Just thought Id Share the Testimony I Just Submitted to City Council

Andrew Olshin

July 22, 2020
Honorable City Council Members:
Thank you for accepting our written testimony.  
Cascadia Clusters hires and trains houseless Portlanders in the construction trades.  We have funded, designed and built several Mobile Hygiene Units to serve the houseless population with dignity.  Each of these units can be deployed within a few days to provide close to 50 showers per 12-hour day.   Some include laundry facilities. 

We would be happy to work directly with any City Bureau, Prosper Portland or Multnomah County to supply these services as part of ongoing efforts to support businesses in Old Town and other locations.  Our units are providing critical services to protect the health and safety of the houseless population and the community at large. 
Hygiene is fundamental to human vitality.  Please help us offer more of these services in and around our community. 

Andy Olshin
Founder, Pro-Bono Co-Executive Director
Cascadia Clusters is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



On Jul 15, 2020, at 5:51 PM, Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

In the PDX Shelter Forum online event June 25th, we had a great conversation section about this with Al Burns, project leader for this Shelter to Home Continuum (S2HC) project at the City's Bureau of Planning & Sustainability.

Interesting points were added e.g. by Eli Spevak, Chair of the Planning & Sustainability Commission (fyi, PSC is the citizen volunteer counterpart & advisor to BPS). Such as, how S2HC might and in his opinion should be extended to create new options for vehicle dwellings, like movable accessory dwellings, or vehicles / tiny houses dwellings on private property. That is a practice currently decriminalized via non-enforcement originally via Commissioner Chloe Eudaly's initiative, but not technically legalized, in Portland. Also, we discussed related "safe parking" programs in Portland and Eugene, and my hypothetical "Parking Dwelling Permit" model (https://housing.wiki/wiki/Parking_Dwelling_Permit) for managing such on a wide scale. 

See it in the event video on our YouTube channel (and see that anyway, if you haven't yet): https://youtu.be/lqwpbKvks34?t=3813 (1:03:35 - 1:27:42):

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Also, in the post-event follow-up wrap-up message on mailing list (https://groups.io/g/pdxshelterforum/message/10; join here), we highlighted S2HC in Item #4 as one of the key learnings and next-step foci coming from the event. It is possibly the top way PDX Shelter Forum initiative could help shape city policy and achieve stated goals in the foreseeable future.
Tim McCormick
Editor at HousingWiki, Organizer at Village Collaborative
Portland, Oregon 

On Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 9:21 AM Sean Green <green@...> wrote:
Tonight, Portland: Neighbors Welcome is hosting an event with Al Burns, the BPS planner for the Shelter to Housing Continuum (S2HC) Project. This is the zoning code project seeks to, among other things, "[a]llow and regulate tent camping facilities and clusters of sleeping pods or “tiny homes.”"The zoom event is from 6:00-7:30pm, here is the link for the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89033872821

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