WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”


Tim McCormick
 


[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 


Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 


Aisha Musa
 

As an active wheelchair user who lives in Old Town, I must say how angry the ADA suit makes me. The people behind it are not disabled. I know this because they tried to recruit me to be a party to it months ago and I refused because it is exploiting disabled people and pitting the needs and concerns of one marginalized group against another for the benefit of the privileged. The proof  of this is that the same people have not complained against tendy, upscale businesses violating the ADA. This picture is from last February and it's still there now. I have complained to the City multiple times to no avail. The entire pedestrian throughway is blocked. Someone walking is using the area between the trees and the street, but that area is sloped, the curb is high, and there are tree wells. It is not safe for anyone with mobility equipment. A trendy upscale business can violate the ADA with impunity, but the City is being sued over tents. That suit is not about the ADA and the non-disabled people behind it do not care about accessibility. If they did, they would be as concerned about violations like this one too.
ADA violation 02112022.jpg

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting



On Thu, Oct 13, 2022 at 9:21 PM Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...> wrote:

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 


Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 


Sue Gemmell
 

Dr. Musa, would it be ok to share your reply beyond this group? Perhaps you have written an OpEd or letter to news organization about this? The information is important, thank you for posting. (I suspected just what you described.)

Sue


Aisha Musa
 

Sue,
Yes, you may share my reply. I have not written an OpEd, but I did email KGW when I emailed the Mayor and every City commissioner some months ago after I was approached about being a part of such a suit. No one ever responded.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting



On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 8:44 AM Sue Gemmell <sue@...> wrote:
Dr. Musa, would it be ok to share your reply beyond this group? Perhaps you have written an OpEd or letter to news organization about this? The information is important, thank you for posting.  (I suspected just what you described.)

Sue





Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...>
 

I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:


[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 


Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 


Aisha Musa
 

Tom,
The problems are real, but the ADA suit is shameless exploitation of the disabled because the people behind it are non-disabled and they are not actually concerned about accessibility. Again, if they were actually concerned about accessibility, they would be as upset when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. They are not. The ADA suit is weaponizing the ADA against the unhoused and pitting the needs of the disabled against those of the unhoused for the benefit of those who are non-disabled and housed.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting



On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...> wrote:
I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 


Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 


Peter Finley Fry
 

Dear Group

 

With concern, I must strongly disagree with Dr. Musa.  I have lived with my mental disability personally and with others my entire life.  As a child, our society drove me away.  Now, our society ignores and dismisses us, if we can not aggressively compete; we will walk done the middle of the street rather then confront this stranger who sits on the sidewalk in our way.

 

Expressions of anger and conspiracy only harms those who are forced to suffer in silence because of the verbal violence unleased.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

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Tom,

The problems are real, but the ADA suit is shameless exploitation of the disabled because the people behind it are non-disabled and they are not actually concerned about accessibility. Again, if they were actually concerned about accessibility, they would be as upset when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. They are not. The ADA suit is weaponizing the ADA against the unhoused and pitting the needs of the disabled against those of the unhoused for the benefit of those who are non-disabled and housed.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...> wrote:

I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:

 

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 

 

 

Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network

+1 503.334.1894. 

 

 


Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...>
 

I agree with you. I was commenting on the topic of the mass campuses proposed the other day.

On 10/14/2022 10:21 AM, Aisha Musa wrote:

Tom,
The problems are real, but the ADA suit is shameless exploitation of the disabled because the people behind it are non-disabled and they are not actually concerned about accessibility. Again, if they were actually concerned about accessibility, they would be as upset when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. They are not. The ADA suit is weaponizing the ADA against the unhoused and pitting the needs of the disabled against those of the unhoused for the benefit of those who are non-disabled and housed.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting



On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...> wrote:
I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 


Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

--
--
Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894. 



