commons is a great idea.  With a relatively modest investment in shop space and tooling, like CNC machines, local grassroots organizations can feed Wiki House Commons designs into their work system and manufacture housing components that can be hand assembled to create permanent small dwelling units.

 

Breakthrough Sustainable Urban Living

http://except.nl/en/

http://except.nl/en/services/632-sustainable-places-cities-buildings

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2012/polydome

 

Built For Zero:

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2017/built-zero    Portland recently joined.

LifeArk from GDS Innovation Lab

LifeArk Modular Units: https://lifeark.net/about  to build floating and land-based villages.

 

“Early adopters of modular construction will likely be the construction leaders of tomorrow… As modular players continue to gain credibility and scale, we expect modular construction to revitalize and help to finally push construction productivity to new heights. To get there, government leaders, developers, investors, and others around the world will need to take stock of the factors that determine the path modular construction takes to scale.”

World Shelters

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2010/sheltering-us-persons-unsheltered

http://worldshelters.org/for-us-unsheltered

 

Community Architects Network

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/community-architects-network

http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/index.php

 

EcoCity Builders

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2009/ecocity-mapping-urban-villages

https://ecocitybuilders.org/mission-vision/

 

Look to Local Materials for Construction

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/multi-family-social-housing

Simon Velez: http://www.simonvelez.net/projects.html

Bullitt Center Seattle

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2014/bullitt-center

Upcycling Buses for Mobile Toilets/Showers

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/lava-mae

https://lavamaex.org/

Low Carbon Footprint Building Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/biomason

https://biomason.com/    Organically created bricks

and Tiles: https://biomason.com/biolith/

Reclaiming Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/emergent-structures

 

Inspiration from the Global Challenges Foundation: New Shape Library

 

CrowdSourcing Sustainability:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/crowd-sourcing-sustainability-in-the-consumer-marketplace/

People Center:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-bottom-up-approach/

League of Sustainable Cities:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-global-league-of-sustainable-cities/


-----

That’s about it!  While any single idea here may not be actionable, with ‘lots of ideas’ to think about, maybe a combination of these ideas will spark an actionable tangent in our collective mind.


Regards,

Skip Trantow

 

 

 


Re: Lots of Ideas

Aisha Musa
 

The problem with that solution is that it further segregates and marginalizes disabled people and stigmatizes them as a problem that needs to be solved instead of coming up with designs that are truly inclusive that anyone can use. We are not things or problems. We are people and should be seen as such.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa



On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 7:16 PM Skip Trantow <skiptrantow@...> wrote:
Thanks Aisha.  That's a valid point.  Eliminating an elevator would, I think, significantly lower construction and maintenance cost.  So that's a good goal.  Perhaps the way around this would be to reserve a number of street level units for tenants with disabilities, i.e., solve it at the building management level.

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 6:11 PM Aisha Musa <draymusa@...> wrote:
Skip, 
Thanks for offering these ideas. On the question of buildings, you say that four or few floors would not need elevators. As a wheelchair user, I must say that is false. Anything above one story is completely inaccessible to many disabled people if there's not an elevator. We absolutely must consider accessibility in any building plans.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022, 5:34 PM Skip Trantow <skiptrantow@...> wrote:

 

Dear PDX Shelter Forum:

Toward our common goal of creating a bright and housed future for Portland I would like to share some ideas that may be helpful.  I’m now retired, but while working in the corporate high-tech world I was involved in multiple efforts related to fostering innovation.  There are many aspects to this subject, but an important one when tackling complex problems is to invite ideas from as many perspectives as possible, and to be open to those ideas informing solution discussions.  Per Linus Pauling:

 "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away."

While our current situation with homelessness is severe, I think the severity of this problem, along with climate change disasters we are experiencing, gives everyone,  especially city, county, and state leadership, more license to be inventive, to think big, about how housing and urban living systems can and should evolve.  Below is a list of ‘big ideas’ that I culled from two organizations that have ‘Ideas Challenges’:  The Buckminster Fuller Institute – Ideas Challenge, and The Global Challenges Foundation – ‘New Shape’ Challenge.  Both organizations run an annual prize contests that receive many innovative proposals from Social/Design/Ecological Thinkers and Organizations across the world. Many proposals relate to housing and urban systems.   The full archives can be viewed at the respective websites:

https://www.bfi.org/challenge/archive

https://globalchallenges.org/new-shape-library/

While there are other organizations that invite and publish innovative ideas, these are two that I am most familiar with, and find interesting.  I went through their archives and pulled out a few ideas that I hope you will also find interesting (they make for great evening reading).

