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Re: Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups

Mitchell Bender
 

Hi Aisha,

Do you happen to know which agencies and advocates are involved with OTCA's effort who have intimate knowledge and/or experience with these issues?



From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> on behalf of Aisha Musa via groups.io <draymusa@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 9, 2020 12:01 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups
 
The Old Town Community Association (OTCA)'s Covid-19 Response Action Team (RAT) has a group working on sanctioned camps, looking for potential locations and ways to get people from the sidewalks to safer locations.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting, LLC









On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 11:50 AM Marissa Donovan <marissa.donovan@...> wrote:
That's very well said Candee.
Is there any way we can start pushing for legal camp spots for our houseless community?  I'm definitely willing to be involved in that process.

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 Candee Wilson via groups.io <candee=candee.com@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:15 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups
 
Don't know if this is how to respond, but I don't know another way.

Sweeps are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they are disruptive to someone whose only home is a tent. On the other hand, tent camping on sidewalks is a violation of a city ordinance. Until the city/county/state begin providing a place where tent campers can safely place a tent, sweeps will continue because the campers won't move unless they are forced to. I do not object to sidewalk camps being swept. They are not supposed to be there in the first place. I think it's wrong to sweep those that have set up a tent in out-of-the-way, inconspicuous places where they aren't bothering anyone for lack of having an alternative place to go that wouldn't be swept. There should be legal camping spots throughout the city/county/state. The homeless have a way of creating communities and policing themselves if left to their own devices. Of course, those with mental health and addiction issues present an entirely different set of problems. They tend to be outcasts in both the homeless community and the general community at large. Thank the ACLU for giving them so many rights that even when people want to help them, they can't.

Until the city/county/state come to terms with the fact that they cannot build their way out of the homeless crisis anytime soon, either through affordable housing, supportive housing or shelters, we will continue to have this discussion.
Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/9/2020 12:06 AM, Tim McCormick wrote:
The City of Portland is officially resuming 'sweeps', or 'cleanups,' of homeless camps, focusing on those with 8 or more structures, blocking sidewalks or entrances, or with reports of criminal behavior or conspicuous drug use.
WW article: https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/07/07/portland-to-resume-homeless-camp-sweeps/.

Notice from Office of Management and Finance, Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP), posted late last month:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/article/756745.

Screen Shot 2020-07-08 at 11.48.09 PM.png

Note, the term 'sweeps' is generally used by opponents of these practices, while officials in Portland say 'cleanups.' 'Cleanups' is fairly well-defined, as the city's current practices; 'sweeps' is less so -- for example, does it imply that campers are not offered alternative acceptable shelter, or assistance in moving belongings? or that they would risk arrest for not complying? Could there be some form of, say, 'relocation' of campers that is not a sweep?

We realize this is a very polarizing, conflicted, and complex situation. Please give us, especially, considered thoughts on this situation. If you are opposed to 'sweeps' or 'cleanups,' tell us what you might propose as alternative, or how else to address concerns of officials and people who support them.

If you support them, tell us why you think others don't, and how their concerns might be addressed. 

Note, we had staffers from HUCIRP, representatives from Downtown and N. Portland neighborhood associations who've particularly raised concerns on this, and organizers from Stop the Sweeps PDX coalition, at the PDX Shelter Forum the other week. We particularly invite comments from them, and thank them for coming together in this discussion.  
Tim

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

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Re: Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups

Aisha Musa
 

The Old Town Community Association (OTCA)'s Covid-19 Response Action Team (RAT) has a group working on sanctioned camps, looking for potential locations and ways to get people from the sidewalks to safer locations.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting, LLC









On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 11:50 AM Marissa Donovan <marissa.donovan@...> wrote:
That's very well said Candee.
Is there any way we can start pushing for legal camp spots for our houseless community?  I'm definitely willing to be involved in that process.

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 Candee Wilson via groups.io <candee=candee.com@groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:15 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups
 
Don't know if this is how to respond, but I don't know another way.

Sweeps are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they are disruptive to someone whose only home is a tent. On the other hand, tent camping on sidewalks is a violation of a city ordinance. Until the city/county/state begin providing a place where tent campers can safely place a tent, sweeps will continue because the campers won't move unless they are forced to. I do not object to sidewalk camps being swept. They are not supposed to be there in the first place. I think it's wrong to sweep those that have set up a tent in out-of-the-way, inconspicuous places where they aren't bothering anyone for lack of having an alternative place to go that wouldn't be swept. There should be legal camping spots throughout the city/county/state. The homeless have a way of creating communities and policing themselves if left to their own devices. Of course, those with mental health and addiction issues present an entirely different set of problems. They tend to be outcasts in both the homeless community and the general community at large. Thank the ACLU for giving them so many rights that even when people want to help them, they can't.

Until the city/county/state come to terms with the fact that they cannot build their way out of the homeless crisis anytime soon, either through affordable housing, supportive housing or shelters, we will continue to have this discussion.
Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/9/2020 12:06 AM, Tim McCormick wrote:
The City of Portland is officially resuming 'sweeps', or 'cleanups,' of homeless camps, focusing on those with 8 or more structures, blocking sidewalks or entrances, or with reports of criminal behavior or conspicuous drug use.
WW article: https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/07/07/portland-to-resume-homeless-camp-sweeps/.

Notice from Office of Management and Finance, Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP), posted late last month:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/article/756745.

Screen Shot 2020-07-08 at 11.48.09 PM.png

Note, the term 'sweeps' is generally used by opponents of these practices, while officials in Portland say 'cleanups.' 'Cleanups' is fairly well-defined, as the city's current practices; 'sweeps' is less so -- for example, does it imply that campers are not offered alternative acceptable shelter, or assistance in moving belongings? or that they would risk arrest for not complying? Could there be some form of, say, 'relocation' of campers that is not a sweep?

We realize this is a very polarizing, conflicted, and complex situation. Please give us, especially, considered thoughts on this situation. If you are opposed to 'sweeps' or 'cleanups,' tell us what you might propose as alternative, or how else to address concerns of officials and people who support them.

If you support them, tell us why you think others don't, and how their concerns might be addressed. 

Note, we had staffers from HUCIRP, representatives from Downtown and N. Portland neighborhood associations who've particularly raised concerns on this, and organizers from Stop the Sweeps PDX coalition, at the PDX Shelter Forum the other week. We particularly invite comments from them, and thank them for coming together in this discussion.  
Tim

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

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Re: Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups

Mitchell Bender
 

Punitive approaches to homelessness and poverty are not evidenced based, are not trauma informed, don't fit with most best practices, and above all are inherently unethical.  Our city does not provide sufficient affordable housing and certainly not sufficient supportive housing to it's most vulnerable residents.  Many shelters are restrictive and institutional in their operations (a result in part of funding restrictions and contract stipulations).  Contrary to popular belief shelters rarely provide the same sense of safety, stability, security, and community that often exists in urban camping environments (obviously this differs between individual people and communities as Candee touched on).  When the city routinely sweeps camps they are engaging in active destabilization of community for our houseless neighbors despite an abject failure to provide any real alternative solutions.

It is important to be realistic about pedestrian right-of-way, business accessibility, bike path safety, and camper safety (eg highway campsites), but sweeping camps that do not raise such concerns is a highly questionable practice, and that's putting it lightly.

It is painfully obvious that camp sweeps are motivated entirely by an "out of sight out of mind" mentality that is not solution-oriented.  If we are not able to guarantee a shelter bed or city-sanctioned campsite for those that we are sweeping, how can we possibly justify these actions?

When our governing entities fail to provide sufficient housing, mental healthcare, and livable income to our most marginalized citizens then all arguments around livability, drug use, and crime in this conversation become significantly less relevant.  The negative consequences of homelessness in our city are symptoms of larger systemic and societal issues and it is unhelpful to blame homeless individuals for these problems when they are almost exclusively trying simply to survive or cope.

Sorry for the wordy response, thanks all for being willing to engage in this conversation.


From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> on behalf of Candee Wilson via groups.io <candee@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:15 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups
 
Don't know if this is how to respond, but I don't know another way.

Sweeps are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they are disruptive to someone whose only home is a tent. On the other hand, tent camping on sidewalks is a violation of a city ordinance. Until the city/county/state begin providing a place where tent campers can safely place a tent, sweeps will continue because the campers won't move unless they are forced to. I do not object to sidewalk camps being swept. They are not supposed to be there in the first place. I think it's wrong to sweep those that have set up a tent in out-of-the-way, inconspicuous places where they aren't bothering anyone for lack of having an alternative place to go that wouldn't be swept. There should be legal camping spots throughout the city/county/state. The homeless have a way of creating communities and policing themselves if left to their own devices. Of course, those with mental health and addiction issues present an entirely different set of problems. They tend to be outcasts in both the homeless community and the general community at large. Thank the ACLU for giving them so many rights that even when people want to help them, they can't.

Until the city/county/state come to terms with the fact that they cannot build their way out of the homeless crisis anytime soon, either through affordable housing, supportive housing or shelters, we will continue to have this discussion.
Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/9/2020 12:06 AM, Tim McCormick wrote:
The City of Portland is officially resuming 'sweeps', or 'cleanups,' of homeless camps, focusing on those with 8 or more structures, blocking sidewalks or entrances, or with reports of criminal behavior or conspicuous drug use.
WW article: https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/07/07/portland-to-resume-homeless-camp-sweeps/.

Notice from Office of Management and Finance, Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP), posted late last month:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/article/756745.

Screen Shot 2020-07-08 at 11.48.09 PM.png

Note, the term 'sweeps' is generally used by opponents of these practices, while officials in Portland say 'cleanups.' 'Cleanups' is fairly well-defined, as the city's current practices; 'sweeps' is less so -- for example, does it imply that campers are not offered alternative acceptable shelter, or assistance in moving belongings? or that they would risk arrest for not complying? Could there be some form of, say, 'relocation' of campers that is not a sweep?

