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Re: City Coucil hearing Weds AM on new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance

Tim McCormick
 

my spoken testimony at Portland City Council, Weds June 30th, 2021 (AM session):
(starting 2:37:35, 3 minutes).

I was loosely testifying on agenda Item 519, "Safe Rest Villages" city ordinance, which passed by unanimous vote later in meeting. I didn't particularly comment on this ordinance, but generally remarked:

1) there was no engagement by city councilmembers or the Streets to Stability taskforce (which developed this ordinance, drafted last week and first publicly discussed today) with PDX Shelter Forum or me at all. Despite us being in respects the largest & most active houseless-led/centered advocacy group in Portland, regarding village & shelter issues. Also, despite our constant effort over the past year to engage councilmembers and staff via many channels - phone calls, emails, meeting requests, repeated invitations to all councilmembers' office to join our public forums and online web/email forum. 

2. I don't agree with key points in the proposal as presented, eg the focus strictly on "chronic homeless" with over two years of unsheltered homelessness. The overwhelming majority of people experiencing houselessness do not fit this category.

3. I argue that the real need, if these issues are being taken seriously, is 10,000s of additional, low cost, low barrier, permanent homes, as rapidly as possible.

I noted that I have with collaborators for three years developed and presented detailed, worked-through proposals for rapid low-cost housing programs to meet such scale and timeframe of need, under the name New Starter Homes (and "permanent villages"), but have encountered near total refusal on the part of city officials, staff, media, and other leaders to even discuss any such approach. 

Lastly, I noted that at this point I have left Oregon because of recently being abruptly forced out of my (always tenuous) housing, and I don't know if I will be able to or choose to come back to Portland. I don't see a place I can live, and I am increasingly doubtful it is a good place for me to pursue the advocacy, research, and housing-development projects I am working and wish to work on. 
Bcc:
Andrea Durbin, Director of Bureau of Planning and Sustainability andrea.durbin@...

Commissioner Dan Ryan CommissionerRyanOffice@...

Morgan Tracy, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, Project Manager (including for Residential Infill Project Part 2 morgan.tracy@...

Commissioner Sharon Meieran sharon.meieran@...


On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 12:13 PM Commissioner Ryan Office <CommissionerRyanOffice@...> wrote:

Thank you for your testimony Tim.

Kindly,

Yesenia

 

Yesenia L. Carrillo

Constituent Relations Specialist, Policy & Communication Advisor

Office of Commissioner Dan Ryan

Pronouns: she, her, hers, ella

Se habla español

1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 240

Portland, OR 97204

From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 1:59 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: City Coucil hearing Weds AM on new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance

 

Sign up by 4pm to testify tomorrow AM on the new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance proposed by Commissioner Dan Ryan coming before council tomorrow. 

 

register yourself here before 4pm today, Tuesday: portlandoregon.gov/auditor/26997

Select agenda item 519.

 

Meeting agenda:

Ordinance:

 

Excerpts:

"The Council has directed City Bureaus to provide a list of surplus City property for use as Outdoor Shelters by June 30, 2021. Outdoor Shelters on City property will be known as Safe Rest Villages."

 

"The [Homelessness and Urban Camping] Impact Reduction Program will refer persons residing in high impact encampments to Safe Rest Villages when available and will assist in said persons’ relocation to Safe Rest Villages."

 

 

Background / Process note:

 

The ordinance was drafted last week, and apparently first publicly posted via the Council weekly agenda materials posted Friday.

 

It what seems to be increasingly typical Portland official procedure, this was developed internally and based on specific & managed outreach engagements, overseen  by Dan Ryan's office, rather than being publicly announced and developed with open input, at least until now.

 

As with the other commissioners, Dan Ryan and his office staff have not responded to numerous efforts via many channels, over the last year, from me and co-organizers to engage with the PDX Shelter Forum community, participate in our public forums, or to comment or respond to our many written and spoken testimonies and proposals. 

 

I've never received a followup response from any City of Portland Commissioner, to many inquiries, invitations, and requests, made in writing, in person, or in spoken public testimony and comments, in three years of advocacy work since I moved back to Portland. 

 

I was born and part grew up in Portland, family came here in 1968, and I've lived here on and off across 45 years. My parents were longtime public servants with the City of Portland and Portland Public Schools, and I graduated from PPS schools. Of the many other places I've meanwhile lived, worked, and advocated, I've never personally experienced such a consistent level of indifference or refusal of engagement by public officials (and to some extent, various other community leaders) to citizen advocacy, as I have in Portland in recent years. Perhaps you may have better results though! Seems quite doubtful to me that it's worth my time trying though, and I'm now out of state travelling for the time being. 

 

Bcc: 

Commissioner Dan Ryan

phone: 503-823-3589

Twitter: @DanRyanPDX

 

Lucas Hillier - director, HUCIRP (Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program, part of Office of Management and Finance, City of Portland). 

503-823-6930

 

All recipients: We incite open public discussion. You can reply to the PDX Shelter Forum group by replying to this message. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim McCormick

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

Portland, Oregon 

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


Re: City Coucil hearing Weds AM on new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance

Commissioner Ryan Office <CommissionerRyanOffice@...>
 

Thank you for your testimony Tim.

 

Kindly,

Yesenia

 

Yesenia L. Carrillo

Constituent Relations Specialist, Policy & Communication Advisor

Office of Commissioner Dan Ryan

Pronouns: she, her, hers, ella

Se habla español

1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Suite 240

Portland, OR 97204

From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 1:59 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: City Coucil hearing Weds AM on new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance

 

Sign up by 4pm to testify tomorrow AM on the new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance proposed by Commissioner Dan Ryan coming before council tomorrow. 

 

register yourself here before 4pm today, Tuesday: portlandoregon.gov/auditor/26997

Select agenda item 519.

 

Meeting agenda:

Ordinance:

 

Excerpts:

"The Council has directed City Bureaus to provide a list of surplus City property for use as Outdoor Shelters by June 30, 2021. Outdoor Shelters on City property will be known as Safe Rest Villages."

 

"The [Homelessness and Urban Camping] Impact Reduction Program will refer persons residing in high impact encampments to Safe Rest Villages when available and will assist in said persons’ relocation to Safe Rest Villages."

 

 

Background / Process note:

 

The ordinance was drafted last week, and apparently first publicly posted via the Council weekly agenda materials posted Friday.

 

It what seems to be increasingly typical Portland official procedure, this was developed internally and based on specific & managed outreach engagements, overseen  by Dan Ryan's office, rather than being publicly announced and developed with open input, at least until now.

 

As with the other commissioners, Dan Ryan and his office staff have not responded to numerous efforts via many channels, over the last year, from me and co-organizers to engage with the PDX Shelter Forum community, participate in our public forums, or to comment or respond to our many written and spoken testimonies and proposals. 

 

I've never received a followup response from any City of Portland Commissioner, to many inquiries, invitations, and requests, made in writing, in person, or in spoken public testimony and comments, in three years of advocacy work since I moved back to Portland. 

 

I was born and part grew up in Portland, family came here in 1968, and I've lived here on and off across 45 years. My parents were longtime public servants with the City of Portland and Portland Public Schools, and I graduated from PPS schools. Of the many other places I've meanwhile lived, worked, and advocated, I've never personally experienced such a consistent level of indifference or refusal of engagement by public officials (and to some extent, various other community leaders) to citizen advocacy, as I have in Portland in recent years. Perhaps you may have better results though! Seems quite doubtful to me that it's worth my time trying though, and I'm now out of state travelling for the time being. 

 

Bcc: 

Commissioner Dan Ryan

phone: 503-823-3589

Twitter: @DanRyanPDX

 

Lucas Hillier - director, HUCIRP (Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program, part of Office of Management and Finance, City of Portland). 

503-823-6930

 

All recipients: We incite open public discussion. You can reply to the PDX Shelter Forum group by replying to this message. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim McCormick

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

Portland, Oregon 


Re: City Coucil hearing Weds AM on new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance

David Dickson
 

You deserve a break, Tim.   Our elected officials may not have benefitted from your tireless advocacy and information sharing, but I and many Portland volunteers have.  And it is making a difference.  Safe travels!

On Jun 29, 2021, at 1:59 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

Sign up by 4pm to testify tomorrow AM on the new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance proposed by Commissioner Dan Ryan coming before council tomorrow. 

register yourself here before 4pm today, Tuesday: portlandoregon.gov/auditor/26997
Select agenda item 519.

