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Notes from the 6:30-8pm Town Hall.

See below:
1) CHAT CHANNEL TRANSCRIPT
2)  ATTENDEES LIST

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Tim McCormick
Moderator PDX Shelter Forum, Editor at HousingWiki,
Organizer at Village Collaborative
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1) CHAT CHANNEL TRANSCRIPT

Cat Wilson:
Hello, Everyone. It’s so good to be here to listen to people share a challenging situation. Thank you, Rep. Reynolds for caring. (Hugs)

Andy Miller (he/him):
Many communities worldwide experience addiction and mental health challenges equal to or greater than Portland's.  They have conquered their homeless crisis by offering housing unconditionally to folks living on the street.  Helsinki is but one example - they haven't "cured" everyone but they have housed nearly everyone.   Treatment is important - vital - as something we offer.  But housing first and without conditions.  https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/03/its-a-miracle-helsinkis-radical-solution-to-homelessness

Andy Miller (he/him):
Gary thank you for your courage and your voice.  We see and hear you!  

David Dickson:
Question for Sharon Meieran:
Experience has shown that many of  the most successful “tiny home villages” are organized using the principles of self governance.  Portland’s Dignity Village is one of many examples.  Also, Good Neighbor Agreements have had positive results in getting relationships off to a positive start between shelters serving the houseless and the surrounding community.  How do you see self governance and good neighbor agreements fitting into the village models you are proposing, Dr Meieran?

david dickson
Cat Wilson:
Gary, thank you for sharing your “real story.” You are courageous. (Hug)

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Not everyone living in “challenging situations” are being heard.  The housed family who continually have used syringes thrown in their yard is not being heard.

Jennifer Collins:
Thank you so much for sharing this and thank you for all you do to support others.  You are inspiring and strong....keep doing this work!

Cat Wilson:
TJ, I hear you.

Benjamin Donlon:
Except they dominate the narrative in most news stories, social media and the rhetoric from the mayor. But yeah, they aint heard.

doreen dodgen-magee:
thank you, so much, gary, for sharing your story.

Sarah Reynolds (she/her):
Thank you, Gary

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Benjamin you are heard plenty and shut down the press and media when you do not like what is reported.

Susan DAlessandro:
Thank you Mr. Barker..

Cat Wilson:
Thank you, Gary. I enjoyed your sharing. Thank you for being open.

Robert Northman:
Thank you Gary!

Tim McCormick:
I appreciate you Gary

Art Rios Sr.:
awesome Gary thank you.

Barbra Weber:
thank you Gary

Tim McCormick:
thanks Gary glad you are here.

doreen dodgen-magee:
gary,  you are an important part of our community

Ben Harris:
thank you Gary for sharing

David Dickson:
You inspire us, Gary!!

Tara Mussulman:
Thank you for being you and for street roots to helping you along your journey.

Barb. Rainish:
appreciate your resilience and courage, Gary. Thank you

Brenda Ray Scott:
Thank you, Gary for sharing your story!

Kevin Fitts:
Big Shout out to Rep Lisa Reynolds for her support of Peer Respite - HB 2980!

Sophie Maziraga:
Nice to see you your face Gary and hear your story + MOJO breakdown🌻

doreen dodgen-magee:
thank you, so much, all of you in the legislature who are working on this!

Barb. Rainish:
Thank you Rep Reynolds for supporting Peer Respite

doreen dodgen-magee:
thank you for encouraging mental health treatment when it’s needed. this is an act of compassion!

Susan DAlessandro:
Expanded mobile crisis services yes

Sheila Mason:
It is so important to have solutions across a full housing continuum.  Mobile units-> sheltering-> Supported transitional options (villages, motels, etc)-> permanent supportive housing in ALL neighborhoods!

Sherry Scheinman:
The seniors who live in Laurelhurst who struggle to pay for their mortgages, property taxes, & upkeep would be booted out if they didn’t pay their financial debts. The people that choose to plant themselves in & around the park menacing others & refusing alternative housing options need to be removed. Of course the house less folks that are not on the street by choice deserve assistance in moving to shelters that do not infringe on the rights of law abiding residents. The sprawl blocking accessibility is dangerous for everyone

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Street roots is an amazing organization.  It deserves everyone’s support. Find a Street Roots vendor and stay loyal!  You get to know them, their story and they become more than a vendor.  When they are not on their corner or spot, you worry about them. They get to know your family, your dog and greet you like a friend. It’s a great organization.  Every city should have a street newspaper.

['Tim McCormick']:
Thank you Sharon and Dan!!

Kevin Fitts:
https://www.streetroots.org/news/2021/04/15/having-someone-committed-could-become-easier-oregon “One of the things that peer respite hopes to do is be a little side door to the merry-go-round,” Fitts said. “We need to tell the story of people who are in between — not completely out of control, but not completely safe at home.”

Revel Rapp:
People don't "lose housing." They are kicked out.

Jennie L.:
kevin, what do you mean by ''in between''?

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Revel you are right.

Lauren Armony (she/they):
Well said, Revel.

Jennifer Collins:
Sharon Meieran...Thank you for your boots on the ground support at the Social Distancing Emergency Shelters last year..you not only talk the talk you walk the walk...Your compassion is genuine - thank you

Jennie L.:
'' ... affordable'' yet not accessible; never.

serene fung:
If this is truly an emergency: 
1. Can we re-allocate funding across the board from the budget to build a high density basic unit to house the maximum number of homeless individuals and have treatment centers built in, and also support services.
2. Can we also have law enforcement to disallow tenting and loitering?
3. Can we consolidate all resources: current agencies and churches in one direction and one voice? 
4. West coast, mild weather and good homeless programs attracted the bulk of national homeless population to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. 
5. Lastly, homelessness  is a national issue, we need an national initiative to have a national success.

Barb. Rainish:
AHFE-A home for everyone

Tim McCormick:
that slide from Commissioner Meieran, 2nd bullet point, mentions chronic homelessness, then “Last PIT count (early 2019) - 2,037 unsheltered.”  Does anyone have a pointer handy to PIT report?  I am curious to what extent “unsheltered” population was also classified as “chronic” homeless.

Susan DAlessandro:
Unhoused neighbors need safe place and support transitioning to permanent housing. Very concerned about the increasing number of frail older adults and elders living on streets

John Peter Presson:
Most of what I have seen are young white junkies downtown/ old town

Barbra Weber:
Define permanent housing? Apartments? homes, tiny homes?

Sheila Mason:
MORE Villages!!!

Lauren Armony (she/they):
Reduce/eliminate interactions with law enforcement.

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Can I just say this is a great audience - wonderful ideas and thoughts.

Jane Stackhouse:
by not doing sweeps and taking their stuff?

Bill Leineweber:
$132,000,000/400 beds = 330,000 per bed?

Revel Rapp:
Harm Reduction is a radical approach created by sex workers and drug users for sex workers and drug users. It has been co-opted by public health in ways that are increasingly manipulative and restrictive.

Sarah Radcliffe:
Here are the Point In Time Counts: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/point-in-time-counts

Jordanna MacIntyre:
The term “junkies” is highly derogatory and stigmatizing. Please consider people-first language. “People who use drugs.”

Rob Fullmer:
1200, right, not 400?

Lauren Armony (she/they):
Thank you Revel and Jordanna <3 very true

Cat Wilson:
Sharon, is there something in place that gives these folks someone to listen to them, so they can tell their story?