In the spirit of sharing ‘lots of ideas’, here we go:

Mass Timber

Oregon is a world leader in Mass Timber Technology.  After we get people off the streets and temporarily housed in shelters and safe camps, a permanent solution will require lots of ultra-affordable, quality rental units.  We need to figure out how to build more efficiently and cheaper than we do today. It seems to me that Mass Timber structures could play a role in this.   In April 2022, Portland is hosting the https://masstimberconference.com/.  Perhaps this is already in planning, but it seems to me that a technical work group from this forum, and certainly from the  City, County or State should attend this conference and get into discussions with Mass Timber industry leaders and experts to figure out how to build affordable housing complexes, inexpensively.  Very Tall Timber buildings may be feasible, but at 4 stories or less you can eliminate the need for elevators to lower the cost, and that may be the sweet spot for low-cost complexes – I’m thinking here of some sort of standardized, mass produced ‘kits’, where just about every component is manufactured in a factory and then assembled on site.

Wiki House Commons
On the topic of shelter kits, Wiki House Commons, https://www.wikihouse.cc/ provides an open-source library of building component plans and various building resources.  Personally, I think Wiki House Commons is a great idea.  With a relatively modest investment in shop space and tooling, like CNC machines, local grassroots organizations can feed Wiki House Commons designs into their work system and manufacture housing components that can be hand assembled to create permanent small dwelling units.

 

Breakthrough Sustainable Urban Living

http://except.nl/en/

http://except.nl/en/services/632-sustainable-places-cities-buildings

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2012/polydome

 

Built For Zero:

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2017/built-zero    Portland recently joined.

LifeArk from GDS Innovation Lab

LifeArk Modular Units: https://lifeark.net/about  to build floating and land-based villages.

 

“Early adopters of modular construction will likely be the construction leaders of tomorrow… As modular players continue to gain credibility and scale, we expect modular construction to revitalize and help to finally push construction productivity to new heights. To get there, government leaders, developers, investors, and others around the world will need to take stock of the factors that determine the path modular construction takes to scale.”

World Shelters

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2010/sheltering-us-persons-unsheltered

http://worldshelters.org/for-us-unsheltered

 

Community Architects Network

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/community-architects-network

http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/index.php

 

EcoCity Builders

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2009/ecocity-mapping-urban-villages

https://ecocitybuilders.org/mission-vision/

 

Look to Local Materials for Construction

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/multi-family-social-housing

Simon Velez: http://www.simonvelez.net/projects.html

Bullitt Center Seattle

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2014/bullitt-center

Upcycling Buses for Mobile Toilets/Showers

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/lava-mae

https://lavamaex.org/

Low Carbon Footprint Building Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/biomason

https://biomason.com/    Organically created bricks

and Tiles: https://biomason.com/biolith/

Reclaiming Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/emergent-structures

 

Inspiration from the Global Challenges Foundation: New Shape Library

 

CrowdSourcing Sustainability:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/crowd-sourcing-sustainability-in-the-consumer-marketplace/

People Center:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-bottom-up-approach/

League of Sustainable Cities:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-global-league-of-sustainable-cities/


-----

That’s about it!  While any single idea here may not be actionable, with ‘lots of ideas’ to think about, maybe a combination of these ideas will spark an actionable tangent in our collective mind.


Regards,

Skip Trantow

 

 


Re: Lots of Ideas

Trena Sutton
 

I live in a 4 story building with an elevator. Friday night (actually 2:45am Saturday). A full building fire alarm went off. An irresponsible tenant was cooking a steak in the oven and fell asleep. Thick smoke filled the hallway on my floor. A man two doors down was in a wheelchair but when the alarm went off the elevators locked down. He had no route of escape. If the Fire Department had not responded so quickly..... I don't even like to think of it. We have several people with ambulation difficulty who could not get down flights of stairs.

Just this morning another person caused the alarms to go off again. Bad smoke that you could not breathe in is a potential death trap for the physically impaired.