Meeting agenda:
Ordinance:

Excerpts:
"The Council has directed City Bureaus to provide a list of surplus City property for use as Outdoor Shelters by June 30, 2021. Outdoor Shelters on City property will be known as Safe Rest Villages."

"The [Homelessness and Urban Camping] Impact Reduction Program will refer persons residing in high impact encampments to Safe Rest Villages when available and will assist in said persons’ relocation to Safe Rest Villages."


Background / Process note:

The ordinance was drafted last week, and apparently first publicly posted via the Council weekly agenda materials posted Friday.

It what seems to be increasingly typical Portland official procedure, this was developed internally and based on specific & managed outreach engagements, overseen  by Dan Ryan's office, rather than being publicly announced and developed with open input, at least until now.

As with the other commissioners, Dan Ryan and his office staff have not responded to numerous efforts via many channels, over the last year, from me and co-organizers to engage with the PDX Shelter Forum community, participate in our public forums, or to comment or respond to our many written and spoken testimonies and proposals. 

I've never received a followup response from any City of Portland Commissioner, to many inquiries, invitations, and requests, made in writing, in person, or in spoken public testimony and comments, in three years of advocacy work since I moved back to Portland. 

I was born and part grew up in Portland, family came here in 1968, and I've lived here on and off across 45 years. My parents were longtime public servants with the City of Portland and Portland Public Schools, and I graduated from PPS schools. Of the many other places I've meanwhile lived, worked, and advocated, I've never personally experienced such a consistent level of indifference or refusal of engagement by public officials (and to some extent, various other community leaders) to citizen advocacy, as I have in Portland in recent years. Perhaps you may have better results though! Seems quite doubtful to me that it's worth my time trying though, and I'm now out of state travelling for the time being. 

Bcc: 
Commissioner Dan Ryan
phone: 503-823-3589
Twitter: @DanRyanPDX

Lucas Hillier - director, HUCIRP (Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program, part of Office of Management and Finance, City of Portland). 
503-823-6930

All recipients: We incite open public discussion. You can reply to the PDX Shelter Forum group by replying to this message. 





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


City Coucil hearing Weds AM on new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance

Tim McCormick
 

Sign up by 4pm to testify tomorrow AM on the new "Safe Rest Villages" ordinance proposed by Commissioner Dan Ryan coming before council tomorrow. 

register yourself here before 4pm today, Tuesday: portlandoregon.gov/auditor/26997
Select agenda item 519.

Meeting agenda:
Ordinance:

Excerpts:
"The Council has directed City Bureaus to provide a list of surplus City property for use as Outdoor Shelters by June 30, 2021. Outdoor Shelters on City property will be known as Safe Rest Villages."

"The [Homelessness and Urban Camping] Impact Reduction Program will refer persons residing in high impact encampments to Safe Rest Villages when available and will assist in said persons’ relocation to Safe Rest Villages."


Background / Process note:

The ordinance was drafted last week, and apparently first publicly posted via the Council weekly agenda materials posted Friday.

It what seems to be increasingly typical Portland official procedure, this was developed internally and based on specific & managed outreach engagements, overseen  by Dan Ryan's office, rather than being publicly announced and developed with open input, at least until now.

As with the other commissioners, Dan Ryan and his office staff have not responded to numerous efforts via many channels, over the last year, from me and co-organizers to engage with the PDX Shelter Forum community, participate in our public forums, or to comment or respond to our many written and spoken testimonies and proposals. 

I've never received a followup response from any City of Portland Commissioner, to many inquiries, invitations, and requests, made in writing, in person, or in spoken public testimony and comments, in three years of advocacy work since I moved back to Portland. 

I was born and part grew up in Portland, family came here in 1968, and I've lived here on and off across 45 years. My parents were longtime public servants with the City of Portland and Portland Public Schools, and I graduated from PPS schools. Of the many other places I've meanwhile lived, worked, and advocated, I've never personally experienced such a consistent level of indifference or refusal of engagement by public officials (and to some extent, various other community leaders) to citizen advocacy, as I have in Portland in recent years. Perhaps you may have better results though! Seems quite doubtful to me that it's worth my time trying though, and I'm now out of state travelling for the time being. 

Bcc: 
Commissioner Dan Ryan
phone: 503-823-3589
Twitter: @DanRyanPDX

Lucas Hillier - director, HUCIRP (Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program, part of Office of Management and Finance, City of Portland). 
503-823-6930

All recipients: We incite open public discussion. You can reply to the PDX Shelter Forum group by replying to this message. 





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


Re: Action Alerts from Housing Oregon - Affordable housing funding

David Dickson
 

The arts might be slightly off the subject of shelter, but what better way than the arts to seek shelter from the storm?  The Downtown Neighborhood Association is working with the First Congregational Church, which is planning an arts festival, Art and Soul, for September 12 from 1-4 pm at the church and the South Parks Blocks.  They are seeking Portland area artists, poets and musicians who are experiencing houselessness.  Participants will receive an honorarium for participating.  I would welcome any suggestions.  You can reach me at dicksondavidk@...

Thanks!!!

On Jun 18, 2021, at 12:30 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

please take a minute to contact your state legislators about any of these bills - it's the final 12 days of session.

Tip: if you don't know your state Senator and Representative or their contact info, you can look that up easily here:  
Copy it down and keep handy to contact them in future.

Also, consider getting on the mailing lists that most of them have, to find out about local Town Halls and what they are working on. Go to a Town Hall (online or in person), introduce yourself to the official and/or their chief of staff or housing advisor who'll likely be there, tell them briefly what you're most interested in and why, and any group(s) you advocate with (could be PDX Shelter Forum, eg). This probably helps later letters or testimony from you or your orgs have impact on them. It's a bit like Sales, you usually need many touch points, so to speak.
-Tim. 

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From: Housing Oregon <housingoregon@...>
Date: Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 11:34 AM
Subject: Action Alert - Affordable housing funding measures
To: Tim McCormick <housingoregon.org@...>



Final Weeks of Oregon Legislative Session

Contact your legislators on racial justice,  development, preservation, and homeless services funding bills

Now is the time to send a last message(s) to your State legislators to remind them how critical funding is needed for affordable housing, emergency shelters, and homeownership as the effects of the COVID pandemic continue to disproportionately affect low-income and Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities across Oregon. 

Reach out to your Representative and Senator to ask for their support on one or several of the bills listed below. If you have more time, consider reaching out to members of one of the Joint Committees considering these bills.

Housing Oregon is a member of the Oregon Housing Alliance. Check out our legislative agenda priorities and endorsements. Thanks to the Housing Alliance for legislation descriptions.

How to contact your Legislators

Racial Justice bills

Contact your Senator for HB 2007.  Contact your Representative and Senator for SB 291.


Sample messaging

Dear (Legislator):

I am writing to you today to express my support for (Pick a bill: SB 291 and/or HB 2007.)  (You can add some details about yourself or organization here.)

SB 291

The disparate impacts of the criminal justice system experienced by communities of color has significant, and negative consequences. An arrest or criminal record can have lifelong impacts on a person’s ability to access housing.

I support SB 291. Individualized assessments will give people who have a criminal history a chance at safe and stable housing.

HB 2007 (Already passed House. Contact Senators.)

Due to systemic racism, red lining, disparities in wealth and wages, people of color are less likely to own their home than their white peers. Homeownership is one of the best strategies to help families build intergenerational wealth, while providing a stable home.

I support HB 2007 so the Joint Task Force to Address Racial Disparities in Homeownership can continue to identify strategies which could reduce disparities.

Thank you.

Name

HB 2007 - Addressing Racial Disparities in Homeownership

Due to systemic racism, red lining, disparities in wealth and wages, people of color are less likely to own their home than their white peers. In Oregon, approximately 35% of Black people own their homes, compared to 65% of White people in Oregon. Homeownership is one of the best strategies to help families build intergenerational wealth, while providing a stable home. Strategies are needed to increase homeownership for BIPOC communities.

Initiated in 2018, the workgroup developed a set of recommendations  addressing bias training for real estate professionals, investment in down payment assistance, and investment in individual development accounts (IDAs) to support access to homeownership.

This bill just passed in the House and is going to the Senate.  Contact your Senator.

SB 291 - Individualized Assessment

People who rent their homes who have previous contact with the criminal justice system face additional barriers when trying to secure a new apartment. A landlord may discard their application automatically upon learning of a previous arrest or conviction, without considering the circumstances. Current federal law requires each tenant to be screened individually and assess their circumstances.