Tim McCormick:
the idea of ‘villages’ was reinterpreted by the City to a limited concept of “Outdoor Shelter” type, in recently-passed Shelter to Housing Continuum (S2HC) project. To continue onward to longer-term, permanent housing forms of ‘village’, widely done and called for all over the country, a Permanent Villages group is now forming and invites others to join. See http://PermanentVillages.housing.wiki for background and organizing.

David Dickson:
I support your plan Sharon!!

Kate Dickson:
Sharon Meireran ….agree this is an urgent humanitarian issue….we need a continuum of housing options.  There is A LOT of support for your leadership and strategies!!

Sheila Mason:
Unfortunately, we've been using the term "housing crisis" since at least 2016.. but we haven't truly acted as if we were in a crisis.

Jan Campbell:
Alternative or Outdoor shelters need to be accessible for persons using mobility devices and with other types of devices.

Bill Leineweber:
OK, $132,000 / 1200 beds = 1110,000 per bed?

Christy Worlton:
I was on the streets for over 3 years.

The Street Roots Guide of resources literally saved my life among other services.
I wish I could put a copy in the hand of any houseless person who would accept it.
Susan DAlessandro:
3-D printed housing communities for safe shelter and  other models out there’..

Barb. Rainish:
@ Cat...Peer Support Specialists, Certified recovery mentors etc are just beginning to be utilized. OHA covers it, too...

Rob Fullmer:
Wraparound services included in that $110K

ELLIE GODFREY:
I think your plan sounds solid Commissioner Meieran.  What is needed to move it into action?  Is it a part of the budget proposal?

Cat Wilson:
Barb, So good to hear Peer Support Specialists mentors are available. Thanks.

Kate Dickson:
Homer Williams strategy for safe and humanitarian is one hopeful examples of how to find solutions to a very complex issue.

Robert Northman:
https://rosecityresource.streetroots.org/

Tom Hickey, Bridgeton NA:
The Multnomah County Budget does NOT address Comm. Meieran's proposal. The Commission votes next week. Letters of support are needed now

Marita Ingalsbe:
Thank you Rep. Reynolds for coordinating this thoughtful conversation.

Benjamin Donlon:
"Thats why giving people keys isnt a solution" - dan ryan

Jennie L.:
SUPPORT HB 2964 2021.

Barb. Rainish:
@ Christy The street roots book is awesome, BUT it doesn´t replace actual contact and referrals. Often those in crisis are in need of more than a booklet. Its a great booklet.

Cat Wilson:
Being transparent and honest = Integrity

['Tim McCormick']:
Is there a space where all the local agencies working with the houseless here in Portland can gather and fill in the missing gaps, so we are covering as many needs as we can?  I volunteer for Rahab's Sisters & we provide just a few services on Friday nights, Saturday mornings & Sundays...  I see so much desperation, especially for safe housing.

Sheila Mason:
@benjamin - that is not exactly what he said.  giving people ONLY keys is not a solution.  He is reinforcing that supportive services are also needed

Christy Worlton:
Yes.....And It Connected Me to the "actual contacts" I needed.   Portland women's crisis line was a huge one but there were many others.

Benjamin Donlon:
Affordable housing units are evicting people at the highest rate right now, mandatory services are not a real solution.

Lauren Armony (she/they):
People need housing first. Forcing people into services is violence.

doreen dodgen-magee (she/her):
wrap around services like mental health services and radical hospitality like what rahabs sisters provide is so important to actually solve the problem.

Cat Wilson:
Thank you, Commissioner Ryan.

Jennie L.:
At re. Cat W- 100

Marita Ingalsbe:
Thank you Commisioner Ryan for your courageous work for the city.

David Dickson:
Now we’re talking, Dan Ryan!!

Jennie L.:
At re. Lauren A- 100 p.c. agree

Barb. Rainish:
the SUPPORTIVE part of the ¨housing¨ needs to start before folks are actually housed

Kate Dickson:
When will you be able to share more details

don larson:
Hello everyone.  We are never going to build ourselves out of this "crisis" - The recent Metro Supportive Housing Services Measure is $248 millions per year for this issue - if we have double the number of "chronic" housing - of say, 4,000 people -we could just give vouchers to each one for $62,000 per year!  We need to provide a HAND-UP and NOT a hand-out of money and efforts - If Portland provides free housing to anyone who shows up - this will never work - those individuals have to contribute to their current and future needs by working - there is no free lunch - let's provide a roof over their head, 3 meals a day - but they have to work for the city on cleaning up the trash, hoe the potatoes in the designated camping area garden, milk the community cow, and help themselves - for $248 million a year - we can "invest" in drug rehabilitation, work force training, and health care  -  but you can't simply build low income housing -

Benjamin Donlon:
Government subsidized Concentration camps / sub standard housing provided at threat of duress and arrest as pushed by business alliances and property owners.

Tim McCormick:
NOTE, due to a mishap, it looks like a Zoom [invite] associated with my name “Tim McCormick” went out on the PDX Shelter Forum list, so there are unfortunately a *number* of people showing up and commenting with name Tim McCormick. I apologize for this mistake, ask other shadow Tims here to change your display name, and ask everyone to not attribute all remarks from “Tim McCormick”s to me, the one who moderates PDX Shelter Forum, http://tjm.org/about.

Judy Hedreen:
where is the reality that there are Different reasons people are houselessness - several silos. each group will need a different solution. and some serious tough love.

Jennie L.:
I SUPPORT HB 2964 2021.

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Your housed neighbors want safe and healthy streets. The current situation is terrifying and fearful for the housed.

Lauren Armony (she/they):
@don Larson what you propose is extremely ableist, not everyone can physically participate at the same caliber. We need to support and include everyone and their unique gifts.

Barb. Rainish:
what do they say, Dan...do they??

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
@Tim, thank you for the clarification!

Sarah Reynolds (she/her):
@Don. You have a point, but, some people are not able to work due to physical/mental disabilities. Many years ago, there were services/housing for people that has been disappearing since the 1980’s. Of course, this is a longer conversation than what I can summarize here.

Susan DAlessandro:
Housing is Healthcare..

Amy Anderson:
White Privilege and outdate laws will forever keep our 30% income earners OUT Of housing. The deficits are increasing everyday and more and more folks are being released from the state hospitals and the jails are now only for AID and ASsist cases.

['Tim McCormick' to 'Tim McCormick' (Privately)]
So encouraging commissioner Ryan. Glad you'er here.

Jennifer Collins:
Thank you Commissioner...so well articulated...I AM SO IN!!

[some Tim McCormick]:
I am in also

Sheila Mason:
YES!!!  We've mostly been ready and some of us have been working in this stuff since 2017 or before..

Amy Anderson:
We are frozen by outdated statues around mixed use housing

Woody Mosby:
What will you do about the people who do not want to go into these joint shelters?

Cat Wilson:
We can each do something. Every year I hold a workshop and contribute all proceeds to Portland Rescue Mission. We can all do something - big or small.

Aisha Y. Musa:
For those who are not Tim McCormick, but have the name. You can change your name. Just scroll over the name, click MORE and RENAME.

Amy Anderson:
We also must MOVE these wonderful Non profits to be in other parts of portland

Jane Stackhouse:
How about short term housing in empty stores and offices that could have temporary room partitions set up?  Already have water and electricity.  Give a tax break until the building is rented again.  For example the old QFC in my neighborhood.

Tim McCormick:
sorry everyone, I’m sure one of me is plenty.   [Real Tim McCormick here].

Amy Anderson:
Portland has special contracts with the local developers that only allow certain folks to build and construct housing.

Larry McCool:
This is a bold statement. I have the only shelter plan that can take everyone of the unsheltered residents that the City and County can afford. Can I get my plan to Dan Ryans office? I have presented it to Commissioner Meieran's office, but no feedback. Please let me present my plan to the Govenment programs.