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022, 6:11 PM Aisha Musa <draymusa@...> wrote:
Skip, 
Thanks for offering these ideas. On the question of buildings, you say that four or few floors would not need elevators. As a wheelchair user, I must say that is false. Anything above one story is completely inaccessible to many disabled people if there's not an elevator. We absolutely must consider accessibility in any building plans.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022, 5:34 PM Skip Trantow <skiptrantow@...> wrote:

 

Dear PDX Shelter Forum:

Toward our common goal of creating a bright and housed future for Portland I would like to share some ideas that may be helpful.  I’m now retired, but while working in the corporate high-tech world I was involved in multiple efforts related to fostering innovation.  There are many aspects to this subject, but an important one when tackling complex problems is to invite ideas from as many perspectives as possible, and to be open to those ideas informing solution discussions.  Per Linus Pauling:

 "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away."

While our current situation with homelessness is severe, I think the severity of this problem, along with climate change disasters we are experiencing, gives everyone,  especially city, county, and state leadership, more license to be inventive, to think big, about how housing and urban living systems can and should evolve.  Below is a list of ‘big ideas’ that I culled from two organizations that have ‘Ideas Challenges’:  The Buckminster Fuller Institute – Ideas Challenge, and The Global Challenges Foundation – ‘New Shape’ Challenge.  Both organizations run an annual prize contests that receive many innovative proposals from Social/Design/Ecological Thinkers and Organizations across the world. Many proposals relate to housing and urban systems.   The full archives can be viewed at the respective websites:

https://www.bfi.org/challenge/archive

https://globalchallenges.org/new-shape-library/

While there are other organizations that invite and publish innovative ideas, these are two that I am most familiar with, and find interesting.  I went through their archives and pulled out a few ideas that I hope you will also find interesting (they make for great evening reading).

In the spirit of sharing ‘lots of ideas’, here we go:

Mass Timber

Oregon is a world leader in Mass Timber Technology.  After we get people off the streets and temporarily housed in shelters and safe camps, a permanent solution will require lots of ultra-affordable, quality rental units.  We need to figure out how to build more efficiently and cheaper than we do today. It seems to me that Mass Timber structures could play a role in this.   In April 2022, Portland is hosting the https://masstimberconference.com/.  Perhaps this is already in planning, but it seems to me that a technical work group from this forum, and certainly from the  City, County or State should attend this conference and get into discussions with Mass Timber industry leaders and experts to figure out how to build affordable housing complexes, inexpensively.  Very Tall Timber buildings may be feasible, but at 4 stories or less you can eliminate the need for elevators to lower the cost, and that may be the sweet spot for low-cost complexes – I’m thinking here of some sort of standardized, mass produced ‘kits’, where just about every component is manufactured in a factory and then assembled on site.

Wiki House Commons
On the topic of shelter kits, Wiki House Commons, https://www.wikihouse.cc/ provides an open-source library of building component plans and various building resources.  Personally, I think Wiki House Commons is a great idea.  With a relatively modest investment in shop space and tooling, like CNC machines, local grassroots organizations can feed Wiki House Commons designs into their work system and manufacture housing components that can be hand assembled to create permanent small dwelling units.

 

Breakthrough Sustainable Urban Living

http://except.nl/en/

http://except.nl/en/services/632-sustainable-places-cities-buildings

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2012/polydome

 

Built For Zero:

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2017/built-zero    Portland recently joined.

LifeArk from GDS Innovation Lab

LifeArk Modular Units: https://lifeark.net/about  to build floating and land-based villages.

 

“Early adopters of modular construction will likely be the construction leaders of tomorrow… As modular players continue to gain credibility and scale, we expect modular construction to revitalize and help to finally push construction productivity to new heights. To get there, government leaders, developers, investors, and others around the world will need to take stock of the factors that determine the path modular construction takes to scale.”

World Shelters

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2010/sheltering-us-persons-unsheltered

http://worldshelters.org/for-us-unsheltered

 

Community Architects Network

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/community-architects-network

http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/index.php

 

EcoCity Builders

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2009/ecocity-mapping-urban-villages

https://ecocitybuilders.org/mission-vision/

 

Look to Local Materials for Construction

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/multi-family-social-housing

Simon Velez: http://www.simonvelez.net/projects.html

Bullitt Center Seattle

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2014/bullitt-center

Upcycling Buses for Mobile Toilets/Showers

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/lava-mae

https://lavamaex.org/

Low Carbon Footprint Building Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/biomason

https://biomason.com/    Organically created bricks

and Tiles: https://biomason.com/biolith/

Reclaiming Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/emergent-structures

 

Inspiration from the Global Challenges Foundation: New Shape Library

 

CrowdSourcing Sustainability:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/crowd-sourcing-sustainability-in-the-consumer-marketplace/

People Center:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-bottom-up-approach/

League of Sustainable Cities:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-global-league-of-sustainable-cities/


-----

That’s about it!  While any single idea here may not be actionable, with ‘lots of ideas’ to think about, maybe a combination of these ideas will spark an actionable tangent in our collective mind.


