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Re: opinion in Blake v Grants Pass unhoused camping case, and implications for Portland

Marilyn Mauch
 

Does AHFE understand the clarification/interpretation that you bring to the Martin v Boise ruling? Marilyn

On 08/12/2020 9:16 AM David Dickson <dicksondavidk@...> wrote:


Thanks for this well-thought-out interpretation, Tim.  Very timely and helpful.

david

On Aug 11, 2020, at 10:12 PM, Tim McCormick < tmccormick@...> wrote:

To: PDX Shelter Forum (pdxshelterforum.org) Bcc: The Oregonian - Public Editor; Maxine Bernstein (Federal courts & law-enforcement reporter); Molly Harbarger (reporter). There was article today from The Oregonian / Molly Harbarger on the Blake v City of Grants Pass ruling (three weeks after we and Street Roots covered it): "Cities cannot fine homeless people for living outside, U.S. judge rules in Grants Pass case." 11 August 2020.

The article, & headline & tweet, I think crucially misrepresent this & the earlier Martin v Boise ruling; also the article plainly gives the view of and quotes sources from only one side in the case, and it provides no links to public versions of the actual rulings. Finally in my opinion the article misses perhaps the most significant part of ruling: an asserted constitutional right to "necessary minimal measures" to self-shelter. This note discusses issues with the article, and more importantly, how a more accurate interpretation and the Blake ruling itself support key ideas of PDX Shelter Forum vs current practices. What The Oregonian gets wrong:
Headline and tweet text: " Cities cannot fine homeless people for living outside, U.S. judge rules in Grants Pass case". 
<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.54.55 PM.png> 
or in article:  "Martin v. City of Boise case that said cities cannot make it illegal to sleep or rest outside without providing people with sufficient indoor alternatives."

<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.14.31 PM.png>
Neither Martin v Boise (1st below) nor Blake v GrantsPass (2nd below) say cities can't ban or fine unhoused people for living outside, or without providing indoor alternatives. Both say cities can limit where, i.e. can ban in places if alternative space is available. Space does not have to be shelter or affordable housing, it just needs to be some alternative place the person could be, so that sleeping/camping in the banned area is not reasonably unavoidable. This follows logically from the 8th Amendment basis of argument, that only criminalization of unavoidable conduct or status is unconstitutional. Here's from Martin v Boise majority opinion:


<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.04.13 PM.png>

or, as restated in Blake v Grants Pass ruling: 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.09.03 PM.png>

Harbarger is, consciously or not, promoting an interpretation that is offered publicly by many homelessness advocacy groups, particularly the National Homelessness Law Center (NHLC, until recently the NLCHP) but which doesn't stand up to close legal scrutiny, as even the founder of the NLCHP, Maria Foscarinis, admitted. Or see analysis in "Hiding Homelessness" by Sara Rankin of Seattle University's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, an expert on this topic.

Cities all over the country, having studied Martin v Boise, have concluded they are not enjoined against all arresting, banning, or fining people for sleeping/camping in public, because the rulings affirm various admissible reasons to do so, and/or because the city's ordinances do not apply to all public areas. 

Why does misinterpretation of this matter? Because for years it has, I'd say, widely encouraged homelessness advocates in a strategy of opposing all prohibition or removal of public camps, with the idea that there is a good constitutional argument for this. That goal, however, seems to be unacceptable to most local governments and, I'd say, many  publics, and it doesn't consider local governments' state-granted "police power", responsibility, and liability to ensure all residents' "safety and welfare" (including the unhoused's; as the Blake v Grants Pass ruling notes). It's at odds with commonplace and commonsensical practices of regulating location and manner of activities in public space (where and what you can drive, for example). It's been rejected by a long line of rulings such as Martin and Blake. It's led to an ongoing impasse where advocacy is focused on a goal that most local governments are unlikely to accept and don't see a legal obligation to. 

I would suggest, rather than this costly and inhumane impasse which leaves so many unsheltered and criminalized, we'd be better off building on the logic of Martin, Blake, etc rulings, and developing policies to assure all residents places to live with at least "minimum core" dwelling rights. This I believe is the fundamental point of PDX Shelter Forum: that, rather than just gradually adding costly, regulated-affordable new housing to serve a fraction of need, we should and fairly easily could, far sooner, also "raise the floor" for and bring the neediest up off the streets, achieve minimum living standards for all, to start with.

This is an alternative and pragmatic form of " right to housing"-based advocacy, seeking progress via achievable "minimum core" rights for all rather than just an aspirational rights argument, and asserting positive rights rather than just "right to remain" defensive rights.

This angle is where the I think Blake v Grants Pass ruling may be most significant, because it extends  Martin to assert (on constitutional grounds) a right to "taking necessary minimal measures" to stay warm, dry, and (I'd say implicitly) safe when self-sheltering by necessity in public: 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.11.59 PM.png>


I think the persuasive precedent of this adjacent Federal District Court suggests an approach for Portland: as part of a new "right to dwell" regime of citywide safe dwelling areas / villages, define minimal dwelling measures and rights assured to even the neediest. We can well afford to extend such basic human rights to all among us, and we incur deep civic, financial, and ethical damages now by failing to do so. 

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


On Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 3:16 PM Houseless First via groups.io <houselessfirst= gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
at Village Collaborative, longtime homelessness activist Mike O'Callaghan (aka Mayor Mike) noted another case challenging Portland's camping ban: his own one O'Callaghan v City of Portland, originally filed in 2012.

It was eventually dismissed in 2018 but along the way won a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding his claim to appeal on 8th Amendment grounds if the case were widened to represent unhoused Portlanders generally rather than just him.

Mike filed suit after officials repeatedly dismantled and confiscated his self-built dwellings on public land underneath the Ross Island Bridge. 

<Michael-OCallaghan-camping-challenge.png>

more info about this case: 
https://housing.wiki/wiki/Homeless_encampments?#O.27Callaghan_v._City_of_Portland 


On Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 9:34 AM Keliferous Goodwoman < kellygoodman65@...> wrote:
This is hopeful news no?, thanks for the info!


On Jul 23, 2020, at 7:09 PM, Tim McCormick < tmccormick@...> wrote:

In US District Court, Medford, Judge Clarke has issued an opinion affirming the unconstitutionality of criminal or civil penalties for unhoused individuals sleeping or camping in public spaces, if the activity is effectively unavoidable. It affirms and in some ways extends the 2018/19 Martin v Boise ruling of the 9th Circuit. 

<Grants-Pass_It's_the_Climate_sign.jpg>

There are several ways I think Blake extends Martin that could have significant bearing on Portland: 

1.
First, the Blake ruling affirms the unconstitutionality of civil violations and punitive fines in such situations, not just criminal penalties. 

2.
Second, Blake clarifies an ambiguous point in Martin, by holding that the 8th Amendment protects not just sleeping, but "necessary minimal measures" that are "life-sustaining," ie to keep warm and dry. This could plausibly apply to 'structures', the ordinance banning which is apparently City of Portland's current basis for removing campers and campsites. (under City Code 14A.50.050 "Erecting Permanent or Temporary Structures on Public Property" https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/28513#cid_15431 ): 

"this Court finds that it is not enough under the Eight Amendment to simply allow sleeping in public spaces; the Eight Amendment also prohibits a City from punishing homeless people for taking necessary minimal measures to keep themselves warm and dry while sleeping when there are no alternative forms of shelter available."


Further, the Court notes (ironically, citing the Oregon League of Cities amicus brief supporting Grants Pass), "Oregon's cities are obligated to provide safe and livable communities for all residents." 

I think given the wide incidence of violent crime against the unhoused, there's a strong and now strengthened argument that 8th Amendment protection of necessary, minimal, life-sustaining self-protective measures includes those for safety of person and of crucial possessions, e.g. by having a secure enclosed space. 

In this Blake opinion, the Court invokes a doctrine less commonly heard in this field, but I think crucial: that at issue is not just what cities are disallowed from doing, but what positively they are obligated to do for all residents, to protect their "safety and welfare"; which is the justification for their state-granted "police power" to regulate land use at all.  This, incidentally, could be an argument against cities allowing informal camps where no minimum provision of safety and welfare is assured.

3.
Thirdly, the Blake ruling explicitly presents as exemplary alternatives, Medford's Hope Village (below left) and Grant's Pass' in-development Foundry Village (below right; both created by non-profit Rogue Retreat). 


<Medford_Hope-Village1.jpg>  <Grants-Pass_Foundry-Village-plan.jpg>  

Portland is in a different federal court District than Medford/Grants Pass, so the Blake ruling is not technically binding, ie having mandatory authority, but it has persuasive authority as a ruling of a parallel jurisdiction. Also, arguably, especially so since it was written directly to clarify a ruling of the 9th Circuit, which does have binding/mandatory authority in Portland. 

More info:

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






Re: opinion in Blake v Grants Pass unhoused camping case, and implications for Portland

David Dickson
 

Thanks for this well-thought-out interpretation, Tim.  Very timely and helpful.

david

On Aug 11, 2020, at 10:12 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

To: PDX Shelter Forum (pdxshelterforum.org) Bcc: The Oregonian - Public Editor; Maxine Bernstein (Federal courts & law-enforcement reporter); Molly Harbarger (reporter). There was article today from The Oregonian / Molly Harbarger on the Blake v City of Grants Pass ruling (three weeks after we and Street Roots covered it): "Cities cannot fine homeless people for living outside, U.S. judge rules in Grants Pass case." 11 August 2020.

