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Re: Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC

Jim Krauel
 

Hi. 
Off topic, but I work closely with a lady that just got off the streets onto a boat that's tied up just outside the waterfront marina.
Her boat is leaking and I'm trying to assist her in getting it patched up.  Do any of you know a handyman that could do this for little to no pay?
Or, does anyone have connections to one of the Marina's in town.
If you can assist you can contact me directly at jimmykrauel@...

Thanks


On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 3:06 PM Tommy Kiser <tommy@...> wrote:
Sorry, that was the list from Portland: Neighbors welcome, which this group also supported in the previous testimony. Here’s the text of the PDX Shelter Forum’s letter:

March 17, 2021

Dear Mayor Wheeler and Portland City Council,

PDX Shelter Forum began in May 2020 to help develop ways to rapidly ensure safe, decent dwelling for all Portlanders. We have since hosted four public online forums, and multiple community work sessions to develop testimony; created open online guides to discuss and advocate on related legislation; grown our active web/email forum to over 330 members, and presented written and spoken testimony at numerous events. 

The Shelter to Housing Continuum project (S2HC) has been a major focus of our group's work since we began, and our June forum included the first public presentation about S2HC by Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff. We are pleased to strongly endorse the proposal, with a set of recommendations detailed below. 

We are aligned with the revisions/recommendations made by

  1. Planning and Sustainability Commission, in its transmittal letter to Council; and 
  2. Social Justice Coalition as represented by letter from Portland: Neighbors Welcome

though we also have made additional recommendations. 


Our recommendations: 

1) We support BPS’ recommendation to not remove the city’s ability to declare or extend a Housing State of Emergency. We are in an emergency now, and it could very well worsen with eviction moratoriums ending and high unemployment continuing. 


2)  If the new Outdoor Shelters are an ongoing need, they should not require a complex, costly, and high-risk Conditional Use process in order to stay past 180 days. It's not a viable way to start and continue an Outdoor Shelter, to begin with a clock ticking that you’ll be forced out in 180 days, unless you succeed with a CU application that takes at least 120 days. We recommend City Council create an initial Allowed Use period of 1 year, to give a new shelter site a reasonable pathway to set up and develop community relationships to support the pursuit of longer-term siting.

Also, please waive permitting and Conditional Use fees for new shelters – this is an emergency. Like Anatole France said, sort of, “The law, in its majestic equality, charges equal fees to skyscrapers and shelters, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges..."


3) Don't prohibit use of all right-of-way land for Outdoor Shelter use. This is a huge amount of the public land that is not Open Space, park, or occupied; it’s where many of the city’s houseless live now, and it includes all kinds of potentially usable spaces such as the current site of Right 2 Dream Too village. As one relatively simple, scalable mode of use, we suggest that certain areas of existing, underutilized parking spaces on public right of way might allow permitted vehicle dwelling in certain locations, for example on the model used in some areas of Eugene. We believe that, in a crisis, this large stock of public land should be considered for helping to house people, not just to store and convey vehicles. 


4) Open Space (OS): possible use of OS for Outdoor Shelters emerged as a contentious issue on this proposal, with concerns raised especially by code sections 33.296.030.G (existing) and 33.296.030.H (proposed)

33.296.030.H: This new provision accommodates the temporary operation of a mass shelter or an outdoor shelter on a site in all zones of the city for up to 180 days within a calendar year. ...without the need for an emergency that is generally declared by City Council in Title 15. and is usually the mechanism to invoke G. above. 

This seems to unconditionally allow Outdoor Shelters, of same 6-month tenure as discussed in proposal generally, anywhere in the city; but we don't think that is really the intent of BPS, or shouldn't be, nor is necessary.

Public hearings and testimony show there is significant complexity, and often misunderstanding, about what Open Space comprises. It includes city parks and sensitive natural areas including on waterways and in flood plains, which generally have protections from other use, and which few people seem to support the use of for shelter. However, Open Space may also include areas such as leftover space around state or Federal highways, or surplus from other transportation and development projects, which might at times be plausible shelter sites. 

Observing the unclear definition and understanding of Open Space, we suggest that the best path is neither allow all, nor prohibit all potential use of OS for shelters. Rather, exclude from shelter consideration the subsets of OS that people are truly concerned about, and allow specific other sites to be considered by City Council action.  


5) S2HC so far has concerned rules for hypothetical locating of shelters, but we urge you to direct BPS and other departments’ resources to helping locate actual plausible shelter sites. We believe an open community effort is needed to propose, assess and launch implementation projects to ASAP create shelter or village sites on the scale of need, which might plausibly require 50+ sites. To ensure equitable placement of shelters, and achieve city-wide community acceptance, establish a process (e.g. by use of public land, funding, etc.) to balance concentration of shelters across city areas. Every neighborhood should be asked to propose preferred village/shelter sites.  

City, County, & Metro departments have unparallelled resources to support this – such as GIS and mapping tools, Metro Supportive Housing Services measure funding, the alternative shelter RFPQ program, and existing inventories of public lands. We ask that the City seek to facilitate and accelerate efforts on this, for example by publishing city-wide, lot-level mapping of sites’ eligibility for shelters under the S2HC guidelines once approved, and a publicly usable spreadsheet listing of potential sites. This list should also include public land and facilities the City and County have that could be used for shelters.



6) Allow temporary housing in Outdoor Shelters. BPS was directed by Council resolution in 2019 to enable “temporary housing,” and interpreted that to a new concept  of “Outdoor Shelter,” using State-defined "transitional accommodation" structure types, excluding legal housing. There is no reason or norm that temporary housing not be, housing; this is generally less preferable to residents; and it works strongly against sites or dwellings transitioning to permanent housing, one of the simplest ways to achieve the permanent housing which everyone says is the real goal. 

This major restriction was not in the City Council ordinance authorizing S2HC project and we repeatedly advocated to remove it. It doesn’t align with common village models, and is at odds with the 2021 Oregon housing emergency legislation HB 2006, which defines emergency-usable housing to include all types of structures. This is also consistent with California emergency shelter law, and general practice. These restrictions should be removed. 


7) Don't require water/sewer connections for shelters, or mobile dwellings. Contrary to overwhelming public and expert testimony, and the recommendation of the PSC, the draft requires a sewer-water connection for vehicles with plumbing, and state titling. The sewer connection in particular is prohibitive for a huge portion of possible cases of vehicle residence on private property. It’s also backward looking, hooking users into a costly and disaster-fragile mass sewage system, rather than ecological, adaptable, and autonomous composting, greywater, and solar energy systems. We urge that accommodations and mobile dwellings permitted by S2HC be allowed to innovate and use non-grid water, waste, and electric systems; and as PSC recommends, not be required to meet state titling.


8) For Outdoor Shelters, don't require 25' setback from adjoining residential property. This is unreasonable, prohibitive for small lots, and inconsistent with other residential setback rules. 


9)  Don't require shelters to be 'compatible' with adjacent residential.
33.815.107 requires that Outdoor Shelters “ will be compatible with adjacent residential developments based on characteristics such as the site size, building scale and style.”  This is  nonsensical: if outdoor shelters are not and can not include housing structures, they can’t reasonably be required to be compatible in building scale and style with area residences. 

We respectfully request incorporation of these recommendations into the S2HC ordinance and implementation, and look forward to working together to support our unhoused neighbors.


On Mar 30, 2021, at 2:57 PM, Tommy Kiser <tommy@...> wrote:

I assume this is because the ammendments put forward by this group previously were not considered or implemented into the current draft right? This is the list copy pasted from past notes on the website.

FWIW, I’ve shared this letter with others who have also asked for more details on why this group is endorsing the delay. If the organizers could validate or correct my assumption here, that would be helpful to those of us who haven’t been in all the meetings. Thanks!

Cheers,

-Tommy

——

Actions and amendments proposed by Portland: Neighbors Welcome:

  1. Extend the Housing Emergency at least until the end of the declared public health emergency, plus six months to help ensure a safe transition back to some version of normal. Although the Shelter to Housing Continuum will make huge strides in codifying the best tools of the Housing Emergency, it is designed for long-term thinking, not an emergency and removes some important tools while the real-world emergency continues.
    1. Limiting properties to 1 RV or tiny home on wheels per site may make sense for the long term but some sites are currently hosting more than one, and it would be tragic to upend these stable situations during a public health crisis.
    2. [Note: The Housing State of Emergency is not currently being considered by Portland City Council as part of S2HC but is due to expire in April, and will require action by City Council to renew soon.]
  2. Allow sanctioned Outdoor Shelters in appropriate, approved sites in Open Space zones and in the right-of-way (ROW). Nobody expects outdoor shelters to be sited in parks or sensitive natural areas, but Open Space zones extend beyond that. We ask the City to remove the blanket ban on sanctioned shelters in Open Space Zones and the ROW and allow small sanctioned shelters in specific sites, if approved by a vote of City Council. Open Space Zones covers enough viable territory that, if the community identifies an appropriate place, City Council should be able to approve it without going through an onerous rezoning process. Otherwise, the City will be taking good sites off the table and limiting our ability to respond to the crisis.
    1. For example, Right 2 Dream Too is technically in the ROW, which could be forbidden by the current language in Volume 3. We should not evict R2DToo.
    2. There are currently Portlanders living in an Open Space zone right next to the Hygiene4All Hygiene Hub under the Morrison Bridge on MLK that is not a sensitive natural area nor a park. This is one example of public land zoned OS that we may want to consider for an Outdoor Shelter. Other examples included publicly owned parking lots or ROW.
    3. These are just two of many examples of potential adverse effects of removing Open Space zones or ROW from siting options.
  3. Reduce time and cost for setting up Outdoor Shelters. Currently, conditional-use permit fees can cost over $20,000 in land-use fees per application, and often far more in professional services fees. These fees require six months or more to have a decision rendered. Conditional use permit requirements can act as a functional ban on siting shelters and they are rightly waived in many zones under Shelter to Housing. We believe they should also be waived in narrow, appropriate circumstances in residential and Open Space zones. To solve our housing crisis, we need the ability to use every tool, and the right tools, and not take viable sites off the table through arduous conditional use processes.
    1. In low-density zones, we recommend allowing churches, faith-based organizations, and other community-based organizations to host sanctioned shelters without conditional use review if they are below 20 accommodations on site. This is aligned with Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing, which Council passed last year to partner with community-based organizations to address the housing crisis. Exempting churches and nonprofit organizations from costly and long conditional-use reviews on their sites will speed providing shelter to our most vulnerable populations.
    2. Any site in an Open Space zone that is approved by a City Council vote for a sanction shelter with 20 or fewer accommodations should not require conditional-use review.
  4. Don’t undermine existing vehicle dwellings. Do not require vehicle dwelling to have sewer connections, which would make many existing dwellings illegal or prohibitively expensive ($10-20k per connection). Adopt alternative best-practice sanitation solutions, such as establishing dumping sites, a mobile street team, or a pumping service such as those used for portable toilets, as Eugene does.
——