Sheila Mason:
@Jane -- there is an example of that.  There is an empty Rite Aid in North Portland that has been purchased to convert into a transitional shelter

Linda Mantel:
How about all those new empty  hotel rooms?

Amy Anderson:
Shelters MUST be run by other agencies than TRansition projects, We need NEW providers of transitional housing.

Jill Spencer:
Thank you, Kaia!

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Sweeps are not humane.

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Yet there are criminals who live in the camps and terrorize the other campers.

Amy Anderson:
Andy, there are no Rescue Missions or Salvation Armys or Blanchet houses anywhere but downtown

Benjamin Donlon:
There are criminals in skyscrapers too tj. Why dont you care about them?

Tom Hickey, Bridgeton NA:
Progress on the Rite Aid is discouragingly slow. JOHS has been sitting on it for six months and has no development plans  they can discuss. THe North Portland community is anxiously awaiting a plan to see how we can contribute.

Tim McCormick:
“What we’re fighting for is what we never see.”  -Kaia.  not quite sure what was meant there.

Sheila Mason:
@Amy -- have you heard of Do Good Multnomah?  They operate several transitional options in PDX.  They are operating the new St Johns Village, The Veterans Village and other housing/shelters

Lynda Martin-McCormick:
Tim—no news is good news is how I heard Kaia.

Andy Miller (he/him):
Amy.   Just FYI, my organization - Human Solutions - operates  three shelters, none of which are in downtown Portland.  

lauren (she/they):
Kaia, will Street Roots come out against the private security harassment happening by y'alls door? Or will they just show up with BBQ's on your social media?

Amy Anderson:
Yes, Do Good Multnomah has REALLY helped my clients get housed all over Portland, I was talking about Feeding agencies

Darlene Urban Garrett:
The problem is very complex and many faceted but the solutions are available if put into a plan and strategically implemented.

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Go Raven!

Barb. Rainish:
Thank you Raven, you have been a joy to watch & hear.

Jennie L.:
SUPPORT HB 2964 2021.

John Peter Presson:
What about the “stories”:of those who actually have to live with the results of the city’s permissive policies

Amy Anderson:
Implementation is a problem because the County and city have different visions

Julie R.:
agreed John

Amy Anderson:
The JOint office was created to blend the agencies but city does building and the county does houseless services

Ruthie Benjamin:
Kaia's Light is very healing.

Cat Wilson:
Raven, Just want to acknowledge your story. Glad to know you reconsidered. You never know how far your story can reach...

Jennifer Collins:
REAL VOICE REAL STORY REAL HOPE. Thank you Raven

Tim McCormick:
thanks Raven, you’re an inspiration and amazing voice for us and Portland. Also, a great example of what’s wrong with the fear (voiced almost everywhere) of ‘attracting’ unhoused people to this city because of services etc.  I say, if we’re so fortunate to be already in a place of such natural and economic abundance & appeal, let others join and enrich it with their new perspectives and yes, unmet needs.

Jennie L.:
At re. Amy A. - IMPLEMENTATION, RESOUNDINGLY YES! THAT AREA OF WORK IS MY PASSION!
ACCESS NOTE: MY CAPS ARE NOT YELLING. THANKS, ALL.<3

David Dickson:
You are an ambassador of hope, Raven.  Thanks for all you do!

Sheila Mason:
There needs to be a variety of solutions that meets people where they are!

Jennie L.:
IT'S THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE HOW AND WHERE WE SHOULD LIVE. IT'S AN ACCESS RIGHT!

Tim McCormick:
https://twitter.com/tmccormick/status/1390981509100621824:  
“Tim McCormick @tmccormick May 8
Replying to @artshomelessint
I often think of this when seeing the -- pervasive, esp in US -- concern that houseless will be attracted to a city. Most transition out of houselessness soon, and my intuition is a city with more former houseless is likely that much kinder & fairer. Likewise migrants, refugees.”

David Dickson:
Self determination and self governance are key elements of success!!

Susan DAlessandro:
Clinical social work background & long time advocate of mobile crisis services as alternative to police. I am supportive of Commissioner Meieran’s proposals. We can/must do more to address needs of frail older adults/elders with medical problems now living on streets.

Aisha Y. Musa:
We have to treat each person as a human being.

Jennie L.:
RIGHT TO SUSTAINABLE CHOICES ... AUTONOMY. THE RIGHT TO THE OPPORTUNITY - EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY.

Barbra Weber:
Not all houseless people need or want wrap around services.

lauren (she/they):
Thanks for the reminder Barbra!

Joy Conklin:
Thank you for sharing Raven!

Brenda Ray Scott:
Raven, so powerful to remind us of what community means!

Tim McCormick:
right Barbra. can we please stop pathologizing the unhoused and figuring them as presumedly threats needing containment with, eg, wraparound services.

Barbra Weber:
Excellent talk Raven 🙂

Robert Northman:
Thank you Raven for your powerful story!

Lynda Martin-McCormick:
Yes, thank you Raven and Gary and everyone on the panel.

Christy Worlton:
So true and so very important. The ability to determine & decide and what they need for the individual circumstances and backgrounds they have in order move forward is Huge!

Peter Samson:
Isn't Metro the steward of the $248M voter-approved funds to address houselessness? Is there a reason they are not on tonight's panel? Do those funds flow through the City of Portland and Multnomah County?

Sophie Maziraga:
I’m always learning something new from you Raven. Much appreciation!

Barb. Rainish:
funds flow through the three counies

Andy Miller (he/him):
100s of people on this call all with divergent views of how to address this crisis.  One thing I think we do agree on - that we collectively want to end this crisis, we want to see a path to ending it permanently for the people who experience its impact and for our community.  Maybe most of us agree on one approach - by establishing a universal right to a home, something everyone deserves in a wealthy country.  With a home comes autonomy, choice, privacy and community.  We all  deserve that and it should not depend on whether we can afford it or can conform at all moments to someone else's version of appropriate behavior.  Maybe we should start there in crafting solutions?

Benjamin Donlon:
Question: what are yalls thoughts about the upcoming 10 year clean and safe renewal contract and the effects on the unhoused whom are disproportionately impacted by their private policing of public space?

Ruthie Benjamin:
Thank you to everyone for this wonderful gathering.  It's so encouraging to know that finally the city and county have such invested people breaking down the "silos."  Raven is always inspiring and hearing from Gary was as well.  I'm happy to know that Lisa Reynolds is on board.  Street Roots was blessed the day Kaia took the wheel.  I've been waiting years for some of these things to actually manifest - thank you to everyone for making it real.

don larson:
Peter - YES - $248M voter-approved funds to address houselessness is PER YEAR!

Barbra Weber:
Apartments is a forever expense, not a forever home. In my opinion shelters in and apartments are the same, temporary housing.

Ruthie Benjamin:
What is happening with families?

Amy Anderson:
ACT Assertive Community Treatment, I am a FACT Forensic Peer Support Specialist

Kevin Fitts:
Kudos to Commissioner Meieran for her work of giving voice to mental health consumer needs and for her support of peer services

Barb. Rainish:
ditto kevin

Amy Anderson:
I have 20 at all times living on the streets

Gaynell S:
Wonderful discussion with people from different backgrounds and experiences.  thank you to each of you for having this discussion.

Susan DAlessandro:
Great work underway at state level, thank you.

Tim McCormick:
Andy, I think the evidence is thin that Americans or Portlanders pervasively believe that all people should have a “universal right to a home” how and where they want it. In Finland or Vienna, perhaps, but those are very different places historically and culturally.