Aisha Musa
 

Dear Peter,
As I said to Tom, the problems are real. The lawsuit, however, is shameless exploitation of the disabled by the non-disabled. I know this because they attempted to recruit me late last year. The proof that they don't actually care about accessibility is that they are not concerned when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa


On Fri, Oct 14, 2022, 10:40 AM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Dear Group

 

With concern, I must strongly disagree with Dr. Musa.  I have lived with my mental disability personally and with others my entire life.  As a child, our society drove me away.  Now, our society ignores and dismisses us, if we can not aggressively compete; we will walk done the middle of the street rather then confront this stranger who sits on the sidewalk in our way.

 

Expressions of anger and conspiracy only harms those who are forced to suffer in silence because of the verbal violence unleased.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:21 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; amesh@...
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Tom,

The problems are real, but the ADA suit is shameless exploitation of the disabled because the people behind it are non-disabled and they are not actually concerned about accessibility. Again, if they were actually concerned about accessibility, they would be as upset when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. They are not. The ADA suit is weaponizing the ADA against the unhoused and pitting the needs of the disabled against those of the unhoused for the benefit of those who are non-disabled and housed.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...> wrote:

I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:

 

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 

 

 

Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

--

--

Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network

+1 503.334.1894. 

 

 


Peter Finley Fry
 

Thank you for your response Aisha.

 

With all respect, the lawsuit is not in anyway an exploitation.  I do agree that it is shameful the way that all people exploit and ignore those with disabilities and I am driven in all ways and all times to compensate for this.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 11:13 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; Aaron Mesh
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Dear Peter,

As I said to Tom, the problems are real. The lawsuit, however, is shameless exploitation of the disabled by the non-disabled. I know this because they attempted to recruit me late last year. The proof that they don't actually care about accessibility is that they are not concerned when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022, 10:40 AM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Dear Group

 

With concern, I must strongly disagree with Dr. Musa.  I have lived with my mental disability personally and with others my entire life.  As a child, our society drove me away.  Now, our society ignores and dismisses us, if we can not aggressively compete; we will walk done the middle of the street rather then confront this stranger who sits on the sidewalk in our way.

 

Expressions of anger and conspiracy only harms those who are forced to suffer in silence because of the verbal violence unleased.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:21 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; amesh@...
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Tom,

The problems are real, but the ADA suit is shameless exploitation of the disabled because the people behind it are non-disabled and they are not actually concerned about accessibility. Again, if they were actually concerned about accessibility, they would be as upset when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. They are not. The ADA suit is weaponizing the ADA against the unhoused and pitting the needs of the disabled against those of the unhoused for the benefit of those who are non-disabled and housed.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...> wrote:

I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:

 

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 

 

 

Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

--

--

Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network

+1 503.334.1894. 

 

 

 


Aisha Musa
 

The proof that it is exploitation is clear. The non-disabled people behind the suit do not care about accessibility. That is what makes it exploitation. They care about the ADA violation on the right, but not the one on the left. If the people behind the suit cared equally about both, it would not be exploitation. Like you, I have been disabled all my life, and if not for (to quote Reba) "my mama's will and God's amazing grace," I would have been locked away in Fairview sixty years ago, and not had the opportunity to do all I have done, and six people over three generations (my children, grandchildren, and great grandchild) would not exist.  know exploitation when I see it, and this lawsuit is exploitation. Guess which of these two violations was cleared and which is still there today.
image.png

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting



On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 12:20 PM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Thank you for your response Aisha.

 

With all respect, the lawsuit is not in anyway an exploitation.  I do agree that it is shameful the way that all people exploit and ignore those with disabilities and I am driven in all ways and all times to compensate for this.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 11:13 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; Aaron Mesh
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Dear Peter,

As I said to Tom, the problems are real. The lawsuit, however, is shameless exploitation of the disabled by the non-disabled. I know this because they attempted to recruit me late last year. The proof that they don't actually care about accessibility is that they are not concerned when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022, 10:40 AM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Dear Group

 

With concern, I must strongly disagree with Dr. Musa.  I have lived with my mental disability personally and with others my entire life.  As a child, our society drove me away.  Now, our society ignores and dismisses us, if we can not aggressively compete; we will walk done the middle of the street rather then confront this stranger who sits on the sidewalk in our way.

