FW: WeShinePDX hopes to bring micro-villages for homeless to all Portland neighborhoods"
"Group hopes to bring micro-villages for homeless to all Portland neighborhoods."
by Angelica Thornton, KATU, Nov 2nd 2021
[this group and project sought funding this year from City and County homelessness funding program, with support from County Commissioner Sharon Meieran, but was denied, as article discusses.
See WeShinePDX's November newsletter, describing many activities, asks, and ways you can help. Note, WeShinePDX started as a sponsored project of Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, like my new group Housing Alternatives Network, through which I support this and other projects/work. -tm].
"PORTLAND, Ore. — Homeless villages in every Portland neighborhood; sounds like something that would never fly, right? But wait until you hear the pitch. The idea is winning people over, but the non-profit behind it needs help making it happen.
"Spend just a little bit of time with Jan McManus, and you'll see, she cares deeply about her community. Not just her neighbors in houses, but the ones who live in tents a few blocks away at Laurelhurst Park. The retired social worker has had a front-row seat to this worsening humanitarian crisis for two years now.
"'I feel so bad for the neighbors, but I also feel so so bad for the people trying to survive out there and having so few options,' said McManus.
"She felt bad, so she did something. She set up meetings. Not just with people in Laurelhurst, but from all over the city, with social workers, addiction nurses, urban planners, and people who've experienced homelessness themselves."
Angelica Thornton, KATA - athornton@...
Jan McManus, WeShinePDX - janettmcmanus@...
Sharon Meieran, Mult. Co. Commissioner - district1@...
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