Amy Anderson:
WE NEED more Mental Health agencies to pick from

Kayleen:
When is the townhall that brings other points of view to this discussion?

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
$500 million

Barb. Rainish:
we need a sobering center replacement....plus the behavioural health resource cente

Sheila Mason:
What are we doing to learn from the states that are in the top 10?

Amy Anderson:
I CAN discuss any mental health subject

Sharon Meieran:
There is a tremendous amount wrong with the system. It is not actually a system.

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Good point sheila

Ru Budhi:
We’ve been sitting here for over an hour, but have yet to hear what they are doing about the homeless crisis.

Amy Anderson:
I am an expert with lived experience and a hard core PEER

Andy Miller (he/him):
Thank you Rep Reynolds.  We need Behavioral Health systems to provide those services so organizations and systems funded to end houselessness can focus on housing

Tim McCormick:
Andy (cont.) however, I do believe we can and should offer baseline adequate dwelling rights and conditions to all. What squares the circle, I think, is allowing and providing a broader range of housing than what is currently typically offered as, e.g. “permanent supportive housing”.

Keith:
+1 to Ru

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Alternate shelters

Amy Anderson:
PEERS need to be able to bill individually so we can operate our own agencies

Barb. Rainish:
did Ryan & his staff read the Report Commissioner Meieran had done on the system.....someone say this better

Kevin Fitts:
Our MH system doesn't understand engagement. How many people have sought MH services but didn't ask to be pathologized and or coerced into treatment compliance?

Amy Anderson:
Right now ACT clients are being offered housing

lauren (she/they):
We are not going to have consistent gains with community mental health without stable housing and dignified ways to contribute to society, not just having resources that keep people functional enough to participate in capitalism while giving out scraps and discrimination.

Sharon Meieran:
Thank you for mentioning the Behavioral Health Resource Center, Barb! Multnomah County is building out a peer-driven respite center for people who are houseless, with peer support, basic services available, mental health support, and also mental health-directed shelter and mental health transitional housing for people who are coming out of institutions (hospitals, Oregon State Hospital, jail), so they can stabilize and transition into housing.

Sheila Mason:
And, at some point, we've got to stop celebrating the problem statement.. that is pretty clear.  We keep calling it a "crisis", but our systems do not move at a pace that matches the term "crisis".   We need to get to a point where the term "crisis" helps the decision making and pace of execution to exponentially increase!

don larson:
Actual action in the right direction has been illustrated by the new success of Bybee Lake Hope Center - both the City and County walked away from this project - it is telling of the lack of leadership on both the City and County levels - private funds are currently working on this shelter and learning center.  I absolutely agree we have all failed on the mental health issues involved here - but that is not the major issue of this street crisis - I'm going to say it -DRUG abuse is the #1 reason we have these folks on the streets and in the zombie RVs all round my neighborhood.  

Jennie L.:
I AGREE, AMY A. , WE NEED more Mental Health agencies to pick from. WHEN I SOUGHT A PROVIDER THE WAITING LIST WAS CLOSED FOR T.I.C. AND IT WAS AN EXTREMELY CRITICAL MOMENT.

Lynda Martin-McCormick:
Amen, Gary Barker.

Amy Anderson:
The CCOS are blocking the addition of other provides,

Roxana Rose:
There are 3 things EVERY human needs to survive: Food. Shelter. Water.

When any ONE of those three are AT RISK the human psyche goes into a CRISIS MODE. ANY person who is exposed to conditions that put them into a crisis mode for a prolonged and consistent amount of time can NO LONGER evaluate long term goals. Chronic homelessness is more than a behavioral issue and needs to be addressed.
Christy Worlton:
So much of the trauma I had and needed help dealing with came from the time I was homeless. Sexual assaults and police encounters were 2 of the worst.

Barb. Rainish:
@ chandra :in 6 months or less?? the first steps include WHERE.

Amy Anderson:
HEALTH SHARE wont accept any new providers

Kevin Fitts:
Commissioner Meieran did an analysis of MH services. Please read, it's a powerful document. https://www.multco.us/commissioner-meieran/multnomah-county-mental-health-systems-analysis-report

Tom Hickey, Bridgeton NA:
A fundamental issue in capitalism is that we celebrate the amassing of wealth, including property, and that keeps a lot of places to live off the market. We should investigate policies that tax unoccupied residences - 2nd homes, ADU's, unrented apartments and AirBnB's

Barb. Rainish:
thank you kevin fitts....has Ryan &

Susan DAlessandro:
Powerful, thank you Gary

Kevin Fitts:
These are great points Gary! Btw, I hear voices!

Christy Worlton:
Well said.

lauren (she/they):
Street medicine "drugs" are a way that people are caring for themselves, it is not the core issue,

Jennifer Gonnella:
Thank you Gary for speaking up for the women!

Amy Anderson:
KEVIN, this is old information over and over again the same stuff keeps appearing, what we need is immediate ACTION

Roxana Rose:
People will always call you crazy when they can not yet see from your level of perception!

Bradley Nicholson:
What is up with Wapato?

Amy Anderson:
TRANSPORTATION is another big need

Elaine Lindberg:
Wapato facility kept getting shot down by various official groups well-meaning pointing out there were not services there and no transportation.  SO they could have taken some of the money to put satellite clinics out there and run a shuttle bus.  Instead, we lost millions of $s turning down proposals and ended up basically giving away the building that TAXPAYERS paid to build!!!

Roxana Rose:
Thank you Gary, women are often not looked at in this equation

Amy Anderson:
Move people and they will need BUS FARE

Tim McCormick:
There’s 20mins left out of the 90.  I’d like to suggest focusing on what concrete, majority-shared goals can be articulated and organized for here and now in this discussion.  Can Multnomah County budget decision be affected, if so how, who do I contact or call today to help?  Can villages be established sooner, if so how, what is the directive right now to help that happen?

Sheila Mason:
Access to transportation, and having villages/alternate sheltering options close to services that include transportation, food, shopping, health care, etc.

Barbra Weber:
Please also remember that most folks living outside suffer from sleep deprivation, making any mental differences worse.

Barb. Rainish:
yes @ BW

Tim McCormick:
did Commissioner Meieran just refer to some document or plan, where/what is that?

Kaia Sand:
Important point, Barbie!

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
We will email all of this out Tim

Jennie L.:
IN MY CASE, I WAS WRONFULLY EVICTED BECAUSE THE MANAGER REFUSED ACCEPTING A RAR AND IT TOOK A JUDGE IN COURT TO ACCEPT IT AND IT WAS STRAIGHT AWAY APPROVED. BUT HE RETURNED MY RENT MEANTIME, REFUSED TO DO MAINT. FOR MY ANNUAL INSPECTION TO PASS. AND I M SUPPOSEDLY PROTECTED BY ANTIDISCRIMINATION LAWS AND REGULATORS PLUS VAWA. ATTORNEYS INACCESSIBLE SO WAS BOLI. IT'S BEEN 10 YEARS NOW.

Amy Anderson:
We had a plan from Homer Williams, Oregon trail to hope and NOBODY wanted it.

Roxana Rose:
We need to meet people where they live! Money needs to be put into this. I'm currently homeless and have a hard time reaching any services with the consistency required to receive help.

don larson:
Wapato is now Bybee Lake Hope Center - up and running and in the right direction:https://www.bybeelakeshopecenter.com/

Judith Fardig:
Are you working with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon to convince churches with available land or extra parking lots to house small villages?

Barb. Rainish:
Homer Williams dovetails with this

Jennie L.:
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ARE COMING JUNE AND JULY. FIND OUT AT OR DOJ WEBSITE.