The article, & headline & tweet, I think crucially misrepresent this & the earlier Martin v Boise ruling; also the article plainly gives the view of and quotes sources from only one side in the case, and it provides no links to public versions of the actual rulings. Finally in my opinion the article misses perhaps the most significant part of ruling: an asserted constitutional right to "necessary minimal measures" to self-shelter. This note discusses issues with the article, and more importantly, how a more accurate interpretation and the Blake ruling itself support key ideas of PDX Shelter Forum vs current practices. What The Oregonian gets wrong:
Headline and tweet text: "Cities cannot fine homeless people for living outside, U.S. judge rules in Grants Pass case". 
<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.54.55 PM.png> 
or in article:  "Martin v. City of Boise case that said cities cannot make it illegal to sleep or rest outside without providing people with sufficient indoor alternatives."

<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.14.31 PM.png>
Neither Martin v Boise (1st below) nor Blake v GrantsPass (2nd below) say cities can't ban or fine unhoused people for living outside, or without providing indoor alternatives. Both say cities can limit where, i.e. can ban in places if alternative space is available. Space does not have to be shelter or affordable housing, it just needs to be some alternative place the person could be, so that sleeping/camping in the banned area is not reasonably unavoidable. This follows logically from the 8th Amendment basis of argument, that only criminalization of unavoidable conduct or status is unconstitutional. Here's from Martin v Boise majority opinion:

<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.04.13 PM.png>

or, as restated in Blake v Grants Pass ruling: 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.09.03 PM.png>

Harbarger is, consciously or not, promoting an interpretation that is offered publicly by many homelessness advocacy groups, particularly the National Homelessness Law Center (NHLC, until recently the NLCHP) but which doesn't stand up to close legal scrutiny, as even the founder of the NLCHP, Maria Foscarinis, admitted. Or see analysis in "Hiding Homelessness" by Sara Rankin of Seattle University's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, an expert on this topic.

Cities all over the country, having studied Martin v Boise, have concluded they are not enjoined against all arresting, banning, or fining people for sleeping/camping in public, because the rulings affirm various admissible reasons to do so, and/or because the city's ordinances do not apply to all public areas. 

Why does misinterpretation of this matter? Because for years it has, I'd say, widely encouraged homelessness advocates in a strategy of opposing all prohibition or removal of public camps, with the idea that there is a good constitutional argument for this. That goal, however, seems to be unacceptable to most local governments and, I'd say, many publics, and it doesn't consider local governments' state-granted "police power", responsibility, and liability to ensure all residents' "safety and welfare" (including the unhoused's; as the Blake v Grants Pass ruling notes). It's at odds with commonplace and commonsensical practices of regulating location and manner of activities in public space (where and what you can drive, for example). It's been rejected by a long line of rulings such as Martin and Blake. It's led to an ongoing impasse where advocacy is focused on a goal that most local governments are unlikely to accept and don't see a legal obligation to. 

I would suggest, rather than this costly and inhumane impasse which leaves so many unsheltered and criminalized, we'd be better off building on the logic of Martin, Blake, etc rulings, and developing policies to assure all residents places to live with at least "minimum core" dwelling rights. This I believe is the fundamental point of PDX Shelter Forum: that, rather than just gradually adding costly, regulated-affordable new housing to serve a fraction of need, we should and fairly easily could, far sooner, also "raise the floor" for and bring the neediest up off the streets, achieve minimum living standards for all, to start with.

This is an alternative and pragmatic form of "right to housing"-based advocacy, seeking progress via achievable "minimum core" rights for all rather than just an aspirational rights argument, and asserting positive rights rather than just "right to remain" defensive rights.

This angle is where the I think Blake v Grants Pass ruling may be most significant, because it extends Martin to assert (on constitutional grounds) a right to "taking necessary minimal measures" to stay warm, dry, and (I'd say implicitly) safe when self-sheltering by necessity in public: 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.11.59 PM.png>

I think the persuasive precedent of this adjacent Federal District Court suggests an approach for Portland: as part of a new "right to dwell" regime of citywide safe dwelling areas / villages, define minimal dwelling measures and rights assured to even the neediest. We can well afford to extend such basic human rights to all among us, and we incur deep civic, financial, and ethical damages now by failing to do so. 

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


On Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 3:16 PM Houseless First via groups.io <houselessfirst=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
at Village Collaborative, longtime homelessness activist Mike O'Callaghan (aka Mayor Mike) noted another case challenging Portland's camping ban: his own one O'Callaghan v City of Portland, originally filed in 2012.

It was eventually dismissed in 2018 but along the way won a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding his claim to appeal on 8th Amendment grounds if the case were widened to represent unhoused Portlanders generally rather than just him.

Mike filed suit after officials repeatedly dismantled and confiscated his self-built dwellings on public land underneath the Ross Island Bridge. 

<Michael-OCallaghan-camping-challenge.png>

more info about this case: 
https://housing.wiki/wiki/Homeless_encampments?#O.27Callaghan_v._City_of_Portland 


On Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 9:34 AM Keliferous Goodwoman <kellygoodman65@...> wrote:
This is hopeful news no?, thanks for the info!


On Jul 23, 2020, at 7:09 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

In US District Court, Medford, Judge Clarke has issued an opinion affirming the unconstitutionality of criminal or civil penalties for unhoused individuals sleeping or camping in public spaces, if the activity is effectively unavoidable. It affirms and in some ways extends the 2018/19 Martin v Boise ruling of the 9th Circuit. 

<Grants-Pass_It's_the_Climate_sign.jpg>

There are several ways I think Blake extends Martin that could have significant bearing on Portland: 

1.
First, the Blake ruling affirms the unconstitutionality of civil violations and punitive fines in such situations, not just criminal penalties. 

2.
Second, Blake clarifies an ambiguous point in Martin, by holding that the 8th Amendment protects not just sleeping, but "necessary minimal measures" that are "life-sustaining," ie to keep warm and dry. This could plausibly apply to 'structures', the ordinance banning which is apparently City of Portland's current basis for removing campers and campsites. (under City Code 14A.50.050 "Erecting Permanent or Temporary Structures on Public Property" https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/28513#cid_15431): 

"this Court finds that it is not enough under the Eight Amendment to simply allow sleeping in public spaces; the Eight Amendment also prohibits a City from punishing homeless people for taking necessary minimal measures to keep themselves warm and dry while sleeping when there are no alternative forms of shelter available."


Further, the Court notes (ironically, citing the Oregon League of Cities amicus brief supporting Grants Pass), "Oregon's cities are obligated to provide safe and livable communities for all residents." 

I think given the wide incidence of violent crime against the unhoused, there's a strong and now strengthened argument that 8th Amendment protection of necessary, minimal, life-sustaining self-protective measures includes those for safety of person and of crucial possessions, e.g. by having a secure enclosed space. 

In this Blake opinion, the Court invokes a doctrine less commonly heard in this field, but I think crucial: that at issue is not just what cities are disallowed from doing, but what positively they are obligated to do for all residents, to protect their "safety and welfare"; which is the justification for their state-granted "police power" to regulate land use at all.  This, incidentally, could be an argument against cities allowing informal camps where no minimum provision of safety and welfare is assured.

3.
Thirdly, the Blake ruling explicitly presents as exemplary alternatives, Medford's Hope Village (below left) and Grant's Pass' in-development Foundry Village (below right; both created by non-profit Rogue Retreat). 

<Medford_Hope-Village1.jpg>  <Grants-Pass_Foundry-Village-plan.jpg>  

Portland is in a different federal court District than Medford/Grants Pass, so the Blake ruling is not technically binding, ie having mandatory authority, but it has persuasive authority as a ruling of a parallel jurisdiction. Also, arguably, especially so since it was written directly to clarify a ruling of the 9th Circuit, which does have binding/mandatory authority in Portland. 

More info:

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






Re: opinion in Blake v Grants Pass unhoused camping case, and implications for Portland

Tim McCormick
 
Edited

To: PDX Shelter Forum (pdxshelterforum.org)
Bcc: The Oregonian - Public Editor; Maxine Bernstein (Federal courts & law-enforcement reporter); Molly Harbarger (reporter).

There was article today from The Oregonian / Molly Harbarger on the Blake v City of Grants Pass ruling (three weeks after we and Street Roots covered it): "Cities cannot fine homeless people for living outside, U.S. judge rules in Grants Pass case." 11 August 2020.

The article, & headline & tweet, I think crucially misrepresent this & the earlier Martin v Boise ruling; also the article plainly gives the view of and quotes sources from only one side in the case, and it provides no links to public versions of the actual rulings. 

Finally in my opinion the article misses perhaps the most significant part of ruling: an asserted constitutional right to "necessary minimal measures" to self-shelter. This note discusses issues with the article, and more importantly, how a more accurate interpretation and the Blake ruling itself support key ideas of PDX Shelter Forum vs current practices.

What The Oregonian gets wrong:

Headline and tweet text: "Cities cannot fine homeless people for living outside, U.S. judge rules in Grants Pass case". 
Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.54.55 PM.png 
or in article:  "Martin v. City of Boise case that said cities cannot make it illegal to sleep or rest outside without providing people with sufficient indoor alternatives."
 
Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.14.31 PM.png

Comment: neither the Martin v Boise nor the Blake v Grants Pass ruling says cities can't ban or fine unhoused people for living outside, or without providing indoor alternatives. Both say cities can limit where, i.e. can ban in some places if alternative space is available.

Alternative space available does not have to be shelter or affordable housing, it just needs to be some alternative place the person could be, so that sleeping/camping in the banned area is not reasonably unavoidable. This follows logically from the 8th Amendment basis of argument, that only criminalization of unavoidable conduct or status is unconstitutional.