We realize this is a very polarizing, conflicted, and complex situation. Please give us, especially, considered thoughts on this situation. If you are opposed to 'sweeps' or 'cleanups,' tell us what you might propose as alternative, or how else to address concerns of officials and people who support them.

If you support them, tell us why you think others don't, and how their concerns might be addressed. 

Note, we had staffers from HUCIRP, representatives from Downtown and N. Portland neighborhood associations who've particularly raised concerns on this, and organizers from Stop the Sweeps PDX coalition, at the PDX Shelter Forum the other week. We particularly invite comments from them, and thank them for coming together in this discussion.  
Tim

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

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Re: Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups

Marissa Donovan
 

That's very well said Candee.
Is there any way we can start pushing for legal camp spots for our houseless community?  I'm definitely willing to be involved in that process.

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 Candee Wilson via groups.io <candee@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:15 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups
 
Don't know if this is how to respond, but I don't know another way.

Sweeps are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they are disruptive to someone whose only home is a tent. On the other hand, tent camping on sidewalks is a violation of a city ordinance. Until the city/county/state begin providing a place where tent campers can safely place a tent, sweeps will continue because the campers won't move unless they are forced to. I do not object to sidewalk camps being swept. They are not supposed to be there in the first place. I think it's wrong to sweep those that have set up a tent in out-of-the-way, inconspicuous places where they aren't bothering anyone for lack of having an alternative place to go that wouldn't be swept. There should be legal camping spots throughout the city/county/state. The homeless have a way of creating communities and policing themselves if left to their own devices. Of course, those with mental health and addiction issues present an entirely different set of problems. They tend to be outcasts in both the homeless community and the general community at large. Thank the ACLU for giving them so many rights that even when people want to help them, they can't.

Until the city/county/state come to terms with the fact that they cannot build their way out of the homeless crisis anytime soon, either through affordable housing, supportive housing or shelters, we will continue to have this discussion.
Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/9/2020 12:06 AM, Tim McCormick wrote:
The City of Portland is officially resuming 'sweeps', or 'cleanups,' of homeless camps, focusing on those with 8 or more structures, blocking sidewalks or entrances, or with reports of criminal behavior or conspicuous drug use.
WW article: https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/07/07/portland-to-resume-homeless-camp-sweeps/.

Notice from Office of Management and Finance, Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP), posted late last month:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/article/756745.

Screen Shot 2020-07-08 at 11.48.09 PM.png

Note, the term 'sweeps' is generally used by opponents of these practices, while officials in Portland say 'cleanups.' 'Cleanups' is fairly well-defined, as the city's current practices; 'sweeps' is less so -- for example, does it imply that campers are not offered alternative acceptable shelter, or assistance in moving belongings? or that they would risk arrest for not complying? Could there be some form of, say, 'relocation' of campers that is not a sweep?

We realize this is a very polarizing, conflicted, and complex situation. Please give us, especially, considered thoughts on this situation. If you are opposed to 'sweeps' or 'cleanups,' tell us what you might propose as alternative, or how else to address concerns of officials and people who support them.

If you support them, tell us why you think others don't, and how their concerns might be addressed. 

Note, we had staffers from HUCIRP, representatives from Downtown and N. Portland neighborhood associations who've particularly raised concerns on this, and organizers from Stop the Sweeps PDX coalition, at the PDX Shelter Forum the other week. We particularly invite comments from them, and thank them for coming together in this discussion.  
Tim

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

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Re: Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups

Candee Wilson
 

Don't know if this is how to respond, but I don't know another way.

Sweeps are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they are disruptive to someone whose only home is a tent. On the other hand, tent camping on sidewalks is a violation of a city ordinance. Until the city/county/state begin providing a place where tent campers can safely place a tent, sweeps will continue because the campers won't move unless they are forced to. I do not object to sidewalk camps being swept. They are not supposed to be there in the first place. I think it's wrong to sweep those that have set up a tent in out-of-the-way, inconspicuous places where they aren't bothering anyone for lack of having an alternative place to go that wouldn't be swept. There should be legal camping spots throughout the city/county/state. The homeless have a way of creating communities and policing themselves if left to their own devices. Of course, those with mental health and addiction issues present an entirely different set of problems. They tend to be outcasts in both the homeless community and the general community at large. Thank the ACLU for giving them so many rights that even when people want to help them, they can't.

Until the city/county/state come to terms with the fact that they cannot build their way out of the homeless crisis anytime soon, either through affordable housing, supportive housing or shelters, we will continue to have this discussion.
Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/9/2020 12:06 AM, Tim McCormick wrote:

The City of Portland is officially resuming 'sweeps', or 'cleanups,' of homeless camps, focusing on those with 8 or more structures, blocking sidewalks or entrances, or with reports of criminal behavior or conspicuous drug use.
WW article: https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/07/07/portland-to-resume-homeless-camp-sweeps/.

Notice from Office of Management and Finance, Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP), posted late last month:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/article/756745.

Screen Shot 2020-07-08 at 11.48.09 PM.png

Note, the term 'sweeps' is generally used by opponents of these practices, while officials in Portland say 'cleanups.' 'Cleanups' is fairly well-defined, as the city's current practices; 'sweeps' is less so -- for example, does it imply that campers are not offered alternative acceptable shelter, or assistance in moving belongings? or that they would risk arrest for not complying? Could there be some form of, say, 'relocation' of campers that is not a sweep?

We realize this is a very polarizing, conflicted, and complex situation. Please give us, especially, considered thoughts on this situation. If you are opposed to 'sweeps' or 'cleanups,' tell us what you might propose as alternative, or how else to address concerns of officials and people who support them.

If you support them, tell us why you think others don't, and how their concerns might be addressed. 

Note, we had staffers from HUCIRP, representatives from Downtown and N. Portland neighborhood associations who've particularly raised concerns on this, and organizers from Stop the Sweeps PDX coalition, at the PDX Shelter Forum the other week. We particularly invite comments from them, and thank them for coming together in this discussion.  
Tim

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

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Re: Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups

Trena Sutton
 

Yesterday I received a panicked call from a woman who is in a facility recovering from major surgery. She has a tent on the Springwater. Many of the tents were on the Pro Logis property and they allowed stay. Then their tools were started disappearing, an employee was shot with a pellet gun and yesterday a little creep stole a set of keys right out of a truck and in
front of employees.

Pro Logis had enough and wants everyone to be swept on a Police Abatement. The good campers like the woman who is convalescing is caught up with the bad. 

We know who it was that took the keys. I hear complaints about this jerk from other campers. They complain these  problematic people are causing the trouble but they all have to pay the price. 

Thanks,

Trena


On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 12:06 AM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:
The City of Portland is officially resuming 'sweeps', or 'cleanups,' of homeless camps, focusing on those with 8 or more structures, blocking sidewalks or entrances, or with reports of criminal behavior or conspicuous drug use.
WW article: https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/07/07/portland-to-resume-homeless-camp-sweeps/.

Notice from Office of Management and Finance, Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP), posted late last month:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/article/756745.

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Note, the term 'sweeps' is generally used by opponents of these practices, while officials in Portland say 'cleanups.' 'Cleanups' is fairly well-defined, as the city's current practices; 'sweeps' is less so -- for example, does it imply that campers are not offered alternative acceptable shelter, or assistance in moving belongings? or that they would risk arrest for not complying? Could there be some form of, say, 'relocation' of campers that is not a sweep?

We realize this is a very polarizing, conflicted, and complex situation. Please give us, especially, considered thoughts on this situation. If you are opposed to 'sweeps' or 'cleanups,' tell us what you might propose as alternative, or how else to address concerns of officials and people who support them.

If you support them, tell us why you think others don't, and how their concerns might be addressed. 

Note, we had staffers from HUCIRP, representatives from Downtown and N. Portland neighborhood associations who've particularly raised concerns on this, and organizers from Stop the Sweeps PDX coalition, at the PDX Shelter Forum the other week. We particularly invite comments from them, and thank them for coming together in this discussion.  
Tim

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Portland to resume homeless camp sweeps/cleanups

Tim McCormick
 

The City of Portland is officially resuming 'sweeps', or 'cleanups,' of homeless camps, focusing on those with 8 or more structures, blocking sidewalks or entrances, or with reports of criminal behavior or conspicuous drug use.
WW article: https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/07/07/portland-to-resume-homeless-camp-sweeps/.

Notice from Office of Management and Finance, Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP), posted late last month:
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/article/756745.

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Note, the term 'sweeps' is generally used by opponents of these practices, while officials in Portland say 'cleanups.' 'Cleanups' is fairly well-defined, as the city's current practices; 'sweeps' is less so -- for example, does it imply that campers are not offered alternative acceptable shelter, or assistance in moving belongings? or that they would risk arrest for not complying? Could there be some form of, say, 'relocation' of campers that is not a sweep?

We realize this is a very polarizing, conflicted, and complex situation. Please give us, especially, considered thoughts on this situation. If you are opposed to 'sweeps' or 'cleanups,' tell us what you might propose as alternative, or how else to address concerns of officials and people who support them.

If you support them, tell us why you think others don't, and how their concerns might be addressed. 

Note, we had staffers from HUCIRP, representatives from Downtown and N. Portland neighborhood associations who've particularly raised concerns on this, and organizers from Stop the Sweeps PDX coalition, at the PDX Shelter Forum the other week. We particularly invite comments from them, and thank them for coming together in this discussion.  
Tim

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Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 

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Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX

Andrew Olshin
 


Roughly $35K for dbl laundry, dbl shower. $25K for sngl shower, sngl laundry. $18K for single laundry or single shower. (Those are all retail, no donations). 