This proposal will require an individualized assessment by a landlord, and would prohibit landlords from screening people out for an arrest with no conviction, or previous criminal history for situations that are no longer illegal in Oregon.

Passed by the House Committee on Rules.  Contact your Representative and Senator.

Development, Preservation and Homeless Services bills

Bills before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and/or Subcommittee on Capital Construction.

Sample Messaging

Dear (Legislator):

I am writing to you today to ask for your support for (Bill number), which (purpose).

Add some details about your organization here – name, geographic area served, mission, etc.

How would you use funding item you listed above? How could it help you? Share an example of how this resource could be important to your work.

This bill is in Ways & Means, and I am asking you today to advocate for and support this proposal.

Thank you,

Name

New Rental and Homeownership Development

SB 5505  - Local Innovation and Fast Track, or LIFT

Additional resources to develop regulated affordable housing are needed, including rental and homeownership opportunities. Since 2015, developers have successfully utilized general obligation bonds to build affordable housing through the Local Innovation and Fast Track, or LIFT Housing program. The Legislature should commit $250 million or more in general obligation bonds for this program.

This bill is before the Subcommittee on Capital Construction of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

SB 5505  - Permanent Supportive Housing

We need to advocate to ensure that rent and services dollars for newly constructed projects approved in 2019 ($50 million in Article XI-Q      general obligation bonds) remain available to build permanent supportive housing across Oregon. The Legislature should commit $50 million or more plus rent and services funding in 2021-23.

This bill is before the Subcommittee on Capital Construction of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

Preservation and healthy homes

SB 5534 - Preserve and Maintain existing affordable housing

We need to maintain our supply of existing affordable housing, and reinvestment is needed to maintain safe, stable, and affordable homes. These funds are needed to help to maintain all regulated, multifamily affordable housing, as well as public housing and manufactured home parks. The Legislature should commit $100 million in Lottery Bonds to maintain existing affordable housing across Oregon.

This bill is before the Subcommittee on Capital Construction of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

HB 2842 - Healthy Homes

Across Oregon, too many of our neighbors live in homes that may have fallen in disrepair or need small investments to improve their health and safety.  These investments help maintain stability, improve their health outcomes, and protect the housing stock in our communities for the next generation.

This proposal will create a Healthy Homes Program and Healthy Homes Repair Fund within the Oregon Health Authority, which will distribute grants to local governments, housing authorities, non-profit organizations, and Tribes to assist low income households with home repairs and retrofits. The proposal would also allow repairs of rental homes.

This bill is before the full Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

Homelessness services

HB 5011 - Prevent and End Homelessness (EHA/SHAP)

Across Oregon, we have an effective statewide system to distribute emergency rent assistance, rapid re-housing resources, and emergency shelter support through the Emergency Housing Account (EHA) and the State Homelessness Assistance Program (SHAP). Significant resources are needed to meet the needs of people experiencing housing instability. The Legislature should commit $50 million to support ongoing funding for these critical programs.

This bill is before the full Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

HB 2544 - Supporting runaway and homeless youth

Oregon has one of the highest rates of youth homelessness, including youth in the K-12 system, youth exiting the foster care system, and unaccompanied youth. The Legislature should invest resources in expanding an existing host home network, which provides a home for unaccompanied homeless youth while they finish high school; and expand existing shelter, mental health, transitional housing, and other services for Runaway and Homeless Youth.

This bill is before the Subcommittee on Capital Construction of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

HB 2163 - Long Term Rent Assistance Pilot for Former Foster Youth

In Oregon, three out of four households with extremely low incomes pay over half of their income towards rent. Today, half of youth who experience homelessness become adults who are chronically homeless, meaning they have years of homelessness coupled with disabling conditions.

This pilot proposal would provide $4.5 million to support youth who are no longer able to receive support through the foster care system with rent assistance. It seeks to provide stability and support to youth as they transition from childhood to adulthood so they can have access to the same education and training opportunities just like their counterparts who are housed and living with family.

This bill is before the full Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

Tax Credit and Property Tax Exemption bills

Sample Messaging

What to say to your Representative and Senator about your tax credit priorities:

Dear (Legislator):

I am writing to you today to express my support for (Pick one: HB 2584: the expansion of the Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit; HB 2096: The expansion of the Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit; HB 3364: A credit to help preserve existing affordable housing).

Add some details about your organization here – name, geographic area served, mission, etc.

How would you use the tax credit you listed above? How has it helped you? Share at least one example of a development you’ve built with the credit, and why it was critical to building that development.

If you’re planning to build a new development with the tax credit, please share that here. If you have land already built, and project plans, share two sentences about that – who will the project serve, how many units will it have, who is the target population.

This credit is critical to expanding housing opportunity in Oregon. I urge your support.

Thank you,

Name

HB 2584 - Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit

The Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit or OAHTC helps fund development and preservation of affordable housing. The Legislature should increase the cap to $35 million (currently $25 million) to develop and preserve more homes for people with low incomes. There are two proposed technical changes: first, to allow USDA Rural Development projects to take the credit over a 30-year period, not a 20-year period; and second, to allow more flexibility with rent assistance contracts to include local and state rent assistance to be included in the definition of rent assistance.

This bill is before the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures.

HB 2096 and HB 2433 (omnibus bill) - Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit Expansion

Agricultural workers and their families are in need of safe and affordable homes to live in, either temporarily during harvest or permanently. Many agricultural workers live in substandard or overcrowded housing, while working hard to put food on the table for Oregon families. Oregon Housing and Community Services is seeking to increase the cap for the Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit. The credit is used to develop housing for agricultural workers both on farms and in the community. The current program is capped at $15 million per biennium, and the Governor’s Budget proposes to expand this to $24 million.

The HB 2433 omnibus bill passed in the House and is going to the Senate.  Contact your Senator.

HB 3364 - Preservation Tax Credit

Across Oregon, we need to maintain our supply of existing affordable housing, and reinvestment is needed to maintain safe, stable, and affordable homes. These funds are needed to help to maintain all regulated, multifamily affordable housing, as well as public housing and manufactured home parks. Additional tools are needed to maintain this housing. This proposal would create a tax credit to incentivize the sale of a building that meets the definition of publicly supported affordable housing (ORS 456.250) to a non-profit or a public housing authority, in order to maintain the housing as affordable.

This bill is before the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures.

HB 2456 - Property Tax Exemption, Updates for affordable housing

Over the years, the Legislature has authorized several local option property tax exemptions for affordable housing, including ORS 307.515 and ORS 307.540. Local option property tax exemptions are one tool local jurisdictions can use to help incentivize and make affordable housing developments financially viable in their communities. Recently, the federal government made a critical change that will allow for more people of different income levels to be served by affordable housing. The Legislature should update the local option property tax exemptions to align with this new criteria.

This bill passed the House and referred to Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue Contact your Senator.

Questions? Need info?

Brian Hoop, Housing Oregon, 503-475-6056, brian@...


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


Re: Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

Andrew Olshin
 

Skip
Cascadia Clusters, BeaconPDX started work on a new, 10 unit village a few weeks ago.  Our architect, Sermin, is leading our efforts to work with BDS and appropriate City bureaus to review plans, etc. This will give us a template for future projects - that will benefit from the recent changes to City codes.  
We are developing a full set of construction plans for Beacon Village, and will apply for whatever permits are required.
What we need now is some discretionary private funding to pay for some architect time. 
Cheers, 

Andy Olshin

On Jun 20, 2021, at 2:08 PM, Skip Trantow <skiptrantow@...> wrote:



I think the feasibility of the Slavin Village project will depend upon two basic determinations: Can it pass city permitting requirements and can it be built at a low enough cost.  We want to make these determinations early on and I think this can be done with a conversation with Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) using their ‘Early Assistance’ service.  With this service you get a 15-minute (but hopefully more) video conference with a city planner/expert to describe the project and expose potential showstopper problems upfront.  (See: https://www.portland.gov/bds/zoning-land-use/early-assistance  Also:  https://www.portland.gov/construction-and-development ). By doing this, we also stand to build expertise on the overall process of creating a Tiny House Village (THV) that can be applied to future projects.