Here's from Martin v Boise majority opinion:

Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.04.13 PM.png

or, as restated in Blake v Grants Pass ruling: 

Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.09.03 PM.png
 

Harbarger is, consciously or not, promoting an interpretation that is offered publicly by many homelessness advocacy groups, particularly the National Homelessness Law Center (NHLC, until recently the NLCHP) but which doesn't stand up to close legal scrutiny, as even the founder of the NLCHP, Maria Foscarinis, admitted. Or see analysis in "Hiding Homelessness" by Sara Rankin of Seattle University's Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, an expert on this topic.

Cities all over the country, having studied Martin v Boise, have concluded they are not enjoined against all arresting, banning, or fining people for sleeping/camping in public, because the rulings affirm various admissible reasons to do so, and/or because the city's ordinances do not apply to all public areas. 

Why does misinterpretation of this matter? Because for years it has, I'd say, widely encouraged homelessness advocates in a strategy of opposing all prohibition or removal of public camps, with the idea that there is a good constitutional argument for this. That goal, however, seems to be unacceptable to most local governments and, I'd say, many publics, and it doesn't consider local governments' state-granted "police power", responsibility, and liability to ensure all residents' "safety and welfare" (including the unhoused's; as the Blake v Grants Pass ruling notes).

Opposing any restriction or removal of camps is at odds with commonplace and commonsensical practices of regulating location and manner of activities in public space (where and what you can drive, for example). It's been rejected by a long line of rulings such as Martin and Blake. It's led to an ongoing impasse where advocacy is focused on a goal that most local governments are unlikely to accept and don't see a legal obligation to. 

I would suggest, rather than this costly and inhumane impasse which leaves so many unsheltered and criminalized, we'd be better off building on the logic of Martin, Blake, etc rulings, and developing policies to assure all residents places to live with at least "minimum core" dwelling rights.

This I believe is the fundamental point of PDX Shelter Forum. Rather than just gradually adding costly, regulated-affordable new housing to serve a fraction of need, we should and fairly easily could, far sooner, also "raise the floor" for all. That is, bring the neediest up off the streets, achieve minimum living standards for all, to start with.

This is an alternative and pragmatic form of "right to housing"-based advocacy, seeking progress via achievable "minimum core" rights for all rather than just an aspirational rights argument, and asserting positive rights rather than just "right to remain" defensive rights.
 
This angle is where the I think Blake v Grants Pass ruling may be most significant, because it extends Martin to assert (on constitutional grounds) a right to "taking necessary minimal measures" to stay warm, dry, and (I'd say implicitly) safe when self-sheltering by necessity in public: 
 
Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 6.11.59 PM.png
 
I think the persuasive precedent of this adjacent Federal District Court suggests an approach for Portland: as part of a new "right to dwell" regime of citywide safe dwelling areas / villages, define minimal dwelling measures and rights assured to even the neediest.

We can well afford to extend such basic human rights to all among us, and we incur deep civic, financial, and ethical damages now by failing to do so. 
 
--
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 

On Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 3:16 PM Houseless First via groups.io <houselessfirst=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
at Village Collaborative, longtime homelessness activist Mike O'Callaghan (aka Mayor Mike) noted another case challenging Portland's camping ban: his own one O'Callaghan v City of Portland, originally filed in 2012.

It was eventually dismissed in 2018 but along the way won a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding his claim to appeal on 8th Amendment grounds if the case were widened to represent unhoused Portlanders generally rather than just him.

Mike filed suit after officials repeatedly dismantled and confiscated his self-built dwellings on public land underneath the Ross Island Bridge. 

Michael-OCallaghan-camping-challenge.png
 
more info about this case: 
https://housing.wiki/wiki/Homeless_encampments?#O.27Callaghan_v._City_of_Portland 


On Fri, Jul 24, 2020 at 9:34 AM Keliferous Goodwoman <kellygoodman65@...> wrote:
This is hopeful news no?, thanks for the info!
 

On Jul 23, 2020, at 7:09 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

In US District Court, Medford, Judge Clarke has issued an opinion affirming the unconstitutionality of criminal or civil penalties for unhoused individuals sleeping or camping in public spaces, if the activity is effectively unavoidable. It affirms and in some ways extends the 2018/19 Martin v Boise ruling of the 9th Circuit. 

<Grants-Pass_It's_the_Climate_sign.jpg>

There are several ways I think Blake extends Martin that could have significant bearing on Portland: 


1.
First, the Blake ruling affirms the unconstitutionality of civil violations and punitive fines in such situations, not just criminal penalties. 


2.
Second, Blake clarifies an ambiguous point in Martin, by holding that the 8th Amendment protects not just sleeping, but "necessary minimal measures" that are "life-sustaining," ie to keep warm and dry. This could plausibly apply to 'structures', the ordinance banning which is apparently City of Portland's current basis for removing campers and campsites. (under City Code 14A.50.050 "Erecting Permanent or Temporary Structures on Public Property" https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/28513#cid_15431): 

"this Court finds that it is not enough under the Eight Amendment to simply allow sleeping in public spaces; the Eight Amendment also prohibits a City from punishing homeless people for taking necessary minimal measures to keep themselves warm and dry while sleeping when there are no alternative forms of shelter available."

 


Further, the Court notes (ironically, citing the Oregon League of Cities amicus brief supporting Grants Pass), "Oregon's cities are obligated to provide safe and livable communities for all residents." 


I think given the wide incidence of violent crime against the unhoused, there's a strong and now strengthened argument that 8th Amendment protection of necessary, minimal, life-sustaining self-protective measures includes those for safety of person and of crucial possessions, e.g. by having a secure enclosed space. 


In this Blake opinion, the Court invokes a doctrine less commonly heard in this field, but I think crucial: that at issue is not just what cities are disallowed from doing, but what positively they are obligated to do for all residents, to protect their "safety and welfare"; which is the justification for their state-granted "police power" to regulate land use at all.  This, incidentally, could be an argument against cities allowing informal camps where no minimum provision of safety and welfare is assured.


3.

Thirdly, the Blake ruling explicitly presents as exemplary alternatives, Medford's Hope Village (below left) and Grant's Pass' in-development Foundry Village (below right; both created by non-profit Rogue Retreat). 

 

<Medford_Hope-Village1.jpg>  <Grants-Pass_Foundry-Village-plan.jpg>  

Portland is in a different federal court District than Medford/Grants Pass, so the Blake ruling is not technically binding, ie having mandatory authority, but it has persuasive authority as a ruling of a parallel jurisdiction. Also, arguably, especially so since it was written directly to clarify a ruling of the 9th Circuit, which does have binding/mandatory authority in Portland. 

 

More info:
 
--
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 

 

 

 

 


Re: Alternative Shelter Presentation To City/County August 5th. BRAVO!!!!!!!!

Tim McCormick
 

thanks Will. 
The Maddie's Cart Micro Landings proposal you mention, is there a more recent shareable version than the one dated March 20 2019 posted at https://maddiescart.org/shelter ? and if so, might you share it to the list, or to me? 

As I see it, collectively we want to build up a toolbox of documentation & research on various existing or proposed approaches. Including, updating/developing them based on new learning. Often there are elements common to many or all, such as what current codes/laws allow, and what might be possible under future reforms (e.g. Shelter to Housing Continuum Project, or Oregon #HB2001 implementation). 

[incidentally, both Village Collaborative and HousingWiki projects I work on do such collaborative researching/authoring, in a shareable way, so it is possible we could use or pool effort with them]. 

Some questions about the proposal:
1) Are you suggesting use of City right-of-way areas generally, or is it just the proposed pilot site is such? 
In any case, others such as Keith Jones (of Lloyd Community Association & PDX Green Loop) have recommended looking at public right-of-way as a good option, building on earlier practices such as food carts. So generally, do you or others see particularl advantages, possibilities, and difficulties with using City of Portland right-of-way, vs say other City land that isn't ROW. Is State i.e. ODOT land or right-of-way also a possibility? 

2) the proposed pilot site at 1988 SE 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97214. Isn't this zoned for industrial use, like the parcel across the street inititially proposed for Right 2 Dream Too siting, which the Central Eastside Industrial Council successfully challenged at Land Use Board of Appeals as being non-allowed "community facility" use? Does your proposal employ a different planned zoning/land-use permitting? 

thanks, Tim. 

--
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
tjm.org/about / @tmccormick

#microlandings #MaddiesCart 


On Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 10:43 AM Will Denecke <willdenecke@...> wrote:

Tim:

 

I agree… BRAVO!!!!.....you did a very good job on the slide presentation. I am keeping track of the work via Sean Green and his work with the NECN.  We (Maddie’s Cart) have a “managed camping” proposal we are reviewing with the City for 15-20 residents as Sean has probably reviewed with you. Waiting for more feedback from the Mayor’s office.

 

One small step at a time with the City!!!!

 

 

Will Denecke

 

Summer Lake LLC

 

 

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Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] tune in Weds 3-5pm to see PDX Shelter Forum introduced at MultCo AHFE policy board

 

Outstanding work, Tim!!!  I am very impressed with this presentation and your ability to capture it, as well as your focus on building broader coalitions and making this plan a “win-win” for elected officials and people engaged in homeless services.  Thank you!

 

David



On Aug 10, 2020, at 3:45 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

 

as mentioned last week, we presented on Weds Aug 5 a "Community Proposal on Alternative Shelter & Villages" to Portland / Multnomah County's homelessness policy board, A Home For Everyone (to the Coordinating Board, 28-member board which advises the Executive Committee. ). 