Amy Anderson:
Bybee lakes is VERY exclusive

Amy Anderson:
to those wanting to get well and work

Tim McCormick:
Commissioner Meieran, do you mean “Six Month Framework to Reduce Harm for People Living Outside — Discussion Draft 5/27/2021”?  https://www.multco.us/commissioner-meieran/six-month-framework-reduce-harm-people-living-outside

Ruthie Benjamin:
Income based housing.

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Yes TIm

Peter Samson:
When/how will neighborhoods learn where the residents of swept camps are to be relocated?

Sheila Mason:
Just pick a path and Execute FASTER!!

lauren (she/they):
What do you mean, Peter Samson?

Amy Anderson:
NO SEX predators in our neighborhoods

Amy Anderson:
They must be housed and housed separately

David Groff:
According to media reports, there has been considerable resistance to the plans for alternative transitional shelters. Have you prevailed against this resistance?

Barb. Rainish:
first space must be selected--in June the City Bureaus need to report what available space they have.........We need to pull in private properties for 6 car cam

Tim McCormick:
ok, write to our commissioners. From experience I can suggest that assistance in doing this, e.g. a sample letter and form by which to send or co-sign it, can much amplify that signal.

David Kahl:
I'm happy to hear about how triage is actually administered - as analog and protocol.

Jamie Birkett/Laurelhurst:
We’ve talked a lot of generalities. The Portland Navigation Team worked individually with the houseless in Laurelhurst Park last year. The team now admits most of the homeless they worked with are back. What is the plan when individual intervention fails to create a home for everyone?

Barbra Weber:
Are there any challenges to the budget for shelters?

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Commissioner Ryan, how is the Streets to Stability Taskforce not a duplication of existing efforts or the city-county Joint Office of Homeless Services/ A Home For Everyone which was intended in part to consolidate efforts across the two jurisdictions? If that’s not happening, how can we improve that? How can we ensure cross-jurisdictional and cross-sector alignment and a consistent strategy to end homelessness?

Sheila Mason:
It took more than 2 years to build the St Johns Village.. and the property was offered by a church.  It got bogged down with red tape and housed neighbors continuously threatening lawsuits.  If we can bulldoze an older home on a big lot and build a giant home on it within 4-6 weeks, we ought to be able to move smaller groupings of buildings SIGNIFICANTLY faster!!!!

Elaine Lindberg:
We need a panel discussion like tonight’s for the housed neighbors and businesses that are the other piece of this.  We’re all pro-houseless on this call and the communities affected by the houseless issue need to be given an opportunity to offer their experiences and ideas and to be in DIALOGUE with us.

Roxana Rose:
Amen Shelia

Kayleen:
Question:   how will these spaces be identified, what is the criteria?  Who will be involved in the decision making?

David Dickson:
The Rose City Collective business group, the Meieran plan and the Ryan plan all look like they are on the same page.  Street Roots help will mean a ton.  The neighborhood associations are ready to support you!!  Let’s do it!

Barb. Rainish:
moving the people in....without services will not help much

Amy Anderson:
Check out WE CARE program

Sheila Mason:
Yes, dialogue, but with some good ground rules for productive engagement and focus on solutions  We cannot keep getting bogged down with hateful dissent.

Peter Finley Fry:
Shelter is the creation of an institution like a hospital emergency room.  The shelter system will become a permanent part of our social structure and will be needed permanently.  The evolution and creation of housing and communities is an entirely different issue not the solution.  The personal and compassionate intervention of care for mental illness and addiction is an equally important issue to housing..

Larry McCool:
Sorry folks, Tiny House villages are the least effective, lowest quality and the most costly of any shelters that can be built. Tiny Pallet Houses are a disaster.

Kayleen:
We need a town hall that allows other points of view in how this will be implemented throughout the city of Portland.

Roxana Rose:
We MUST meet the houseless where they are! This is CRITICAL

Sharon Meieran:
You can reach me at District1@.... Email me with questions, concerns, ideas!

Tim McCormick:
why are these villages considered something that would strictly be done by City/JOHS, such that the community should be just waiting to see?  1000s of people are itching to move forward.

Sheila Mason:
Go look at the St Johns Village.  Those are not pallet houses.  The Kenton Womens' Village is not built from pallets either

David Kahl:
Thank you, Commissioners and Representative. This is most promising and what is the realization that this is more process than a list of particulars. Those are the elements that inform direction and decision -- not anything that the houseless, virtually houseless, and near-houseless don't already know, from experience.

Barbra Weber:
Hazelnut Grove is not pallet houses.

Jamie Birkett/Laurelhurst:
I hear you Kayleen.

Sharon Meieran:
Thank you Raven! Hear, hear!

Roxana Rose:
Thank you Raven!

Kayleen:
How will oversight be managed?  How do we insure the money being spent is providing real solutions?

Jennie L.:
BUT NOT ALL ARE OUT IN THE OPEN ESPESH IF DISPLACED!

lauren (she/they):
What is the barrier to making current housing options available as opposed to building more?

Kate Dickson:
Please connect with Homer Williams….find common ground and get started…..thank you Dan, Sharon, Kaia, Raven,

lauren (she/they):
And by available, I mean affordable.

Barb. Rainish:
yes, letś start doing public comment at AHFE coordinating Board, City Council, and Multco Board meetings

Amy Anderson:
NO ONE wants to build 30% income units, ONE per 20 units is the norm

Sarah Radcliffe:
A lot of those who will be housed through the Metro SHS Measure will receive a rent subsidy voucher that they can use in existing market rate housing, plus wrap around services.

Amy Anderson:
SSI is maxed at 781.00 per month, 30% AMI is about 200.00 a month for rent. HUD ended its reimbursement in 2016. So, rents at 1500.00 and more are now the norm at 60% AMI

John Czarnecki:
Will it be possible to integrate the villages and other medium stay housing within or into more complete neighborhoods, with opportunities for public

lauren (she/they):
These vouchers are practically useless for Portland area rentals.

Amy Anderson:
NO ONE will ever find NEW housing at 30% AMI

John Czarnecki:
infrastructure, such as structured and unstru

Darlene Urban Garrett:
Who will be organizing all neighborhoods to engage with this issue.  They can be a prominent asset instead of a problem.

Roxana Rose:
We need to meet people where they are, level with them. HOUSING FIRST INITIATIVES  are imperative to quick and lasting success on this issue

Kate Dickson:
Rep. Reynolds….as you pass the K-12 and Early Childhood budgets—Please assure there is dedicated money for trauma services for our children and families.

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
You can count on that Kate

Jennie L.:
I AGREE W/ THAT, ROXANA

Tim McCormick:
please share contact info in chat if you would like to join open community forum discussing next steps and organizing for action.  Moderators, please share this aloud for those who may not be seeing chat.

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Amy Anderson, I love the subject matter expertise you are sharing! Yes, there is a HUGE lack of units for people with 30% area median income. Only 25 for every 100 people with extremely low incomes in Oregon. https://reports.nlihc.org/gap

Jamie Birkett/Laurelhurst:
Yes Kate!! trauma services for children and families.

Ruthie Benjamin:
I was accidentally asked for my opinion by Paul Boden of WRAP by email - it was in regard to families and children who are houseless - I would like to find out more information regarding what we are doing here overall.