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 6, 2020, at 10:07 AM, Sharron Fuchs <sharronfuchs@...> wrote:

Dear Mr. Olshin,

How much does it cost to build a mobile hygiene unit?

Very truly yours,

Sharron Fuchs 

On Jul 6, 2020, at 9:52 AM, Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:

Thanks David.  I was hoping this would be a good week to reach out to potential donors to support our work building hygiene units to offer free, hot showers to folks out on the streets. 

https://www.cascadiaclusters.org/support

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 5, 2020, at 8:28 PM, Dave Albertine <davea51@...> wrote:

Andy Olshin is doing great work and making things happen in a practical way.  If you can help and support his work at  Cascadia Clusters, I highly recommend it.



On Jul 5, 2020, at 8:23 PM, Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:

Obstacles? Opportunities. 
Here are a few:
- visit Agape Village, talk with Pastor Huff about what could be done to expand capacity, “host” guest families for 6 weeks or so.  
- visit Hazelnut Grove and check out the vegetable gardens. What can you do to help the “grovers”.  
- Are you a plumber?  Can you help with a specific project At Cascadia Clusters - we are building three more mobile hygiene units

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Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 5, 2020, at 8:13 PM, Stephen Pettengill <foodsavant8@...> wrote:


Many of these projects are possible because the
zoning and code restrictions are not there.
Texas is famous for this, unlike here.

Imagine what we could do without so many  obstacles.
Stephen

    

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 6:20 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
I love these ideas! I am a plumber by trade and would love to see and be a part of outreach between local pre-apprenticeship programs and projects like this, such as Oregon Tradeswomen and Construction Hope. So looking forward to continuing to work with all of you. I've no doubt we've got the skills and experience needed to get the job done.

Warmly,
Danielle Elowe
Rahab's Sisters

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 5:40 PM Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:
You have Valid points Danielle. I live in Northeast Portland and it takes me an hour and a half to get over to Milwaukie which is my former stomping grounds and I have many friends and fu valid points Danielle. I live in Northeast Portland and it takes me an hour and a half to get over to Milwaukie which is my former stomping grounds and I have many friends and for babies fur babies. Much discussion has been done over bringing potential employers in job fair much discussion has been done over bringing potential employers in jobs fairs  and those who could come in and Provide training in several areas. I watch the job market and I see the need for skilled workers and  not necessarily those with college degrees.  Apprenticeships are golden for our job market. 

 I have no doubt that Lake Bybee Hope Center (BLHC)  Will have growing pains but getting people off the streets and getting them help with their issues is paramount. When a person can wake up in the morning and shower and have clean clothes  they would be able to go down the hall to take a GED class or train and a apprenticeship program right there on the premises. 

 I am not thrilled with the fact that there will not be couples residency or RVs parking in the parking lot but I understand the reasons. 

 My sister has her masters degree in social work and works for a nonprofit that actually our good Stewart’s for the donations they get. She could get a different job at a different place and make much more money but She has a heart for where she is right now and I applaud you for the same.



On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 5:20 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
Very much enjoying this discussion! 

The use of Wapato as a treatment and detox facility seems reasonable enough, provided that we have adequate outpatient transitional housing closer-in. However, in looking at transit maps, the facility is around 1.75 hours from downtown on transit, which includes a preliminary 25 minute bike ride to catch a bus to light rail. This still seems inaccessible, particularly if the intent of this project is as a transitional houseless shelter.

In terms of the build-it-and-they-will-come conversation, I'm curious what would incentivize entrepreneurs to create jobs in that particular, remote, industrial area. The jobs are still going to be in town, potentially where their old haunts, their old dealers, and their old influences reside. What is this project's plan to support people in that phase of recovery and rebuilding?

Lastly, addressing Trena's mistrust in non-profits, I do echo those concerns. Non-profits can and often do hoard wealth while utilizing low-wage labor. But as one of three paid employees at a micro hyper-localized non-profit making just above poverty wages despite my training in a much more lucrative field, I'll be the first to say that I'd love to see the need for this work and my position in it completely eradicated. Our coffers are virtually non-existent. My personal experience doesn't erase countless other organizations' interest, but it's not a unanimous one.

Thank you all for this discourse, and I'm going to continue to push for these decisions to be made by and for the people they directly affect. I hope we can all agree to do the same.

-Danielle Elowe

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 3:43 PM Jan Radle Roberson <janr2@...> wrote:
David and Trena, I agree.  I have done a lot of oureach and now my PhD research focuses on unhoused women and unsafe urban space.  I was blessed tp hear and document their stories.  There is not a single solution here. Bybee provides one snd I support it.   But other solutions are needed also.  There is such a breakdown in our service delivery and network here in Portland.   

Jan


On Jul 5, 2020, at 3:34 PM, David Dickson <dicksondavidk@...> wrote:

I’m with Trena on this, but I’m also with anyone who is out there doing something to address the homelessness crisis.  The problem is big enough for many ideas.  One unique aspect of Bybee Lakes is that it does not involve tax dollars.  Maybe it’s a good thing the county rejected it and we have an opportunity to see how it works at no cost to the taxpayer.  While one person might look at the lack of “services” at the Bybee Lakes location as a negative, another person might see it differently…that the lack of services will bring bring services and jobs to the location.  If you build it, they will come.  And the drug free policy might be a blessing to many who are struggling to get clean and need an environment which supports their effort.

On Jul 5, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:

Jason Renault  that was the assessment of the state and county because they wanted someone to buy it does it and put up warehouses so they could get the tax revenues put in the coffers. I don’t remember seeing you with any of the meetings in dealing with this “Rich White Man”.  Jordan is a kind and very decent man. His family has a legacy of  philanthropic projects that have benefited people for many, many years. Helping Hands is a proven solution, they have been very successful in opening up seven homeless shelters on the coast. 

Match Resourse has gone into this project and people have been very generous, not only with their money but their talents. You sound like that city commissioner who opened her mouth without knowing all the facts. If the county had ran it for any purpose I would not have supported it in anyway because they screwed up royally much research has gone into this project and people have been very generous, not only with their money but their talents. You sound like that city commissioner who opened her mouth without knowing all the facts. If the county had ran out for any purpose I would not have supported it in anyway because they screwed up royally  in building Wapato. It was built as a medium security jail but of course never opened. I seen the architectural renderings and they are fantastic. I’m not going to slam you in anyway because you’re entitled to your rate on this and I’ve had to deal with other short  minded people who laughingly call themselves “Advocates”, They are no such damn thing.

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 2:30 PM Jason Renaud <info@...> wrote:
The state and mental & addiction health advocates looked at Wapato pretty carefully in 2002 for conversion to a new state hospital - this prior to the total rehab of the state hospital in Salem. The wide consensus agreement was Wapato is fundamentally a jail and there was no way to convert it - outside of demolition and a total rebuild. With consensus state facilities crossed it off from any future development planning. Their thought was with some minor adjustments it could be converted to a state or Federal prison. 

Since then there have been dozens of various attempts to restart this idea, but all have failed a variety of tests laid out by thoughtful knowledgeable people -  distance, capital cost, operations costs, amenities, services, aesthetics. Danielle's is right, also include the county, the city, addiction recovery community, the mental health treatment community, and pretty much any homeless service provided not funded by Jordan Schnitzer. They've all opposed - or would oppose if a proposal were real and not smoke. This is a rich man who bought a white elephant and to fix Martin v Boise by demanding public funding for a terrible idea. He's probably spent more money demanding public funds than he paid for the property. Trumpian, at best. 

There are straightforward solutions to reduce the amount of time various people spend homeless. They require blended funding from the Fed, states and counties, and private philanthropy, none of which make reducing homelessness a priority. People who are homeless and unsheltered don't vote and don't make political contributions. Example - the jacked Metro Bond future dollars are already being channeled toward rent relief & "affordable housing" and not services & shelter for the unsheltered. But Wapato is not a solution. 

Just say no to Wapato. 

Jason Renaud

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 1:32 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
From what I've read and heard directly from unsheltered folks, the houseless community has not so far responded favorably to the utilization of the Wapato Jail site for reasons that seem obvious. 1) It's a jail, and regardless of facelifts that fact will remain triggering to many 2) More pragmatically, it is super far away from City Center. While they can promise to be self-sufficient in regards to medical and social services, it still smells of something carceral - the message reads We'll ship you way out here until you're ready to rejoin all of us in civilised society.

I'm not discounting it's potential usefulness entirely, but I think a ton more community input is needed, not from the city or from non-profits, but from those directly affected. That's my two cents.

-Danielle Elowe

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 12:22 PM Candee Wilson <candee@...> wrote:
If you aren't familiar with Alan Evans and Bybee Lakes Hope Center, this is what he wants to do with the 18+ acres at the former Wapato jail. He envisions building apartments in addition to the center for people to transition to after treatment. He also plans to use the built-in work environment surrounding the center to help find employment opportunities. This is happening right here in Portland, so ,yes, there are visionaries in our midst. And instead of just serving 200 people, it will serve over 500 eventually. We have a model to follow right here.
Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/4/2020 6:49 PM, Portland Shelter Forum wrote:
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From: Leo Kaminski <leok2@...>
Date: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 5:46 PM
Subject: Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX
To: PDX Shelter Forum <pdxshelterforum@...>

Hello PDX Shelter Forum,

I encourage all to learn what has been done to address homelessness in other cities.  One of the best examples is Community First! Village.

Community First! Village in Austin, Texas: https://mlf.org/community-first/

This community is founded and run by Mobile Loaves and Fishes: https://mlf.org/

Community First! Village - YouTube video (one of many): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc0HaWUHCO8

We need action now!  But locally, we should build on the efforts that have already been made by others here in Portland.  A lot of effort has already gone into identifying sites for villages.