The presentation is posted at AHFE Coordinating Board page under meetings, and at: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/s/CB_Community_Proposal_20200805.pdf. Below are the first two of the 12 slides. 

It seemed to get a good response. Joint Office of Homeless Services director Marc Jolin discussed it with us, we had many follow-up questions from the AHFE board at the meeting, and in writing from MultCo Commissioner Meieran's and MultCo Co-chair Kafoury's office inviting further conversation. 

This presentation was pulled together on the day of the meeting, and was titled so just because it's how the AHFE's agenda had it -- so this certainly isn't the last word on plans or messaging. It gave us a helpful prompt to make a concise and clear published expression for one point in time, but your thoughts on where to go next and how we might present next time are welcome. 

 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.20.25 PM.png>

 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.21.36 PM.png>


--

Tim McCormick

Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

 

 

On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:36 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

tomorrow afternoon, PDX Shelter Forum will be introduced probably around 4:15-4:45pm at the 3-5pm bi-monthly meeting of Multnomah County's homelessness policy advisory group, A Home For Everyone (Coordinating Board). (this is a 28-member Board representing various community constituencies; there is also a 9-member Executive Committee drawn from top area elected officials).

<Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 8.03.33 PM.png>

Meeting agenda - see "Community proposal regarding hygiene services and alternative shelter." During this 30-minute slot, which will be about 4:20-4:50pm if the meeting runs according to agenda, PDX Shelter Forum will be discussed as part of a joint presentation by Interfaith Alliance and Bridgeton / Downtown Neighborhood Associations.

 

Password: AHFE0820.  (note: presenters need and should have received a different link and password). If you haven't used Webex before or recently, you will need to install Webex helper software on your phone or computer to join the meeting. See instructions at meeting link above and we suggest allowing at least 10 minutes before meeting to get set up. 

 

I and others from Interfaith Alliance and partner orgs should be there in the Chat channel during the meeting, look out for us and say hello. You can also ask questions of other presenters or AHFE Board or Committee members in the chat channel, they may see it or get the question via a moderator.

-Tim

--

Tim McCormick

Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

tjm.org/about / @tmccormick

p.s. we now have a pilot Twitter account, check it out at: @PDXshelterforum

<PDXshelterforum-twitter-header_2020-08-04.png>

 

 

 

 

 


Good article

Mary Jaron Kelley <mary@...>
 

https://www.thinkglobalhealth.org/article/homelessness-times-coronavirus-way-forward-united-states

 

 

 

Mary Jaron Kelley
Associate Program Director | North Portland Neighborhood Services
Office of Community & Civic Life
Historic Kenton Firehouse
2209 N. Schofield Street

Portland, Oregon 97217
503-823-8877 (cell) new number

mary@...

www. Facebook.com/NorthPortlandNeighborhoodServices
http://www.npnscommunity.org

 

I am in the office Monday-Thursday.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Will Denecke via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:43 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: 'Will Denecke' <willdenecke@...>
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] Alternative Shelter Presentation To City/County August 5th. BRAVO!!!!!!!!

 

Tim:

 

I agree… BRAVO!!!!.....you did a very good job on the slide presentation. I am keeping track of the work via Sean Green and his work with the NECN.  We (Maddie’s Cart) have a “managed camping” proposal we are reviewing with the City for 15-20 residents as Sean has probably reviewed with you. Waiting for more feedback from the Mayor’s office.

 

One small step at a time with the City!!!!

 

 

Will Denecke

 

Summer Lake LLC

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io [mailto:pdxshelterforum@groups.io] On Behalf Of David Dickson
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:31 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] tune in Weds 3-5pm to see PDX Shelter Forum introduced at MultCo AHFE policy board

 

Outstanding work, Tim!!!  I am very impressed with this presentation and your ability to capture it, as well as your focus on building broader coalitions and making this plan a “win-win” for elected officials and people engaged in homeless services.  Thank you!

 

David



On Aug 10, 2020, at 3:45 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

 

as mentioned last week, we presented on Weds Aug 5 a "Community Proposal on Alternative Shelter & Villages" to Portland / Multnomah County's homelessness policy board, A Home For Everyone (to the Coordinating Board, 28-member board which advises the Executive Committee. ). 

The presentation is posted at AHFE Coordinating Board page under meetings, and at: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/s/CB_Community_Proposal_20200805.pdf. Below are the first two of the 12 slides. 

It seemed to get a good response. Joint Office of Homeless Services director Marc Jolin discussed it with us, we had many follow-up questions from the AHFE board at the meeting, and in writing from MultCo Commissioner Meieran's and MultCo Co-chair Kafoury's office inviting further conversation. 

This presentation was pulled together on the day of the meeting, and was titled so just because it's how the AHFE's agenda had it -- so this certainly isn't the last word on plans or messaging. It gave us a helpful prompt to make a concise and clear published expression for one point in time, but your thoughts on where to go next and how we might present next time are welcome. 

 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.20.25 PM.png>

 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.21.36 PM.png>


--

Tim McCormick

Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

 

 

On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:36 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

tomorrow afternoon, PDX Shelter Forum will be introduced probably around 4:15-4:45pm at the 3-5pm bi-monthly meeting of Multnomah County's homelessness policy advisory group, A Home For Everyone (Coordinating Board). (this is a 28-member Board representing various community constituencies; there is also a 9-member Executive Committee drawn from top area elected officials).

<Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 8.03.33 PM.png>

Meeting agenda - see "Community proposal regarding hygiene services and alternative shelter." During this 30-minute slot, which will be about 4:20-4:50pm if the meeting runs according to agenda, PDX Shelter Forum will be discussed as part of a joint presentation by Interfaith Alliance and Bridgeton / Downtown Neighborhood Associations.

 

Password: AHFE0820.  (note: presenters need and should have received a different link and password). If you haven't used Webex before or recently, you will need to install Webex helper software on your phone or computer to join the meeting. See instructions at meeting link above and we suggest allowing at least 10 minutes before meeting to get set up. 

 

I and others from Interfaith Alliance and partner orgs should be there in the Chat channel during the meeting, look out for us and say hello. You can also ask questions of other presenters or AHFE Board or Committee members in the chat channel, they may see it or get the question via a moderator.

-Tim

--

Tim McCormick

Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

tjm.org/about / @tmccormick

p.s. we now have a pilot Twitter account, check it out at: @PDXshelterforum

<PDXshelterforum-twitter-header_2020-08-04.png>

 

 

 

 

 


Alternative Shelter Presentation To City/County August 5th. BRAVO!!!!!!!!

Will Denecke
 

Tim:

 

I agree… BRAVO!!!!.....you did a very good job on the slide presentation. I am keeping track of the work via Sean Green and his work with the NECN.  We (Maddie’s Cart) have a “managed camping” proposal we are reviewing with the City for 15-20 residents as Sean has probably reviewed with you. Waiting for more feedback from the Mayor’s office.

 

One small step at a time with the City!!!!

 

 

Will Denecke

 

Summer Lake LLC

 

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io [mailto:pdxshelterforum@groups.io] On Behalf Of David Dickson
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:31 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] tune in Weds 3-5pm to see PDX Shelter Forum introduced at MultCo AHFE policy board

 

Outstanding work, Tim!!!  I am very impressed with this presentation and your ability to capture it, as well as your focus on building broader coalitions and making this plan a “win-win” for elected officials and people engaged in homeless services.  Thank you!

 

David



On Aug 10, 2020, at 3:45 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

 

as mentioned last week, we presented on Weds Aug 5 a "Community Proposal on Alternative Shelter & Villages" to Portland / Multnomah County's homelessness policy board, A Home For Everyone (to the Coordinating Board, 28-member board which advises the Executive Committee. ). 

The presentation is posted at AHFE Coordinating Board page under meetings, and at: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/s/CB_Community_Proposal_20200805.pdf. Below are the first two of the 12 slides. 

It seemed to get a good response. Joint Office of Homeless Services director Marc Jolin discussed it with us, we had many follow-up questions from the AHFE board at the meeting, and in writing from MultCo Commissioner Meieran's and MultCo Co-chair Kafoury's office inviting further conversation. 

This presentation was pulled together on the day of the meeting, and was titled so just because it's how the AHFE's agenda had it -- so this certainly isn't the last word on plans or messaging. It gave us a helpful prompt to make a concise and clear published expression for one point in time, but your thoughts on where to go next and how we might present next time are welcome. 

 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.20.25 PM.png>

 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.21.36 PM.png>


--

Tim McCormick

Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

 

 

On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:36 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

tomorrow afternoon, PDX Shelter Forum will be introduced probably around 4:15-4:45pm at the 3-5pm bi-monthly meeting of Multnomah County's homelessness policy advisory group, A Home For Everyone (Coordinating Board). (this is a 28-member Board representing various community constituencies; there is also a 9-member Executive Committee drawn from top area elected officials).

<Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 8.03.33 PM.png>

Meeting agenda - see "Community proposal regarding hygiene services and alternative shelter." During this 30-minute slot, which will be about 4:20-4:50pm if the meeting runs according to agenda, PDX Shelter Forum will be discussed as part of a joint presentation by Interfaith Alliance and Bridgeton / Downtown Neighborhood Associations.

 

Password: AHFE0820.  (note: presenters need and should have received a different link and password). If you haven't used Webex before or recently, you will need to install Webex helper software on your phone or computer to join the meeting. See instructions at meeting link above and we suggest allowing at least 10 minutes before meeting to get set up. 

 

I and others from Interfaith Alliance and partner orgs should be there in the Chat channel during the meeting, look out for us and say hello. You can also ask questions of other presenters or AHFE Board or Committee members in the chat channel, they may see it or get the question via a moderator.