 

Expressions of anger and conspiracy only harms those who are forced to suffer in silence because of the verbal violence unleased.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:21 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; amesh@...
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Tom,

The problems are real, but the ADA suit is shameless exploitation of the disabled because the people behind it are non-disabled and they are not actually concerned about accessibility. Again, if they were actually concerned about accessibility, they would be as upset when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. They are not. The ADA suit is weaponizing the ADA against the unhoused and pitting the needs of the disabled against those of the unhoused for the benefit of those who are non-disabled and housed.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...> wrote:

I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:

 

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 

 

 

Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

--

--

Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network

+1 503.334.1894. 

 

 

 


Aisha Musa
 

In the last photo of two violations, it should be "they care about the violation on the left and not the one on the right." I apologize.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting



On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 3:05 PM Dr. Aisha Y. Musa <draymusa@...> wrote:
The proof that it is exploitation is clear. The non-disabled people behind the suit do not care about accessibility. That is what makes it exploitation. They care about the ADA violation on the right, but not the one on the left. If the people behind the suit cared equally about both, it would not be exploitation. Like you, I have been disabled all my life, and if not for (to quote Reba) "my mama's will and God's amazing grace," I would have been locked away in Fairview sixty years ago, and not had the opportunity to do all I have done, and six people over three generations (my children, grandchildren, and great grandchild) would not exist.  know exploitation when I see it, and this lawsuit is exploitation. Guess which of these two violations was cleared and which is still there today.
image.png

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting



On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 12:20 PM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Thank you for your response Aisha.

 

With all respect, the lawsuit is not in anyway an exploitation.  I do agree that it is shameful the way that all people exploit and ignore those with disabilities and I am driven in all ways and all times to compensate for this.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 11:13 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; Aaron Mesh
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Dear Peter,

As I said to Tom, the problems are real. The lawsuit, however, is shameless exploitation of the disabled by the non-disabled. I know this because they attempted to recruit me late last year. The proof that they don't actually care about accessibility is that they are not concerned when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022, 10:40 AM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Dear Group

 

With concern, I must strongly disagree with Dr. Musa.  I have lived with my mental disability personally and with others my entire life.  As a child, our society drove me away.  Now, our society ignores and dismisses us, if we can not aggressively compete; we will walk done the middle of the street rather then confront this stranger who sits on the sidewalk in our way.

 

Expressions of anger and conspiracy only harms those who are forced to suffer in silence because of the verbal violence unleased.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:21 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; amesh@...
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Tom,

The problems are real, but the ADA suit is shameless exploitation of the disabled because the people behind it are non-disabled and they are not actually concerned about accessibility. Again, if they were actually concerned about accessibility, they would be as upset when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. They are not. The ADA suit is weaponizing the ADA against the unhoused and pitting the needs of the disabled against those of the unhoused for the benefit of those who are non-disabled and housed.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...> wrote:

I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:

 

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 

 

 

Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network

+1 503.334.1894. 

 

 

 


Peter Finley Fry
 

Aisha

 

I do see your point and recognize the inequity of the city providing private space for commercial businesses ignoring the issues of access.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

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From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 3:07 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

In the last photo of two violations, it should be "they care about the violation on the left and not the one on the right." I apologize.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 3:05 PM Dr. Aisha Y. Musa <draymusa@...> wrote:

The proof that it is exploitation is clear. The non-disabled people behind the suit do not care about accessibility. That is what makes it exploitation. They care about the ADA violation on the right, but not the one on the left. If the people behind the suit cared equally about both, it would not be exploitation. Like you, I have been disabled all my life, and if not for (to quote Reba) "my mama's will and God's amazing grace," I would have been locked away in Fairview sixty years ago, and not had the opportunity to do all I have done, and six people over three generations (my children, grandchildren, and great grandchild) would not exist.  know exploitation when I see it, and this lawsuit is exploitation. Guess which of these two violations was cleared and which is still there today.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 12:20 PM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Thank you for your response Aisha.