Regards,

Skip Trantow

 

 


Re: Lots of Ideas

Skip Trantow
 

Thanks Aisha.  That's a valid point.  Eliminating an elevator would, I think, significantly lower construction and maintenance cost.  So that's a good goal.  Perhaps the way around this would be to reserve a number of street level units for tenants with disabilities, i.e., solve it at the building management level.

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 6:11 PM Aisha Musa <draymusa@...> wrote:
Skip, 
Thanks for offering these ideas. On the question of buildings, you say that four or few floors would not need elevators. As a wheelchair user, I must say that is false. Anything above one story is completely inaccessible to many disabled people if there's not an elevator. We absolutely must consider accessibility in any building plans.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022, 5:34 PM Skip Trantow <skiptrantow@...> wrote:

 

Dear PDX Shelter Forum:

Toward our common goal of creating a bright and housed future for Portland I would like to share some ideas that may be helpful.  I’m now retired, but while working in the corporate high-tech world I was involved in multiple efforts related to fostering innovation.  There are many aspects to this subject, but an important one when tackling complex problems is to invite ideas from as many perspectives as possible, and to be open to those ideas informing solution discussions.  Per Linus Pauling:

 "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away."

While our current situation with homelessness is severe, I think the severity of this problem, along with climate change disasters we are experiencing, gives everyone,  especially city, county, and state leadership, more license to be inventive, to think big, about how housing and urban living systems can and should evolve.  Below is a list of ‘big ideas’ that I culled from two organizations that have ‘Ideas Challenges’:  The Buckminster Fuller Institute – Ideas Challenge, and The Global Challenges Foundation – ‘New Shape’ Challenge.  Both organizations run an annual prize contests that receive many innovative proposals from Social/Design/Ecological Thinkers and Organizations across the world. Many proposals relate to housing and urban systems.   The full archives can be viewed at the respective websites:

https://www.bfi.org/challenge/archive

https://globalchallenges.org/new-shape-library/

While there are other organizations that invite and publish innovative ideas, these are two that I am most familiar with, and find interesting.  I went through their archives and pulled out a few ideas that I hope you will also find interesting (they make for great evening reading).

In the spirit of sharing ‘lots of ideas’, here we go:

Mass Timber

Oregon is a world leader in Mass Timber Technology.  After we get people off the streets and temporarily housed in shelters and safe camps, a permanent solution will require lots of ultra-affordable, quality rental units.  We need to figure out how to build more efficiently and cheaper than we do today. It seems to me that Mass Timber structures could play a role in this.   In April 2022, Portland is hosting the https://masstimberconference.com/.  Perhaps this is already in planning, but it seems to me that a technical work group from this forum, and certainly from the  City, County or State should attend this conference and get into discussions with Mass Timber industry leaders and experts to figure out how to build affordable housing complexes, inexpensively.  Very Tall Timber buildings may be feasible, but at 4 stories or less you can eliminate the need for elevators to lower the cost, and that may be the sweet spot for low-cost complexes – I’m thinking here of some sort of standardized, mass produced ‘kits’, where just about every component is manufactured in a factory and then assembled on site.

Wiki House Commons
On the topic of shelter kits, Wiki House Commons, https://www.wikihouse.cc/ provides an open-source library of building component plans and various building resources.  Personally, I think Wiki House Commons is a great idea.  With a relatively modest investment in shop space and tooling, like CNC machines, local grassroots organizations can feed Wiki House Commons designs into their work system and manufacture housing components that can be hand assembled to create permanent small dwelling units.

 

Breakthrough Sustainable Urban Living

http://except.nl/en/

http://except.nl/en/services/632-sustainable-places-cities-buildings

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2012/polydome

 

Built For Zero:

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2017/built-zero    Portland recently joined.

LifeArk from GDS Innovation Lab

LifeArk Modular Units: https://lifeark.net/about  to build floating and land-based villages.