-Tim

--

Tim McCormick

Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

tjm.org/about / @tmccormick

p.s. we now have a pilot Twitter account, check it out at: @PDXshelterforum

<PDXshelterforum-twitter-header_2020-08-04.png>

 

 

 

 

 


Re: tune in Weds 3-5pm to see PDX Shelter Forum introduced at MultCo AHFE policy board

David Dickson
 

Outstanding work, Tim!!!  I am very impressed with this presentation and your ability to capture it, as well as your focus on building broader coalitions and making this plan a “win-win” for elected officials and people engaged in homeless services.  Thank you!

David

On Aug 10, 2020, at 3:45 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

as mentioned last week, we presented on Weds Aug 5 a "Community Proposal on Alternative Shelter & Villages" to Portland / Multnomah County's homelessness policy board, A Home For Everyone (to the Coordinating Board, 28-member board which advises the Executive Committee. ). 

The presentation is posted at AHFE Coordinating Board page under meetings, and at: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/s/CB_Community_Proposal_20200805.pdf. Below are the first two of the 12 slides. 

It seemed to get a good response. Joint Office of Homeless Services director Marc Jolin discussed it with us, we had many follow-up questions from the AHFE board at the meeting, and in writing from MultCo Commissioner Meieran's and MultCo Co-chair Kafoury's office inviting further conversation. 

This presentation was pulled together on the day of the meeting, and was titled so just because it's how the AHFE's agenda had it -- so this certainly isn't the last word on plans or messaging. It gave us a helpful prompt to make a concise and clear published expression for one point in time, but your thoughts on where to go next and how we might present next time are welcome. 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.20.25 PM.png>

<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.21.36 PM.png>

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


On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:36 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
tomorrow afternoon, PDX Shelter Forum will be introduced probably around 4:15-4:45pm at the 3-5pm bi-monthly meeting of Multnomah County's homelessness policy advisory group, A Home For Everyone (Coordinating Board). (this is a 28-member Board representing various community constituencies; there is also a 9-member Executive Committee drawn from top area elected officials).

<Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 8.03.33 PM.png>
Meeting agenda - see "Community proposal regarding hygiene services and alternative shelter." During this 30-minute slot, which will be about 4:20-4:50pm if the meeting runs according to agenda, PDX Shelter Forum will be discussed as part of a joint presentation by Interfaith Alliance and Bridgeton / Downtown Neighborhood Associations.

Password: AHFE0820.  (note: presenters need and should have received a different link and password). If you haven't used Webex before or recently, you will need to install Webex helper software on your phone or computer to join the meeting. See instructions at meeting link above and we suggest allowing at least 10 minutes before meeting to get set up. 

I and others from Interfaith Alliance and partner orgs should be there in the Chat channel during the meeting, look out for us and say hello. You can also ask questions of other presenters or AHFE Board or Committee members in the chat channel, they may see it or get the question via a moderator.
-Tim

--
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
tjm.org/about / @tmccormick

p.s. we now have a pilot Twitter account, check it out at: @PDXshelterforum
<PDXshelterforum-twitter-header_2020-08-04.png>






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Re: tune in Weds 3-5pm to see PDX Shelter Forum introduced at MultCo AHFE policy board

Andrew Olshin
 

Just wondering if you can share the letters from the electeds?

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Aug 10, 2020, at 5:13 PM, Art Rios Sr <arthurrios14@...> wrote:


Good evening all, 

What is a model you have a budget for in mind? How many people, services, staff/no staff, location, and amenities are you looking for to provide? Are you looking for the JOHS to pay for this?  Are you or have have a capital campaign to be added to the working project/ working program that can be replicated?

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 3:45 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
as mentioned last week, we presented on Weds Aug 5 a "Community Proposal on Alternative Shelter & Villages" to Portland / Multnomah County's homelessness policy board, A Home For Everyone (to the Coordinating Board, 28-member board which advises the Executive Committee. ). 

The presentation is posted at AHFE Coordinating Board page under meetings, and at: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/s/CB_Community_Proposal_20200805.pdf. Below are the first two of the 12 slides. 

It seemed to get a good response. Joint Office of Homeless Services director Marc Jolin discussed it with us, we had many follow-up questions from the AHFE board at the meeting, and in writing from MultCo Commissioner Meieran's and MultCo Co-chair Kafoury's office inviting further conversation. 

This presentation was pulled together on the day of the meeting, and was titled so just because it's how the AHFE's agenda had it -- so this certainly isn't the last word on plans or messaging. It gave us a helpful prompt to make a concise and clear published expression for one point in time, but your thoughts on where to go next and how we might present next time are welcome. 

<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.20.25 PM.png>


<Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.21.36 PM.png>


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


On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:36 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

tomorrow afternoon, PDX Shelter Forum will be introduced probably around 4:15-4:45pm at the 3-5pm bi-monthly meeting of Multnomah County's homelessness policy advisory group, A Home For Everyone (Coordinating Board). (this is a 28-member Board representing various community constituencies; there is also a 9-member Executive Committee drawn from top area elected officials).

<Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 8.03.33 PM.png>

Meeting agenda - see "Community proposal regarding hygiene services and alternative shelter." During this 30-minute slot, which will be about 4:20-4:50pm if the meeting runs according to agenda, PDX Shelter Forum will be discussed as part of a joint presentation by Interfaith Alliance and Bridgeton / Downtown Neighborhood Associations.


Attendee link for Webex online meeting.   

Password: AHFE0820.  (note: presenters need and should have received a different link and password). If you haven't used Webex before or recently, you will need to install Webex helper software on your phone or computer to join the meeting. See instructions at meeting link above and we suggest allowing at least 10 minutes before meeting to get set up. 


I and others from Interfaith Alliance and partner orgs should be there in the Chat channel during the meeting, look out for us and say hello. You can also ask questions of other presenters or AHFE Board or Committee members in the chat channel, they may see it or get the question via a moderator.

-Tim

--
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
tjm.org/about / @tmccormick

p.s. we now have a pilot Twitter account, check it out at: @PDXshelterforum
<PDXshelterforum-twitter-header_2020-08-04.png>



Re: tune in Weds 3-5pm to see PDX Shelter Forum introduced at MultCo AHFE policy board

Art Rios Sr
 

Good evening all, 

What is a model you have a budget for in mind? How many people, services, staff/no staff, location, and amenities are you looking for to provide? Are you looking for the JOHS to pay for this?  Are you or have have a capital campaign to be added to the working project/ working program that can be replicated?

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 3:45 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
as mentioned last week, we presented on Weds Aug 5 a "Community Proposal on Alternative Shelter & Villages" to Portland / Multnomah County's homelessness policy board, A Home For Everyone (to the Coordinating Board, 28-member board which advises the Executive Committee. ). 

The presentation is posted at AHFE Coordinating Board page under meetings, and at: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/s/CB_Community_Proposal_20200805.pdf. Below are the first two of the 12 slides. 

It seemed to get a good response. Joint Office of Homeless Services director Marc Jolin discussed it with us, we had many follow-up questions from the AHFE board at the meeting, and in writing from MultCo Commissioner Meieran's and MultCo Co-chair Kafoury's office inviting further conversation. 

This presentation was pulled together on the day of the meeting, and was titled so just because it's how the AHFE's agenda had it -- so this certainly isn't the last word on plans or messaging. It gave us a helpful prompt to make a concise and clear published expression for one point in time, but your thoughts on where to go next and how we might present next time are welcome. 

Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.20.25 PM.png

Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.21.36 PM.png

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


On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:36 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

tomorrow afternoon, PDX Shelter Forum will be introduced probably around 4:15-4:45pm at the 3-5pm bi-monthly meeting of Multnomah County's homelessness policy advisory group, A Home For Everyone (Coordinating Board). (this is a 28-member Board representing various community constituencies; there is also a 9-member Executive Committee drawn from top area elected officials).

Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 8.03.33 PM.png

Meeting agenda - see "Community proposal regarding hygiene services and alternative shelter." During this 30-minute slot, which will be about 4:20-4:50pm if the meeting runs according to agenda, PDX Shelter Forum will be discussed as part of a joint presentation by Interfaith Alliance and Bridgeton / Downtown Neighborhood Associations.


Attendee link for Webex online meeting.   

Password: AHFE0820.  (note: presenters need and should have received a different link and password). If you haven't used Webex before or recently, you will need to install Webex helper software on your phone or computer to join the meeting. See instructions at meeting link above and we suggest allowing at least 10 minutes before meeting to get set up. 


I and others from Interfaith Alliance and partner orgs should be there in the Chat channel during the meeting, look out for us and say hello. You can also ask questions of other presenters or AHFE Board or Committee members in the chat channel, they may see it or get the question via a moderator.

-Tim

--
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
tjm.org/about / @tmccormick

p.s. we now have a pilot Twitter account, check it out at: @PDXshelterforum
PDXshelterforum-twitter-header_2020-08-04.png



Re: tune in Weds 3-5pm to see PDX Shelter Forum introduced at MultCo AHFE policy board

Tim McCormick
 

as mentioned last week, we presented on Weds Aug 5 a "Community Proposal on Alternative Shelter & Villages" to Portland / Multnomah County's homelessness policy board, A Home For Everyone (to the Coordinating Board, 28-member board which advises the Executive Committee. ). 

The presentation is posted at AHFE Coordinating Board page under meetings, and at: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/s/CB_Community_Proposal_20200805.pdf. Below are the first two of the 12 slides. 