Amy Anderson:
To live here in OREGON you need to earn 75,000 per year

Barbara Bennett:
P:ear (Organization) is directly working with traumatized youth in shelters;

Amy Anderson:
to find reasonable housing

Oregon Poor People's Campaign:
Representative Reynolds - while we wait for 3-6 months or years for some of these solutions to be enacted, the City of Portland and municipalities across the state continue to practice violent policies of displacement through sweeps. Knowing that the Right to Rest Act did not receive a proper hearing this session, are there any other possible ‘triage’ options at the state level that might stop the criminilization of houseless people while they wait for these solutions?

Barb. Rainish:
tricky to get tax money if you need to stay off the radar.....domestic violence etc

Kate Dickson:
Oregon Department of Education has a data base of homeless students—hopefully we can use that data to better understand and serve the homeless/houseless children in our community

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
@Tim if you could share your email with us we can ask people to follow-up with you afterwards

Christy Worlton:
@Tim McCormick
Christy Worlton
Worlton2921@...
please add me

Amy Anderson:
Lots of hungry kids and families too

Barb. Rainish:
Foster kids exiting the foster system end up homeless

Tim McCormick:
My email is tmccormick@..., phone 503.334.1894 (pls text or leave message), twitter @tmccormick.

lauren (she/they):
Please answer the question posed by Oregon Poor People's Campaign

Kaia Sand:
And Yellow Brick Road/Janus Youth, and Outside In

Jamie Birkett/Laurelhurst:
When KOIN raises the question, “Is Portland Dead?” in an hour long special. We should think about what that means to the future of our city.

Ruthie Benjamin:
https://www.transitionalschool.org/

Sharon Meieran:
There are also a number of really important upstream programs the County is investing in to help address intergenerational cycles of poverty. Including Baby Bonds, universal preschool, substance use disorder programs, and much more. Longer term, but extremely important.

Amy Anderson:
Portland keeps staying WEIRD, so now we really have it

Amy Anderson:
LETS change our MONTRA about our city

Sarah Radcliffe:
Multnomah Mother’s Trust Project, which will partner with approximately 100 Black, women-led families to provide immediate access to a monthly income to meet basic needs and, over the coming year, develop connections to other community assets. With this investment, Multnomah County will continue efforts to develop a Baby Bonds pilot program.

John Czarnecki:
Will it be possible to integrate the villages and other medium stay housing within or into more complete neighborhoods as defined in the 2035 Plan,, with opportunities for public amenities such as structured/unstructured outdoor space and community centers? THanks for a ve

John Peter Presson:
Portland is not attracting a homeless population ?

Darlene Urban Garrett:
I have met many on the streets that work at places like WalMart and Amazon/  These types of organizations  should be responsible for building housing and providing a living wage.

Barb. Rainish:
can some save the chat and post it or send it to me? whatisright88@...

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
Thank you everyone for a great discussion! I know we're nearing the end of the Town Hall. If you are an organizer and would like to connect with others please leave your name, organization and email in the chat and we will add that to our follow-up

Tim McCormick:
Barb yes I will try to do that.

Barbara Bennett:
Barbara Bennett  bbpcv@...

Barb. Rainish:
thank you...real Tim..

CAROL TRICOCHE:
Why are we not working on capping the rental market.  The housing marketing with increased housing market is increasing rental cost.   In my opinion we are not looking at the root of the problem, we have a AFFORDABLE RENT CRISIS, there are many apartments sitting empty, why because they cost to much.   Living wage in Portland is did I hear $24 per hour?  If that is the issue we need to stop allowing this big hedge funds come in and buy land, build housing that front line families cannot  afford.  Why are we not penalizing rental spaces that sit empty, rather than giving them tax breaks?     Lets look at the root of the issue.

Amy Anderson:
The city has given WALMART big tax discounts to be here

Roxana Rose:
thank you Lisa for commenting on the criminalization. WHAT ABOUT ROBERT DELGADO?!?!

Sheila Mason:
Sheila Mason - sheilamason@... . St Johns Welcomes the Village Coalition

Art Rios Sr.:
Portland Trailblazer Fans game is tied up at 26 a piece

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
As usual, this entire discussion is ignoring the collateral damage done to neighborhoods and business districts. Neighbors can’t sleep at night due to fear of exploding propane tanks.  Used syringes are in our parks. Businesses cannot open with people sleeping in their doorways. The county commissioner stated in the beginning that the impact on the entire community was a concern.  Yet once again, no neighborhoods or businesses were on this panel nor any of our concerns were addressed.

Kaia Sand:
Thanks for the update, Art!

serene fung:
Why can't we build high rise high density basic units complex to house a large population with built-in treatment centers and support services vs expensive little individual houses all over town which is not a long term solution. We can witness great success in many overseas dense populated countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore. etc Hawaii is modeling similar idea to rescue its housing crisis.

Barb. Rainish:
these organized villages will surely be safer than the willy nillyness as it is now. Let´s cooperate as neighbors.

lauren (she/they):
TJ, you are not the most impacted by the houseless issue, houseless people are. So we are centering their voices.

Phil Goldsmith:
What Commissioner Ryan says is, of course, true, but as friends of the plaintiffs' lawyers, I have sent a private chat to him which of course will remain private.

Ruthie Benjamin:
Right 2 Dream Too

Jordanna MacIntyre:
More than half of the staff at the C3PO Villages are people who live in the villages and they collectively manage their villages. It’s a game-changer for folks.

Roxana Rose:
It saddens me that no one touched on the Lents Park shooting, ROBERT DELGADO RIP!

Kayleen:
There is a  need to include neighborhoods and businesses in this discussion.

Larry McCool:
Self Governing is so important. Homeless people are not Hopeless or helpless

Raven Drake ( She / Her):
I have spoke about Robert many times Roxana.. he was a friend and someone I miss

Kayleen:
This is a very one-sided town hall discussion.  Feels more like a PR Tour.

Sheila Mason:
Yes, but those conversations need to be held in a way that focuses on solutions.  I have experienced several of those types of community meetings that devolve into nothing but shouting and hateful rhetoric.  That significantly slows down any sort of actual action and help

Tom Hickey, Bridgeton NA:
Neighborhoods are here

David Dickson:
The Seattle experience indicated that 40-60 people was optimum for self governance.

Art Rios Sr.:
I would like to see some funding be given to Street Roots for more voice inputs paid for there prospective cuz they need to be paid for the change to policies and structures

Jennie L.:
HE'S CONFUSING ''SELF-GOVERNANCE'' W/  ASKING FOR REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS; MAKING AN ACCESS NEED ASK AND THE INDEPENDENT LIVING AND SUSTAINABILITY THAT CONFERS TO THOSE INVOKING IT.

John Czarnecki:
Thank you very much for this discussion!!!

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
I have never said “me” in my comments.  I have spoken of parks, businesses and neighborhoods.  You know the rest of Portland other than the houseless who represent a small proportion of the population yet dominate all resources and impact every one.

Roxana Rose:
I agree with Art. Also Raven, I'm sorry for your loss! What happened to him was an absolute tragedy.

Tim McCormick:
requiring services on every site is a good way to greatly limit and control the rate and number of sites that can be created, and put it under the control of City/JOHS.

Raven Drake ( She / Her):
Yes Robert deserved better, ssh we must make changes so he is the last

Barb. Rainish:
I will second that Art....

Darlene Urban Garrett:
The United Nations Standards for refugee camps provide excellent base standards for supporting humanity in humanitarian crisis

Christy Worlton:
211 info

Tia Palafox; she, her, hers:
Thank you for allowing interested advocates be part of this discussion!!

Kaia Sand:
Ground Score for Trash

Kaia Sand:
Unhoused folks are running it and earning wages

Roxana Rose:
Ground Score people are AWESOME

Ru Budhi:
Street Roots has some really thoughtful articles. I read one written by Chris May, which exposed the construction industry.