 

With all respect, the lawsuit is not in anyway an exploitation.  I do agree that it is shameful the way that all people exploit and ignore those with disabilities and I am driven in all ways and all times to compensate for this.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 11:13 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; Aaron Mesh
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Dear Peter,

As I said to Tom, the problems are real. The lawsuit, however, is shameless exploitation of the disabled by the non-disabled. I know this because they attempted to recruit me late last year. The proof that they don't actually care about accessibility is that they are not concerned when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022, 10:40 AM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Dear Group

 

With concern, I must strongly disagree with Dr. Musa.  I have lived with my mental disability personally and with others my entire life.  As a child, our society drove me away.  Now, our society ignores and dismisses us, if we can not aggressively compete; we will walk done the middle of the street rather then confront this stranger who sits on the sidewalk in our way.

 

Expressions of anger and conspiracy only harms those who are forced to suffer in silence because of the verbal violence unleased.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:21 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; amesh@...
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Tom,

The problems are real, but the ADA suit is shameless exploitation of the disabled because the people behind it are non-disabled and they are not actually concerned about accessibility. Again, if they were actually concerned about accessibility, they would be as upset when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. They are not. The ADA suit is weaponizing the ADA against the unhoused and pitting the needs of the disabled against those of the unhoused for the benefit of those who are non-disabled and housed.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...> wrote:

I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:

 

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 

 

 

Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

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--

Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network

+1 503.334.1894. 

 

 

 

 


Aisha Musa
 

Thank you. I hate to see those in positions of privilege pitting the needs and concerns of the disabled against those of the unhoused, but they are. It is particularly egregious because more than half of the unhoused are also disabled.

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa
AYM Education and Consulting



On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 3:10 PM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Aisha

 

I do see your point and recognize the inequity of the city providing private space for commercial businesses ignoring the issues of access.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 3:07 PM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

In the last photo of two violations, it should be "they care about the violation on the left and not the one on the right." I apologize.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 3:05 PM Dr. Aisha Y. Musa <draymusa@...> wrote:

The proof that it is exploitation is clear. The non-disabled people behind the suit do not care about accessibility. That is what makes it exploitation. They care about the ADA violation on the right, but not the one on the left. If the people behind the suit cared equally about both, it would not be exploitation. Like you, I have been disabled all my life, and if not for (to quote Reba) "my mama's will and God's amazing grace," I would have been locked away in Fairview sixty years ago, and not had the opportunity to do all I have done, and six people over three generations (my children, grandchildren, and great grandchild) would not exist.  know exploitation when I see it, and this lawsuit is exploitation. Guess which of these two violations was cleared and which is still there today.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 12:20 PM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Thank you for your response Aisha.

 

With all respect, the lawsuit is not in anyway an exploitation.  I do agree that it is shameful the way that all people exploit and ignore those with disabilities and I am driven in all ways and all times to compensate for this.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 11:13 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; Aaron Mesh
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Dear Peter,

As I said to Tom, the problems are real. The lawsuit, however, is shameless exploitation of the disabled by the non-disabled. I know this because they attempted to recruit me late last year. The proof that they don't actually care about accessibility is that they are not concerned when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022, 10:40 AM Peter Finley Fry <peter@...> wrote:

Dear Group

 

With concern, I must strongly disagree with Dr. Musa.  I have lived with my mental disability personally and with others my entire life.  As a child, our society drove me away.  Now, our society ignores and dismisses us, if we can not aggressively compete; we will walk done the middle of the street rather then confront this stranger who sits on the sidewalk in our way.

 

Expressions of anger and conspiracy only harms those who are forced to suffer in silence because of the verbal violence unleased.