On Mar 30, 2021, at 1:57 PM, Larry McCool via groups.io <mysticllamafarm@...> wrote:

Not sure but seems groups have vested interests that might conflict with the main goal of providing secure but affordable shelter. Some of the plans proposed are so far out there when it comes to affordability. You can't spend your way out of this crisis. 


On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:57 PM, Elise Aymer
<elise@...> wrote:
The PDX Shelter Forum organizers/facilitators. Sean who posted is one of them. Tim McCormick, another. 

They've been great about putting together issues-based letters that we can sign, as events warrant. Collective efforts often get more of a result. 

You can read the letter and decide whether you agree or not and then sign or not. There is more information on the PDX Shelter Forum here: https://groups.io/g/pdxshelterforum/



Re: Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC

Tommy Kiser
 

Sorry, that was the list from Portland: Neighbors welcome, which this group also supported in the previous testimony. Here’s the text of the PDX Shelter Forum’s letter:

March 17, 2021

Dear Mayor Wheeler and Portland City Council,

PDX Shelter Forum began in May 2020 to help develop ways to rapidly ensure safe, decent dwelling for all Portlanders. We have since hosted four public online forums, and multiple community work sessions to develop testimony; created open online guides to discuss and advocate on related legislation; grown our active web/email forum to over 330 members, and presented written and spoken testimony at numerous events. 

The Shelter to Housing Continuum project (S2HC) has been a major focus of our group's work since we began, and our June forum included the first public presentation about S2HC by Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) staff. We are pleased to strongly endorse the proposal, with a set of recommendations detailed below. 

We are aligned with the revisions/recommendations made by

  1. Planning and Sustainability Commission, in its transmittal letter to Council; and 
  2. Social Justice Coalition as represented by letter from Portland: Neighbors Welcome

though we also have made additional recommendations. 


Our recommendations: 

1) We support BPS’ recommendation to not remove the city’s ability to declare or extend a Housing State of Emergency. We are in an emergency now, and it could very well worsen with eviction moratoriums ending and high unemployment continuing. 


2)  If the new Outdoor Shelters are an ongoing need, they should not require a complex, costly, and high-risk Conditional Use process in order to stay past 180 days. It's not a viable way to start and continue an Outdoor Shelter, to begin with a clock ticking that you’ll be forced out in 180 days, unless you succeed with a CU application that takes at least 120 days. We recommend City Council create an initial Allowed Use period of 1 year, to give a new shelter site a reasonable pathway to set up and develop community relationships to support the pursuit of longer-term siting.

Also, please waive permitting and Conditional Use fees for new shelters – this is an emergency. Like Anatole France said, sort of, “The law, in its majestic equality, charges equal fees to skyscrapers and shelters, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges..."


3) Don't prohibit use of all right-of-way land for Outdoor Shelter use. This is a huge amount of the public land that is not Open Space, park, or occupied; it’s where many of the city’s houseless live now, and it includes all kinds of potentially usable spaces such as the current site of Right 2 Dream Too village. As one relatively simple, scalable mode of use, we suggest that certain areas of existing, underutilized parking spaces on public right of way might allow permitted vehicle dwelling in certain locations, for example on the model used in some areas of Eugene. We believe that, in a crisis, this large stock of public land should be considered for helping to house people, not just to store and convey vehicles. 


4) Open Space (OS): possible use of OS for Outdoor Shelters emerged as a contentious issue on this proposal, with concerns raised especially by code sections 33.296.030.G (existing) and 33.296.030.H (proposed)

33.296.030.H: This new provision accommodates the temporary operation of a mass shelter or an outdoor shelter on a site in all zones of the city for up to 180 days within a calendar year. ...without the need for an emergency that is generally declared by City Council in Title 15. and is usually the mechanism to invoke G. above. 

This seems to unconditionally allow Outdoor Shelters, of same 6-month tenure as discussed in proposal generally, anywhere in the city; but we don't think that is really the intent of BPS, or shouldn't be, nor is necessary.

Public hearings and testimony show there is significant complexity, and often misunderstanding, about what Open Space comprises. It includes city parks and sensitive natural areas including on waterways and in flood plains, which generally have protections from other use, and which few people seem to support the use of for shelter. However, Open Space may also include areas such as leftover space around state or Federal highways, or surplus from other transportation and development projects, which might at times be plausible shelter sites. 

Observing the unclear definition and understanding of Open Space, we suggest that the best path is neither allow all, nor prohibit all potential use of OS for shelters. Rather, exclude from shelter consideration the subsets of OS that people are truly concerned about, and allow specific other sites to be considered by City Council action.  


5) S2HC so far has concerned rules for hypothetical locating of shelters, but we urge you to direct BPS and other departments’ resources to helping locate actual plausible shelter sites. We believe an open community effort is needed to propose, assess and launch implementation projects to ASAP create shelter or village sites on the scale of need, which might plausibly require 50+ sites. To ensure equitable placement of shelters, and achieve city-wide community acceptance, establish a process (e.g. by use of public land, funding, etc.) to balance concentration of shelters across city areas. Every neighborhood should be asked to propose preferred village/shelter sites.  

City, County, & Metro departments have unparallelled resources to support this – such as GIS and mapping tools, Metro Supportive Housing Services measure funding, the alternative shelter RFPQ program, and existing inventories of public lands. We ask that the City seek to facilitate and accelerate efforts on this, for example by publishing city-wide, lot-level mapping of sites’ eligibility for shelters under the S2HC guidelines once approved, and a publicly usable spreadsheet listing of potential sites. This list should also include public land and facilities the City and County have that could be used for shelters.



6) Allow temporary housing in Outdoor Shelters. BPS was directed by Council resolution in 2019 to enable “temporary housing,” and interpreted that to a new concept  of “Outdoor Shelter,” using State-defined "transitional accommodation" structure types, excluding legal housing. There is no reason or norm that temporary housing not be, housing; this is generally less preferable to residents; and it works strongly against sites or dwellings transitioning to permanent housing, one of the simplest ways to achieve the permanent housing which everyone says is the real goal. 

This major restriction was not in the City Council ordinance authorizing S2HC project and we repeatedly advocated to remove it. It doesn’t align with common village models, and is at odds with the 2021 Oregon housing emergency legislation HB 2006, which defines emergency-usable housing to include all types of structures. This is also consistent with California emergency shelter law, and general practice. These restrictions should be removed. 


7) Don't require water/sewer connections for shelters, or mobile dwellings. Contrary to overwhelming public and expert testimony, and the recommendation of the PSC, the draft requires a sewer-water connection for vehicles with plumbing, and state titling. The sewer connection in particular is prohibitive for a huge portion of possible cases of vehicle residence on private property. It’s also backward looking, hooking users into a costly and disaster-fragile mass sewage system, rather than ecological, adaptable, and autonomous composting, greywater, and solar energy systems. We urge that accommodations and mobile dwellings permitted by S2HC be allowed to innovate and use non-grid water, waste, and electric systems; and as PSC recommends, not be required to meet state titling.


8) For Outdoor Shelters, don't require 25' setback from adjoining residential property. This is unreasonable, prohibitive for small lots, and inconsistent with other residential setback rules. 


9)  Don't require shelters to be 'compatible' with adjacent residential.
33.815.107 requires that Outdoor Shelters “ will be compatible with adjacent residential developments based on characteristics such as the site size, building scale and style.”  This is  nonsensical: if outdoor shelters are not and can not include housing structures, they can’t reasonably be required to be compatible in building scale and style with area residences. 

We respectfully request incorporation of these recommendations into the S2HC ordinance and implementation, and look forward to working together to support our unhoused neighbors.


On Mar 30, 2021, at 2:57 PM, Tommy Kiser <tommy@...> wrote:

I assume this is because the ammendments put forward by this group previously were not considered or implemented into the current draft right? This is the list copy pasted from past notes on the website.