Here are design aspects (with my informal italicized comments) that
I think need to be considered in a discussion with the BDS:

  • Site Acquisition:   Assuming it’s legally possible for the city to repurpose this dead-end street, the site will likely be either free or very inexpensive. If we have to pay, say, $200K or more, for a lot to site a THV, I think the cost per bed will be too high to make the model work. The advantage of a THV should be in ‘development agility’, i.e., in our ability to build them inexpensively and quickly in places that are infeasible for conventional development – like Slavin Rd.
  • Design work:  Need to draft building plans adequate for BDS review and get the engineering stamp of approval.
  • Electrical and Water Utilities hook-up and distribution:  While it would be nice to go 'off-grid' and build a fully self-sufficient village, I don’t think this is feasible for a THV sited within the city. Yes, we could design in solar panels and a storage battery for electricity needs but when the winter cold temperatures come the units are going to need AC power for heat. The site would also need AC power for a washer and dryer.  So, solar power would be appropriate only to augment AC power and reduce electricity bills.  Regarding freshwater and wastewater utilities, you definitely need to hook into the City’s water and sewer systems (wastewater has to have somewhere to go).  Given its location, the Slavin Rd. site will likely be close to electrical and water access points. It is unlikely that there would be any unusual expense in running those utilities to and throughout the THV.
  •  Construction of walkways, common areas, and pads for housing unit placement:  The Slavin Rd. dead-end area might already be paved providing ready-to-go walkways and house pads.  Pavement and ground stability needs to be assessed.
  •  Housing Unit Fabrication and Installation:   The ideal model is: Off-site fabrication of finished tiny houses and common structures (e.g., kitchen, toilet, shower, and washing units).  Then transport units to site and place them onto ready ground pads.  All units to meet structural and safety standards and are inspected and approved at fabrication site before being transported to the site.  To speed up development time, off-site unit fabrication work is done in parallel with site preparation.   I think it is most cost effective to design living units that are built on skids.  Just trailer them in, slide them onto a pad. It appears that the new S2HC building codes may apply to THVs where the units are on wheels – is that correct?
  •  On-site construction of entry gate and any perimeter fencing needed for security:
  • On-site construction of garbage / recycling collection area: Likely just need a simple rectangular corral with doors.
  • Internet and Phone:  Internet and phone needs can likely be met through a single 5G wireless subscription that is WiFi’ed throughout the THV.
  • Parking:   Parking capacity needs to be investigated.  It looks like some parking space can be had on the public north end of Slavin Rd. before the barricade. 
  •  Life Safety / Fire Safety:  Acquisition and installation of fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, escape route signage

In the process of thinking about Tiny House Village design, I concluded that we really cannot design a THV and determine feasibility without first knowing what it is intended to achieve for its residents.  This led me to think that we probably need to define at least two THV types, each tailored to a particular need:  A short-term THV (STHV) intended for 0  - 2 year residencies, and a long-term/permanent residency THV (PTHV).  

The purpose of an STHV is to give a resident the breathing room to work toward getting into an apartment, whereas a PTHV is where a person can live for however long they want and create a community.  While a precise definition of the design of each THV type is needed, generally speaking, a living unit in an STHV would be small, spartan and the village would offer fewer community amenities (remember, it’s short-term).  You would likely squeeze as many STHV units as possible into a given site to get to the lowest cost-per-bed.  An STHV would probably be funded and managed by a public housing agency and have low or fully subsidized rent cost. 

A PTHV would have larger living units (though still tiny) that are aesthetic and comfortable with more community amenities, like patios, a commons area, workshop spaces, etc.  It would cost more to develop a PTHV, and rent would be higher.  Fewer living units per given site.  A PTHV could be publicly or privately funded and managed, and potentially, units could be privately owned.

As opposed to large apartment complexes and towers that make sense in purely economic terms (i.e., you can house more people per given lot size) with THV’s I believe we have the opportunity to favor humanistic terms and create housing that supports the innate desire to build community and be creative, something that I do not think large apartment complexes are conducive to.  I believe that, in many situations, a well-designed THV will foster the success of its residents to where the need for supporting social services is greatly lessened, representing a huge savings for the city over the long term.

Andy, what do you think about having a discussion with BDS Early Assistance?

Regards,

Skip Trantow

 

 


Re: Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

Skip Trantow
 

I think the feasibility of the Slavin Village project will depend upon two basic determinations: Can it pass city permitting requirements and can it be built at a low enough cost.  We want to make these determinations early on and I think this can be done with a conversation with Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) using their ‘Early Assistance’ service.  With this service you get a 15-minute (but hopefully more) video conference with a city planner/expert to describe the project and expose potential showstopper problems upfront.  (See: https://www.portland.gov/bds/zoning-land-use/early-assistance  Also:  https://www.portland.gov/construction-and-development ). By doing this, we also stand to build expertise on the overall process of creating a Tiny House Village (THV) that can be applied to future projects.


Here are design aspects (with my informal italicized comments) that
I think need to be considered in a discussion with the BDS:

  • Site Acquisition:   Assuming it’s legally possible for the city to repurpose this dead-end street, the site will likely be either free or very inexpensive. If we have to pay, say, $200K or more, for a lot to site a THV, I think the cost per bed will be too high to make the model work. The advantage of a THV should be in ‘development agility’, i.e., in our ability to build them inexpensively and quickly in places that are infeasible for conventional development – like Slavin Rd.
  • Design work:  Need to draft building plans adequate for BDS review and get the engineering stamp of approval.
  • Electrical and Water Utilities hook-up and distribution:  While it would be nice to go 'off-grid' and build a fully self-sufficient village, I don’t think this is feasible for a THV sited within the city. Yes, we could design in solar panels and a storage battery for electricity needs but when the winter cold temperatures come the units are going to need AC power for heat. The site would also need AC power for a washer and dryer.  So, solar power would be appropriate only to augment AC power and reduce electricity bills.  Regarding freshwater and wastewater utilities, you definitely need to hook into the City’s water and sewer systems (wastewater has to have somewhere to go).  Given its location, the Slavin Rd. site will likely be close to electrical and water access points. It is unlikely that there would be any unusual expense in running those utilities to and throughout the THV.
  •  Construction of walkways, common areas, and pads for housing unit placement:  The Slavin Rd. dead-end area might already be paved providing ready-to-go walkways and house pads.  Pavement and ground stability needs to be assessed.
  •  Housing Unit Fabrication and Installation:   The ideal model is: Off-site fabrication of finished tiny houses and common structures (e.g., kitchen, toilet, shower, and washing units).  Then transport units to site and place them onto ready ground pads.  All units to meet structural and safety standards and are inspected and approved at fabrication site before being transported to the site.  To speed up development time, off-site unit fabrication work is done in parallel with site preparation.   I think it is most cost effective to design living units that are built on skids.  Just trailer them in, slide them onto a pad. It appears that the new S2HC building codes may apply to THVs where the units are on wheels – is that correct?
  •  On-site construction of entry gate and any perimeter fencing needed for security:
  • On-site construction of garbage / recycling collection area: Likely just need a simple rectangular corral with doors.
  • Internet and Phone:  Internet and phone needs can likely be met through a single 5G wireless subscription that is WiFi’ed throughout the THV.
  • Parking:   Parking capacity needs to be investigated.  It looks like some parking space can be had on the public north end of Slavin Rd. before the barricade. 
  •  Life Safety / Fire Safety:  Acquisition and installation of fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, escape route signage

In the process of thinking about Tiny House Village design, I concluded that we really cannot design a THV and determine feasibility without first knowing what it is intended to achieve for its residents.  This led me to think that we probably need to define at least two THV types, each tailored to a particular need:  A short-term THV (STHV) intended for 0  - 2 year residencies, and a long-term/permanent residency THV (PTHV).  

The purpose of an STHV is to give a resident the breathing room to work toward getting into an apartment, whereas a PTHV is where a person can live for however long they want and create a community.  While a precise definition of the design of each THV type is needed, generally speaking, a living unit in an STHV would be small, spartan and the village would offer fewer community amenities (remember, it’s short-term).  You would likely squeeze as many STHV units as possible into a given site to get to the lowest cost-per-bed.  An STHV would probably be funded and managed by a public housing agency and have low or fully subsidized rent cost. 

A PTHV would have larger living units (though still tiny) that are aesthetic and comfortable with more community amenities, like patios, a commons area, workshop spaces, etc.  It would cost more to develop a PTHV, and rent would be higher.  Fewer living units per given site.  A PTHV could be publicly or privately funded and managed, and potentially, units could be privately owned.

As opposed to large apartment complexes and towers that make sense in purely economic terms (i.e., you can house more people per given lot size) with THV’s I believe we have the opportunity to favor humanistic terms and create housing that supports the innate desire to build community and be creative, something that I do not think large apartment complexes are conducive to.  I believe that, in many situations, a well-designed THV will foster the success of its residents to where the need for supporting social services is greatly lessened, representing a huge savings for the city over the long term.