 

“Early adopters of modular construction will likely be the construction leaders of tomorrow… As modular players continue to gain credibility and scale, we expect modular construction to revitalize and help to finally push construction productivity to new heights. To get there, government leaders, developers, investors, and others around the world will need to take stock of the factors that determine the path modular construction takes to scale.”

World Shelters

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2010/sheltering-us-persons-unsheltered

http://worldshelters.org/for-us-unsheltered

 

Community Architects Network

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/community-architects-network

http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/index.php

 

EcoCity Builders

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2009/ecocity-mapping-urban-villages

https://ecocitybuilders.org/mission-vision/

 

Look to Local Materials for Construction

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/multi-family-social-housing

Simon Velez: http://www.simonvelez.net/projects.html

Bullitt Center Seattle

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2014/bullitt-center

Upcycling Buses for Mobile Toilets/Showers

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/lava-mae

https://lavamaex.org/

Low Carbon Footprint Building Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/biomason

https://biomason.com/    Organically created bricks

and Tiles: https://biomason.com/biolith/

Reclaiming Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/emergent-structures

 

Inspiration from the Global Challenges Foundation: New Shape Library

 

CrowdSourcing Sustainability:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/crowd-sourcing-sustainability-in-the-consumer-marketplace/

People Center:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-bottom-up-approach/

League of Sustainable Cities:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-global-league-of-sustainable-cities/


-----

That’s about it!  While any single idea here may not be actionable, with ‘lots of ideas’ to think about, maybe a combination of these ideas will spark an actionable tangent in our collective mind.


Regards,

Skip Trantow

 

 


Re: Lots of Ideas

Jim Krauel
 

 Wonderful effort Skip.  Appreciate the thoughtfulness.


On Feb 1, 2022, at 9:11 PM, Aisha Musa <draymusa@...> wrote:


Skip, 
Thanks for offering these ideas. On the question of buildings, you say that four or few floors would not need elevators. As a wheelchair user, I must say that is false. Anything above one story is completely inaccessible to many disabled people if there's not an elevator. We absolutely must consider accessibility in any building plans.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

On Tue, Feb 1, 2022, 5:34 PM Skip Trantow <skiptrantow@...> wrote:

 

Dear PDX Shelter Forum:

Toward our common goal of creating a bright and housed future for Portland I would like to share some ideas that may be helpful.  I’m now retired, but while working in the corporate high-tech world I was involved in multiple efforts related to fostering innovation.  There are many aspects to this subject, but an important one when tackling complex problems is to invite ideas from as many perspectives as possible, and to be open to those ideas informing solution discussions.  Per Linus Pauling:

 "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away."

While our current situation with homelessness is severe, I think the severity of this problem, along with climate change disasters we are experiencing, gives everyone,  especially city, county, and state leadership, more license to be inventive, to think big, about how housing and urban living systems can and should evolve.  Below is a list of ‘big ideas’ that I culled from two organizations that have ‘Ideas Challenges’:  The Buckminster Fuller Institute – Ideas Challenge, and The Global Challenges Foundation – ‘New Shape’ Challenge.  Both organizations run an annual prize contests that receive many innovative proposals from Social/Design/Ecological Thinkers and Organizations across the world. Many proposals relate to housing and urban systems.   The full archives can be viewed at the respective websites:

https://www.bfi.org/challenge/archive

https://globalchallenges.org/new-shape-library/

While there are other organizations that invite and publish innovative ideas, these are two that I am most familiar with, and find interesting.  I went through their archives and pulled out a few ideas that I hope you will also find interesting (they make for great evening reading).

In the spirit of sharing ‘lots of ideas’, here we go:

Mass Timber

Oregon is a world leader in Mass Timber Technology.  After we get people off the streets and temporarily housed in shelters and safe camps, a permanent solution will require lots of ultra-affordable, quality rental units.  We need to figure out how to build more efficiently and cheaper than we do today. It seems to me that Mass Timber structures could play a role in this.   In April 2022, Portland is hosting the https://masstimberconference.com/.  Perhaps this is already in planning, but it seems to me that a technical work group from this forum, and certainly from the  City, County or State should attend this conference and get into discussions with Mass Timber industry leaders and experts to figure out how to build affordable housing complexes, inexpensively.  Very Tall Timber buildings may be feasible, but at 4 stories or less you can eliminate the need for elevators to lower the cost, and that may be the sweet spot for low-cost complexes – I’m thinking here of some sort of standardized, mass produced ‘kits’, where just about every component is manufactured in a factory and then assembled on site.