FWIW, I’ve shared this letter with others who have also asked for more details on why this group is endorsing the delay. If the organizers could validate or correct my assumption here, that would be helpful to those of us who haven’t been in all the meetings. Thanks!

Cheers,

-Tommy

——

Actions and amendments proposed by Portland: Neighbors Welcome:

  1. Extend the Housing Emergency at least until the end of the declared public health emergency, plus six months to help ensure a safe transition back to some version of normal. Although the Shelter to Housing Continuum will make huge strides in codifying the best tools of the Housing Emergency, it is designed for long-term thinking, not an emergency and removes some important tools while the real-world emergency continues.
    1. Limiting properties to 1 RV or tiny home on wheels per site may make sense for the long term but some sites are currently hosting more than one, and it would be tragic to upend these stable situations during a public health crisis.
    2. [Note: The Housing State of Emergency is not currently being considered by Portland City Council as part of S2HC but is due to expire in April, and will require action by City Council to renew soon.]
  2. Allow sanctioned Outdoor Shelters in appropriate, approved sites in Open Space zones and in the right-of-way (ROW). Nobody expects outdoor shelters to be sited in parks or sensitive natural areas, but Open Space zones extend beyond that. We ask the City to remove the blanket ban on sanctioned shelters in Open Space Zones and the ROW and allow small sanctioned shelters in specific sites, if approved by a vote of City Council. Open Space Zones covers enough viable territory that, if the community identifies an appropriate place, City Council should be able to approve it without going through an onerous rezoning process. Otherwise, the City will be taking good sites off the table and limiting our ability to respond to the crisis.
    1. For example, Right 2 Dream Too is technically in the ROW, which could be forbidden by the current language in Volume 3. We should not evict R2DToo.
    2. There are currently Portlanders living in an Open Space zone right next to the Hygiene4All Hygiene Hub under the Morrison Bridge on MLK that is not a sensitive natural area nor a park. This is one example of public land zoned OS that we may want to consider for an Outdoor Shelter. Other examples included publicly owned parking lots or ROW.
    3. These are just two of many examples of potential adverse effects of removing Open Space zones or ROW from siting options.
  3. Reduce time and cost for setting up Outdoor Shelters. Currently, conditional-use permit fees can cost over $20,000 in land-use fees per application, and often far more in professional services fees. These fees require six months or more to have a decision rendered. Conditional use permit requirements can act as a functional ban on siting shelters and they are rightly waived in many zones under Shelter to Housing. We believe they should also be waived in narrow, appropriate circumstances in residential and Open Space zones. To solve our housing crisis, we need the ability to use every tool, and the right tools, and not take viable sites off the table through arduous conditional use processes.
    1. In low-density zones, we recommend allowing churches, faith-based organizations, and other community-based organizations to host sanctioned shelters without conditional use review if they are below 20 accommodations on site. This is aligned with Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing, which Council passed last year to partner with community-based organizations to address the housing crisis. Exempting churches and nonprofit organizations from costly and long conditional-use reviews on their sites will speed providing shelter to our most vulnerable populations.
    2. Any site in an Open Space zone that is approved by a City Council vote for a sanction shelter with 20 or fewer accommodations should not require conditional-use review.
  4. Don’t undermine existing vehicle dwellings. Do not require vehicle dwelling to have sewer connections, which would make many existing dwellings illegal or prohibitively expensive ($10-20k per connection). Adopt alternative best-practice sanitation solutions, such as establishing dumping sites, a mobile street team, or a pumping service such as those used for portable toilets, as Eugene does.
——



On Mar 30, 2021, at 1:57 PM, Larry McCool via groups.io <mysticllamafarm@...> wrote:

Not sure but seems groups have vested interests that might conflict with the main goal of providing secure but affordable shelter. Some of the plans proposed are so far out there when it comes to affordability. You can't spend your way out of this crisis. 


On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:57 PM, Elise Aymer
<elise@...> wrote:
The PDX Shelter Forum organizers/facilitators. Sean who posted is one of them. Tim McCormick, another. 

They've been great about putting together issues-based letters that we can sign, as events warrant. Collective efforts often get more of a result. 

You can read the letter and decide whether you agree or not and then sign or not. There is more information on the PDX Shelter Forum here: https://groups.io/g/pdxshelterforum/



Re: Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC

Tommy Kiser
 

I assume this is because the ammendments put forward by this group previously were not considered or implemented into the current draft right? This is the list copy pasted from past notes on the website.

FWIW, I’ve shared this letter with others who have also asked for more details on why this group is endorsing the delay. If the organizers could validate or correct my assumption here, that would be helpful to those of us who haven’t been in all the meetings. Thanks!

Cheers,

-Tommy

——

Actions and amendments proposed by Portland: Neighbors Welcome:

  1. Extend the Housing Emergency at least until the end of the declared public health emergency, plus six months to help ensure a safe transition back to some version of normal. Although the Shelter to Housing Continuum will make huge strides in codifying the best tools of the Housing Emergency, it is designed for long-term thinking, not an emergency and removes some important tools while the real-world emergency continues.
    1. Limiting properties to 1 RV or tiny home on wheels per site may make sense for the long term but some sites are currently hosting more than one, and it would be tragic to upend these stable situations during a public health crisis.
    2. [Note: The Housing State of Emergency is not currently being considered by Portland City Council as part of S2HC but is due to expire in April, and will require action by City Council to renew soon.]
  2. Allow sanctioned Outdoor Shelters in appropriate, approved sites in Open Space zones and in the right-of-way (ROW). Nobody expects outdoor shelters to be sited in parks or sensitive natural areas, but Open Space zones extend beyond that. We ask the City to remove the blanket ban on sanctioned shelters in Open Space Zones and the ROW and allow small sanctioned shelters in specific sites, if approved by a vote of City Council. Open Space Zones covers enough viable territory that, if the community identifies an appropriate place, City Council should be able to approve it without going through an onerous rezoning process. Otherwise, the City will be taking good sites off the table and limiting our ability to respond to the crisis.
    1. For example, Right 2 Dream Too is technically in the ROW, which could be forbidden by the current language in Volume 3. We should not evict R2DToo.
    2. There are currently Portlanders living in an Open Space zone right next to the Hygiene4All Hygiene Hub under the Morrison Bridge on MLK that is not a sensitive natural area nor a park. This is one example of public land zoned OS that we may want to consider for an Outdoor Shelter. Other examples included publicly owned parking lots or ROW.
    3. These are just two of many examples of potential adverse effects of removing Open Space zones or ROW from siting options.
  3. Reduce time and cost for setting up Outdoor Shelters. Currently, conditional-use permit fees can cost over $20,000 in land-use fees per application, and often far more in professional services fees. These fees require six months or more to have a decision rendered. Conditional use permit requirements can act as a functional ban on siting shelters and they are rightly waived in many zones under Shelter to Housing. We believe they should also be waived in narrow, appropriate circumstances in residential and Open Space zones. To solve our housing crisis, we need the ability to use every tool, and the right tools, and not take viable sites off the table through arduous conditional use processes.
    1. In low-density zones, we recommend allowing churches, faith-based organizations, and other community-based organizations to host sanctioned shelters without conditional use review if they are below 20 accommodations on site. This is aligned with Expanding Opportunities for Affordable Housing, which Council passed last year to partner with community-based organizations to address the housing crisis. Exempting churches and nonprofit organizations from costly and long conditional-use reviews on their sites will speed providing shelter to our most vulnerable populations.
    2. Any site in an Open Space zone that is approved by a City Council vote for a sanction shelter with 20 or fewer accommodations should not require conditional-use review.
  4. Don’t undermine existing vehicle dwellings. Do not require vehicle dwelling to have sewer connections, which would make many existing dwellings illegal or prohibitively expensive ($10-20k per connection). Adopt alternative best-practice sanitation solutions, such as establishing dumping sites, a mobile street team, or a pumping service such as those used for portable toilets, as Eugene does.
——



On Mar 30, 2021, at 1:57 PM, Larry McCool via groups.io <mysticllamafarm@...> wrote:

Not sure but seems groups have vested interests that might conflict with the main goal of providing secure but affordable shelter. Some of the plans proposed are so far out there when it comes to affordability. You can't spend your way out of this crisis. 


On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:57 PM, Elise Aymer
<elise@...> wrote:
The PDX Shelter Forum organizers/facilitators. Sean who posted is one of them. Tim McCormick, another. 

They've been great about putting together issues-based letters that we can sign, as events warrant. Collective efforts often get more of a result. 

You can read the letter and decide whether you agree or not and then sign or not. There is more information on the PDX Shelter Forum here: https://groups.io/g/pdxshelterforum/


Re: Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC

Larry McCool
 

Not sure but seems groups have vested interests that might conflict with the main goal of providing secure but affordable shelter. Some of the plans proposed are so far out there when it comes to affordability. You can't spend your way out of this crisis. 


On Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 12:57 PM, Elise Aymer
<elise@...> wrote:
The PDX Shelter Forum organizers/facilitators. Sean who posted is one of them. Tim McCormick, another. 

They've been great about putting together issues-based letters that we can sign, as events warrant. Collective efforts often get more of a result. 

You can read the letter and decide whether you agree or not and then sign or not. There is more information on the PDX Shelter Forum here: https://groups.io/g/pdxshelterforum/


Re: Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC

Elise Aymer
 

The PDX Shelter Forum organizers/facilitators. Sean who posted is one of them. Tim McCormick, another. 

They've been great about putting together issues-based letters that we can sign, as events warrant. Collective efforts often get more of a result. 