Village Coalition is one group that has already done a lot of talking with the city and other agencies: https://cityrepair.org/village-coalition

Leo Kaminski
leok2@...

On 7/3/2020 3:29 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:
last Thursday we convened an online event, Portland Forum on Alternative Shelter & Villages, co-hosted by Interfaith Alliance on Poverty and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. We had 180+ attendees from a all walks of life, including housed and unhoused, officials and city/county staffers, neighborhood association leaders, planners, architects, and homelessness service providers.

A wide range of ideas of ideas were discussed, from possibilities under emerging City and State codes, to the Metro homeless services measure funding, to mobile and vehicle dwellings. The core question: what can we do to ensure every Portland has a safe, decent place to sleep, NOW?

The materials from event including presentations, video and audio, notes, and background materials, are now available, and we invite you to take a look, and share with us or to the initiative's mailing list your thoughts and suggestions. 

We welcome your ongoing input and feedback, suggestions for projects or future events: You can:
  • post to the mailing list by emailing to pdshelterforum@groups.io. (if you're not yet a member, message will be held for moderation, & you can join here). 
  • email the planning team at: pdxshelterforum@....
  • reach us on Twitter at @pdxshelterforum
  • use hashtag #pdxshelterforum when posting anything related or to track other related.
thanks,
Tim McCormick 
Portland Forum on Alternative Shelters & Villages Planning Team

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Portland, Oregon 


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Portland OR 97223


Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX

Andrew Olshin
 

Just wondering whether areas could be designated legally as village friendly, THOWS Welcome.  Open land use “classification adjustable by proposed use as very very low income mobile housing”. Mobile housing could have an open definition ?

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 6, 2020, at 12:20 PM, Stephen Pettengill <foodsavant8@...> wrote:


It's good education for me to read all the posts.
Like most people, and most issues, we all have a lot
to learn, just to have a basic understanding of the these
complex issues.

     So, is there an awareness campaign for the general public?
Is the houseless issue, like racism, too intertwined with our
predatory capitalist world view, and thus.... like Sisyphus, 
an endless, tiring, struggle against 'the system'?

    I do see some successes happening though. Is there a video of
various success of models for alternative housing and supportive
environments? What about obstacles to success; can we package this
issue into info bites for the larger community? If there is a bottleneck
to the flow of solutions, what are they? The general public only sees this
issue from a distance, and does not understand it fully, similar to white
people do not  understand  the reality of what people of color experieince within
a racist system.

     We need to provide educational platforms (movies, tours, involvement
opportunities, etc.) for  the houseless populations
in order to increase awareness and foster urgency among our community,
especially with a spike in evictions expected soon.

    Thanks for opportunity to speak,
Suggestions?
Stephen

Stephen
  
    

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 10:41 AM Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:
 Strike one. It was built as a minimum security jail which was not industrial. Since we still have a homeless state of emergency and zoning laws can be waived  I have to say That Dog don’t hunt. That is all

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 7:20 AM Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:
Perhaps some of the industrial property owners  - many of whom will be paying the Metro Tax 😎- are concerned about a precedent regarding changing the allowed use of historically industrial property to  a community service use -which ,I believe, is prohibited in that Zone.  So, will the City (and the Port, run by its own board?ish) carve out a “new” “spot zoned” recharacterization of Bybee Lake Commons(🤣). 

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 6, 2020, at 4:07 AM, Erika Schnidrig <Erikajschnid@...> wrote:

I agree. I feel the apprehension to make Wapato a shelter space was largely due to those reasons. Shelter can already feel isolating and it's easy for houseless folks staying in shelters to feel a sense of powerlessness. Lack of access to resources and essentials like grocery stores could add to that feeling of powerlessness. Transportation in general is such an enormous barrier as well so I hope there is a plan to hear more community input, especially from those who it affects most. 



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Horticultural Therapist & Landscape Consultant 
7056 SW Vermont Ct.
Portland OR 97223


Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX

Stephen Pettengill
 

It's good education for me to read all the posts.
Like most people, and most issues, we all have a lot
to learn, just to have a basic understanding of the these
complex issues.

     So, is there an awareness campaign for the general public?
Is the houseless issue, like racism, too intertwined with our
predatory capitalist world view, and thus.... like Sisyphus, 
an endless, tiring, struggle against 'the system'?

    I do see some successes happening though. Is there a video of
various success of models for alternative housing and supportive
environments? What about obstacles to success; can we package this
issue into info bites for the larger community? If there is a bottleneck
to the flow of solutions, what are they? The general public only sees this
issue from a distance, and does not understand it fully, similar to white
people do not  understand  the reality of what people of color experieince within
a racist system.

     We need to provide educational platforms (movies, tours, involvement
opportunities, etc.) for  the houseless populations
in order to increase awareness and foster urgency among our community,
especially with a spike in evictions expected soon.

    Thanks for opportunity to speak,
Suggestions?
Stephen

Stephen
  
    

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 10:41 AM Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:
 Strike one. It was built as a minimum security jail which was not industrial. Since we still have a homeless state of emergency and zoning laws can be waived  I have to say That Dog don’t hunt. That is all

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 7:20 AM Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:
Perhaps some of the industrial property owners  - many of whom will be paying the Metro Tax 😎- are concerned about a precedent regarding changing the allowed use of historically industrial property to  a community service use -which ,I believe, is prohibited in that Zone.  So, will the City (and the Port, run by its own board?ish) carve out a “new” “spot zoned” recharacterization of Bybee Lake Commons(🤣). 

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 6, 2020, at 4:07 AM, Erika Schnidrig <Erikajschnid@...> wrote:

I agree. I feel the apprehension to make Wapato a shelter space was largely due to those reasons. Shelter can already feel isolating and it's easy for houseless folks staying in shelters to feel a sense of powerlessness. Lack of access to resources and essentials like grocery stores could add to that feeling of powerlessness. Transportation in general is such an enormous barrier as well so I hope there is a plan to hear more community input, especially from those who it affects most. 



--
Stephen Pettengill

Horticultural Therapist & Landscape Consultant 
7056 SW Vermont Ct.
Portland OR 97223


Re: Invitation: Community Conversations hosted by Oregon Dept. of Justice

Diane Rivera
 

@Trena Sutton 
Yes you can log in or participate "voice only"!


Diane Rivera, Career Advisor

Career Boost (for SNAP recipients)

Direct phone number (503) 972-3243

Worksource Portland Metro - SE / SE Works

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On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 10:38 AM Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:
I will be out of town in central Oregon until the 24th. I assume I can access it from my phone?

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 9:45 AM Diane Rivera <drivera@...> wrote:
Anyone else attending the July 20th session?


Diane Rivera, Career Advisor

Career Boost (for SNAP recipients)

Direct phone number (503) 972-3243

Worksource Portland Metro - SE / SE Works

www.seworks.org



 

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From: A Home for Everyone <ahfe@...>
Date: Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 8:56 AM
Subject: Invitation: Community Conversations hosted by Oregon Dept. of Justice
To: 


This notice contains information about a series of virtual community conversations hosted by Oregon DOJ.
View this email in your browser
See below for an invitation to virtual community conversations hosted by Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ)
Click here to read more on the Oregon DOJ website.
 

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  • Please say your name (“This is Ben”) every time you speak to the group. This is for the benefit of those participating over the phone and those relying on ASL interpreters.
A Home for Everyone is a community-wide effort to house homeless Multnomah County citizens by making smart investments in the areas of housing, income, survival, emergency services, health, access to services and systems coordination. Key partners in the effort include Multnomah County, the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, Home Forward, local nonprofits and members of the public. For more information, go to: ahomeforeveryone.net
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Re: Invitation: Community Conversations hosted by Oregon Dept. of Justice

Jan Kahn
 

I plan to attend
Jan Kahn
503-957-4189

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On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 10:38 AM Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:
I will be out of town in central Oregon until the 24th. I assume I can access it from my phone?

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 9:45 AM Diane Rivera <drivera@...> wrote:
Anyone else attending the July 20th session?


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Career Boost (for SNAP recipients)

Direct phone number (503) 972-3243

Worksource Portland Metro - SE / SE Works

www.seworks.org



 

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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: A Home for Everyone <ahfe@...>
Date: Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 8:56 AM
Subject: Invitation: Community Conversations hosted by Oregon Dept. of Justice
To: 


This notice contains information about a series of virtual community conversations hosted by Oregon DOJ.
View this email in your browser
See below for an invitation to virtual community conversations hosted by Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ)
Click here to read more on the Oregon DOJ website.
 

What Gets in the Way? LET’S TALK ABOUT…

  • Your experiences with Institutional racism and implicit bias
  • Oregon’s new hate crime law
  • How Oregon DOJ can engage with your community
The time for meaningful change is now. Help us open pathways to justice & support for marginalized & oppressed people in Oregon.
 

Dates, Times, and How to Connect:

  • LGBTQIA+ Session: Monday, July 6, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 804 1146, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Religious Minority Session: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 613 1955, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Latinx Session: Friday, July 10, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 177 1055, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  https://oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Black/African American Session: Monday, July 13, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 606 1693, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Asian Pacific Islander Session: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 774 8651, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Undocumented/ Migrant Farm Worker Session: Friday, July 17, 2020 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 572 6005, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Houseless/Mental Illness/ Substance Issues Session: Monday, July 20, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 212 5668, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Native American Session: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 507 4831, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing Session: Friday, July 24, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 799 3920, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Disabilities and Limitations Session: Monday, July 27, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 222 2838, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Refugee/Immigrant Session: Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 878 1320, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
Accommodations:  If you require an accommodation to participate in this virtual community conversation or have any questions about participation, please contact Ben Bradshaw:
Please identify the session(s) you will be attending and the accommodation you are requesting.  Closed captioning, ASL interpreters, and spoken language interpreters are examples of accommodations that can be provided upon request.  Please submit your requests for accommodation no later than four (4) days prior to the session you wish to attend.