It seemed to get a good response. Joint Office of Homeless Services director Marc Jolin discussed it with us, we had many follow-up questions from the AHFE board at the meeting, and in writing from MultCo Commissioner Meieran's and MultCo Co-chair Kafoury's office inviting further conversation. 

This presentation was pulled together on the day of the meeting, and was titled so just because it's how the AHFE's agenda had it -- so this certainly isn't the last word on plans or messaging. It gave us a helpful prompt to make a concise and clear published expression for one point in time, but your thoughts on where to go next and how we might present next time are welcome. 

Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.20.25 PM.png

Screen Shot 2020-08-10 at 3.21.36 PM.png

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


On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:36 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

tomorrow afternoon, PDX Shelter Forum will be introduced probably around 4:15-4:45pm at the 3-5pm bi-monthly meeting of Multnomah County's homelessness policy advisory group, A Home For Everyone (Coordinating Board). (this is a 28-member Board representing various community constituencies; there is also a 9-member Executive Committee drawn from top area elected officials).

Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 8.03.33 PM.png

Meeting agenda - see "Community proposal regarding hygiene services and alternative shelter." During this 30-minute slot, which will be about 4:20-4:50pm if the meeting runs according to agenda, PDX Shelter Forum will be discussed as part of a joint presentation by Interfaith Alliance and Bridgeton / Downtown Neighborhood Associations.


Attendee link for Webex online meeting.   

Password: AHFE0820.  (note: presenters need and should have received a different link and password). If you haven't used Webex before or recently, you will need to install Webex helper software on your phone or computer to join the meeting. See instructions at meeting link above and we suggest allowing at least 10 minutes before meeting to get set up. 


I and others from Interfaith Alliance and partner orgs should be there in the Chat channel during the meeting, look out for us and say hello. You can also ask questions of other presenters or AHFE Board or Committee members in the chat channel, they may see it or get the question via a moderator.

-Tim

--
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
tjm.org/about / @tmccormick

p.s. we now have a pilot Twitter account, check it out at: @PDXshelterforum
PDXshelterforum-twitter-header_2020-08-04.png



Re: introducing myself

Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...>
 

Please include me as this develops. As chair of the Bridgeton Neighborhood Association, the project to destigmatize the unsheltered seems like a vital step towards societal change.

Tom Hickey

On 8/5/2020 1:49 PM, Choya Renata wrote:

Hello,

 

My name is Choya; I use she/her pronouns. I do community engagement work on affordable housing program for Metro! I am looking to connect with “ordinary people” – those who are not professionally employed in housing/homeless services or related areas – who are advocates for affordable housing and for destigmatizing poverty in their own communities (business, neighborhood, faith org, etc). And those who have lived experience with housing instability/houselessness, who want to share their stories and advocate. My project will bring these folks together from across the Portland Metro region to share peer support and strategies.

 

Feel free to contact me if you want to connect or have ideas. I look forward to listening and learning more about this group!

 

Choya Renata
Senior community engagement specialist
Planning and Development

My gender pronouns: she, her, hers.
Why include this?

Metro | oregonmetro.gov
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232-2736
503-517-6893

In alignment with social distancing efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I am working remotely. You may contact me via phone or email.

 



Re: introducing myself

Marissa Donovan
 

Welcome Choya!  Feel free to send me an email as I may have a few folks who would like to help you out.  marissa.donovan@...

Marissa Donovan, CRM PSS

Peer Support Specialist

Central City Concern Recovery Center

P:503-935-7200 F: 503 295 3777



From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> on behalf of Diane Rivera via groups.io <drivera@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:02 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] introducing myself
 
[This email is from someone outside CCC]
welcome, Choya!


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On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 2:52 PM Choya Renata <choya.renata@...> wrote:

Hello,

 

My name is Choya; I use she/her pronouns. I do community engagement work on affordable housing program for Metro! I am looking to connect with “ordinary people” – those who are not professionally employed in housing/homeless services or related areas – who are advocates for affordable housing and for destigmatizing poverty in their own communities (business, neighborhood, faith org, etc). And those who have lived experience with housing instability/houselessness, who want to share their stories and advocate. My project will bring these folks together from across the Portland Metro region to share peer support and strategies.

 

Feel free to contact me if you want to connect or have ideas. I look forward to listening and learning more about this group!

 

Choya Renata
Senior community engagement specialist
Planning and Development

My gender pronouns: she, her, hers.
Why include this?

Metro | oregonmetro.gov
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232-2736
503-517-6893

In alignment with social distancing efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I am working remotely. You may contact me via phone or email.

 


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welcome, Choya!


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Worksource Portland Metro - SE / SE Works

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On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 2:52 PM Choya Renata <choya.renata@...> wrote:

Hello,

 

My name is Choya; I use she/her pronouns. I do community engagement work on affordable housing program for Metro! I am looking to connect with “ordinary people” – those who are not professionally employed in housing/homeless services or related areas – who are advocates for affordable housing and for destigmatizing poverty in their own communities (business, neighborhood, faith org, etc). And those who have lived experience with housing instability/houselessness, who want to share their stories and advocate. My project will bring these folks together from across the Portland Metro region to share peer support and strategies.

 

Feel free to contact me if you want to connect or have ideas. I look forward to listening and learning more about this group!

 

Choya Renata
Senior community engagement specialist
Planning and Development

My gender pronouns: she, her, hers.
Why include this?

Metro | oregonmetro.gov
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232-2736
503-517-6893

In alignment with social distancing efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I am working remotely. You may contact me via phone or email.

 


introducing myself

Choya Renata
 

Hello,

 

My name is Choya; I use she/her pronouns. I do community engagement work on affordable housing program for Metro! I am looking to connect with “ordinary people” – those who are not professionally employed in housing/homeless services or related areas – who are advocates for affordable housing and for destigmatizing poverty in their own communities (business, neighborhood, faith org, etc). And those who have lived experience with housing instability/houselessness, who want to share their stories and advocate. My project will bring these folks together from across the Portland Metro region to share peer support and strategies.

 

Feel free to contact me if you want to connect or have ideas. I look forward to listening and learning more about this group!

 

Choya Renata
Senior community engagement specialist
Planning and Development

My gender pronouns: she, her, hers.
Why include this?

Metro | oregonmetro.gov
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232-2736
503-517-6893

In alignment with social distancing efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, I am working remotely. You may contact me via phone or email.

 


tune in Weds 3-5pm to see PDX Shelter Forum introduced at MultCo AHFE policy board

Tim McCormick
 

tomorrow afternoon, PDX Shelter Forum will be introduced probably around 4:15-4:45pm at the 3-5pm bi-monthly meeting of Multnomah County's homelessness policy advisory group, A Home For Everyone (Coordinating Board). (this is a 28-member Board representing various community constituencies; there is also a 9-member Executive Committee drawn from top area elected officials).

Screen Shot 2020-08-04 at 8.03.33 PM.png

Meeting agenda - see "Community proposal regarding hygiene services and alternative shelter." During this 30-minute slot, which will be about 4:20-4:50pm if the meeting runs according to agenda, PDX Shelter Forum will be discussed as part of a joint presentation by Interfaith Alliance and Bridgeton / Downtown Neighborhood Associations.


Attendee link for Webex online meeting.   

Password: AHFE0820.  (note: presenters need and should have received a different link and password). If you haven't used Webex before or recently, you will need to install Webex helper software on your phone or computer to join the meeting. See instructions at meeting link above and we suggest allowing at least 10 minutes before meeting to get set up. 


I and others from Interfaith Alliance and partner orgs should be there in the Chat channel during the meeting, look out for us and say hello. You can also ask questions of other presenters or AHFE Board or Committee members in the chat channel, they may see it or get the question via a moderator.

-Tim

--
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
tjm.org/about / @tmccormick

p.s. we now have a pilot Twitter account, check it out at: @PDXshelterforum
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Re: Portland leases 3 more hotels to shift Covid-19 most-vulnerable from shelters or shared housing

Mary Jaron Kelley <mary@...>
 

https://multco.us/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/news/longer-term-plan-covid-19-moves-forward-joint-office-opens-three-new

 

Mary Jaron Kelley
Associate Program Director | North Portland Neighborhood Services
Office of Community & Civic Life
Historic Kenton Firehouse
2209 N. Schofield Street

Portland, Oregon 97217
503-823-8877 (cell) new number

mary@...

www. Facebook.com/NorthPortlandNeighborhoodServices
http://www.npnscommunity.org

 

I am in the office Monday-Thursday.

Pronouns: she/her/hers

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Verna Dunlap via groups.io
Sent: Monday, August 3, 2020 11:50 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Portland leases 3 more hotels to shift Covid-19 most-vulnerable from shelters or shared housing

 

Now that the dust is settling, let's buy them up. We will need these anyway in the future. 

Verna Dunlap, CEO LCT4vets

 

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 1:21 PM Marilyn Mauch <m_mauch@...> wrote:

It just seems a travesty that the planning doc you attached -- that the city has a timeline of March 2021 which just seems like too late to wrap up their thinking, but we have to live with it, in addressing alternative housing models.    As you note below, it's too bad that an article didn't appear touting the planning doc you cited and the forum.  Is it time for some folks to visit JoAnn Hardesty or has that already been done?  We need an "angel" someplace on the city council that we can collaborate with in advancing/pushing the city forward faster on alternative ways to house those in need.  Or, maybe you all have been working on this and I'm just "out of the loop."  My primary community organizing experience has been as the Alliance's rep. to Living Cully's community housing action team under the guidance of Cameron Herrington.  Eudaly's staff have been extremely helpful in working together with Living Cully's forward work.  How about a letter to the editor for the Oregonian or is this not a propitious time to do that?  