You can read the letter and decide whether you agree or not and then sign or not. There is more information on the PDX Shelter Forum here: https://groups.io/g/pdxshelterforum/


Re: Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC

Andrew Olshin
 

All
I implore u all not to submit this letter.  Our community needs these changes NOW.  

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Mar 30, 2021, at 8:45 AM, Andy O <andrew.olshin@...> wrote:

I do not support delay.  

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Mar 30, 2021, at 4:08 AM, Sean Green <green@...> wrote:



We have developed a letter that you may sign and share (click here) asking Portland City Council to extend the State of Housing Emergency and delaying the vote on the Shelter to Housing Continuum project (S2HC) to give our community more time to develop and discuss amendments.


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SEAN GREEN
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Re: Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC

Andrew Olshin
 

I do not support delay.  

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Mar 30, 2021, at 4:08 AM, Sean Green <green@...> wrote:



We have developed a letter that you may sign and share (click here) asking Portland City Council to extend the State of Housing Emergency and delaying the vote on the Shelter to Housing Continuum project (S2HC) to give our community more time to develop and discuss amendments.


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Member, DRAC (Chair, PITC)

c 971.998.7376 IG:
 
@AFORMACO


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Re: Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC

Mh Kincaid
 

Who is "we"?


From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> on behalf of Sean Green <green@...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:07 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC
 

We have developed a letter that you may sign and share (click here) asking Portland City Council to extend the State of Housing Emergency and delaying the vote on the Shelter to Housing Continuum project (S2HC) to give our community more time to develop and discuss amendments.


--
SEAN GREEN
Founder & COO, Aforma
Chair, NECN (Chair, LUTC)
Member, DRAC (Chair, PITC)

c 971.998.7376 IG:
 
@AFORMACO


Letter Ask City Council to Extend Housing Emergency & Delay Final Vote on S2HC

Sean Green
 

We have developed a letter that you may sign and share (click here) asking Portland City Council to extend the State of Housing Emergency and delaying the vote on the Shelter to Housing Continuum project (S2HC) to give our community more time to develop and discuss amendments.


--
SEAN GREEN
Founder & COO, Aforma
Chair, NECN (Chair, LUTC)
Member, DRAC (Chair, PITC)

c 971.998.7376 IG:
 
@AFORMACO


Invitation: PDX City Council - S2HC hearing (cont), amendments @ Wed Mar 31, 2021 2pm - 5pm (PDT) (pdxshelterforum@groups.io)

Portland Shelter Forum
 

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PDX City Council - S2HC hearing (cont), amendments

When
Wed Mar 31, 2021 2pm – 5pm Pacific Time - Los Angeles
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MARCH 31 - 2-5pm meeting: 
Portland City Council to discuss amendments to the Shelter to Housing Continuum proposals, and potentially hold final vote. 

NOTE - 3PM
is assigned time ("TIME CERTAIN") for Shelter to Housing Continuum, and Housing State of Emergency declaration items. 

Current week Council meeting agenda & materials (usually released on Friday, for the following Wednesday's 9:30-12:30 and optional 2-5pm meetings): 
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/26997.

Watch live: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/video/player/?tab=live.
Or directly on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcPIUh7CWwtBXisMPHWG65g.


See PDX Shelter Forum open topic page & group testimony letter / points on S2HC at: 
s2hc-letter.pdxshelterforum.org. You can co-sign here easily via a form, and/or also submit and adapt it yourself individually or for your own group. You can also submit by emailing to the Council Clerk at cctestimony@...

Please mention that you support PDX Shelter Forum recommendations in part or full. 

Written testimony will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 30.


Agenda Items: 

 *202  TIME CERTAIN: 3:00 PM – Extend state of housing emergency, operationalize efficiencies and identify Council powers, specify a twelve-month duration, and waive portions of the Portland Zoning Code  (Ordinance introduced by Mayor Wheeler)  2 hours requested for items 202-204

For items 203 and 204, no additional oral testimony will be heard. The written record will remain open until
March 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Submit written testimony to https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp/proposals/#/s2hc

*203  Amend Title 33 Planning and Zoning to facilitate the provision of shelter and housing options for Portlanders in need  (Previous Agenda 183; Ordinance introduced by Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners Rubio and Ryan; amend Code Title 33) 

Public Testimony     Pending Technical Amendments     Staff Presentations

 *204  Amend City Code Health and Sanitation, Emergency Code, Public Improvements, Water, Property Maintenance Regulations and Affordable Housing to facilitate the provision of shelter and housing options for Portlanders in need  (Previous Agenda 184; Ordinance introduced by Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners Rubio and Ryan; amend Code Titles 8, 15, 17, 21, 29, and 30)

Public Testimony     Pending Technical Amendments     Staff Presentations


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Invitation: PDX budget: Community Listening Session - Housing & House... @ Mon Mar 29, 2021 6pm - 8pm (PDT) (pdxshelterforum@groups.io)

Portland Shelter Forum
 

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PDX budget: Community Listening Session - Housing & Houselessness

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submit written comments to Council by filling out the budget comment form or by emailing BudgetComment@... 

Background: https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2021/03/26/32433878/how-to-participate-in-portlands-2021-22-budget-process-and-why 

City Budget info page: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/article/622229

Budget Events

City Council is listening! Join the community and City Council for virtual events focused on the City of Portland budget.

  • Monday, March 29, 6:00pm-8:00pm – Community Listening Session on Housing and Houselessness
  • Monday, April 12, 6:00pm-8:00pm – Community Listening Session on Economic Stabilization and Recovery
  • Saturday, April 17, 10:00am-12:00pm – Community Listening Session on Community Safety
  • Wednesday, May 5, 6:00pm-8:00pm – Mayor’s Proposed Budget Hearing

Participate in the Listening Sessions and Hearing

City Council is meeting to listen to the community’s comments on the budget. Comments will be given by electronic communication (internet connection or telephone). The meeting is available to the community on the City's YouTube Channel, eGov PDX, www.portlandoregon.gov/video, and Channel 30.

Community members will have two minutes to comment. There may be more people who apply to comment than time will allow. In this case, we will select applicants by random drawing.

Please note the theme of the listening sessions and sign-up for the session that best describes the topic of your testimony. We will reserve the last thirty minutes of each meeting for comments on any issue. The listening sessions will also include invited testimony.

Simultaneous American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at the events and hearing. 

To comment: Apply to comment using this comment sign-up form by 4:00pm the day before the meeting. For Monday meetings, sign-up is due Sunday at 4:00pm. 

If you are chosen in the random drawing, you will receive an email confirmation on the day of the meeting by 12:00pm with instructions on commenting by phone or internet connection. We will also email you if you are not selected in the random drawing.

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Re: Oregonian article followup on Shelter to Housing at City Council meeting Weds

Elise Aymer
 

Re the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and Beacon Village proposal - thanks Matt.
Elise

On Sun, Mar 28, 2021 at 2:29 PM Matthew Lembo <matt.lembo@...> wrote:
Hi all,

I am part of the team that submitted proposals from the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and Beacon Village and would be happy to participate in this discussion.

-Matt Lembo


On Mar 27, 2021, at 11:10 PM, Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:


Andy's idea of hosting an alternate space for the group proposals sounds like a great idea. 

Which of the groups on the list do you need contact info for? 

Some of the names seem like ones for which PDX Shelter Forum would already have connections.

If you have a shortlist of those for which you'd need contact info that would be a good starting point.

Elise

On Sat, Mar 27, 2021, 2:28 AM Tim McCormick, <tmccormick@...> wrote:
great idea Andy, and thanks so much for pulling that list of RFPQ respondents. I didn't realize this was possible from the procurement site, I was waiting for more from procurement analyst, Kathi Braeme-Burr.

we've been discussing ways to gather and cross-support proposers (and new collaborators) since before the last forum, this good movement forward.

Here's an open doc for this on the PDX Shelter Forum site (an unfolding experiment in open, collaborative, decentralized 'site' form using GDocs / Google Drive, by the way):
I've added to it the list of proposers from Andy.

If anyone here knows more about the proposals, or whom/how to contact the proposers, please share or add to document. We should be able to get a project listing, whats-needed, how-can-i-help, and discussion going here!
thanks, Tim. 



On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:05 PM Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:
How about hosting a call asking all applicants to share their proposals and see what the community can do to come together around this important work

Proposals Received: 
Event Number RFPQ-76-2021 
Event Name: Alternative Shelter (Reissue)

ALL GOOD NORTHWEST 
BEACON VILLAGE 
Bridges to Change, Inc. 
CASCADIA CLUSTERS 
CATHOLIC CHARITIES 
CITY REPAIR PROJECT 
Courtesy inn motel 
Cultivate Initiatives 
Dignity Village, Inc. 
ECUMENICAL MINISTRIES OF OREGON 
EQUITABLE GIVING CIRCLE 
FAMILY PROMISE OF METRO EAST 
GRAVES CHERYL 
GREATER GOOD NORTHWEST 
HELPING HANDS REENTRY OUTREACH 
CENTERS 
Holistic Healing Behavioral Healthcare 
LEE KYLE 
Matthew Suplee LLC 
MISHEEL LLC 
N/A (Hazelnut Grove) 
Operation Nightwatch 
Oregon Trail of Hope 
Pause for the Cause Creating Change 
POD the People 
Portland New Generations Rotary Club 
RIGHT 2 DREAM TOO 
RISING PHOENIX HOMES LLC 
SELF ENHANCEMENT, INC. 
STRAIGHTWAY SERVICES 
SUNNYSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION 
TULBERG JOSHUA 
Volunteers of America Oregon, Inc.