 

 

 

Peter Finley Fry    AICP PhD MUP BS

Strategic Land Use Planning

Cultural Anthropologist

303 NW Uptown Terrace; Unit 1B

Portland, Oregon 97210

503 703-8033

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Aisha Musa via groups.io
Sent: Friday, October 14, 2022 10:21 AM
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Cc: Alternative Shelter Network; Sophie Peel; amesh@...
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] WW: Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

 

Tom,

The problems are real, but the ADA suit is shameless exploitation of the disabled because the people behind it are non-disabled and they are not actually concerned about accessibility. Again, if they were actually concerned about accessibility, they would be as upset when trendy upscale businesses violate the ADA. They are not. The ADA suit is weaponizing the ADA against the unhoused and pitting the needs of the disabled against those of the unhoused for the benefit of those who are non-disabled and housed.

 

Dr. Aisha Y. Musa

AYM Education and Consulting

 

 

 

On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 9:57 AM Tom Hickey <Hickeyt+BNA.PDX@...> wrote:

I think it is real. I spoke to Sam Adams last winter about finding a better place to shelter the folks in the Delta Park dog walk (which is a swamp in the rainy season and closed during that period by PPR due to toxic waste in the sludge, making it unfit for dogs). He turned and pointed to the Delta Park baseball pentagram, and said he planned to turn each field into a cluster, with hygiene and services established in the central clubhouse. He offered no timeline, and shortly thereafter the Dog Walk residents were swept away without follow-up support.

On the other hand, given the way Dan Ryan's team seems to be slow-walking the Safe Rest Village project, I suspect they will all be out of office before the proposal can be implemented. Further, the major obstacle for SRV seems to be finding management capacity. They keep looking away from that problem.

Tom Hickey

On 10/13/2022 9:21 PM, Tim McCormick wrote:

 

[note from Tim: I am inclined to not put too much stock in this story, because it is based only on unnamed sources' info, not any confirmed or shared source at the Mayor's Office. It could be a plan tactically leaked or alleged without source in order to test reactions or to influence or oppose some anticipated official plan. 

 

Local newspaper reporters covering homelessness have, in my assessment, in the past quite misrepresented Mayor's Office plans & statements, eg from Sam Adams earlier in the year, and most have evident strong opinions/positions about these issues that deeply shape their reporting in ways they don't acknowledge or perhaps even realize. 

 

For example, regarding a crucial legal point, the reporter repeats here once again a common but contested advocacy interpretation of the Martin v Boise case, that has recently been explicitly rebutted by the 9th Circuit in Johnson v Grants Pass case: see ruling text & excerpts at 

 

The article also seems to be speculating when it says "if the judge grants the [disabled] plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders." Evidence is not presented to indicate that the suit seeks the latter]. 

 

 

Mayor Will Announce Plan to Ban Unsanctioned Camping Across Portland and Build 500-Capacity Homeless “Campuses”

Many details remain uncertain, but one thing is clear: The mayor’s office is taking aggressive steps to move homeless Portlanders into large sanctioned camps.

SLEEPING ROUGH: Residing in a tent in Old Town. (Blake Benard)

WW has learned that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler plans next week to announce a sweeping strategy to ban unsanctioned camping across the city and build three massive sanctioned camping areas, called “campuses,” each with capacity for 500 people.

Each campus would be divided into four camps with a 125-person capacity. The city intends to fill one of each of the 125-person camps in each of the three campuses, and then expand from there. The city will seek to hire an outside contractor to run the three campuses.

Campus sites have not yet been confirmed, nor has the funding.

If actually enforced, the ban would signal a massive public policy shift for the city, effectively ending a policy of allowing people to sleep on sidewalks that has existed since then-Mayor Charlie Hales sanctioned camping in 2016.

Currently, the city and county do not have adequate shelter space to accommodate everyone sleeping on city streets. Because of the Martin v. Boise ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court, cities cannot arrest homeless campers if there is not adequate shelter to offer them. If the mayor’s plan comes to fruition, the city would likely be allowed to issue criminal citations to people who are living on the streets.

Sources tell WW the plan is just one aspect of a broader initiative by the mayor’s office to address the housing and homelessness crisis; another component is establishing aggressive targets for the construction of affordable housing.

Many details remain unclear about the mayor’s plan: what enforcement mechanism—if any—would be used to enforce the ban, where funding would come from for the sanctioned camping areas (the mayor’s office is courting all three gubernatorial candidates, hoping to get state money from the next legislative session), and how the camps would function.