On 07/31/2020 12:56 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

 

 

 

Why don't you contact Molly?.. I think she would be [open] to hearing about alternative approaches to meeting the needs of the unhoused.


I have, many times, including with an announcement about the PDX Shelter Forum event, and about the article mentioned above; have many times shared and complimented her articles. I've often shared to her story angles and back-stories which I think have not been covered, such as, way back in March when hardly anyone had heard of it, City of Portland's Shelter to Housing Continuum Program. This is the key City land-use program regarding shelters and homelessness, but has never yet been mentioned in media that I've seen, and it is now approaching the Planning Bureau's very narrow planned window for public comment, with hardly any public discussion or official proposal released yet.  

She interviewed me at length in March, by phone which I generally don't do but she wouldn't do by email/text, after I'd suggested online that we develop resident-managed villages and campgrounds in response to Covid-19; for a story she said would be coming out on this. (This was before the C3PO camps had been announced). That story never came out, at least not one discussing the proposals I talked about with her (from Sarah Iannarone, et al). This was the last and one of the few times she's ever engaged. 

I don't think this is unusual, or want to blame Molly; I think it's just typical patterns of how traditional media work, that 'stories' mostly follow known narratives, "conventional wisdom", and official/powerful sources. What's interesting to me is how we might do better, by replacing or supplementing or interoperating this with more open, symmetric, participatory, accumulative, fluid, diverse, & radical media -- rather than 'broadcast'/fixed, centralized, published-once, absentee/commercial/chain-owned like the The Oregonian. In part, PDX Shelter Forum is for me a small experiment in doing so for a particular topic area. 

 

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 12:05 PM Keliferous Goodwoman < kellygoodman65@...> wrote:

Great points! More of the history and current efforts/voices/possible solutions need to be included..disseminated!

 

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 2:30 PM Tim McCormick < tmccormick@...> wrote:

https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/officials-balked-at-homeless-shelter-motels-price-tag-now-continue-to-add-more-in-portland.html

Yet another article in which the only quoted sources are officials (Mayor, and Joint Office spokesperson Denis Theriault, and the news peg is an official action. You would never know from Oregonian homelessness reporter Molly Harbarger's story that others in the community have views on this or might have other proposals. Or that Commissioner Hardesty harshly criticized the funding programs recently in City Council hearing for so predominantly focusing on people already in shelter or housing, rather than the unsheltered.

Or that, contrary to the story's and the officials' framing of this effort as for "the vulnerable homeless," homelessness experts widely argue that *all* unhoused, particularly those unsheltered, are highly vulnerable to Covid-19 and other health/safety issues, and also that the congregate shelters which City/County continue to primarily depend on are considered highly unsafe in general.  Or that there are broad community efforts, going back years, to develop alternative shelter models to help more people sooner, in more private and thus safe ways than these traditional shelters. 

For me, this sort of steadily disappointing, narrow, context-less, official/dominant-voice oriented media coverage of homelessness issues is a key reason to build alternative fora such PDX Shelter Forum. We just so clearly get so little of the picture, or possibilities, or range of voices/views, from traditional media. 

-------
"The Joint Office of Homeless Services, funded by the city and Multnomah County, opened three more motels this month to house people who had been lodged in temporary emergency coronavirus shelters in public buildings. There are now four such motels, two of which the city and county have an option to buy.

"The two governing councils agreed to spend more than $22M from federal CARES Act money on the motel initiative, which includes providing meals and social services such as housing placement, employment help and case management.

"Another $11M is allocated for leasing and operating two motels that hold people who are sick with COVID-19 or show symptoms of the contagious and potentially deadly disease. Those motels also accept people who aren’t homeless, but live in houses or apartments that don’t have space for them to fully isolate."

"Neither the city nor county boards have so far agreed to purchase the motels they are leasing. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler appeared to indicate he was open to buying the motels, which he said could later be repurposed into affordable housing. [...]

"Commissioners from both the city and county balked in May at the price tag of leasing motels for use as shelters, saying they wanted to get more than short-term housing from their investment." [...]


--

Tim McCormick

Editor at  HousingWiki, Organizer at  Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

 

 


Re: Portland leases 3 more hotels to shift Covid-19 most-vulnerable from shelters or shared housing

Verna Dunlap
 

Now that the dust is settling, let's buy them up. We will need these anyway in the future. 
Verna Dunlap, CEO LCT4vets

On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 1:21 PM Marilyn Mauch <m_mauch@...> wrote:
It just seems a travesty that the planning doc you attached -- that the city has a timeline of March 2021 which just seems like too late to wrap up their thinking, but we have to live with it, in addressing alternative housing models.    As you note below, it's too bad that an article didn't appear touting the planning doc you cited and the forum.  Is it time for some folks to visit JoAnn Hardesty or has that already been done?  We need an "angel" someplace on the city council that we can collaborate with in advancing/pushing the city forward faster on alternative ways to house those in need.  Or, maybe you all have been working on this and I'm just "out of the loop."  My primary community organizing experience has been as the Alliance's rep. to Living Cully's community housing action team under the guidance of Cameron Herrington.  Eudaly's staff have been extremely helpful in working together with Living Cully's forward work.  How about a letter to the editor for the Oregonian or is this not a propitious time to do that?  
On 07/31/2020 12:56 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:



Why don't you contact Molly?.. I think she would be [open] to hearing about alternative approaches to meeting the needs of the unhoused.

I have, many times, including with an announcement about the PDX Shelter Forum event, and about the article mentioned above; have many times shared and complimented her articles. I've often shared to her story angles and back-stories which I think have not been covered, such as, way back in March when hardly anyone had heard of it, City of Portland's Shelter to Housing Continuum Program. This is the key City land-use program regarding shelters and homelessness, but has never yet been mentioned in media that I've seen, and it is now approaching the Planning Bureau's very narrow planned window for public comment, with hardly any public discussion or official proposal released yet.  

She interviewed me at length in March, by phone which I generally don't do but she wouldn't do by email/text, after I'd suggested online that we develop resident-managed villages and campgrounds in response to Covid-19; for a story she said would be coming out on this. (This was before the C3PO camps had been announced). That story never came out, at least not one discussing the proposals I talked about with her (from Sarah Iannarone, et al). This was the last and one of the few times she's ever engaged. 

I don't think this is unusual, or want to blame Molly; I think it's just typical patterns of how traditional media work, that 'stories' mostly follow known narratives, "conventional wisdom", and official/powerful sources. What's interesting to me is how we might do better, by replacing or supplementing or interoperating this with more open, symmetric, participatory, accumulative, fluid, diverse, & radical media -- rather than 'broadcast'/fixed, centralized, published-once, absentee/commercial/chain-owned like the The Oregonian. In part, PDX Shelter Forum is for me a small experiment in doing so for a particular topic area. 


On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 12:05 PM Keliferous Goodwoman < kellygoodman65@...> wrote:
Great points! More of the history and current efforts/voices/possible solutions need to be included..disseminated!

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 2:30 PM Tim McCormick < tmccormick@...> wrote:
https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/officials-balked-at-homeless-shelter-motels-price-tag-now-continue-to-add-more-in-portland.html

Yet another article in which the only quoted sources are officials (Mayor, and Joint Office spokesperson Denis Theriault, and the news peg is an official action. You would never know from Oregonian homelessness reporter Molly Harbarger's story that others in the community have views on this or might have other proposals. Or that Commissioner Hardesty harshly criticized the funding programs recently in City Council hearing for so predominantly focusing on people already in shelter or housing, rather than the unsheltered.

Or that, contrary to the story's and the officials' framing of this effort as for "the vulnerable homeless," homelessness experts widely argue that *all* unhoused, particularly those unsheltered, are highly vulnerable to Covid-19 and other health/safety issues, and also that the congregate shelters which City/County continue to primarily depend on are considered highly unsafe in general.  Or that there are broad community efforts, going back years, to develop alternative shelter models to help more people sooner, in more private and thus safe ways than these traditional shelters. 

For me, this sort of steadily disappointing, narrow, context-less, official/dominant-voice oriented media coverage of homelessness issues is a key reason to build alternative fora such PDX Shelter Forum. We just so clearly get so little of the picture, or possibilities, or range of voices/views, from traditional media. 

-------
"The Joint Office of Homeless Services, funded by the city and Multnomah County, opened three more motels this month to house people who had been lodged in temporary emergency coronavirus shelters in public buildings. There are now four such motels, two of which the city and county have an option to buy.

"The two governing councils agreed to spend more than $22M from federal CARES Act money on the motel initiative, which includes providing meals and social services such as housing placement, employment help and case management.

"Another $11M is allocated for leasing and operating two motels that hold people who are sick with COVID-19 or show symptoms of the contagious and potentially deadly disease. Those motels also accept people who aren’t homeless, but live in houses or apartments that don’t have space for them to fully isolate."

"Neither the city nor county boards have so far agreed to purchase the motels they are leasing. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler appeared to indicate he was open to buying the motels, which he said could later be repurposed into affordable housing. [...]

"Commissioners from both the city and county balked in May at the price tag of leasing motels for use as shelters, saying they wanted to get more than short-term housing from their investment." [...]

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




Re: Portland leases 3 more hotels to shift Covid-19 most-vulnerable from shelters or shared housing

Keliferous Goodwoman
 

Right on!


On Fri, Jul 31, 2020, 1:31 PM Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:
I’m looking forward to building the next village and the next.  Construction financing is lined up.  Cascadia Clusters will be ready to hire more houseless construction trainees soon. 