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Mar 26, 2021, at 1:32 PM, Stanley Penkin <stanleypenkin@...> wrote:



I also received negative knee jerk reactions from people who only saw the word parks, but I do think the initial narrative could have been better defined.

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Barb Rainish
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 4:01 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Oregonian article followup on Shelter to Housing at City Council meeting Weds

 

I wish people would educate themselves and watch the city council meetings to get a better understanding.

 

This is frustrating because neighbors don't understand that the willy nilly camping they see and complain about can't be stopped unless there are acceptable and available (sanctioned) for them to go.

 

Thanks for all the advocacy!

 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021, 3:57 PM David Groff via groups.io <dgroff45=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Earlier this week I posted on Nextdoor Woodstock the OPB article on S2HC and almost immediately received a bunch of negative replies.  My neighbors who posted, with one or two exceptions, are all convinced that the central idea is to put camps in parks.  I argued with them to no avail, which was discouraging to say the least.

 

David Groff

Interfaith Alliance on Poverty

 

On Friday, March 26, 2021, 03:33:52 PM PDT, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

 

 

To: PDX Shelter Forum

Bcc: Nicole Hayden, reporter, The Oregonian

Laura Gunderson, public editor, The Oregonian

followup article after Weds City Council meeting on Shelter to Housing Continuum: "Portland City Council assures residents that homeless quarters will not be allowed in parks"

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/03/portland-city-council-assures-residents-that-homeless-quarters-will-not-be-allowed-in-parks.html.

Accompanied, like our Op-ed, by one of the most dismal-looking pictures I have ever seen of a permitted camp for the unhoused. It's also completely out of date, taken in November before these tents and pallets were fully replaced by Pallet Shelter units. 


My comments posted on it: 

1. the headline, opening, and tweet are misleading to inaccurate. Council is upholding use of parks Community Centers, parking lots, paved areas, this is not "not allowed in parks." 1/n

2. the reporter has repeatedly characterized proposals as for "semi-permanent structures". But tiny houses on wheels are permanent structures, also the @PDXshelterforum coalition in testimony over past year & Op-ed yesterday has called for allowing permanent structures & housing in
#S2HC 2/n. 

3. the reporter say "a handful of residents" opposed RV hookup reqs. But that opposition includes the Planning & Sustainability Commission & very wide community support including @PNWelcome, @catoregon, @SunrisePDX,
@PDXshelterforum etc. Why are *only* officials/staff's views presented? 3/3

Once again, as has been generally true of local news coverage of S2HC and related issues organized community/citizen advocacy has been largely erased from the story. 

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Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

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Re: review, suggest, endorse Shelter to Housing Continuum draft testimony letter, to submit tomorrow

Janice Yaden
 

I would also join my friend, Mary Fellows in this endeavor.  As you know, I've been out to see your fantastic digs. 


On Sunday, March 28, 2021, 04:49:13 PM PDT, Mary Fellows <mefellows@...> wrote:


I would like to help with this (I work in nearby Multnomah Village) but at 75, my middle school days are far behind me.  Let me know if I can hellp.

Thanks,
Mary

On Sun, Mar 28, 2021 at 4:44 PM Matthew Lembo <matt.lembo@...> wrote:
Hey Andy,

I think a few folks from SNA might be interested in coming out to help with this.  How would we proceed?

-Matt

On Mar 18, 2021, at 1:11 PM, Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:

All
Spring is here.  Almost.
Time for building parties.  Cascadia Clusters has been running carpentry workshops with middle-schoolers for the past 18 months.  We have 10 project spots laid out 10’ apart, plenty of tools and lots of project that - when they come together - provide housing, showers, laundry, electricity, heat etc. 
If you and/or a group you are a part of - are interested in hiking, walking, biking, bussing or driving over to Makom (מָקוֹם; place; 6698 SW Capitol Hwy) - we would really appreciate the help.

Peace,
Andy Olshin
Founder, Executive Director




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On Mar 18, 2021, at 11:32 AM, Donna Cohen <dcohen@...> wrote:

I think the idea has a lot of merit – although perhaps more realistic once we’ve all had shots; personally, I won’t even drive with another person [but, I’m old].
 
One thing to consider – don’t overlook immediate needs. For example, I think food/drink should be available to those you invite, before and/or after the event. 
 
Donna
 
Donna L Cohen, MLIS, MEd
Portland, Oregon
503-737-1425
Civics for Adults – and Others – Workshops: To Enhance Civic Knowledge and Inspire Political Engagement
“My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not fair, not right, not just – stand up, say something, speak up!” Rep. John Lewis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6lzPpqc2WY
 
 
From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Angie Gilbert
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:26 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Celeste Duvall <celeste.duvall@...>; Destinee Sanchez <destinee.sanchez@...>
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] review, suggest, endorse Shelter to Housing Continuum draft testimony letter, to submit tomorrow
 
Jim I think you are a genius and I love it. Thank you for always thinking outside the box. I am down to help. I have an idea of a few folks who might be up for it as well. I will reach out and keep you posted. Angie
 
On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 11:15 AM Jim Krauel <jimmykrauel@...> wrote:
Hi All,
 
Was doing a Forest Park hike last night and had an idea.   I tend to dream big so bare with me.  
The dream: Starting a new organization called Houseless Hikers of Portland.
 
Work with various local businesses and  municipalities to facilitate
periodic hikes to Forest Park on the west side and Oaks Bottom or Powell Butte on the east side.
 
I know folks at Nike and Columbia Sportswear that would be willing to provide footwear and the dream would be
to get the county/city involved to help provide transportation.  MeetUp has dozens of local hiking groups and I'm sure we 
could find hike leaders to head the expeditions. 
 
Throughout time, All of the great spiritual leaders have advocated for spending time in nature and this program would
provide very inexpensive therapy for our houseless neighbors.  ( Poignant Link:  https://tinyurl.com/3ukkprxb )
 
Blessings to all,
Jim Krauel
Operation Nightwatch
 
 
On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 11:15 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
ok, S2HC community testimony letter and form is READY, after incorporating many edits and suggestions. Please check it out, share, co-sign if you are in general agreement, and/or adapt for your own separate/additional letter: http://s2hc-letter.pdxshelterforum.org
 
From recent input and from reading the online testimony, we have added points including: 
1) addressing concerns about shelters in park and natural/sensitive outdoor areas,
2) calling for geographic balance and all neighborhoods' participation in shelter/village site selection. 
3) waiving fees for new shelter applications.
 
thank you to all the many, many people who've collaborated on this along a long road earlier and quite a sprint today. We'll see what happens tomorrow at 2pm hearing and after -- change, for sure. 
Tim
 
 
On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 9:22 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
awesome, thank you Andy, I have incorporated those edits/corrections. 
almost there!

--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
 
 
On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 9:08 PM Andy Harris <andyharrismd@...> wrote:
Tim,
 
This review and suggestions are very helpful.  You have probably already caught these typos, but if not, in the letter to mayor and council, under “Our recommendations”:
2) line 4 should read “at least”
3) line 3 should read “all kinds”
4) par 4, line 4 should read “include”
9) line 4 should read “reasonably”
 
Thanks very much for all your work on this project.
 
Andy Harris
 
 
From: <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> on behalf of Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Reply-To: <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:43 PM
To: <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] review, suggest, endorse Shelter to Housing Continuum draft testimony letter, to submit tomorrow
 
We have drafted a Shelter for Forum Continuum project (S2HC) shared testimony letter / talking points: it's in the ongoing, now epic length doc, s2hc.pdxshelterforum.org, section near top "Testimony letter / talking points draft":
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EP0i3gf3aJljkjrKCC-FrnYmq2MAqHAnYVH_zHP8Cuk/edit#heading=h.48zbbolu27sp.

Please have a look and post any suggested changes or additions to the list, or as comment on the document, or to me or Sean green@...directly. You can also indicate if you'd like to cosign, i.e endorse.

After incorporating feedback, we plan to make a PDF version and a co-sign form, which makes it easy to share or co-sign (and/or adapt to submit your own testimony letter, which is fine and encouraged, especially if you mention PDX Shelter Forum as source).  
 
A few hours before the Weds 2pm testimony deadline and Council meeting, I will add all form-cosigned names to the PDF, and then officially submit this PDF as PDX Shelter Forum's testimony. Also, especially since the online testimony tool has been flooded by semi-automated-looking one-note posts, we will probably send the letter directly to the Mayor & Councilmembers, and key city staff.  
thanks everyone for all the help & input!
Tim. 

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





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Mary E. Fellows



Re: review, suggest, endorse Shelter to Housing Continuum draft testimony letter, to submit tomorrow

Mary Fellows
 

I would like to help with this (I work in nearby Multnomah Village) but at 75, my middle school days are far behind me.  Let me know if I can hellp.

Thanks,
Mary

On Sun, Mar 28, 2021 at 4:44 PM Matthew Lembo <matt.lembo@...> wrote:
Hey Andy,

I think a few folks from SNA might be interested in coming out to help with this.  How would we proceed?

-Matt

On Mar 18, 2021, at 1:11 PM, Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:

All
Spring is here.  Almost.
Time for building parties.  Cascadia Clusters has been running carpentry workshops with middle-schoolers for the past 18 months.  We have 10 project spots laid out 10’ apart, plenty of tools and lots of project that - when they come together - provide housing, showers, laundry, electricity, heat etc. 
If you and/or a group you are a part of - are interested in hiking, walking, biking, bussing or driving over to Makom (מָקוֹם; place; 6698 SW Capitol Hwy) - we would really appreciate the help.