The plan is akin to the top-line item on a blueprint plan mayoral aide Sam Adams shared with elected officials earlier this year, floating the idea of building 1,000-capacity shelters with the end goal of banning unsanctioned camping. While the plan was widely denounced, the mayor has incrementally implemented portions of Adams’ plan over the past eight months, incuding emergency orders to ban camping around schools and along high-crash corridors.

The timing of the mayor’s announcement is also significant: It is scheduled to occur the same week ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes. Democratic candidate for governor Tina Kotek is struggling in the polls, and the sight of large camps along Portland highways is a political millstone for her and other statewide Dems in tight contests.

All three gubernatorial campaigns have been briefed on Wheeler’s plan.

Another thing to keep in mind: Last month, 10 Portlanders with disabilities sued the city of Portland, alleging that tent camping was blocking public access protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In September, as WWreported yesterday, Portland city attorneys asked the lawyer representing the plaintiffs to also name Multnomah County, Metro and the state as additional defendants in the lawsuit.

That’s because if the judge grants the plaintiff’s requests, the city will be forced to remove all tents from the sidewalks and build enough shelter capacity to house all homeless Portlanders. That’s an expensive project—and the city of Portland doesn’t want to foot the bill alone.

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--

Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network

+1 503.334.1894. 

 

 

 

 


Tim McCormick
 

new story on this from KGW TV yesterday evening:

"Report: Mayor Wheeler to propose camping ban across Portland and build mega-camps as an alternative"

This piece includes a video showing sections of the letter from City officials to County Chair Kafoury, and a statement in response from Kafoury. 

Nice work by reporter Tim Gordon and KGW for this article & video. I appreciated them getting statements from Mayor's office & Commissioner Kafoury, and including apparently much of the letter. Also, especially, how they went down to Street Roots office in Old Town, talked to and put on video comments by and gave name of SR vendor & Ambassador, Racheal Dulaney, who was sitting with others on benches/parklet/patio outside SR office. 

This strikes me as a fairly exemplary way to include viewpoints of and represent people with lived/living experience — talking in a safe, comfortable middle space: this is the "public sphere" embodied. 

the video has many striking images:

that last one is taken next to the iconic Elk Statue, with iconic postmodern Portland Building in background.


article text: 

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mayor Ted Wheeler is set to propose the banning of unsanctioned camping across Portland and build large sanctioned homeless camping areas as an alternative, according to a Willamette Week report.

The mayor wants three 500-person homeless "campuses" with each campus divided into four 125-person camps, the report states. The city would look to have these new propose sites be managed by outside contractors.

KGW reached out to city hall to confirm and got a two-sentence response from the mayor's office.

The first sentence read, "City Commissioner Dan Ryan and I want to complete our outreach to elected leaders who have key responsibilities related to the issues of affordable housing and homelessness before we finalize any proposals that will be announced next week."

KGW visited Portland’s old town and the Street Roots office on Friday. Vendors of the homegrown paper are either homeless or have been there.

“Nobody, nobody wakes up and decides to be homeless,” said Racheal Dulaney, a Street Roots vendor and ambassador.

Racheal Dulaney is now in a tiny home village, and one step away from permanent housing. She is not in favor of large, sanctioned camps.

“I've been through the shelter system with it being hundreds of people in that shelter and I fell through the cracks completely.”

KGW also got a response from Multnomah County leadership on Friday that included sharing a draft letter from the mayor and Commissioner Dan Ryan. The letter generally spells out this campus proposal, but it puts all the responsibility for building and operating all houseless shelters on the county, not the city.

County Chair Deborah Kafoury gave KGW a statement laying out what the county is already doing, with a final line stating:

“If the mayor's office wants to "clean up" this city and enforce time, place and manner laws, they don't have to hide behind me or anyone else. They can just do it.”

KGW will continue to follow this story and update it as more details are made available.










 



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Tim McCormick
Housing Alternatives Network
+1 503.334.1894.