Wiki House Commons
On the topic of shelter kits, Wiki House Commons, https://www.wikihouse.cc/ provides an open-source library of building component plans and various building resources.  Personally, I think Wiki House Commons is a great idea.  With a relatively modest investment in shop space and tooling, like CNC machines, local grassroots organizations can feed Wiki House Commons designs into their work system and manufacture housing components that can be hand assembled to create permanent small dwelling units.

 

Breakthrough Sustainable Urban Living

http://except.nl/en/

http://except.nl/en/services/632-sustainable-places-cities-buildings

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2012/polydome

 

Built For Zero:

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2017/built-zero    Portland recently joined.

LifeArk from GDS Innovation Lab

LifeArk Modular Units: https://lifeark.net/about  to build floating and land-based villages.

 

“Early adopters of modular construction will likely be the construction leaders of tomorrow… As modular players continue to gain credibility and scale, we expect modular construction to revitalize and help to finally push construction productivity to new heights. To get there, government leaders, developers, investors, and others around the world will need to take stock of the factors that determine the path modular construction takes to scale.”

World Shelters

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2010/sheltering-us-persons-unsheltered

http://worldshelters.org/for-us-unsheltered

 

Community Architects Network

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/community-architects-network

http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/index.php

 

EcoCity Builders

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2009/ecocity-mapping-urban-villages

https://ecocitybuilders.org/mission-vision/

 

Look to Local Materials for Construction

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/multi-family-social-housing

Simon Velez: http://www.simonvelez.net/projects.html

Bullitt Center Seattle

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2014/bullitt-center

Upcycling Buses for Mobile Toilets/Showers

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/lava-mae

https://lavamaex.org/

Low Carbon Footprint Building Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/biomason

https://biomason.com/    Organically created bricks

and Tiles: https://biomason.com/biolith/

Reclaiming Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/emergent-structures

 

Inspiration from the Global Challenges Foundation: New Shape Library

 

CrowdSourcing Sustainability:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/crowd-sourcing-sustainability-in-the-consumer-marketplace/

People Center:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-bottom-up-approach/

League of Sustainable Cities:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-global-league-of-sustainable-cities/


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That’s about it!  While any single idea here may not be actionable, with ‘lots of ideas’ to think about, maybe a combination of these ideas will spark an actionable tangent in our collective mind.


Regards,

Skip Trantow

 

 


Re: Lots of Ideas

Aisha Musa
 

Skip, 
Thanks for offering these ideas. On the question of buildings, you say that four or few floors would not need elevators. As a wheelchair user, I must say that is false. Anything above one story is completely inaccessible to many disabled people if there's not an elevator. We absolutely must consider accessibility in any building plans.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa


On Tue, Feb 1, 2022, 5:34 PM Skip Trantow <skiptrantow@...> wrote:

 

Dear PDX Shelter Forum:

Toward our common goal of creating a bright and housed future for Portland I would like to share some ideas that may be helpful.  I’m now retired, but while working in the corporate high-tech world I was involved in multiple efforts related to fostering innovation.  There are many aspects to this subject, but an important one when tackling complex problems is to invite ideas from as many perspectives as possible, and to be open to those ideas informing solution discussions.  Per Linus Pauling:

 "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away."

While our current situation with homelessness is severe, I think the severity of this problem, along with climate change disasters we are experiencing, gives everyone,  especially city, county, and state leadership, more license to be inventive, to think big, about how housing and urban living systems can and should evolve.  Below is a list of ‘big ideas’ that I culled from two organizations that have ‘Ideas Challenges’:  The Buckminster Fuller Institute – Ideas Challenge, and The Global Challenges Foundation – ‘New Shape’ Challenge.  Both organizations run an annual prize contests that receive many innovative proposals from Social/Design/Ecological Thinkers and Organizations across the world. Many proposals relate to housing and urban systems.   The full archives can be viewed at the respective websites:

https://www.bfi.org/challenge/archive

https://globalchallenges.org/new-shape-library/

While there are other organizations that invite and publish innovative ideas, these are two that I am most familiar with, and find interesting.  I went through their archives and pulled out a few ideas that I hope you will also find interesting (they make for great evening reading).