Sheila Mason:
And again, if we are going to continue to call this a "crisis", then it must actually be treated as such, where decisions, action, and implementation can move at a pace that matches the magnitude of the crisis.

Darlene Urban Garrett:
Volunteers are also needed for the Downtown Neighborhood Association Good Neighbor Project

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Street Roots is excellent journalism

Amy Anderson:
Town Halls are for information sharing and bonding, not really cross communicating

Jennifer Gonnella:
Free Hot Soup and Free Hot Soup Mobile is not affiliated with non-profit, but we are serving all over Portland Metro with food and other basic needs

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Thank you

Barbra Weber:
Ground Score Association is a low barrier jobs program that is providing tent side trash service to those living outside.

Sheila Mason:
It is possible to be a part of the supportive network of neighbors.  The St Johns Welcomes the Village Coalition is made up of hundreds of neighbors who have supported the start up of the St Johns Village

Barb. Rainish:
thank you to everyone for caring

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
Thank you so much for joining us today everyone! We will follow-up tomorrow, and of course feel free to reach out to Rep. Reynolds' office if you have any questions or concerns: rep.lisareynolds@...

Peter Samson:
Of course, there will always be neighborhood resistance, but please know that many neighbors are ready and eager to help.

Roxana Rose:
Thank you!!

Ruth Adkins:
Thanks so much everyone. We can do this!

Aisha Y. Musa:
Thank you for hosting this!

Tim McCormick:
if you want community help, have JOHS publicly share all the project proposals, which we’ve been trying to get them to do since early March.  Also, get Bureau of Planning to produce citywide map and s preadsheed of usable sites.

Sophie Maziraga:
The Rose City Resource guide is among the most compressive guides in Washington, Mult.co and Clackamas County for unhoused/low income folks. There are physical guides which can be picked up at Street Roots office on 211 NW Davis and an online guide which can be reached at https://rosecityresource.streetroots.org/ . To suggest an organization to be placed in the guide please contact me at Sophie@...

Tia Palafox; she, her, hers:
Thank you Lisa you are awesome

Ruthie Benjamin:
I'm ready for a volunteer opportunity.

Jennifer Gonnella:
Thank you so much, I feel like you elected really get it!

Judith Fardig:
Thanks for the opportunity to wrestle with this complex issue!

Sharon Meieran:
Thank you so much for being here, everyone!

Jordanna MacIntyre:
Thanks all

Kellie Kotlar:
Thank you so much for holding this meeting this evening! Thank you Gary and Raven for sharing your stories!

Andrea Smith:
Thank you all for your time and information!

John Peter Presson:
Same old self congratulations

Barbara Bennett:
From Barbara Bennett,

Kate Dickson:
How about framing an action timeline for the next 3 to 4 months

Tim McCormick:
Where will the recording be found later?

Ru Budhi:
I honestly don’t know anything new about the homeless crisis. This meeting was about testimonials and platitudes.

Barbara Bennett:
thank you for this and meeting other like minded people  b. Benntt

Barb. Rainish:
Kate, look at Commissioner Meierans six month plan..

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
The follow-up will include a place to watch the recording as well!

Barbra Weber:
I would like a copy of the recording.

Oregon Poor People's Campaign:
In the next month, is it possible to get written answers to the questions that were asked tonight and prior to the call but were not answered?

Kate Dickson:
I totally support Commissioner Meirand plan….can we implement it??  Hope so!

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Thanks all

Kate Dickson:
Thank you

David Kahl:
It would be great to receive a compilation of the resources shared here. We need to connect in venues outside of this forum.

Sean Green (he/him):
Thank you for hosting this event and to all the participants.


 2)  ATTENDEES LIST

Joe Erickson (host)

Commissioner ..  (Co-host)

Gary Barker (Co-host)

Kaia Sand (Co-host)

Lisa Reynolds (Co-host)

Medha (Co-host)

Raven Drake (Co-host)

Sarah Radcliff (Co-host)

Sharon Meieran (Co-host

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Aisha Y. Musa

Al Bannan

Alice Shapiro

Allison Leak

Amy Anderson

Amy Fawcett

Andrew Smith

ann mcmullen

Anne Raunio

Ariel Knox

Art Rios, Sr

Barb Rainish

Barbra Weber

BATTLE MORGAN

Ben Harris 

Benjamin Donlon

Beverly Perttu

Bill Leineweber

Bobbie &  Allen Isaacman

Bradley Nicholson

Brenda Ray Scott

carl

Carol Triroche

Channah Rose

Charlyl Cathey

Cheryl McDowell

Chris Carlson

Christopher Masiocchi

Christopher Smith

Christy Worlton

Colleen Davis

Cynthia Yee

Daniel Friedman

Darlene Urban Garrett

David Dickson

David Groff

David Kahl

David Utzinger

Debbie Gordon

don larson

Dot

Dylan Jefferies

Elaine Lindberg

Elizabeth Ussher Groff

Ellen Regal

Emily K

Emily Polanshek

Erica Jacobson

Ethel Gullette

Francine Chinitz

Gail Lehrman

Greg Gray

Hank Kaplan

Hannah Buehler

Hope Beraka

Jamie Birkett / Laurelhurst

Jan Campbell

Jane Stackhouse

Janet Roxburgh

Jennie L

Jennifer Black

Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Gonnellla

Jill Spencer

jim edelson

John Czarnecki

John Gregory

John Peter Presson

Jon Nystrom

Jordanna MacIntyre

Joy Conklin

Joyce Kligman

Judith Fardig

Judy Froemke

Karn Steer

Karissa Morrison

Karissa Pavlik

Kate Dickson

Kate Schwab

Kathleen Boylan

kathleen pinsonault

Katie Miyashiro

Kaye Exo

Kayleen

Keith

Keith Wilson

Kellie Kotlar

Kerienne McKeon

Kevin Fitts 

KOIN 6

Kristi Rux

Kristin Thompson 

Kyra Thompson

Larry McCool

lauren

Lee Rumaner

Les Wardenaar

Leslie Davis

Li Li

Liam Frost

Linda Kase

Linda Rickert

Lindsay Parks

Liv Divekar

Lori Stegmann

Margaret brown

Margaret Jamieson

Margaux Weeke

Margo Clark - Laurelhurst

Maria Oriakhi

Marie Schumacher

Marisa Espinoza

Marita Ingalsbe

Mark Fischer

Marsha Gulick

Mary Sanford

Mary Warren

meda-lou (Petie) Padden

Michelle Meyer

Mike Ryan

Nathan Castle 

Oregon Poor People's Campaign

Pete Coleman

Peter Finley Fry

Peter Samson

Phil Goldsmith

Rae Richen

Rick Bowers

Rob Fullmer

Robert Northman

robert stoll

roberta ruimy

Roxana Rose

Ru Budhi

Ruth Adkins

Ruthie Benjamin

Sam Callax

Scott Kerman

Sean Green

serene fung

Sheila Baker

Sheila Mason

Sherry Scheinman

Sophie Maziraga

Stephanie Hansen

Stephanie Tung

Steve Mullinax

Steven Bruckner

Sue Collins-Larson

Susan DAllessandro

Susan Rinker

Tara

Tara Feurtado 

Theresa O'Connor

Therese Schumacher

Thomas Magee

Tia Palafox

T.J. Browning

Tom Hickey, Bridgetown NA

Tuck Wilson

Woody Mosby

Zane Fleming



Darlene Urban Garrett
 

Tim,
Thank you for your commitment to this cause, and these notes.  Keep on pushing forward.
Darlene



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-------- Original message --------
From: Tim McCormick <tmccormick@...>
Date: 5/27/21 8:46 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: pdxshelterforum@groups.io
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Invitation: 6:30pm Town Hall: Portland's Houseless Crisis with Dan Ry... @ Thu May 27, 2021 6:30pm - 8pm (PDT) (pdxshelterforum@groups.io)

Notes from the 6:30-8pm Town Hall.