Privacy, Security, and Logistics:
  • Sessions will not be recorded.
  • Any participant may be anonymous if they so choose. You may choose to participate with or without your name and/or organization spelled out on the right side of the screen, you can choose not to show any video of yourself by clicking the no video icon at the bottom of your screen, you can choose to call in anonymously and will be identified only as Caller 1, 2, 3, etc.
  • It is important to us that we make these conversations a safe place to share and accessible to communication going both ways.
  • No registration is required. We chose not to require registration for sessions to protect your privacy.  We do not know every person participating in each session.  However, for your and everyone’s emotional safety, our host has the ability to immediately expunge from any session any person engaging in hate speech or showing hate images, and they will be permanently barred from the session.  Please contact Jennifer Lawrence at Jennifer.Lawrence@... with any questions or concerns regarding this process during the session.
  • All sessions will begin with all participants on mute. This is because we are anticipating many attendees, and this will help reduce background noise.
  • Each session will be an open conversation where we will openly discuss a number of topics. We ask that if you would like to speak that you raise your hand in the chat room.  (Instructions will be given at the beginning of each session for how to do this.)  When we call on you, we will unmute your audio to share with the group, and then mute you when you are finished sharing.
  • Because those on the phone cannot indicate a raised hand, we will unmute our phone participants periodically to inquire about any comments.
  • Please say your name (“This is Ben”) every time you speak to the group. This is for the benefit of those participating over the phone and those relying on ASL interpreters.
A Home for Everyone is a community-wide effort to house homeless Multnomah County citizens by making smart investments in the areas of housing, income, survival, emergency services, health, access to services and systems coordination. Key partners in the effort include Multnomah County, the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, Home Forward, local nonprofits and members of the public. For more information, go to: ahomeforeveryone.net
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Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX

Trena Sutton
 

 Strike one. It was built as a minimum security jail which was not industrial. Since we still have a homeless state of emergency and zoning laws can be waived  I have to say That Dog don’t hunt. That is all

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 7:20 AM Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:
Perhaps some of the industrial property owners  - many of whom will be paying the Metro Tax 😎- are concerned about a precedent regarding changing the allowed use of historically industrial property to  a community service use -which ,I believe, is prohibited in that Zone.  So, will the City (and the Port, run by its own board?ish) carve out a “new” “spot zoned” recharacterization of Bybee Lake Commons(🤣). 

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 6, 2020, at 4:07 AM, Erika Schnidrig <Erikajschnid@...> wrote:

I agree. I feel the apprehension to make Wapato a shelter space was largely due to those reasons. Shelter can already feel isolating and it's easy for houseless folks staying in shelters to feel a sense of powerlessness. Lack of access to resources and essentials like grocery stores could add to that feeling of powerlessness. Transportation in general is such an enormous barrier as well so I hope there is a plan to hear more community input, especially from those who it affects most. 


Re: Invitation: Community Conversations hosted by Oregon Dept. of Justice

Trena Sutton
 

I will be out of town in central Oregon until the 24th. I assume I can access it from my phone?

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 9:45 AM Diane Rivera <drivera@...> wrote:
Anyone else attending the July 20th session?


Diane Rivera, Career Advisor

Career Boost (for SNAP recipients)

Direct phone number (503) 972-3243

Worksource Portland Metro - SE / SE Works

www.seworks.org



 

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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: A Home for Everyone <ahfe@...>
Date: Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 8:56 AM
Subject: Invitation: Community Conversations hosted by Oregon Dept. of Justice
To: 


This notice contains information about a series of virtual community conversations hosted by Oregon DOJ.
View this email in your browser
See below for an invitation to virtual community conversations hosted by Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ)
Click here to read more on the Oregon DOJ website.
 

What Gets in the Way? LET’S TALK ABOUT…

  • Your experiences with Institutional racism and implicit bias
  • Oregon’s new hate crime law
  • How Oregon DOJ can engage with your community
The time for meaningful change is now. Help us open pathways to justice & support for marginalized & oppressed people in Oregon.
 

Dates, Times, and How to Connect:

  • LGBTQIA+ Session: Monday, July 6, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 804 1146, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Religious Minority Session: Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 613 1955, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Latinx Session: Friday, July 10, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 177 1055, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  https://oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Black/African American Session: Monday, July 13, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 606 1693, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Asian Pacific Islander Session: Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 774 8651, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Undocumented/ Migrant Farm Worker Session: Friday, July 17, 2020 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 572 6005, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Houseless/Mental Illness/ Substance Issues Session: Monday, July 20, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 212 5668, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Native American Session: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 507 4831, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing Session: Friday, July 24, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 799 3920, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Disabilities and Limitations Session: Monday, July 27, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 222 2838, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
  • Refugee/Immigrant Session: Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 878 1320, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
Accommodations:  If you require an accommodation to participate in this virtual community conversation or have any questions about participation, please contact Ben Bradshaw:
Please identify the session(s) you will be attending and the accommodation you are requesting.  Closed captioning, ASL interpreters, and spoken language interpreters are examples of accommodations that can be provided upon request.  Please submit your requests for accommodation no later than four (4) days prior to the session you wish to attend.

Privacy, Security, and Logistics:
  • Sessions will not be recorded.
  • Any participant may be anonymous if they so choose. You may choose to participate with or without your name and/or organization spelled out on the right side of the screen, you can choose not to show any video of yourself by clicking the no video icon at the bottom of your screen, you can choose to call in anonymously and will be identified only as Caller 1, 2, 3, etc.
  • It is important to us that we make these conversations a safe place to share and accessible to communication going both ways.
  • No registration is required. We chose not to require registration for sessions to protect your privacy.  We do not know every person participating in each session.  However, for your and everyone’s emotional safety, our host has the ability to immediately expunge from any session any person engaging in hate speech or showing hate images, and they will be permanently barred from the session.  Please contact Jennifer Lawrence at Jennifer.Lawrence@... with any questions or concerns regarding this process during the session.
  • All sessions will begin with all participants on mute. This is because we are anticipating many attendees, and this will help reduce background noise.
  • Each session will be an open conversation where we will openly discuss a number of topics. We ask that if you would like to speak that you raise your hand in the chat room.  (Instructions will be given at the beginning of each session for how to do this.)  When we call on you, we will unmute your audio to share with the group, and then mute you when you are finished sharing.
  • Because those on the phone cannot indicate a raised hand, we will unmute our phone participants periodically to inquire about any comments.
  • Please say your name (“This is Ben”) every time you speak to the group. This is for the benefit of those participating over the phone and those relying on ASL interpreters.
A Home for Everyone is a community-wide effort to house homeless Multnomah County citizens by making smart investments in the areas of housing, income, survival, emergency services, health, access to services and systems coordination. Key partners in the effort include Multnomah County, the City of Portland, the City of Gresham, Home Forward, local nonprofits and members of the public. For more information, go to: ahomeforeveryone.net
Visit our Website Visit our Website
Like us on Facebook Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Twitter
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Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX

Candee Wilson
 

It sounds like most of you have never seen Wapato jail. That's a shame because they welcomed people at a number of open houses. I decided to attend and was absolutely blown away. To begin with, it is not in the middle of nowhere. It is a relatively short ride from downtown.Iit is surrounded by many businesses, mostly light manufacturing and warehouses. The "jail" is not like any jail I've ever seen. There isn't a bar/cage in sight. It is open and airy. There is a dental facility, medical facility and a kitchen a celebrity chef would die for, and multiple office spaces to house just about any service needed. There are at least two gymnasiums. Maybe it should have never been built, but an even bigger crime would have been to tear it down. It is a perfect facility for its planned use and I commend Jordan Schnitzer for waiting like he did for the right person to come along and prove him right on this. I opened my pocketbook because this is what I wanted to see happen. It was the right thing to do.

Unless you know the whole story, I wouldn't be so quick to condemn it. Concentrating all the social services in Old Town has been one of the city's biggest mistakes. It is now a ghetto of drug addicts, drug dealers, alcoholics and the mentally ill, and as long as we have the concentration, that's what Old Town will always be. The entire city should be sharing the burden of caring for the homeless. It should not fall onto one very small area of the city. Today, due to COVID-19, we can't even walk our own sidewalks. They have been taken over by tent campers. Businesses can't reopen because the campers block their doorways. Needles and feces plague the neighborhood. Drug dealing is rampant. I wish there were dozens of Wapato's all over the city and the state. Maybe then I could catch a breath of fresh air in my neighborhood.

Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/5/2020 3:43 PM, Jan Radle Roberson wrote:

David and Trena, I agree.  I have done a lot of oureach and now my PhD research focuses on unhoused women and unsafe urban space.  I was blessed tp hear and document their stories.  There is not a single solution here. Bybee provides one snd I support it.   But other solutions are needed also.  There is such a breakdown in our service delivery and network here in Portland.   

Jan


On Jul 5, 2020, at 3:34 PM, David Dickson <dicksondavidk@...> wrote:

 I’m with Trena on this, but I’m also with anyone who is out there doing something to address the homelessness crisis.  The problem is big enough for many ideas.  One unique aspect of Bybee Lakes is that it does not involve tax dollars.  Maybe it’s a good thing the county rejected it and we have an opportunity to see how it works at no cost to the taxpayer.  While one person might look at the lack of â€œservices” at the Bybee Lakes location as a negative, another person might see it differently…that the lack of services will bring bring services and jobs to the location.  If you build it, they will come.  And the drug free policy might be a blessing to many who are struggling to get clean and need an environment which supports their effort.