In the spirit of sharing ‘lots of ideas’, here we go:

Mass Timber

Oregon is a world leader in Mass Timber Technology.  After we get people off the streets and temporarily housed in shelters and safe camps, a permanent solution will require lots of ultra-affordable, quality rental units.  We need to figure out how to build more efficiently and cheaper than we do today. It seems to me that Mass Timber structures could play a role in this.   In April 2022, Portland is hosting the https://masstimberconference.com/.  Perhaps this is already in planning, but it seems to me that a technical work group from this forum, and certainly from the  City, County or State should attend this conference and get into discussions with Mass Timber industry leaders and experts to figure out how to build affordable housing complexes, inexpensively.  Very Tall Timber buildings may be feasible, but at 4 stories or less you can eliminate the need for elevators to lower the cost, and that may be the sweet spot for low-cost complexes – I’m thinking here of some sort of standardized, mass produced ‘kits’, where just about every component is manufactured in a factory and then assembled on site.

Wiki House Commons
On the topic of shelter kits, Wiki House Commons, https://www.wikihouse.cc/ provides an open-source library of building component plans and various building resources.  Personally, I think Wiki House Commons is a great idea.  With a relatively modest investment in shop space and tooling, like CNC machines, local grassroots organizations can feed Wiki House Commons designs into their work system and manufacture housing components that can be hand assembled to create permanent small dwelling units.

 

Breakthrough Sustainable Urban Living

http://except.nl/en/

http://except.nl/en/services/632-sustainable-places-cities-buildings

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2012/polydome

 

Built For Zero:

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2017/built-zero    Portland recently joined.

LifeArk from GDS Innovation Lab

LifeArk Modular Units: https://lifeark.net/about  to build floating and land-based villages.

 

“Early adopters of modular construction will likely be the construction leaders of tomorrow… As modular players continue to gain credibility and scale, we expect modular construction to revitalize and help to finally push construction productivity to new heights. To get there, government leaders, developers, investors, and others around the world will need to take stock of the factors that determine the path modular construction takes to scale.”

World Shelters

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2010/sheltering-us-persons-unsheltered

http://worldshelters.org/for-us-unsheltered

 

Community Architects Network

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/community-architects-network

http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/index.php

 

EcoCity Builders

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2009/ecocity-mapping-urban-villages

https://ecocitybuilders.org/mission-vision/

 

Look to Local Materials for Construction

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/multi-family-social-housing

Simon Velez: http://www.simonvelez.net/projects.html

Bullitt Center Seattle

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2014/bullitt-center

Upcycling Buses for Mobile Toilets/Showers

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/lava-mae

https://lavamaex.org/

Low Carbon Footprint Building Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/biomason

https://biomason.com/    Organically created bricks

and Tiles: https://biomason.com/biolith/

Reclaiming Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/emergent-structures

 

Inspiration from the Global Challenges Foundation: New Shape Library

 

CrowdSourcing Sustainability:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/crowd-sourcing-sustainability-in-the-consumer-marketplace/

People Center:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-bottom-up-approach/

League of Sustainable Cities:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-global-league-of-sustainable-cities/


-----

That’s about it!  While any single idea here may not be actionable, with ‘lots of ideas’ to think about, maybe a combination of these ideas will spark an actionable tangent in our collective mind.


Regards,

Skip Trantow

 

 


Lots of Ideas

Skip Trantow
 

 

Dear PDX Shelter Forum:

Toward our common goal of creating a bright and housed future for Portland I would like to share some ideas that may be helpful.  I’m now retired, but while working in the corporate high-tech world I was involved in multiple efforts related to fostering innovation.  There are many aspects to this subject, but an important one when tackling complex problems is to invite ideas from as many perspectives as possible, and to be open to those ideas informing solution discussions.  Per Linus Pauling:

 "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away."

While our current situation with homelessness is severe, I think the severity of this problem, along with climate change disasters we are experiencing, gives everyone,  especially city, county, and state leadership, more license to be inventive, to think big, about how housing and urban living systems can and should evolve.  Below is a list of ‘big ideas’ that I culled from two organizations that have ‘Ideas Challenges’:  The Buckminster Fuller Institute – Ideas Challenge, and The Global Challenges Foundation – ‘New Shape’ Challenge.  Both organizations run an annual prize contests that receive many innovative proposals from Social/Design/Ecological Thinkers and Organizations across the world. Many proposals relate to housing and urban systems.   The full archives can be viewed at the respective websites:

https://www.bfi.org/challenge/archive

https://globalchallenges.org/new-shape-library/

While there are other organizations that invite and publish innovative ideas, these are two that I am most familiar with, and find interesting.  I went through their archives and pulled out a few ideas that I hope you will also find interesting (they make for great evening reading).