Peace,
Andy Olshin
Founder, Executive Director




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On Mar 18, 2021, at 11:32 AM, Donna Cohen <dcohen@...> wrote:

I think the idea has a lot of merit – although perhaps more realistic once we’ve all had shots; personally, I won’t even drive with another person [but, I’m old].
 
One thing to consider – don’t overlook immediate needs. For example, I think food/drink should be available to those you invite, before and/or after the event. 
 
Donna
 
Donna L Cohen, MLIS, MEd
Portland, Oregon
503-737-1425
Civics for Adults – and Others – Workshops: To Enhance Civic Knowledge and Inspire Political Engagement
“My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not fair, not right, not just – stand up, say something, speak up!” Rep. John Lewis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6lzPpqc2WY
 
 
From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Angie Gilbert
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:26 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Celeste Duvall <celeste.duvall@...>; Destinee Sanchez <destinee.sanchez@...>
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] review, suggest, endorse Shelter to Housing Continuum draft testimony letter, to submit tomorrow
 
Jim I think you are a genius and I love it. Thank you for always thinking outside the box. I am down to help. I have an idea of a few folks who might be up for it as well. I will reach out and keep you posted. Angie
 
On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 11:15 AM Jim Krauel <jimmykrauel@...> wrote:
Hi All,
 
Was doing a Forest Park hike last night and had an idea.   I tend to dream big so bare with me.  
The dream: Starting a new organization called Houseless Hikers of Portland.
 
Work with various local businesses and  municipalities to facilitate
periodic hikes to Forest Park on the west side and Oaks Bottom or Powell Butte on the east side.
 
I know folks at Nike and Columbia Sportswear that would be willing to provide footwear and the dream would be
to get the county/city involved to help provide transportation.  MeetUp has dozens of local hiking groups and I'm sure we 
could find hike leaders to head the expeditions. 
 
Throughout time, All of the great spiritual leaders have advocated for spending time in nature and this program would
provide very inexpensive therapy for our houseless neighbors.  ( Poignant Link:  https://tinyurl.com/3ukkprxb )
 
Blessings to all,
Jim Krauel
Operation Nightwatch
 
 
On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 11:15 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
ok, S2HC community testimony letter and form is READY, after incorporating many edits and suggestions. Please check it out, share, co-sign if you are in general agreement, and/or adapt for your own separate/additional letter: http://s2hc-letter.pdxshelterforum.org
 
From recent input and from reading the online testimony, we have added points including: 
1) addressing concerns about shelters in park and natural/sensitive outdoor areas,
2) calling for geographic balance and all neighborhoods' participation in shelter/village site selection. 
3) waiving fees for new shelter applications.
 
thank you to all the many, many people who've collaborated on this along a long road earlier and quite a sprint today. We'll see what happens tomorrow at 2pm hearing and after -- change, for sure. 
Tim
 
 
On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 9:22 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
awesome, thank you Andy, I have incorporated those edits/corrections. 
almost there!

--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
 
 
On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 9:08 PM Andy Harris <andyharrismd@...> wrote:
Tim,
 
This review and suggestions are very helpful.  You have probably already caught these typos, but if not, in the letter to mayor and council, under “Our recommendations”:
2) line 4 should read “at least”
3) line 3 should read “all kinds”
4) par 4, line 4 should read “include”
9) line 4 should read “reasonably”
 
Thanks very much for all your work on this project.
 
Andy Harris
 
 
From: <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> on behalf of Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Reply-To: <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:43 PM
To: <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] review, suggest, endorse Shelter to Housing Continuum draft testimony letter, to submit tomorrow
 
We have drafted a Shelter for Forum Continuum project (S2HC) shared testimony letter / talking points: it's in the ongoing, now epic length doc, s2hc.pdxshelterforum.org, section near top "Testimony letter / talking points draft":
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EP0i3gf3aJljkjrKCC-FrnYmq2MAqHAnYVH_zHP8Cuk/edit#heading=h.48zbbolu27sp.

Please have a look and post any suggested changes or additions to the list, or as comment on the document, or to me or Sean green@...directly. You can also indicate if you'd like to cosign, i.e endorse.

After incorporating feedback, we plan to make a PDF version and a co-sign form, which makes it easy to share or co-sign (and/or adapt to submit your own testimony letter, which is fine and encouraged, especially if you mention PDX Shelter Forum as source).  
 
A few hours before the Weds 2pm testimony deadline and Council meeting, I will add all form-cosigned names to the PDF, and then officially submit this PDF as PDX Shelter Forum's testimony. Also, especially since the online testimony tool has been flooded by semi-automated-looking one-note posts, we will probably send the letter directly to the Mayor & Councilmembers, and key city staff.  
thanks everyone for all the help & input!
Tim. 

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





--

Mary E. Fellows



Re: review, suggest, endorse Shelter to Housing Continuum draft testimony letter, to submit tomorrow

Matthew Lembo
 

Hey Andy,

I think a few folks from SNA might be interested in coming out to help with this.  How would we proceed?

-Matt

On Mar 18, 2021, at 1:11 PM, Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:

All
Spring is here.  Almost.
Time for building parties.  Cascadia Clusters has been running carpentry workshops with middle-schoolers for the past 18 months.  We have 10 project spots laid out 10’ apart, plenty of tools and lots of project that - when they come together - provide housing, showers, laundry, electricity, heat etc. 
If you and/or a group you are a part of - are interested in hiking, walking, biking, bussing or driving over to Makom (מָקוֹם; place; 6698 SW Capitol Hwy) - we would really appreciate the help.

Peace,
Andy Olshin
Founder, Executive Director




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On Mar 18, 2021, at 11:32 AM, Donna Cohen <dcohen@...> wrote:

I think the idea has a lot of merit – although perhaps more realistic once we’ve all had shots; personally, I won’t even drive with another person [but, I’m old].
 
One thing to consider – don’t overlook immediate needs. For example, I think food/drink should be available to those you invite, before and/or after the event. 
 
Donna
 
Donna L Cohen, MLIS, MEd
Portland, Oregon
503-737-1425
Civics for Adults – and Others – Workshops: To Enhance Civic Knowledge and Inspire Political Engagement
“My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not fair, not right, not just – stand up, say something, speak up!” Rep. John Lewis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6lzPpqc2WY
 
 
From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Angie Gilbert
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:26 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Celeste Duvall <celeste.duvall@...>; Destinee Sanchez <destinee.sanchez@...>
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] review, suggest, endorse Shelter to Housing Continuum draft testimony letter, to submit tomorrow
 
Jim I think you are a genius and I love it. Thank you for always thinking outside the box. I am down to help. I have an idea of a few folks who might be up for it as well. I will reach out and keep you posted. Angie
 
On Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 11:15 AM Jim Krauel <jimmykrauel@...> wrote:
Hi All,
 
Was doing a Forest Park hike last night and had an idea.   I tend to dream big so bare with me.  
The dream: Starting a new organization called Houseless Hikers of Portland.
 
Work with various local businesses and  municipalities to facilitate
periodic hikes to Forest Park on the west side and Oaks Bottom or Powell Butte on the east side.
 
I know folks at Nike and Columbia Sportswear that would be willing to provide footwear and the dream would be
to get the county/city involved to help provide transportation.  MeetUp has dozens of local hiking groups and I'm sure we 
could find hike leaders to head the expeditions. 
 
Throughout time, All of the great spiritual leaders have advocated for spending time in nature and this program would
provide very inexpensive therapy for our houseless neighbors.  ( Poignant Link:  https://tinyurl.com/3ukkprxb )
 
Blessings to all,
Jim Krauel
Operation Nightwatch
 
 
On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 11:15 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
ok, S2HC community testimony letter and form is READY, after incorporating many edits and suggestions. Please check it out, share, co-sign if you are in general agreement, and/or adapt for your own separate/additional letter: http://s2hc-letter.pdxshelterforum.org
 
From recent input and from reading the online testimony, we have added points including: 
1) addressing concerns about shelters in park and natural/sensitive outdoor areas,
2) calling for geographic balance and all neighborhoods' participation in shelter/village site selection. 
3) waiving fees for new shelter applications.
 
thank you to all the many, many people who've collaborated on this along a long road earlier and quite a sprint today. We'll see what happens tomorrow at 2pm hearing and after -- change, for sure. 
Tim
 
 
On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 9:22 PM Tim McCormick via groups.io <tmccormick=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
awesome, thank you Andy, I have incorporated those edits/corrections. 
almost there!

--
Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 
 
 
On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 9:08 PM Andy Harris <andyharrismd@...> wrote:
Tim,
 
This review and suggestions are very helpful.  You have probably already caught these typos, but if not, in the letter to mayor and council, under “Our recommendations”:
2) line 4 should read “at least”
3) line 3 should read “all kinds”
4) par 4, line 4 should read “include”
9) line 4 should read “reasonably”
 
Thanks very much for all your work on this project.
 
Andy Harris
 
 
From: <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> on behalf of Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Reply-To: <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 1:43 PM
To: <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] review, suggest, endorse Shelter to Housing Continuum draft testimony letter, to submit tomorrow
 
We have drafted a Shelter for Forum Continuum project (S2HC) shared testimony letter / talking points: it's in the ongoing, now epic length doc, s2hc.pdxshelterforum.org, section near top "Testimony letter / talking points draft":
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EP0i3gf3aJljkjrKCC-FrnYmq2MAqHAnYVH_zHP8Cuk/edit#heading=h.48zbbolu27sp.