On Jul 5, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:

Jason Renault  that was the assessment of the state and county because they wanted someone to buy it does it and put up warehouses so they could get the tax revenues put in the coffers. I don’t remember seeing you with any of the meetings in dealing with this “Rich White Man”.  Jordan is a kind and very decent man. His family has a legacy of  philanthropic projects that have benefited people for many, many years. Helping Hands is a proven solution, they have been very successful in opening up seven homeless shelters on the coast. 

Match Resourse has gone into this project and people have been very generous, not only with their money but their talents. You sound like that city commissioner who opened her mouth without knowing all the facts. If the county had ran it for any purpose I would not have supported it in anyway because they screwed up royally much research has gone into this project and people have been very generous, not only with their money but their talents. You sound like that city commissioner who opened her mouth without knowing all the facts. If the county had ran out for any purpose I would not have supported it in anyway because they screwed up royally  in building Wapato. It was built as a medium security jail but of course never opened. I seen the architectural renderings and they are fantastic. I’m not going to slam you in anyway because you’re entitled to your rate on this and I’ve had to deal with other short  minded people who laughingly call themselves “Advocates”, They are no such damn thing.

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 2:30 PM Jason Renaud <info@...> wrote:
The state and mental & addiction health advocates looked at Wapato pretty carefully in 2002 for conversion to a new state hospital - this prior to the total rehab of the state hospital in Salem. The wide consensus agreement was Wapato is fundamentally a jail and there was no way to convert it - outside of demolition and a total rebuild. With consensus state facilities crossed it off from any future development planning. Their thought was with some minor adjustments it could be converted to a state or Federal prison. 

Since then there have been dozens of various attempts to restart this idea, but all have failed a variety of tests laid out by thoughtful knowledgeable people -  distance, capital cost, operations costs, amenities, services, aesthetics. Danielle's is right, also include the county, the city, addiction recovery community, the mental health treatment community, and pretty much any homeless service provided not funded by Jordan Schnitzer. They've all opposed - or would oppose if a proposal were real and not smoke. This is a rich man who bought a white elephant and to fix Martin v Boise by demanding public funding for a terrible idea. He's probably spent more money demanding public funds than he paid for the property. Trumpian, at best. 

There are straightforward solutions to reduce the amount of time various people spend homeless. They require blended funding from the Fed, states and counties, and private philanthropy, none of which make reducing homelessness a priority. People who are homeless and unsheltered don't vote and don't make political contributions. Example - the jacked Metro Bond future dollars are already being channeled toward rent relief & "affordable housing" and not services & shelter for the unsheltered. But Wapato is not a solution. 

Just say no to Wapato. 

Jason Renaud

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 1:32 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
From what I've read and heard directly from unsheltered folks, the houseless community has not so far responded favorably to the utilization of the Wapato Jail site for reasons that seem obvious. 1) It's a jail, and regardless of facelifts that fact will remain triggering to many 2) More pragmatically, it is super far away from City Center. While they can promise to be self-sufficient in regards to medical and social services, it still smells of something carceral - the message reads We'll ship you way out here until you're ready to rejoin all of us in civilised society.

I'm not discounting it's potential usefulness entirely, but I think a ton more community input is needed, not from the city or from non-profits, but from those directly affected. That's my two cents.

-Danielle Elowe

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 12:22 PM Candee Wilson <candee@...> wrote:
If you aren't familiar with Alan Evans and Bybee Lakes Hope Center, this is what he wants to do with the 18+ acres at the former Wapato jail. He envisions building apartments in addition to the center for people to transition to after treatment. He also plans to use the built-in work environment surrounding the center to help find employment opportunities. This is happening right here in Portland, so ,yes, there are visionaries in our midst. And instead of just serving 200 people, it will serve over 500 eventually. We have a model to follow right here.
Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/4/2020 6:49 PM, Portland Shelter Forum wrote:
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From: Leo Kaminski <leok2@...>
Date: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 5:46 PM
Subject: Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX
To: PDX Shelter Forum <pdxshelterforum@...>

Hello PDX Shelter Forum,

I encourage all to learn what has been done to address homelessness in other cities.  One of the best examples is Community First! Village.

Community First! Village in Austin, Texas: https://mlf.org/community-first/

This community is founded and run by Mobile Loaves and Fishes: https://mlf.org/

Community First! Village - YouTube video (one of many): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc0HaWUHCO8

We need action now!  But locally, we should build on the efforts that have already been made by others here in Portland.  A lot of effort has already gone into identifying sites for villages.

Village Coalition is one group that has already done a lot of talking with the city and other agencies: https://cityrepair.org/village-coalition

Leo Kaminski
leok2@...

On 7/3/2020 3:29 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:
last Thursday we convened an online event, Portland Forum on Alternative Shelter & Villages, co-hosted by Interfaith Alliance on Poverty and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. We had 180+ attendees from a all walks of life, including housed and unhoused, officials and city/county staffers, neighborhood association leaders, planners, architects, and homelessness service providers.

A wide range of ideas of ideas were discussed, from possibilities under emerging City and State codes, to the Metro homeless services measure funding, to mobile and vehicle dwellings. The core question: what can we do to ensure every Portland has a safe, decent place to sleep, NOW?

The materials from event including presentations, video and audio, notes, and background materials, are now available, and we invite you to take a look, and share with us or to the initiative's mailing list your thoughts and suggestions. 
  • main event page with links to everything, including notes, chat transcript, & background materials. Note that this is a Google Doc that remains open, in case you'd like to add or comment on any notes. 
  • Main session video (on our YouTube channel, 1:45:00). 
  • Audio recording of event (.mp3 file, 56MB).
  • Registrants list (PDF).
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We welcome your ongoing input and feedback, suggestions for projects or future events: You can:
  • post to the mailing list by emailing to pdshelterforum@groups.io. (if you're not yet a member, message will be held for moderation, & you can join here). 
  • email the planning team at: pdxshelterforum@....
  • reach us on Twitter at @pdxshelterforum
  • use hashtag #pdxshelterforum when posting anything related or to track other related.
thanks,
Tim McCormick 
Portland Forum on Alternative Shelters & Villages Planning Team

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Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX

Sharron Fuchs
 

Dear Mr. Olshin,

How much does it cost to build a mobile hygiene unit?

Very truly yours,

Sharron Fuchs 

On Jul 6, 2020, at 9:52 AM, Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:

Thanks David.  I was hoping this would be a good week to reach out to potential donors to support our work building hygiene units to offer free, hot showers to folks out on the streets. 

https://www.cascadiaclusters.org/support

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 5, 2020, at 8:28 PM, Dave Albertine <davea51@...> wrote:

Andy Olshin is doing great work and making things happen in a practical way.  If you can help and support his work at  Cascadia Clusters, I highly recommend it.



On Jul 5, 2020, at 8:23 PM, Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:

Obstacles? Opportunities. 
Here are a few:
- visit Agape Village, talk with Pastor Huff about what could be done to expand capacity, “host” guest families for 6 weeks or so.  
- visit Hazelnut Grove and check out the vegetable gardens. What can you do to help the “grovers”.  
- Are you a plumber?  Can you help with a specific project At Cascadia Clusters - we are building three more mobile hygiene units

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Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 5, 2020, at 8:13 PM, Stephen Pettengill <foodsavant8@...> wrote:


Many of these projects are possible because the
zoning and code restrictions are not there.
Texas is famous for this, unlike here.

Imagine what we could do without so many  obstacles.
Stephen

    

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 6:20 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
I love these ideas! I am a plumber by trade and would love to see and be a part of outreach between local pre-apprenticeship programs and projects like this, such as Oregon Tradeswomen and Construction Hope. So looking forward to continuing to work with all of you. I've no doubt we've got the skills and experience needed to get the job done.

Warmly,
Danielle Elowe
Rahab's Sisters

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 5:40 PM Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:
You have Valid points Danielle. I live in Northeast Portland and it takes me an hour and a half to get over to Milwaukie which is my former stomping grounds and I have many friends and fu valid points Danielle. I live in Northeast Portland and it takes me an hour and a half to get over to Milwaukie which is my former stomping grounds and I have many friends and for babies fur babies. Much discussion has been done over bringing potential employers in job fair much discussion has been done over bringing potential employers in jobs fairs  and those who could come in and Provide training in several areas. I watch the job market and I see the need for skilled workers and  not necessarily those with college degrees.  Apprenticeships are golden for our job market. 

 I have no doubt that Lake Bybee Hope Center (BLHC)  Will have growing pains but getting people off the streets and getting them help with their issues is paramount. When a person can wake up in the morning and shower and have clean clothes  they would be able to go down the hall to take a GED class or train and a apprenticeship program right there on the premises. 

 I am not thrilled with the fact that there will not be couples residency or RVs parking in the parking lot but I understand the reasons. 

 My sister has her masters degree in social work and works for a nonprofit that actually our good Stewart’s for the donations they get. She could get a different job at a different place and make much more money but She has a heart for where she is right now and I applaud you for the same.



On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 5:20 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
Very much enjoying this discussion! 

The use of Wapato as a treatment and detox facility seems reasonable enough, provided that we have adequate outpatient transitional housing closer-in. However, in looking at transit maps, the facility is around 1.75 hours from downtown on transit, which includes a preliminary 25 minute bike ride to catch a bus to light rail. This still seems inaccessible, particularly if the intent of this project is as a transitional houseless shelter.

In terms of the build-it-and-they-will-come conversation, I'm curious what would incentivize entrepreneurs to create jobs in that particular, remote, industrial area. The jobs are still going to be in town, potentially where their old haunts, their old dealers, and their old influences reside. What is this project's plan to support people in that phase of recovery and rebuilding?