In the spirit of sharing ‘lots of ideas’, here we go:

Mass Timber

Oregon is a world leader in Mass Timber Technology.  After we get people off the streets and temporarily housed in shelters and safe camps, a permanent solution will require lots of ultra-affordable, quality rental units.  We need to figure out how to build more efficiently and cheaper than we do today. It seems to me that Mass Timber structures could play a role in this.   In April 2022, Portland is hosting the https://masstimberconference.com/.  Perhaps this is already in planning, but it seems to me that a technical work group from this forum, and certainly from the  City, County or State should attend this conference and get into discussions with Mass Timber industry leaders and experts to figure out how to build affordable housing complexes, inexpensively.  Very Tall Timber buildings may be feasible, but at 4 stories or less you can eliminate the need for elevators to lower the cost, and that may be the sweet spot for low-cost complexes – I’m thinking here of some sort of standardized, mass produced ‘kits’, where just about every component is manufactured in a factory and then assembled on site.

Wiki House Commons
On the topic of shelter kits, Wiki House Commons, https://www.wikihouse.cc/ provides an open-source library of building component plans and various building resources.  Personally, I think Wiki House Commons is a great idea.  With a relatively modest investment in shop space and tooling, like CNC machines, local grassroots organizations can feed Wiki House Commons designs into their work system and manufacture housing components that can be hand assembled to create permanent small dwelling units.

 

Breakthrough Sustainable Urban Living

http://except.nl/en/

http://except.nl/en/services/632-sustainable-places-cities-buildings

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2012/polydome

 

Built For Zero:

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2017/built-zero    Portland recently joined.

LifeArk from GDS Innovation Lab

LifeArk Modular Units: https://lifeark.net/about  to build floating and land-based villages.

 

“Early adopters of modular construction will likely be the construction leaders of tomorrow… As modular players continue to gain credibility and scale, we expect modular construction to revitalize and help to finally push construction productivity to new heights. To get there, government leaders, developers, investors, and others around the world will need to take stock of the factors that determine the path modular construction takes to scale.”

World Shelters

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2010/sheltering-us-persons-unsheltered

http://worldshelters.org/for-us-unsheltered

 

Community Architects Network

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/community-architects-network

http://communityarchitectsnetwork.info/index.php

 

EcoCity Builders

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2009/ecocity-mapping-urban-villages

https://ecocitybuilders.org/mission-vision/

 

Look to Local Materials for Construction

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/multi-family-social-housing

Simon Velez: http://www.simonvelez.net/projects.html

Bullitt Center Seattle

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2014/bullitt-center

Upcycling Buses for Mobile Toilets/Showers

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2016/lava-mae

https://lavamaex.org/

Low Carbon Footprint Building Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/biomason

https://biomason.com/    Organically created bricks

and Tiles: https://biomason.com/biolith/

Reclaiming Materials

https://www.bfi.org/ideaindex/projects/2015/emergent-structures

 

Inspiration from the Global Challenges Foundation: New Shape Library

 

CrowdSourcing Sustainability:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/crowd-sourcing-sustainability-in-the-consumer-marketplace/

People Center:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-bottom-up-approach/

League of Sustainable Cities:

https://globalchallenges.org/library-entries/a-global-league-of-sustainable-cities/


-----

That’s about it!  While any single idea here may not be actionable, with ‘lots of ideas’ to think about, maybe a combination of these ideas will spark an actionable tangent in our collective mind.


Regards,

Skip Trantow

 

 


5pm PST today: "Esperanza Means Hope" film premiere, on Austin TX village

Tim McCormick
 

5pm PST, starting soon: RSVP for video premiere of short film "Esperanza Means Hope," about Austin, Texas's #EsperanzaCommunity, resident-directed houseless camp/village, now piloting innovative upbuildable 'Structure' units developed by the global NGO Better Shelter (started by IKEA Foundation and the UN Refugee Agency) along with Seeds India, and The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat.
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RSVP here: 

More about Esperanza Community: 
https://toofound.org/esperanza-community/


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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. Zoom personal room.
Director Oregon Cooperative Housing Network, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative

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