Andy, what do you think about having a discussion with BDS Early Assistance?

Regards,

Skip Trantow

 

 


Action Alerts from Housing Oregon - Affordable housing funding

Tim McCormick
 

please take a minute to contact your state legislators about any of these bills - it's the final 12 days of session.

Tip: if you don't know your state Senator and Representative or their contact info, you can look that up easily here:  
Copy it down and keep handy to contact them in future.

Also, consider getting on the mailing lists that most of them have, to find out about local Town Halls and what they are working on. Go to a Town Hall (online or in person), introduce yourself to the official and/or their chief of staff or housing advisor who'll likely be there, tell them briefly what you're most interested in and why, and any group(s) you advocate with (could be PDX Shelter Forum, eg). This probably helps later letters or testimony from you or your orgs have impact on them. It's a bit like Sales, you usually need many touch points, so to speak.
-Tim. 

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From: Housing Oregon <housingoregon@...>
Date: Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 11:34 AM
Subject: Action Alert - Affordable housing funding measures
To: Tim McCormick <housingoregon.org@...>



Final Weeks of Oregon Legislative Session

Contact your legislators on racial justice,  development, preservation, and homeless services funding bills

Now is the time to send a last message(s) to your State legislators to remind them how critical funding is needed for affordable housing, emergency shelters, and homeownership as the effects of the COVID pandemic continue to disproportionately affect low-income and Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities across Oregon. 

Reach out to your Representative and Senator to ask for their support on one or several of the bills listed below. If you have more time, consider reaching out to members of one of the Joint Committees considering these bills.

Housing Oregon is a member of the Oregon Housing Alliance. Check out our legislative agenda priorities and endorsements. Thanks to the Housing Alliance for legislation descriptions.

How to contact your Legislators

Racial Justice bills

Contact your Senator for HB 2007.  Contact your Representative and Senator for SB 291.


Sample messaging

Dear (Legislator):

I am writing to you today to express my support for (Pick a bill: SB 291 and/or HB 2007.)  (You can add some details about yourself or organization here.)

SB 291

The disparate impacts of the criminal justice system experienced by communities of color has significant, and negative consequences. An arrest or criminal record can have lifelong impacts on a person’s ability to access housing.

I support SB 291. Individualized assessments will give people who have a criminal history a chance at safe and stable housing.

HB 2007 (Already passed House. Contact Senators.)

Due to systemic racism, red lining, disparities in wealth and wages, people of color are less likely to own their home than their white peers. Homeownership is one of the best strategies to help families build intergenerational wealth, while providing a stable home.

I support HB 2007 so the Joint Task Force to Address Racial Disparities in Homeownership can continue to identify strategies which could reduce disparities.

Thank you.

Name

HB 2007 - Addressing Racial Disparities in Homeownership

Due to systemic racism, red lining, disparities in wealth and wages, people of color are less likely to own their home than their white peers. In Oregon, approximately 35% of Black people own their homes, compared to 65% of White people in Oregon. Homeownership is one of the best strategies to help families build intergenerational wealth, while providing a stable home. Strategies are needed to increase homeownership for BIPOC communities.

Initiated in 2018, the workgroup developed a set of recommendations  addressing bias training for real estate professionals, investment in down payment assistance, and investment in individual development accounts (IDAs) to support access to homeownership.

This bill just passed in the House and is going to the Senate.  Contact your Senator.

SB 291 - Individualized Assessment

People who rent their homes who have previous contact with the criminal justice system face additional barriers when trying to secure a new apartment. A landlord may discard their application automatically upon learning of a previous arrest or conviction, without considering the circumstances. Current federal law requires each tenant to be screened individually and assess their circumstances.

This proposal will require an individualized assessment by a landlord, and would prohibit landlords from screening people out for an arrest with no conviction, or previous criminal history for situations that are no longer illegal in Oregon.

Passed by the House Committee on Rules.  Contact your Representative and Senator.

Development, Preservation and Homeless Services bills

Bills before the Joint Committee on Ways and Means and/or Subcommittee on Capital Construction.

Sample Messaging

Dear (Legislator):

I am writing to you today to ask for your support for (Bill number), which (purpose).

Add some details about your organization here – name, geographic area served, mission, etc.

How would you use funding item you listed above? How could it help you? Share an example of how this resource could be important to your work.

This bill is in Ways & Means, and I am asking you today to advocate for and support this proposal.

Thank you,

Name

New Rental and Homeownership Development

SB 5505  - Local Innovation and Fast Track, or LIFT

Additional resources to develop regulated affordable housing are needed, including rental and homeownership opportunities. Since 2015, developers have successfully utilized general obligation bonds to build affordable housing through the Local Innovation and Fast Track, or LIFT Housing program. The Legislature should commit $250 million or more in general obligation bonds for this program.

This bill is before the Subcommittee on Capital Construction of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

SB 5505  - Permanent Supportive Housing

We need to advocate to ensure that rent and services dollars for newly constructed projects approved in 2019 ($50 million in Article XI-Q      general obligation bonds) remain available to build permanent supportive housing across Oregon. The Legislature should commit $50 million or more plus rent and services funding in 2021-23.

This bill is before the Subcommittee on Capital Construction of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

Preservation and healthy homes

SB 5534 - Preserve and Maintain existing affordable housing

We need to maintain our supply of existing affordable housing, and reinvestment is needed to maintain safe, stable, and affordable homes. These funds are needed to help to maintain all regulated, multifamily affordable housing, as well as public housing and manufactured home parks. The Legislature should commit $100 million in Lottery Bonds to maintain existing affordable housing across Oregon.

This bill is before the Subcommittee on Capital Construction of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

HB 2842 - Healthy Homes

Across Oregon, too many of our neighbors live in homes that may have fallen in disrepair or need small investments to improve their health and safety.  These investments help maintain stability, improve their health outcomes, and protect the housing stock in our communities for the next generation.

This proposal will create a Healthy Homes Program and Healthy Homes Repair Fund within the Oregon Health Authority, which will distribute grants to local governments, housing authorities, non-profit organizations, and Tribes to assist low income households with home repairs and retrofits. The proposal would also allow repairs of rental homes.

This bill is before the full Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

Homelessness services

HB 5011 - Prevent and End Homelessness (EHA/SHAP)

Across Oregon, we have an effective statewide system to distribute emergency rent assistance, rapid re-housing resources, and emergency shelter support through the Emergency Housing Account (EHA) and the State Homelessness Assistance Program (SHAP). Significant resources are needed to meet the needs of people experiencing housing instability. The Legislature should commit $50 million to support ongoing funding for these critical programs.

This bill is before the full Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

HB 2544 - Supporting runaway and homeless youth

Oregon has one of the highest rates of youth homelessness, including youth in the K-12 system, youth exiting the foster care system, and unaccompanied youth. The Legislature should invest resources in expanding an existing host home network, which provides a home for unaccompanied homeless youth while they finish high school; and expand existing shelter, mental health, transitional housing, and other services for Runaway and Homeless Youth.

This bill is before the Subcommittee on Capital Construction of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

HB 2163 - Long Term Rent Assistance Pilot for Former Foster Youth

In Oregon, three out of four households with extremely low incomes pay over half of their income towards rent. Today, half of youth who experience homelessness become adults who are chronically homeless, meaning they have years of homelessness coupled with disabling conditions.

This pilot proposal would provide $4.5 million to support youth who are no longer able to receive support through the foster care system with rent assistance. It seeks to provide stability and support to youth as they transition from childhood to adulthood so they can have access to the same education and training opportunities just like their counterparts who are housed and living with family.

This bill is before the full Joint Committee on Ways and Means.

Tax Credit and Property Tax Exemption bills

Sample Messaging

What to say to your Representative and Senator about your tax credit priorities:

Dear (Legislator):

I am writing to you today to express my support for (Pick one: HB 2584: the expansion of the Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit; HB 2096: The expansion of the Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit; HB 3364: A credit to help preserve existing affordable housing).

Add some details about your organization here – name, geographic area served, mission, etc.

How would you use the tax credit you listed above? How has it helped you? Share at least one example of a development you’ve built with the credit, and why it was critical to building that development.

If you’re planning to build a new development with the tax credit, please share that here. If you have land already built, and project plans, share two sentences about that – who will the project serve, how many units will it have, who is the target population.