Lastly, addressing Trena's mistrust in non-profits, I do echo those concerns. Non-profits can and often do hoard wealth while utilizing low-wage labor. But as one of three paid employees at a micro hyper-localized non-profit making just above poverty wages despite my training in a much more lucrative field, I'll be the first to say that I'd love to see the need for this work and my position in it completely eradicated. Our coffers are virtually non-existent. My personal experience doesn't erase countless other organizations' interest, but it's not a unanimous one.

Thank you all for this discourse, and I'm going to continue to push for these decisions to be made by and for the people they directly affect. I hope we can all agree to do the same.

-Danielle Elowe

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 3:43 PM Jan Radle Roberson <janr2@...> wrote:
David and Trena, I agree.  I have done a lot of oureach and now my PhD research focuses on unhoused women and unsafe urban space.  I was blessed tp hear and document their stories.  There is not a single solution here. Bybee provides one snd I support it.   But other solutions are needed also.  There is such a breakdown in our service delivery and network here in Portland.   

Jan


On Jul 5, 2020, at 3:34 PM, David Dickson <dicksondavidk@...> wrote:

I’m with Trena on this, but I’m also with anyone who is out there doing something to address the homelessness crisis.  The problem is big enough for many ideas.  One unique aspect of Bybee Lakes is that it does not involve tax dollars.  Maybe it’s a good thing the county rejected it and we have an opportunity to see how it works at no cost to the taxpayer.  While one person might look at the lack of “services” at the Bybee Lakes location as a negative, another person might see it differently…that the lack of services will bring bring services and jobs to the location.  If you build it, they will come.  And the drug free policy might be a blessing to many who are struggling to get clean and need an environment which supports their effort.

On Jul 5, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:

Jason Renault  that was the assessment of the state and county because they wanted someone to buy it does it and put up warehouses so they could get the tax revenues put in the coffers. I don’t remember seeing you with any of the meetings in dealing with this “Rich White Man”.  Jordan is a kind and very decent man. His family has a legacy of  philanthropic projects that have benefited people for many, many years. Helping Hands is a proven solution, they have been very successful in opening up seven homeless shelters on the coast. 

Match Resourse has gone into this project and people have been very generous, not only with their money but their talents. You sound like that city commissioner who opened her mouth without knowing all the facts. If the county had ran it for any purpose I would not have supported it in anyway because they screwed up royally much research has gone into this project and people have been very generous, not only with their money but their talents. You sound like that city commissioner who opened her mouth without knowing all the facts. If the county had ran out for any purpose I would not have supported it in anyway because they screwed up royally  in building Wapato. It was built as a medium security jail but of course never opened. I seen the architectural renderings and they are fantastic. I’m not going to slam you in anyway because you’re entitled to your rate on this and I’ve had to deal with other short  minded people who laughingly call themselves “Advocates”, They are no such damn thing.

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 2:30 PM Jason Renaud <info@...> wrote:
The state and mental & addiction health advocates looked at Wapato pretty carefully in 2002 for conversion to a new state hospital - this prior to the total rehab of the state hospital in Salem. The wide consensus agreement was Wapato is fundamentally a jail and there was no way to convert it - outside of demolition and a total rebuild. With consensus state facilities crossed it off from any future development planning. Their thought was with some minor adjustments it could be converted to a state or Federal prison. 

Since then there have been dozens of various attempts to restart this idea, but all have failed a variety of tests laid out by thoughtful knowledgeable people -  distance, capital cost, operations costs, amenities, services, aesthetics. Danielle's is right, also include the county, the city, addiction recovery community, the mental health treatment community, and pretty much any homeless service provided not funded by Jordan Schnitzer. They've all opposed - or would oppose if a proposal were real and not smoke. This is a rich man who bought a white elephant and to fix Martin v Boise by demanding public funding for a terrible idea. He's probably spent more money demanding public funds than he paid for the property. Trumpian, at best. 

There are straightforward solutions to reduce the amount of time various people spend homeless. They require blended funding from the Fed, states and counties, and private philanthropy, none of which make reducing homelessness a priority. People who are homeless and unsheltered don't vote and don't make political contributions. Example - the jacked Metro Bond future dollars are already being channeled toward rent relief & "affordable housing" and not services & shelter for the unsheltered. But Wapato is not a solution. 

Just say no to Wapato. 

Jason Renaud

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 1:32 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
From what I've read and heard directly from unsheltered folks, the houseless community has not so far responded favorably to the utilization of the Wapato Jail site for reasons that seem obvious. 1) It's a jail, and regardless of facelifts that fact will remain triggering to many 2) More pragmatically, it is super far away from City Center. While they can promise to be self-sufficient in regards to medical and social services, it still smells of something carceral - the message reads We'll ship you way out here until you're ready to rejoin all of us in civilised society.

I'm not discounting it's potential usefulness entirely, but I think a ton more community input is needed, not from the city or from non-profits, but from those directly affected. That's my two cents.

-Danielle Elowe

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 12:22 PM Candee Wilson <candee@...> wrote:
If you aren't familiar with Alan Evans and Bybee Lakes Hope Center, this is what he wants to do with the 18+ acres at the former Wapato jail. He envisions building apartments in addition to the center for people to transition to after treatment. He also plans to use the built-in work environment surrounding the center to help find employment opportunities. This is happening right here in Portland, so ,yes, there are visionaries in our midst. And instead of just serving 200 people, it will serve over 500 eventually. We have a model to follow right here.
Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/4/2020 6:49 PM, Portland Shelter Forum wrote:
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From: Leo Kaminski <leok2@...>
Date: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 5:46 PM
Subject: Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX
To: PDX Shelter Forum <pdxshelterforum@...>

Hello PDX Shelter Forum,

I encourage all to learn what has been done to address homelessness in other cities.  One of the best examples is Community First! Village.

Community First! Village in Austin, Texas: https://mlf.org/community-first/

This community is founded and run by Mobile Loaves and Fishes: https://mlf.org/

Community First! Village - YouTube video (one of many): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc0HaWUHCO8

We need action now!  But locally, we should build on the efforts that have already been made by others here in Portland.  A lot of effort has already gone into identifying sites for villages.

Village Coalition is one group that has already done a lot of talking with the city and other agencies: https://cityrepair.org/village-coalition

Leo Kaminski
leok2@...

On 7/3/2020 3:29 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:
last Thursday we convened an online event, Portland Forum on Alternative Shelter & Villages, co-hosted by Interfaith Alliance on Poverty and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. We had 180+ attendees from a all walks of life, including housed and unhoused, officials and city/county staffers, neighborhood association leaders, planners, architects, and homelessness service providers.

A wide range of ideas of ideas were discussed, from possibilities under emerging City and State codes, to the Metro homeless services measure funding, to mobile and vehicle dwellings. The core question: what can we do to ensure every Portland has a safe, decent place to sleep, NOW?

The materials from event including presentations, video and audio, notes, and background materials, are now available, and we invite you to take a look, and share with us or to the initiative's mailing list your thoughts and suggestions. 

We welcome your ongoing input and feedback, suggestions for projects or future events: You can:
  • post to the mailing list by emailing to pdshelterforum@groups.io. (if you're not yet a member, message will be held for moderation, & you can join here). 
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  • use hashtag #pdxshelterforum when posting anything related or to track other related.
thanks,
Tim McCormick 
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Re: Invitation: Community Conversations hosted by Oregon Dept. of Justice

Andrew Olshin
 

What a great idea!   I’ll try to attend.  Sure would be great if lots of folks on this list dialed in to weigh in on what the DOJ can do to better support folks “while inside” as they transition and for at least a few years after they get out
L
  • Houseless/Mental Illness/ Substance Issues Session: Monday, July 20, 2020, 1-3pm
    Event/access code: 133 212 5668, Password: justice
    Click here to join with video:  oregondoj.webex.com »
    Or dial in toll-free for audio-only: 1-855-797-9485
Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 6, 2020, at 9:45 AM, Diane Rivera <drivera@...> wrote:


Anyone else attending the July 20th session?


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Date: Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 8:56 AM
Subject: Invitation: Community Conversations hosted by Oregon Dept. of Justice
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Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX

Andrew Olshin
 

Thanks David.  I was hoping this would be a good week to reach out to potential donors to support our work building hygiene units to offer free, hot showers to folks out on the streets. 

On Jul 5, 2020, at 8:28 PM, Dave Albertine <davea51@...> wrote:

Andy Olshin is doing great work and making things happen in a practical way.  If you can help and support his work at  Cascadia Clusters, I highly recommend it.



On Jul 5, 2020, at 8:23 PM, Andrew Olshin <Andrew.Olshin@...> wrote:

Obstacles? Opportunities. 
Here are a few:
- visit Agape Village, talk with Pastor Huff about what could be done to expand capacity, “host” guest families for 6 weeks or so.  
- visit Hazelnut Grove and check out the vegetable gardens. What can you do to help the “grovers”.  
- Are you a plumber?  Can you help with a specific project At Cascadia Clusters - we are building three more mobile hygiene units

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Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 5, 2020, at 8:13 PM, Stephen Pettengill <foodsavant8@...> wrote:


Many of these projects are possible because the
zoning and code restrictions are not there.
Texas is famous for this, unlike here.

Imagine what we could do without so many  obstacles.
Stephen

    

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 6:20 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
I love these ideas! I am a plumber by trade and would love to see and be a part of outreach between local pre-apprenticeship programs and projects like this, such as Oregon Tradeswomen and Construction Hope. So looking forward to continuing to work with all of you. I've no doubt we've got the skills and experience needed to get the job done.

Warmly,
Danielle Elowe
Rahab's Sisters

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 5:40 PM Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:
You have Valid points Danielle. I live in Northeast Portland and it takes me an hour and a half to get over to Milwaukie which is my former stomping grounds and I have many friends and fu valid points Danielle. I live in Northeast Portland and it takes me an hour and a half to get over to Milwaukie which is my former stomping grounds and I have many friends and for babies fur babies. Much discussion has been done over bringing potential employers in job fair much discussion has been done over bringing potential employers in jobs fairs  and those who could come in and Provide training in several areas. I watch the job market and I see the need for skilled workers and  not necessarily those with college degrees.  Apprenticeships are golden for our job market. 