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 31, 2020, at 1:22 PM, Marilyn Mauch <m_mauch@...> wrote:


It just seems a travesty that the planning doc you attached -- that the city has a timeline of March 2021 which just seems like too late to wrap up their thinking, but we have to live with it, in addressing alternative housing models.    As you note below, it's too bad that an article didn't appear touting the planning doc you cited and the forum.  Is it time for some folks to visit JoAnn Hardesty or has that already been done?  We need an "angel" someplace on the city council that we can collaborate with in advancing/pushing the city forward faster on alternative ways to house those in need.  Or, maybe you all have been working on this and I'm just "out of the loop."  My primary community organizing experience has been as the Alliance's rep. to Living Cully's community housing action team under the guidance of Cameron Herrington.  Eudaly's staff have been extremely helpful in working together with Living Cully's forward work.  How about a letter to the editor for the Oregonian or is this not a propitious time to do that?  
On 07/31/2020 12:56 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:



Why don't you contact Molly?.. I think she would be [open] to hearing about alternative approaches to meeting the needs of the unhoused.

I have, many times, including with an announcement about the PDX Shelter Forum event, and about the article mentioned above; have many times shared and complimented her articles. I've often shared to her story angles and back-stories which I think have not been covered, such as, way back in March when hardly anyone had heard of it, City of Portland's Shelter to Housing Continuum Program. This is the key City land-use program regarding shelters and homelessness, but has never yet been mentioned in media that I've seen, and it is now approaching the Planning Bureau's very narrow planned window for public comment, with hardly any public discussion or official proposal released yet.  

She interviewed me at length in March, by phone which I generally don't do but she wouldn't do by email/text, after I'd suggested online that we develop resident-managed villages and campgrounds in response to Covid-19; for a story she said would be coming out on this. (This was before the C3PO camps had been announced). That story never came out, at least not one discussing the proposals I talked about with her (from Sarah Iannarone, et al). This was the last and one of the few times she's ever engaged. 

I don't think this is unusual, or want to blame Molly; I think it's just typical patterns of how traditional media work, that 'stories' mostly follow known narratives, "conventional wisdom", and official/powerful sources. What's interesting to me is how we might do better, by replacing or supplementing or interoperating this with more open, symmetric, participatory, accumulative, fluid, diverse, & radical media -- rather than 'broadcast'/fixed, centralized, published-once, absentee/commercial/chain-owned like the The Oregonian. In part, PDX Shelter Forum is for me a small experiment in doing so for a particular topic area. 


On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 12:05 PM Keliferous Goodwoman < kellygoodman65@...> wrote:
Great points! More of the history and current efforts/voices/possible solutions need to be included..disseminated!

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020, 2:30 PM Tim McCormick < tmccormick@...> wrote:
https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/07/officials-balked-at-homeless-shelter-motels-price-tag-now-continue-to-add-more-in-portland.html

Yet another article in which the only quoted sources are officials (Mayor, and Joint Office spokesperson Denis Theriault, and the news peg is an official action. You would never know from Oregonian homelessness reporter Molly Harbarger's story that others in the community have views on this or might have other proposals. Or that Commissioner Hardesty harshly criticized the funding programs recently in City Council hearing for so predominantly focusing on people already in shelter or housing, rather than the unsheltered.

Or that, contrary to the story's and the officials' framing of this effort as for "the vulnerable homeless," homelessness experts widely argue that *all* unhoused, particularly those unsheltered, are highly vulnerable to Covid-19 and other health/safety issues, and also that the congregate shelters which City/County continue to primarily depend on are considered highly unsafe in general.  Or that there are broad community efforts, going back years, to develop alternative shelter models to help more people sooner, in more private and thus safe ways than these traditional shelters. 

For me, this sort of steadily disappointing, narrow, context-less, official/dominant-voice oriented media coverage of homelessness issues is a key reason to build alternative fora such PDX Shelter Forum. We just so clearly get so little of the picture, or possibilities, or range of voices/views, from traditional media. 

-------
"The Joint Office of Homeless Services, funded by the city and Multnomah County, opened three more motels this month to house people who had been lodged in temporary emergency coronavirus shelters in public buildings. There are now four such motels, two of which the city and county have an option to buy.

"The two governing councils agreed to spend more than $22M from federal CARES Act money on the motel initiative, which includes providing meals and social services such as housing placement, employment help and case management.

"Another $11M is allocated for leasing and operating two motels that hold people who are sick with COVID-19 or show symptoms of the contagious and potentially deadly disease. Those motels also accept people who aren’t homeless, but live in houses or apartments that don’t have space for them to fully isolate."

"Neither the city nor county boards have so far agreed to purchase the motels they are leasing. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler appeared to indicate he was open to buying the motels, which he said could later be repurposed into affordable housing. [...]

"Commissioners from both the city and county balked in May at the price tag of leasing motels for use as shelters, saying they wanted to get more than short-term housing from their investment." [...]

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




Re: Portland leases 3 more hotels to shift Covid-19 most-vulnerable from shelters or shared housing

Andrew Olshin
 

Marilyn

Thanks for the question.   Cascadia Clusters has been involved in development of Hazelnut Grove, Kenton Women's Village and Agape Village.  Each has been a unique situation.   
As for near term development of additional alternative shelter capacity, I’d begin with the existing independent villages - Agape and Hazelnut Grove.   The only way to find out About what is and is not working in the environment  is by visiting and talking with folks living there.   Talk to Joe, Matt and Ron at Agape AND Bob, Will and Jesse at the Grove.   
As for how long it would take to “set up the tiny homes we have financing for”, please give me a call or just stop by our build site on Capitol Hwy (across from Seasons and Regions Grill).   We have numerous projects in our pipeline and would be happy to discuss all sorts of scenarios. 

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin
(503) 407-8494

On Aug 1, 2020, at 11:39 AM, Marilyn Mauch <m_mauch@...> wrote:


I was wondering Andy -- assuming you had a site approved for the tiny homes, what's your best estimate for how long from start to finish it would

take to erect the tiny homes you have financing set up for?  Marilyn
On 07/31/2020 2:19 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:


I’m looking forward to building the next village and the next.  Construction financing is lined up.

awesome!  
You may be thinking of this already, but I'd suggest as a way of bringing different strands together here, we collectively explore how dwellings (etc) from Cascadia Clusters might be combined with siting possibilities with: 
  1. the emerging Portland Shelter to Housing Continuum Program (S2HC) and possibly 
  2. Oregon new emergency shelter bill HB4001
  3. C3PO camps relocation.  
A village approach might be developed that both aligns with S2HC as currently proposed, and informs the final form of it as the code is tested against a working prototype(s). This/these villages could be developed now or soon, as opposed to waiting for S2HC coming into effect, which is likely March 2021 or later. 

Some approaches using S2HC or related reforms that occur to me are: 
  1. mobile dwellings & facilities that could plausibly be relocated every six months, thus doable with S2HC's proposed low-barrier permitting for 6-month-duration "outdoor shelters".  

  2. mobile dwellings that could move to siting as vehicle dwellings on private residential properties, as currently decriminalized in Portland and advocated for legalization either under S2HC by advocates including me, Planning Commission chair Eli Spevak, and local ADU expert Kol Peterson. This could also be done by amending city Accessory Dwelling Units regulations to allow mobile units, as has been done e.g. by the cities of Los Angeles, San Jose, Fresno etc. 

  3. mobile dwellings that could be sited now or later on church/community-based organizations properties

  4. mobile dwellings that could be (re-)sited as building-code compliant, on-foundation Accessory Dwelling Units. This might be done by using an anchor-to-foundation approach whereby unit could be attached, possibly also later detached. It's possible the mobile unit might need to be modified, combined with another, etc. for this to work, from code or viability perspectives. However if units were designed with this path in mind, it might be quite possible.  [this is the model proposed in a Portland initiative called New Starter Homes which I've worked on]. 
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C3PO camps: (Old Town one shown above): these are in urgent need of an exit/transition plan, because word is that both Joint Office of Homelessness Services and current lead service provider JOINpdx are looking to end their roles soon, even before the Covid-19 Emergency Declaration ends. What if we here developed some proposal scenarios for the next phase of these communities, looking at components such as Cascadia Clusters, SH2C, Right 2 Dream Too governance approach, etc? 
Tim 

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


On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 1:31 PM Andrew Olshin < andrew.olshin@...> wrote:
I’m looking forward to building the next village and the next.  Construction financing is lined up.  Cascadia Clusters will be ready to hire more houseless construction trainees soon. 

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 31, 2020, at 1:22 PM, Marilyn Mauch < m_mauch@...> wrote:

It just seems a travesty that the planning doc you attached -- that the city has a timeline of March 2021 which just seems like too late to wrap up their thinking, but we have to live with it, in addressing alternative housing models.    As you note below, it's too bad that an article didn't appear touting the planning doc you cited and the forum.  Is it time for some folks to visit JoAnn Hardesty or has that already been done?  We need an "angel" someplace on the city council that we can collaborate with in advancing/pushing the city forward faster on alternative ways to house those in need.  Or, maybe you all have been working on this and I'm just "out of the loop."  My primary community organizing experience has been as the Alliance's rep. to Living Cully's community housing action team under the guidance of Cameron Herrington.  Eudaly's staff have been extremely helpful in working together with Living Cully's forward work.  How about a letter to the editor for the Oregonian or is this not a propitious time to do that?  
On 07/31/2020 12:56 PM Tim McCormick < tmccormick@...> wrote:





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