This credit is critical to expanding housing opportunity in Oregon. I urge your support.

Thank you,

Name

HB 2584 - Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit

The Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit or OAHTC helps fund development and preservation of affordable housing. The Legislature should increase the cap to $35 million (currently $25 million) to develop and preserve more homes for people with low incomes. There are two proposed technical changes: first, to allow USDA Rural Development projects to take the credit over a 30-year period, not a 20-year period; and second, to allow more flexibility with rent assistance contracts to include local and state rent assistance to be included in the definition of rent assistance.

This bill is before the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures.

HB 2096 and HB 2433 (omnibus bill) - Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit Expansion

Agricultural workers and their families are in need of safe and affordable homes to live in, either temporarily during harvest or permanently. Many agricultural workers live in substandard or overcrowded housing, while working hard to put food on the table for Oregon families. Oregon Housing and Community Services is seeking to increase the cap for the Agricultural Workforce Housing Tax Credit. The credit is used to develop housing for agricultural workers both on farms and in the community. The current program is capped at $15 million per biennium, and the Governor’s Budget proposes to expand this to $24 million.

The HB 2433 omnibus bill passed in the House and is going to the Senate.  Contact your Senator.

HB 3364 - Preservation Tax Credit

Across Oregon, we need to maintain our supply of existing affordable housing, and reinvestment is needed to maintain safe, stable, and affordable homes. These funds are needed to help to maintain all regulated, multifamily affordable housing, as well as public housing and manufactured home parks. Additional tools are needed to maintain this housing. This proposal would create a tax credit to incentivize the sale of a building that meets the definition of publicly supported affordable housing (ORS 456.250) to a non-profit or a public housing authority, in order to maintain the housing as affordable.

This bill is before the Joint Committee on Tax Expenditures.

HB 2456 - Property Tax Exemption, Updates for affordable housing

Over the years, the Legislature has authorized several local option property tax exemptions for affordable housing, including ORS 307.515 and ORS 307.540. Local option property tax exemptions are one tool local jurisdictions can use to help incentivize and make affordable housing developments financially viable in their communities. Recently, the federal government made a critical change that will allow for more people of different income levels to be served by affordable housing. The Legislature should update the local option property tax exemptions to align with this new criteria.

This bill passed the House and referred to Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue Contact your Senator.

Questions? Need info?

Brian Hoop, Housing Oregon, 503-475-6056, brian@...

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


Re: Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

Elise Aymer
 

Thanks for explaining,  Peter.


On Wed, Jun 16, 2021, 7:28 PM Peter Finley Fry, <peter@...> wrote:

Land is owned by deed.  Portland (and other public agencies) can and do own land by deed.  A right of way (street) is a super easement across deeded land granted by the original subdivider to provide access to lots.

 

The easiest way to see this is on Portland Maps that clearly shows the deeded land (which are also tax lots) and the interconnected right of ways.  Portlandmaps will reveal the answer.  It is possible that the right of way extends but is not improved.  It is not uncommon for people to develop unimproved right of ways and extend a yard or garden into the right of way.  I know of a street in Corbett Terwilliger where every property along the street was built into the right of way. 

 

On deeded land, the owner can prohibit trespass of the land.  On right of way, public access can not be blocked or prohibited – i.e. public right of way can not be privatized by anyone – the city of private party without a public street vacation process.  Ironically, the city in the last few years made it almost impossible to vacate right of ways.  

 

These areas have a lot of conflict inherent in them.  In my world the laws are the bones and when the bones are broken or ignored then they cause the organism to fail.  I am trying to reduce the breakage so we can discuss the moral principles and not get sidetracked by litigation or illegal action even when innocent.  Keep in mind that there is no final judgement except death.   Litigation only stops when people fade away.  The Boise case provides a road sign, but it is not a definitive conclusion.

 

My observation, is that no one is really paying attention to reality.  It is no different then attempting to cross a desert without water.

 

The Salvin idea looks very interesting and conceptually  could work.

 

I would like to help to make it happen.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP

Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Elise Aymer via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 2:52 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

 

Hi Andy, Peter and Skip,

 

I very much appreciate Andy's plan and sharing it with the community here on the listserv.

 

Could you explain what your exchange a bit more. I'm not as versed in planning terms and land use and suspect there are others like me on the listserv.

 

Right now Slavin Street is a dead end. Is the land at the end of the dead end owned by the City? 

 

Or is the idea that it's being held by the City because although the road stops where the proposed village site would be it still counts as a right of way that in theory could be extended?

 

Is it that the land at the end of the dead end cannot be legally designated for another use as any other use than extending the road would be trumped by the rights of the property holders along the road?

 

I understood, I think, the part about how camps in right of way designated areas are seen to block right of passage and so to be an attempt to privatize public use.

 

Last question, does this mean that it would be necessary (with legalities in mind) to find a piece of City owned land for which they hold the title vs. a parcel such as on Slavin St. where they seem to hold usage in which to site villages?

 

Thanks a bunch, in advance for the clarification.

 

Elise

 

 

 


Re: Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

Peter Finley Fry
 

Land is owned by deed.  Portland (and other public agencies) can and do own land by deed.  A right of way (street) is a super easement across deeded land granted by the original subdivider to provide access to lots.

 

The easiest way to see this is on Portland Maps that clearly shows the deeded land (which are also tax lots) and the interconnected right of ways.  Portlandmaps will reveal the answer.  It is possible that the right of way extends but is not improved.  It is not uncommon for people to develop unimproved right of ways and extend a yard or garden into the right of way.  I know of a street in Corbett Terwilliger where every property along the street was built into the right of way. 

 

On deeded land, the owner can prohibit trespass of the land.  On right of way, public access can not be blocked or prohibited – i.e. public right of way can not be privatized by anyone – the city of private party without a public street vacation process.  Ironically, the city in the last few years made it almost impossible to vacate right of ways.  

 

These areas have a lot of conflict inherent in them.  In my world the laws are the bones and when the bones are broken or ignored then they cause the organism to fail.  I am trying to reduce the breakage so we can discuss the moral principles and not get sidetracked by litigation or illegal action even when innocent.  Keep in mind that there is no final judgement except death.   Litigation only stops when people fade away.  The Boise case provides a road sign, but it is not a definitive conclusion.

 

My observation, is that no one is really paying attention to reality.  It is no different then attempting to cross a desert without water.

 

The Salvin idea looks very interesting and conceptually  could work.

 

I would like to help to make it happen.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP

Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Elise Aymer via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 2:52 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

 

Hi Andy, Peter and Skip,

 

I very much appreciate Andy's plan and sharing it with the community here on the listserv.

 

Could you explain what your exchange a bit more. I'm not as versed in planning terms and land use and suspect there are others like me on the listserv.

 

Right now Slavin Street is a dead end. Is the land at the end of the dead end owned by the City? 

 

Or is the idea that it's being held by the City because although the road stops where the proposed village site would be it still counts as a right of way that in theory could be extended?

 

Is it that the land at the end of the dead end cannot be legally designated for another use as any other use than extending the road would be trumped by the rights of the property holders along the road?

 

I understood, I think, the part about how camps in right of way designated areas are seen to block right of passage and so to be an attempt to privatize public use.

 

Last question, does this mean that it would be necessary (with legalities in mind) to find a piece of City owned land for which they hold the title vs. a parcel such as on Slavin St. where they seem to hold usage in which to site villages?

 

Thanks a bunch, in advance for the clarification.

 

Elise

 

 

 


Re: Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

Elise Aymer
 

Hi Andy, Peter and Skip,

I very much appreciate Andy's plan and sharing it with the community here on the listserv.

Could you explain what your exchange a bit more. I'm not as versed in planning terms and land use and suspect there are others like me on the listserv.

Right now Slavin Street is a dead end. Is the land at the end of the dead end owned by the City? 

Or is the idea that it's being held by the City because although the road stops where the proposed village site would be it still counts as a right of way that in theory could be extended?

Is it that the land at the end of the dead end cannot be legally designated for another use as any other use than extending the road would be trumped by the rights of the property holders along the road?

I understood, I think, the part about how camps in right of way designated areas are seen to block right of passage and so to be an attempt to privatize public use.

Last question, does this mean that it would be necessary (with legalities in mind) to find a piece of City owned land for which they hold the title vs. a parcel such as on Slavin St. where they seem to hold usage in which to site villages?

Thanks a bunch, in advance for the clarification.

Elise



Re: Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

Peter Finley Fry
 

Again;  It looks great.