 I have no doubt that Lake Bybee Hope Center (BLHC)  Will have growing pains but getting people off the streets and getting them help with their issues is paramount. When a person can wake up in the morning and shower and have clean clothes  they would be able to go down the hall to take a GED class or train and a apprenticeship program right there on the premises. 

 I am not thrilled with the fact that there will not be couples residency or RVs parking in the parking lot but I understand the reasons. 

 My sister has her masters degree in social work and works for a nonprofit that actually our good Stewart’s for the donations they get. She could get a different job at a different place and make much more money but She has a heart for where she is right now and I applaud you for the same.



On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 5:20 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
Very much enjoying this discussion! 

The use of Wapato as a treatment and detox facility seems reasonable enough, provided that we have adequate outpatient transitional housing closer-in. However, in looking at transit maps, the facility is around 1.75 hours from downtown on transit, which includes a preliminary 25 minute bike ride to catch a bus to light rail. This still seems inaccessible, particularly if the intent of this project is as a transitional houseless shelter.

In terms of the build-it-and-they-will-come conversation, I'm curious what would incentivize entrepreneurs to create jobs in that particular, remote, industrial area. The jobs are still going to be in town, potentially where their old haunts, their old dealers, and their old influences reside. What is this project's plan to support people in that phase of recovery and rebuilding?

Lastly, addressing Trena's mistrust in non-profits, I do echo those concerns. Non-profits can and often do hoard wealth while utilizing low-wage labor. But as one of three paid employees at a micro hyper-localized non-profit making just above poverty wages despite my training in a much more lucrative field, I'll be the first to say that I'd love to see the need for this work and my position in it completely eradicated. Our coffers are virtually non-existent. My personal experience doesn't erase countless other organizations' interest, but it's not a unanimous one.

Thank you all for this discourse, and I'm going to continue to push for these decisions to be made by and for the people they directly affect. I hope we can all agree to do the same.

-Danielle Elowe

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 3:43 PM Jan Radle Roberson <janr2@...> wrote:
David and Trena, I agree.  I have done a lot of oureach and now my PhD research focuses on unhoused women and unsafe urban space.  I was blessed tp hear and document their stories.  There is not a single solution here. Bybee provides one snd I support it.   But other solutions are needed also.  There is such a breakdown in our service delivery and network here in Portland.   

Jan


On Jul 5, 2020, at 3:34 PM, David Dickson <dicksondavidk@...> wrote:

I’m with Trena on this, but I’m also with anyone who is out there doing something to address the homelessness crisis.  The problem is big enough for many ideas.  One unique aspect of Bybee Lakes is that it does not involve tax dollars.  Maybe it’s a good thing the county rejected it and we have an opportunity to see how it works at no cost to the taxpayer.  While one person might look at the lack of “services” at the Bybee Lakes location as a negative, another person might see it differently…that the lack of services will bring bring services and jobs to the location.  If you build it, they will come.  And the drug free policy might be a blessing to many who are struggling to get clean and need an environment which supports their effort.

On Jul 5, 2020, at 2:57 PM, Trena Sutton <thegirlsok@...> wrote:

Jason Renault  that was the assessment of the state and county because they wanted someone to buy it does it and put up warehouses so they could get the tax revenues put in the coffers. I don’t remember seeing you with any of the meetings in dealing with this “Rich White Man”.  Jordan is a kind and very decent man. His family has a legacy of  philanthropic projects that have benefited people for many, many years. Helping Hands is a proven solution, they have been very successful in opening up seven homeless shelters on the coast. 

Match Resourse has gone into this project and people have been very generous, not only with their money but their talents. You sound like that city commissioner who opened her mouth without knowing all the facts. If the county had ran it for any purpose I would not have supported it in anyway because they screwed up royally much research has gone into this project and people have been very generous, not only with their money but their talents. You sound like that city commissioner who opened her mouth without knowing all the facts. If the county had ran out for any purpose I would not have supported it in anyway because they screwed up royally  in building Wapato. It was built as a medium security jail but of course never opened. I seen the architectural renderings and they are fantastic. I’m not going to slam you in anyway because you’re entitled to your rate on this and I’ve had to deal with other short  minded people who laughingly call themselves “Advocates”, They are no such damn thing.

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 2:30 PM Jason Renaud <info@...> wrote:
The state and mental & addiction health advocates looked at Wapato pretty carefully in 2002 for conversion to a new state hospital - this prior to the total rehab of the state hospital in Salem. The wide consensus agreement was Wapato is fundamentally a jail and there was no way to convert it - outside of demolition and a total rebuild. With consensus state facilities crossed it off from any future development planning. Their thought was with some minor adjustments it could be converted to a state or Federal prison. 

Since then there have been dozens of various attempts to restart this idea, but all have failed a variety of tests laid out by thoughtful knowledgeable people -  distance, capital cost, operations costs, amenities, services, aesthetics. Danielle's is right, also include the county, the city, addiction recovery community, the mental health treatment community, and pretty much any homeless service provided not funded by Jordan Schnitzer. They've all opposed - or would oppose if a proposal were real and not smoke. This is a rich man who bought a white elephant and to fix Martin v Boise by demanding public funding for a terrible idea. He's probably spent more money demanding public funds than he paid for the property. Trumpian, at best. 

There are straightforward solutions to reduce the amount of time various people spend homeless. They require blended funding from the Fed, states and counties, and private philanthropy, none of which make reducing homelessness a priority. People who are homeless and unsheltered don't vote and don't make political contributions. Example - the jacked Metro Bond future dollars are already being channeled toward rent relief & "affordable housing" and not services & shelter for the unsheltered. But Wapato is not a solution. 

Just say no to Wapato. 

Jason Renaud

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020 at 1:32 PM Danielle Elowe <danielle@...> wrote:
From what I've read and heard directly from unsheltered folks, the houseless community has not so far responded favorably to the utilization of the Wapato Jail site for reasons that seem obvious. 1) It's a jail, and regardless of facelifts that fact will remain triggering to many 2) More pragmatically, it is super far away from City Center. While they can promise to be self-sufficient in regards to medical and social services, it still smells of something carceral - the message reads We'll ship you way out here until you're ready to rejoin all of us in civilised society.

I'm not discounting it's potential usefulness entirely, but I think a ton more community input is needed, not from the city or from non-profits, but from those directly affected. That's my two cents.

-Danielle Elowe

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 12:22 PM Candee Wilson <candee@...> wrote:
If you aren't familiar with Alan Evans and Bybee Lakes Hope Center, this is what he wants to do with the 18+ acres at the former Wapato jail. He envisions building apartments in addition to the center for people to transition to after treatment. He also plans to use the built-in work environment surrounding the center to help find employment opportunities. This is happening right here in Portland, so ,yes, there are visionaries in our midst. And instead of just serving 200 people, it will serve over 500 eventually. We have a model to follow right here.
Candee Wilson
411 NW Flanders St. #406
Portland, OR  97209
503-789-0332
On 7/4/2020 6:49 PM, Portland Shelter Forum wrote:
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From: Leo Kaminski <leok2@...>
Date: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 5:46 PM
Subject: Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX
To: PDX Shelter Forum <pdxshelterforum@...>

Hello PDX Shelter Forum,

I encourage all to learn what has been done to address homelessness in other cities.  One of the best examples is Community First! Village.

Community First! Village in Austin, Texas: https://mlf.org/community-first/

This community is founded and run by Mobile Loaves and Fishes: https://mlf.org/

Community First! Village - YouTube video (one of many): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc0HaWUHCO8

We need action now!  But locally, we should build on the efforts that have already been made by others here in Portland.  A lot of effort has already gone into identifying sites for villages.

Village Coalition is one group that has already done a lot of talking with the city and other agencies: https://cityrepair.org/village-coalition

Leo Kaminski
leok2@...

On 7/3/2020 3:29 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:
last Thursday we convened an online event, Portland Forum on Alternative Shelter & Villages, co-hosted by Interfaith Alliance on Poverty and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. We had 180+ attendees from a all walks of life, including housed and unhoused, officials and city/county staffers, neighborhood association leaders, planners, architects, and homelessness service providers.

A wide range of ideas of ideas were discussed, from possibilities under emerging City and State codes, to the Metro homeless services measure funding, to mobile and vehicle dwellings. The core question: what can we do to ensure every Portland has a safe, decent place to sleep, NOW?

The materials from event including presentations, video and audio, notes, and background materials, are now available, and we invite you to take a look, and share with us or to the initiative's mailing list your thoughts and suggestions. 
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Re: PDX Shelter Forum - Check out Community First! Village in Austin TX

Andrew Olshin
 

Perhaps some of the industrial property owners  - many of whom will be paying the Metro Tax 😎- are concerned about a precedent regarding changing the allowed use of historically industrial property to  a community service use -which ,I believe, is prohibited in that Zone.  So, will the City (and the Port, run by its own board?ish) carve out a “new” “spot zoned” recharacterization of Bybee Lake Commons(🤣). 

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jul 6, 2020, at 4:07 AM, Erika Schnidrig <Erikajschnid@...> wrote:

I agree. I feel the apprehension to make Wapato a shelter space was largely due to those reasons. Shelter can already feel isolating and it's easy for houseless folks staying in shelters to feel a sense of powerlessness. Lack of access to resources and essentials like grocery stores could add to that feeling of powerlessness. Transportation in general is such an enormous barrier as well so I hope there is a plan to hear more community input, especially from those who it affects most. 

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