Please have a look and post any suggested changes or additions to the list, or as comment on the document, or to me or Sean green@...directly. You can also indicate if you'd like to cosign, i.e endorse.

After incorporating feedback, we plan to make a PDF version and a co-sign form, which makes it easy to share or co-sign (and/or adapt to submit your own testimony letter, which is fine and encouraged, especially if you mention PDX Shelter Forum as source).  
 
A few hours before the Weds 2pm testimony deadline and Council meeting, I will add all form-cosigned names to the PDF, and then officially submit this PDF as PDX Shelter Forum's testimony. Also, especially since the online testimony tool has been flooded by semi-automated-looking one-note posts, we will probably send the letter directly to the Mayor & Councilmembers, and key city staff.  
thanks everyone for all the help & input!
Tim. 

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




Here’s the Cascadia Clusters proposal

Andrew Olshin
 




Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Mar 28, 2021, at 8:29 AM, Matthew Lembo <matt.lembo@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I am part of the team that submitted proposals from the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and Beacon Village and would be happy to participate in this discussion.

-Matt Lembo


On Mar 27, 2021, at 11:10 PM, Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:


Andy's idea of hosting an alternate space for the group proposals sounds like a great idea. 

Which of the groups on the list do you need contact info for? 

Some of the names seem like ones for which PDX Shelter Forum would already have connections.

If you have a shortlist of those for which you'd need contact info that would be a good starting point.

Elise

On Sat, Mar 27, 2021, 2:28 AM Tim McCormick, <tmccormick@...> wrote:
great idea Andy, and thanks so much for pulling that list of RFPQ respondents. I didn't realize this was possible from the procurement site, I was waiting for more from procurement analyst, Kathi Braeme-Burr.

we've been discussing ways to gather and cross-support proposers (and new collaborators) since before the last forum, this good movement forward.

Here's an open doc for this on the PDX Shelter Forum site (an unfolding experiment in open, collaborative, decentralized 'site' form using GDocs / Google Drive, by the way):
I've added to it the list of proposers from Andy.

If anyone here knows more about the proposals, or whom/how to contact the proposers, please share or add to document. We should be able to get a project listing, whats-needed, how-can-i-help, and discussion going here!
thanks, Tim. 



On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:05 PM Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:
How about hosting a call asking all applicants to share their proposals and see what the community can do to come together around this important work

Proposals Received: 
Event Number RFPQ-76-2021 
Event Name: Alternative Shelter (Reissue)

ALL GOOD NORTHWEST 
BEACON VILLAGE 
Bridges to Change, Inc. 
CASCADIA CLUSTERS 
CATHOLIC CHARITIES 
CITY REPAIR PROJECT 
Courtesy inn motel 
Cultivate Initiatives 
Dignity Village, Inc. 
ECUMENICAL MINISTRIES OF OREGON 
EQUITABLE GIVING CIRCLE 
FAMILY PROMISE OF METRO EAST 
GRAVES CHERYL 
GREATER GOOD NORTHWEST 
HELPING HANDS REENTRY OUTREACH 
CENTERS 
Holistic Healing Behavioral Healthcare 
LEE KYLE 
Matthew Suplee LLC 
MISHEEL LLC 
N/A (Hazelnut Grove) 
Operation Nightwatch 
Oregon Trail of Hope 
Pause for the Cause Creating Change 
POD the People 
Portland New Generations Rotary Club 
RIGHT 2 DREAM TOO 
RISING PHOENIX HOMES LLC 
SELF ENHANCEMENT, INC. 
STRAIGHTWAY SERVICES 
SUNNYSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION 
TULBERG JOSHUA 
Volunteers of America Oregon, Inc.

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Mar 26, 2021, at 1:32 PM, Stanley Penkin <stanleypenkin@...> wrote:



I also received negative knee jerk reactions from people who only saw the word parks, but I do think the initial narrative could have been better defined.

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Barb Rainish
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 4:01 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Oregonian article followup on Shelter to Housing at City Council meeting Weds

 

I wish people would educate themselves and watch the city council meetings to get a better understanding.

 

This is frustrating because neighbors don't understand that the willy nilly camping they see and complain about can't be stopped unless there are acceptable and available (sanctioned) for them to go.

 

Thanks for all the advocacy!

 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021, 3:57 PM David Groff via groups.io <dgroff45=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Earlier this week I posted on Nextdoor Woodstock the OPB article on S2HC and almost immediately received a bunch of negative replies.  My neighbors who posted, with one or two exceptions, are all convinced that the central idea is to put camps in parks.  I argued with them to no avail, which was discouraging to say the least.

 

David Groff

Interfaith Alliance on Poverty

 

On Friday, March 26, 2021, 03:33:52 PM PDT, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

 

 

To: PDX Shelter Forum

Bcc: Nicole Hayden, reporter, The Oregonian

Laura Gunderson, public editor, The Oregonian

followup article after Weds City Council meeting on Shelter to Housing Continuum: "Portland City Council assures residents that homeless quarters will not be allowed in parks"

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/03/portland-city-council-assures-residents-that-homeless-quarters-will-not-be-allowed-in-parks.html.

Accompanied, like our Op-ed, by one of the most dismal-looking pictures I have ever seen of a permitted camp for the unhoused. It's also completely out of date, taken in November before these tents and pallets were fully replaced by Pallet Shelter units. 


My comments posted on it: 

1. the headline, opening, and tweet are misleading to inaccurate. Council is upholding use of parks Community Centers, parking lots, paved areas, this is not "not allowed in parks." 1/n

2. the reporter has repeatedly characterized proposals as for "semi-permanent structures". But tiny houses on wheels are permanent structures, also the @PDXshelterforum coalition in testimony over past year & Op-ed yesterday has called for allowing permanent structures & housing in
#S2HC 2/n. 

3. the reporter say "a handful of residents" opposed RV hookup reqs. But that opposition includes the Planning & Sustainability Commission & very wide community support including @PNWelcome, @catoregon, @SunrisePDX,
@PDXshelterforum etc. Why are *only* officials/staff's views presented? 3/3

Once again, as has been generally true of local news coverage of S2HC and related issues organized community/citizen advocacy has been largely erased from the story. 

--

Tim McCormick

Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

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


Here’s the Cascadia Clusters proposal

Andrew Olshin
 



Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Mar 28, 2021, at 8:29 AM, Matthew Lembo <matt.lembo@...> wrote:

Hi all,

I am part of the team that submitted proposals from the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and Beacon Village and would be happy to participate in this discussion.

-Matt Lembo


On Mar 27, 2021, at 11:10 PM, Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:


Andy's idea of hosting an alternate space for the group proposals sounds like a great idea. 

Which of the groups on the list do you need contact info for? 

Some of the names seem like ones for which PDX Shelter Forum would already have connections.

If you have a shortlist of those for which you'd need contact info that would be a good starting point.

Elise

On Sat, Mar 27, 2021, 2:28 AM Tim McCormick, <tmccormick@...> wrote:
great idea Andy, and thanks so much for pulling that list of RFPQ respondents. I didn't realize this was possible from the procurement site, I was waiting for more from procurement analyst, Kathi Braeme-Burr.

we've been discussing ways to gather and cross-support proposers (and new collaborators) since before the last forum, this good movement forward.

Here's an open doc for this on the PDX Shelter Forum site (an unfolding experiment in open, collaborative, decentralized 'site' form using GDocs / Google Drive, by the way):
I've added to it the list of proposers from Andy.

If anyone here knows more about the proposals, or whom/how to contact the proposers, please share or add to document. We should be able to get a project listing, whats-needed, how-can-i-help, and discussion going here!
thanks, Tim. 



On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:05 PM Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:
How about hosting a call asking all applicants to share their proposals and see what the community can do to come together around this important work

Proposals Received: 
Event Number RFPQ-76-2021 
Event Name: Alternative Shelter (Reissue)

ALL GOOD NORTHWEST 
BEACON VILLAGE 
Bridges to Change, Inc. 
CASCADIA CLUSTERS 
CATHOLIC CHARITIES 
CITY REPAIR PROJECT 
Courtesy inn motel 
Cultivate Initiatives 
Dignity Village, Inc. 
ECUMENICAL MINISTRIES OF OREGON 
EQUITABLE GIVING CIRCLE 
FAMILY PROMISE OF METRO EAST 
GRAVES CHERYL 
GREATER GOOD NORTHWEST 
HELPING HANDS REENTRY OUTREACH 
CENTERS 
Holistic Healing Behavioral Healthcare 
LEE KYLE 
Matthew Suplee LLC 
MISHEEL LLC 
N/A (Hazelnut Grove) 
Operation Nightwatch 
Oregon Trail of Hope 
Pause for the Cause Creating Change 
POD the People 
Portland New Generations Rotary Club 
RIGHT 2 DREAM TOO 
RISING PHOENIX HOMES LLC 
SELF ENHANCEMENT, INC. 
STRAIGHTWAY SERVICES 
SUNNYSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION 
TULBERG JOSHUA 
Volunteers of America Oregon, Inc.

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Mar 26, 2021, at 1:32 PM, Stanley Penkin <stanleypenkin@...> wrote:



I also received negative knee jerk reactions from people who only saw the word parks, but I do think the initial narrative could have been better defined.