 

FYI; if you vacate the street; the property reverts back to the underlying property owners which is typically fifty fifty to the abutting owners.  A right of way is essentially a super easement across private property which is why the existing camps on right of way are technically illegal as they block people’s right of passage and attempt to privatize property rights that are owned by all of us.

 

I understand in times of crisis we tend to ignore things though we attempt to do no harm.

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP

Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Skip Trantow via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:18 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

 

Andy,

This looks reasonable to me.  I doubt if Slavin St. can be extended and thus will always be a dead-end street.  As such, the city may be amenable to vacating/abandoning the far end portion for another purpose, such as, a tiny house village.  To make the adjacent apartment complex more accepting of this use, you would probably need to specify a fence along the east side to give a sense of separation/security.  

Overall, this is the kind of strategy the city should adopt, i.e., find 'un-purposed' city property, near transportation and shopping, that can be purposed into a tiny home village.  I think you’re on a promising track here.

Skip Trantow

 


Re: Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

Skip Trantow
 

Andy,

This looks reasonable to me.  I doubt if Slavin St. can be extended and thus will always be a dead-end street.  As such, the city may be amenable to vacating/abandoning the far end portion for another purpose, such as, a tiny house village.  To make the adjacent apartment complex more accepting of this use, you would probably need to specify a fence along the east side to give a sense of separation/security.  

Overall, this is the kind of strategy the city should adopt, i.e., find 'un-purposed' city property, near transportation and shopping, that can be purposed into a tiny home village.  I think you’re on a promising track here.

Skip Trantow


ON NOW, 4-5pm: AHFE Safety Off the Streets monthly meeting - join and comment

Tim McCormick
 

meet.google.com/svq-vkja-ykr
Phone: 1 484-424-4823  (PIN: 661 453 175#)

June 15 agenda: 
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/566631e8c21b864679fff4de/t/60c3d888a6c97c64459566f0/1623447702712/SOS_Agenda_20210615.pdf


AHFE Safety Off the Streets Workgroup mtgTuesday, June 15⋅3:00 – 5:00pmMonthly on the third TuesdayLocation:https://meet.google.com/svq-vkja-ykrDescription:please join today for 3-5pm monthly (on 3rd Tuesdays), open meeting of the Safety Off the Streets Workgroup, a subcommittee of the Coordinating Board of A Home For Everyone:  
   Google Meet:  meet.google.com/svq-vkja-ykr
   Phone: 1 484-424-4823  (PIN: 661 453 175#)
   Agenda for Feb 16


Meeting agendas, materials (posted shortly before meeting), and minutes (posted some months after meeting): http://ahomeforeveryone.net/safety-off-the-streets-workgroup

SOS Workground is the shelter, immediate-response focused part, and advisory group, of the county homelessness administrative authority (A Home For Everyone). So it's a key place, in terms of funding / general policy, where many of us in PDX Shelter Forum might engage given our interests here. See 'About SOS'' below for more about it. 


ABOUT SOS

http://ahomeforeveryone.net/safety-off-the-streets-workgroup.
"In October 2014, the Safety off the Streets Workgroup was created as a subcommittee of the Coordinating Board and charged with developing an action plan, that prioritized strategies for increasing options for safety and a good night’s sleep, such that no women, children, or adults with disabilities have to sleep on the streets of Multnomah County by January 2017. The action plan includes policy and funding recommendations from the workgroup’s analysis of the need and what it would take to build a system to begin to address that need. [...]

"Going forward, the Safety off the Streets Workgroup will oversee implementation of shelter development, coordinated entry, best practices strategy, monitor new shelter initiatives, develop public spaces engagement/management strategies, oversee severe weather response, oversee development and implementation of street and shelter count methodology, and shape safety off the streets related budget recommendations."




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


Slavin Village feasibility_210609.pdf

Andrew Olshin
 

Happy weekend. Please take a look at this when u get a chance and let me know what u think.





Thanks,
Andy Olshin


letter from Business for a Better Portland

Sally Bachman
 

FYI

 

Letter to City and County Leaders on Homeless Services Budget

https://bbpdx.org/updates/2021/6/3/letter-to-portland-leaders-on-homeless-services-budget?fbclid=IwAR3El-S1Tnwsme-0g9VLYsiiUM5Q6no3ls45QjeJBT-q1aCEB5zaT3lGO7M

 

June 3, 2021

 

Mayor Ted Wheeler
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty
Commissioner Mingus Mapps
Commissioner Carmen Rubio
Commissioner Dan Ryan

 

Chair Deborah Kafoury
Commissioner Sharon Meiran
Commissioner Susheela Jayapal
Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson
Commissioner Lori Stegmann

Dear Chair Kafoury, Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners:

 

Business for a Better Portland is an innovative chamber of commerce that represents over 400 companies and organizations. Our unique approach to advocacy for business interests ensures that the volume of a member’s voice is not determined by the amount of their dues. Our advocacy for shared prosperity is guided by a fundamental understanding that the well-being of the business community is inherently tied to that of the entire community. One only needs to look at conditions on our streets to recognize that the rising income inequality which has fueled human suffering and social instability is not good for business. Our members look to us to navigate the complex and nearly impenetrable public policy arena on their behalf and to advocate for the policies and funding priorities that will benefit not only their immediate bottom line but also the social stability that will create greater shared prosperity for all.

 

Thank you for working together to allocate resources to both provide housing and services for people experiencing homelessness, as well as to establish near-term alternative safe camping options for people who currently have no choice but to sleep on the street. Homelessness is a problem our region has struggled with for decades. While its origins are traceable to the systematic defunding of the federal social safety net and neoliberal economic policies that have led to extreme income inequality, we must not let the scale of the problem deter us from taking decisive action to ameliorate the suffering of our fellow Portlanders who are in crisis and support our community’s businesses who also find themselves in crisis as they must step in as ad hoc social service and public safety providers.

 

Until recently, efforts to advance solutions have been stymied not only by a scarcity of resources, but also a lack of political will to accept the difficult trade-offs of short-term solutions. We applaud the arrival of your “all hands on deck” approach and hope it means that we are finally ready to prioritize action over the qualms of select constituencies. As City Commissioner Dan Ryan so aptly called out at last week’s meeting of the Executive Committee of the A Home For Everyone board, public demand for safe camping locations provides an excellent opportunity for our city’s private landowners to step up and participate in this critical community initiative. We trust that those who have been most insistent about the need for safe camping areas outside of downtown will be the first to step up and collaborate with the city to secure land for them. Intense, sustained and generous collaboration among all stakeholders will be required to ensure the success of these programs.

We were honored to play an active role in the HereTogether coalition that brought together a wide array of service providers, business leaders and community stakeholders to advance one of the most thoughtful and pragmatic responses to the housing crisis in the country. Passage of the measure in May 2020 was a watershed moment for our region. We fully support that vision, and remain committed to the philosophy that housing--not shelter--is the solution to homelessness. Housing is not only the most sensible and humane solution, it is also the most cost effective. As dozens of Portland-area business, government and community leaders learned during our 2018 “Best Practices Trip” to Brooklyn, New York, the New York City “right to shelter” approach costs billions to maintain and has become so vast that it requires its own police force. We must not fall prey to the temptation of simplistic solutions that put people out of sight but do not give them a safe place to call home.

Still, businesses and people living on the street alike are united in calling for safe, sanitary and organized places for people to go until they can be housed. The humanitarian crisis is plain for all to see, and constant political and community conflict over sweeps serves no one. We are at a pivotal moment now that multiple significant sources of funding are available to finally enable us to both operationalize the voter-supported vision of providing housing and supportive services to people who need them, as well as provide safe, sanitary and organized places for people to go until they can be housed.

 

Embracing the pragmatism of safe rest villages means letting go of ideal answers in the near term: we should never equate a tent or a pod with access to sanitation with housing. But how we build these safe rest villages can demonstrate our intent. Safe rest villages give us an opportunity to be more efficient and effective in how we get resources to people; they should never be mistaken for a solution in and of themselves. We must develop a village model that includes pathways out of them from the very beginning, which means supportive services must be co-located: employment, rental assistance and behavioral health resources are all essential if these villages are to succeed. It is also imperative that we distribute these villages equitably throughout the city, lest they become “out of sight, out of mind.”