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Barb Rainish
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 4:01 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Oregonian article followup on Shelter to Housing at City Council meeting Weds

 

I wish people would educate themselves and watch the city council meetings to get a better understanding.

 

This is frustrating because neighbors don't understand that the willy nilly camping they see and complain about can't be stopped unless there are acceptable and available (sanctioned) for them to go.

 

Thanks for all the advocacy!

 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021, 3:57 PM David Groff via groups.io <dgroff45=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Earlier this week I posted on Nextdoor Woodstock the OPB article on S2HC and almost immediately received a bunch of negative replies.  My neighbors who posted, with one or two exceptions, are all convinced that the central idea is to put camps in parks.  I argued with them to no avail, which was discouraging to say the least.

 

David Groff

Interfaith Alliance on Poverty

 

On Friday, March 26, 2021, 03:33:52 PM PDT, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

 

 

To: PDX Shelter Forum

Bcc: Nicole Hayden, reporter, The Oregonian

Laura Gunderson, public editor, The Oregonian

followup article after Weds City Council meeting on Shelter to Housing Continuum: "Portland City Council assures residents that homeless quarters will not be allowed in parks"

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/03/portland-city-council-assures-residents-that-homeless-quarters-will-not-be-allowed-in-parks.html.

Accompanied, like our Op-ed, by one of the most dismal-looking pictures I have ever seen of a permitted camp for the unhoused. It's also completely out of date, taken in November before these tents and pallets were fully replaced by Pallet Shelter units. 


My comments posted on it: 

1. the headline, opening, and tweet are misleading to inaccurate. Council is upholding use of parks Community Centers, parking lots, paved areas, this is not "not allowed in parks." 1/n

2. the reporter has repeatedly characterized proposals as for "semi-permanent structures". But tiny houses on wheels are permanent structures, also the @PDXshelterforum coalition in testimony over past year & Op-ed yesterday has called for allowing permanent structures & housing in
#S2HC 2/n. 

3. the reporter say "a handful of residents" opposed RV hookup reqs. But that opposition includes the Planning & Sustainability Commission & very wide community support including @PNWelcome, @catoregon, @SunrisePDX,
@PDXshelterforum etc. Why are *only* officials/staff's views presented? 3/3

Once again, as has been generally true of local news coverage of S2HC and related issues organized community/citizen advocacy has been largely erased from the story. 

--

Tim McCormick

Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

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


Re: Oregonian article followup on Shelter to Housing at City Council meeting Weds

Matthew Lembo
 

Hi all,

I am part of the team that submitted proposals from the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and Beacon Village and would be happy to participate in this discussion.

-Matt Lembo


On Mar 27, 2021, at 11:10 PM, Elise Aymer <elise@...> wrote:


Andy's idea of hosting an alternate space for the group proposals sounds like a great idea. 

Which of the groups on the list do you need contact info for? 

Some of the names seem like ones for which PDX Shelter Forum would already have connections.

If you have a shortlist of those for which you'd need contact info that would be a good starting point.

Elise

On Sat, Mar 27, 2021, 2:28 AM Tim McCormick, <tmccormick@...> wrote:
great idea Andy, and thanks so much for pulling that list of RFPQ respondents. I didn't realize this was possible from the procurement site, I was waiting for more from procurement analyst, Kathi Braeme-Burr.

we've been discussing ways to gather and cross-support proposers (and new collaborators) since before the last forum, this good movement forward.

Here's an open doc for this on the PDX Shelter Forum site (an unfolding experiment in open, collaborative, decentralized 'site' form using GDocs / Google Drive, by the way):
I've added to it the list of proposers from Andy.

If anyone here knows more about the proposals, or whom/how to contact the proposers, please share or add to document. We should be able to get a project listing, whats-needed, how-can-i-help, and discussion going here!
thanks, Tim. 



On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 11:05 PM Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:
How about hosting a call asking all applicants to share their proposals and see what the community can do to come together around this important work

Proposals Received: 
Event Number RFPQ-76-2021 
Event Name: Alternative Shelter (Reissue)

ALL GOOD NORTHWEST 
BEACON VILLAGE 
Bridges to Change, Inc. 
CASCADIA CLUSTERS 
CATHOLIC CHARITIES 
CITY REPAIR PROJECT 
Courtesy inn motel 
Cultivate Initiatives 
Dignity Village, Inc. 
ECUMENICAL MINISTRIES OF OREGON 
EQUITABLE GIVING CIRCLE 
FAMILY PROMISE OF METRO EAST 
GRAVES CHERYL 
GREATER GOOD NORTHWEST 
HELPING HANDS REENTRY OUTREACH 
CENTERS 
Holistic Healing Behavioral Healthcare 
LEE KYLE 
Matthew Suplee LLC 
MISHEEL LLC 
N/A (Hazelnut Grove) 
Operation Nightwatch 
Oregon Trail of Hope 
Pause for the Cause Creating Change 
POD the People 
Portland New Generations Rotary Club 
RIGHT 2 DREAM TOO 
RISING PHOENIX HOMES LLC 
SELF ENHANCEMENT, INC. 
STRAIGHTWAY SERVICES 
SUNNYSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION 
TULBERG JOSHUA 
Volunteers of America Oregon, Inc.

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Mar 26, 2021, at 1:32 PM, Stanley Penkin <stanleypenkin@...> wrote:



I also received negative knee jerk reactions from people who only saw the word parks, but I do think the initial narrative could have been better defined.

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Barb Rainish
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 4:01 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Oregonian article followup on Shelter to Housing at City Council meeting Weds

 

I wish people would educate themselves and watch the city council meetings to get a better understanding.

 

This is frustrating because neighbors don't understand that the willy nilly camping they see and complain about can't be stopped unless there are acceptable and available (sanctioned) for them to go.

 

Thanks for all the advocacy!

 

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021, 3:57 PM David Groff via groups.io <dgroff45=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Earlier this week I posted on Nextdoor Woodstock the OPB article on S2HC and almost immediately received a bunch of negative replies.  My neighbors who posted, with one or two exceptions, are all convinced that the central idea is to put camps in parks.  I argued with them to no avail, which was discouraging to say the least.

 

David Groff

Interfaith Alliance on Poverty

 

On Friday, March 26, 2021, 03:33:52 PM PDT, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

 

 

To: PDX Shelter Forum

Bcc: Nicole Hayden, reporter, The Oregonian

Laura Gunderson, public editor, The Oregonian

followup article after Weds City Council meeting on Shelter to Housing Continuum: "Portland City Council assures residents that homeless quarters will not be allowed in parks"

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/03/portland-city-council-assures-residents-that-homeless-quarters-will-not-be-allowed-in-parks.html.

Accompanied, like our Op-ed, by one of the most dismal-looking pictures I have ever seen of a permitted camp for the unhoused. It's also completely out of date, taken in November before these tents and pallets were fully replaced by Pallet Shelter units. 


My comments posted on it: 

1. the headline, opening, and tweet are misleading to inaccurate. Council is upholding use of parks Community Centers, parking lots, paved areas, this is not "not allowed in parks." 1/n

2. the reporter has repeatedly characterized proposals as for "semi-permanent structures". But tiny houses on wheels are permanent structures, also the @PDXshelterforum coalition in testimony over past year & Op-ed yesterday has called for allowing permanent structures & housing in
#S2HC 2/n. 

3. the reporter say "a handful of residents" opposed RV hookup reqs. But that opposition includes the Planning & Sustainability Commission & very wide community support including @PNWelcome, @catoregon, @SunrisePDX,
@PDXshelterforum etc. Why are *only* officials/staff's views presented? 3/3

Once again, as has been generally true of local news coverage of S2HC and related issues organized community/citizen advocacy has been largely erased from the story. 

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Tim McCormick

Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative

Portland, Oregon 

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


Re: Oregonian article followup on Shelter to Housing at City Council meeting Weds

Mary Fellows
 

Sunday's Oregonian has much better, dare I say inspiring, coverage of this topic!

Mary

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 3:33 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
To: PDX Shelter Forum
Bcc: Nicole Hayden, reporter, The Oregonian
Laura Gunderson, public editor, The Oregonian

followup article after Weds City Council meeting on Shelter to Housing Continuum: "Portland City Council assures residents that homeless quarters will not be allowed in parks"
https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/03/portland-city-council-assures-residents-that-homeless-quarters-will-not-be-allowed-in-parks.html.

Accompanied, like our Op-ed, by one of the most dismal-looking pictures I have ever seen of a permitted camp for the unhoused. It's also completely out of date, taken in November before these tents and pallets were fully replaced by Pallet Shelter units. 

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My comments posted on it: 

1. the headline, opening, and tweet are misleading to inaccurate. Council is upholding use of parks Community Centers, parking lots, paved areas, this is not "not allowed in parks." 1/n

2. the reporter has repeatedly characterized proposals as for "semi-permanent structures". But tiny houses on wheels are permanent structures, also the @PDXshelterforum coalition in testimony over past year & Op-ed yesterday has called for allowing permanent structures & housing in
#S2HC 2/n. 

3. the reporter say "a handful of residents" opposed RV hookup reqs. But that opposition includes the Planning & Sustainability Commission & very wide community support including @PNWelcome, @catoregon, @SunrisePDX,
@PDXshelterforum etc. Why are *only* officials/staff's views presented? 3/3

Once again, as has been generally true of local news coverage of S2HC and related issues organized community/citizen advocacy has been largely erased from the story. 

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



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