As we evaluate any of these programs, we must choose metrics that align with our values, namely that housing is a human right. There may be stakeholders who suggest that the Martin v. Boise framework should set our Region’s and City’s guiding standard, but this is misguided. The so-called “standard” set by Martin vs. Boise is not something we should aspire to. The enduring value of that decision is that law enforcement tools will not fix homelessness. Penalizing people for living outside is a misguided and flatly unconstitutional strategy that falsely assumes that these people most directly impacted have any choice about where to go. In no sense is pure compliance with this important, yet failingly minimal, baseline set by the courts in line with the bold aspirations of our community. A focus on Martin v. Boise alone distracts from the imperative to secure the resources to offer people experiencing houselessness humane and voluntary options. Our goal as a city should be to create public environments that are conducive to commerce because they are welcoming for all, not ones that are defined by exclusion and enforcement. Rather than setting the low bar of available shelter beds, we should instead be striving for year over year decreases in unsheltered and chronic homelessness until we have successfully reached an end to homelessness.

 

We must invest not only in data collection, but in communications resources so that the public can clearly and regularly understand what progress is being made. We who have engaged closely on these issues see the passion and commitment of our elected leaders and their team members, and we see the staggering complication of these issues. We know that you have been asked to do too much with too little for too long. And yet we speak for our members who are beyond frustrated by our apparent inability to collectively improve appallingly bad conditions for both street-level businesses and people who have no choice but to subsist on those same streets. Besides the social and economic drivers of the ongoing housing crisis, there is nothing more detrimental to our efforts to address homelessness than the appearance of inaction and poor results. Confidence in government is approaching a nadir, and no time should be wasted in reversing that trend.

 

Thank you for your commitment to Portland and Multnomah County. We are grateful for your service and look forward to a better community for all.

 

Respectfully,

Ashley Henry, Executive Director

Business for a Better Portland (BBPDX)

 

Business for a Better Portland • 911 NE Davis Street, Portland, OR, 97232 • www.bbpdx.org

 

 


Beacon Village call for volunteers

jes.maran@...
 

Come help build Beacon Village at Bridgeport UCC! Calling all volunteers to spend a few hours build this alternative shelter village.

Beacon Village in partnership with Bridgeport United Church of Christ is building our first alternative shelter community with homes for up to fifteen residents in ten heated, powered, secure, hard-walled shelters, featuring a handmade shower & laundry trailer and open-air community living space.

Over the next month, we are requesting community support for our builder, Cascadia Clusters, as we build platforms and make other site improvements.

Choose a date/time-RSVP here!-Bring your enthusiasm and ANY level of skill! Visit beaconvillagepdx.org to learn more.

Thank you and kind regards,

Jes Maran
Beacon Village Board

 

 

 


Re: Opinions he on National Alliance to End Homelessness

Andrew Olshin
 

I’m downtown at 4th and Everett.  I’m watching the Central City concern / Downtown Clean and Safe street cleanup team.   And I’m wondering if Proud Ground isn’t the more direct route to getting folks off the streets.  Isn’t the contract for Clean and Safe up for grabs?  Open? Willing?

Thanks, 
Andy Olshin

On Jun 7, 2021, at 10:35 AM, Donna Cohen <dcohen@...> wrote:



This webinar from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, transcript and, especially, the SLIDES from the speaker from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities are very good.

 

Slides also suggest specific advocacy steps.

 

https://endhomelessness.org/resource/homeless-policy-in-the-recovery-plans-webinar/

 

Donna

 

Donna L Cohen, MLIS, MEd

Portland, Oregon

503-737-1425

dcohen@...

Civics for Adults – and Others – Workshops: To Enhance Civic Knowledge and Inspire Political Engagement

Webpage www.civicthinker.info

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Civics-for-Adults-1490728887922036/

“My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not fair, not right, not just – stand up, say something, speak up!” Rep. John Lewis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6lzPpqc2WY

 

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Keliferous Goodwoman
Sent: Monday, June 7, 2021 10:11 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Opinions on National Alliance to End Homelessness

 

Very cool! Have you checked out Health Care for the homeless? It started in Boston. 

 

On Thu, Jun 3, 2021, 11:01 AM Tommy Kiser <tommy@...> wrote:

Hi all - really appreciate everyone on this list and all you’re doing to make real change for our unhoused and housing-unstable neighbors.

 

I just wanted to solicit some opinions from the group. I’m making a short film right now that’s meant to make a statement on houselessness, and I was looking for a website to link to in the credits for good explanations of housing-first solutions, and the importance/efficacy of them. The potential audience is national (not local/state level). The call to action is to support housing-first solutions and living wage jobs, and to demand the same of elected leaders.

 

I found the National Alliance to End Homelessness (https://endhomelessness.org/), and from the website it looks like they have some really good data and messaging around the topic. Anyone here have any experience with them? I looked them up on Charity Navigator and they have a good score there for fiscal transparency and accountability. Mainly want to do some due diligence and make sure they are a worthy org to drive traffic to before I highlight their site. (Not that I expect millions of viewers here, this is just a personal project, but nonetheless.)

 

Any thoughts or opinions are welcome and appreciated. Also if you have any other organizations or web resources to suggest, please send them my way. Thanks in advance!

 

Cheers,

-Tommy


Re: Opinions on National Alliance to End Homelessness

Donna Cohen
 

This webinar from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, transcript and, especially, the SLIDES from the speaker from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities are very good.

 

Slides also suggest specific advocacy steps.

 

https://endhomelessness.org/resource/homeless-policy-in-the-recovery-plans-webinar/

 

Donna

 

Donna L Cohen, MLIS, MEd

Portland, Oregon

503-737-1425

dcohen@...

Civics for Adults – and Others – Workshops: To Enhance Civic Knowledge and Inspire Political Engagement

Webpage www.civicthinker.info

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Civics-for-Adults-1490728887922036/

“My philosophy is very simple. When you see something that is not fair, not right, not just – stand up, say something, speak up!” Rep. John Lewis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6lzPpqc2WY

 

 

From: pdxshelterforum@groups.io <pdxshelterforum@groups.io> On Behalf Of Keliferous Goodwoman
Sent: Monday, June 7, 2021 10:11 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Opinions on National Alliance to End Homelessness

 

Very cool! Have you checked out Health Care for the homeless? It started in Boston. 

 

On Thu, Jun 3, 2021, 11:01 AM Tommy Kiser <tommy@...> wrote:

Hi all - really appreciate everyone on this list and all you’re doing to make real change for our unhoused and housing-unstable neighbors.

 

I just wanted to solicit some opinions from the group. I’m making a short film right now that’s meant to make a statement on houselessness, and I was looking for a website to link to in the credits for good explanations of housing-first solutions, and the importance/efficacy of them. The potential audience is national (not local/state level). The call to action is to support housing-first solutions and living wage jobs, and to demand the same of elected leaders.

 

I found the National Alliance to End Homelessness (https://endhomelessness.org/), and from the website it looks like they have some really good data and messaging around the topic. Anyone here have any experience with them? I looked them up on Charity Navigator and they have a good score there for fiscal transparency and accountability. Mainly want to do some due diligence and make sure they are a worthy org to drive traffic to before I highlight their site. (Not that I expect millions of viewers here, this is just a personal project, but nonetheless.)

 

Any thoughts or opinions are welcome and appreciated. Also if you have any other organizations or web resources to suggest, please send them my way. Thanks in advance!

 

Cheers,

-Tommy


Re: Opinions on National Alliance to End Homelessness

Keliferous Goodwoman
 

Very cool! Have you checked out Health Care for the homeless? It started in Boston. 


On Thu, Jun 3, 2021, 11:01 AM Tommy Kiser <tommy@...> wrote:
Hi all - really appreciate everyone on this list and all you’re doing to make real change for our unhoused and housing-unstable neighbors.

I just wanted to solicit some opinions from the group. I’m making a short film right now that’s meant to make a statement on houselessness, and I was looking for a website to link to in the credits for good explanations of housing-first solutions, and the importance/efficacy of them. The potential audience is national (not local/state level). The call to action is to support housing-first solutions and living wage jobs, and to demand the same of elected leaders.

I found the National Alliance to End Homelessness (https://endhomelessness.org/), and from the website it looks like they have some really good data and messaging around the topic. Anyone here have any experience with them? I looked them up on Charity Navigator and they have a good score there for fiscal transparency and accountability. Mainly want to do some due diligence and make sure they are a worthy org to drive traffic to before I highlight their site. (Not that I expect millions of viewers here, this is just a personal project, but nonetheless.)

Any thoughts or opinions are welcome and appreciated. Also if you have any other organizations or web resources to suggest, please send them my way. Thanks in advance!

Cheers,
-Tommy

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