See below:
1) CHAT CHANNEL TRANSCRIPT
2)  ATTENDEES LIST

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

1) CHAT CHANNEL TRANSCRIPT

Cat Wilson:
Hello, Everyone. It’s so good to be here to listen to people share a challenging situation. Thank you, Rep. Reynolds for caring. (Hugs)

Andy Miller (he/him):
Many communities worldwide experience addiction and mental health challenges equal to or greater than Portland's.  They have conquered their homeless crisis by offering housing unconditionally to folks living on the street.  Helsinki is but one example - they haven't "cured" everyone but they have housed nearly everyone.   Treatment is important - vital - as something we offer.  But housing first and without conditions.  https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/03/its-a-miracle-helsinkis-radical-solution-to-homelessness

Andy Miller (he/him):
Gary thank you for your courage and your voice.  We see and hear you!  

David Dickson:
Question for Sharon Meieran:
Experience has shown that many of  the most successful “tiny home villages” are organized using the principles of self governance.  Portland’s Dignity Village is one of many examples.  Also, Good Neighbor Agreements have had positive results in getting relationships off to a positive start between shelters serving the houseless and the surrounding community.  How do you see self governance and good neighbor agreements fitting into the village models you are proposing, Dr Meieran?

david dickson
Cat Wilson:
Gary, thank you for sharing your “real story.” You are courageous. (Hug)

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Not everyone living in “challenging situations” are being heard.  The housed family who continually have used syringes thrown in their yard is not being heard.

Jennifer Collins:
Thank you so much for sharing this and thank you for all you do to support others.  You are inspiring and strong....keep doing this work!

Cat Wilson:
TJ, I hear you.

Benjamin Donlon:
Except they dominate the narrative in most news stories, social media and the rhetoric from the mayor. But yeah, they aint heard.

doreen dodgen-magee:
thank you, so much, gary, for sharing your story.

Sarah Reynolds (she/her):
Thank you, Gary

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Benjamin you are heard plenty and shut down the press and media when you do not like what is reported.

Susan DAlessandro:
Thank you Mr. Barker..

Cat Wilson:
Thank you, Gary. I enjoyed your sharing. Thank you for being open.

Robert Northman:
Thank you Gary!

Tim McCormick:
I appreciate you Gary

Art Rios Sr.:
awesome Gary thank you.

Barbra Weber:
thank you Gary

Tim McCormick:
thanks Gary glad you are here.

doreen dodgen-magee:
gary,  you are an important part of our community

Ben Harris:
thank you Gary for sharing

David Dickson:
You inspire us, Gary!!

Tara Mussulman:
Thank you for being you and for street roots to helping you along your journey.

Barb. Rainish:
appreciate your resilience and courage, Gary. Thank you

Brenda Ray Scott:
Thank you, Gary for sharing your story!

Kevin Fitts:
Big Shout out to Rep Lisa Reynolds for her support of Peer Respite - HB 2980!

Sophie Maziraga:
Nice to see you your face Gary and hear your story + MOJO breakdown🌻

doreen dodgen-magee:
thank you, so much, all of you in the legislature who are working on this!

Barb. Rainish:
Thank you Rep Reynolds for supporting Peer Respite

doreen dodgen-magee:
thank you for encouraging mental health treatment when it’s needed. this is an act of compassion!

Susan DAlessandro:
Expanded mobile crisis services yes

Sheila Mason:
It is so important to have solutions across a full housing continuum.  Mobile units-> sheltering-> Supported transitional options (villages, motels, etc)-> permanent supportive housing in ALL neighborhoods!

Sherry Scheinman:
The seniors who live in Laurelhurst who struggle to pay for their mortgages, property taxes, & upkeep would be booted out if they didn’t pay their financial debts. The people that choose to plant themselves in & around the park menacing others & refusing alternative housing options need to be removed. Of course the house less folks that are not on the street by choice deserve assistance in moving to shelters that do not infringe on the rights of law abiding residents. The sprawl blocking accessibility is dangerous for everyone

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Street roots is an amazing organization.  It deserves everyone’s support. Find a Street Roots vendor and stay loyal!  You get to know them, their story and they become more than a vendor.  When they are not on their corner or spot, you worry about them. They get to know your family, your dog and greet you like a friend. It’s a great organization.  Every city should have a street newspaper.

['Tim McCormick']:
Thank you Sharon and Dan!!

Kevin Fitts:
https://www.streetroots.org/news/2021/04/15/having-someone-committed-could-become-easier-oregon “One of the things that peer respite hopes to do is be a little side door to the merry-go-round,” Fitts said. “We need to tell the story of people who are in between — not completely out of control, but not completely safe at home.”

Revel Rapp:
People don't "lose housing." They are kicked out.

Jennie L.:
kevin, what do you mean by ''in between''?

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Revel you are right.

Lauren Armony (she/they):
Well said, Revel.

Jennifer Collins:
Sharon Meieran...Thank you for your boots on the ground support at the Social Distancing Emergency Shelters last year..you not only talk the talk you walk the walk...Your compassion is genuine - thank you

Jennie L.:
'' ... affordable'' yet not accessible; never.

serene fung:
If this is truly an emergency: 
1. Can we re-allocate funding across the board from the budget to build a high density basic unit to house the maximum number of homeless individuals and have treatment centers built in, and also support services.
2. Can we also have law enforcement to disallow tenting and loitering?
3. Can we consolidate all resources: current agencies and churches in one direction and one voice? 
4. West coast, mild weather and good homeless programs attracted the bulk of national homeless population to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles. 
5. Lastly, homelessness  is a national issue, we need an national initiative to have a national success.

Barb. Rainish:
AHFE-A home for everyone

Tim McCormick:
that slide from Commissioner Meieran, 2nd bullet point, mentions chronic homelessness, then “Last PIT count (early 2019) - 2,037 unsheltered.”  Does anyone have a pointer handy to PIT report?  I am curious to what extent “unsheltered” population was also classified as “chronic” homeless.

Susan DAlessandro:
Unhoused neighbors need safe place and support transitioning to permanent housing. Very concerned about the increasing number of frail older adults and elders living on streets

John Peter Presson:
Most of what I have seen are young white junkies downtown/ old town

Barbra Weber:
Define permanent housing? Apartments? homes, tiny homes?

Sheila Mason:
MORE Villages!!!

Lauren Armony (she/they):
Reduce/eliminate interactions with law enforcement.

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Can I just say this is a great audience - wonderful ideas and thoughts.

Jane Stackhouse:
by not doing sweeps and taking their stuff?

Bill Leineweber:
$132,000,000/400 beds = 330,000 per bed?

Revel Rapp:
Harm Reduction is a radical approach created by sex workers and drug users for sex workers and drug users. It has been co-opted by public health in ways that are increasingly manipulative and restrictive.

Sarah Radcliffe:
Here are the Point In Time Counts: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/point-in-time-counts

Jordanna MacIntyre:
The term “junkies” is highly derogatory and stigmatizing. Please consider people-first language. “People who use drugs.”

Rob Fullmer:
1200, right, not 400?

Lauren Armony (she/they):
Thank you Revel and Jordanna <3 very true

Cat Wilson:
Sharon, is there something in place that gives these folks someone to listen to them, so they can tell their story?

Tim McCormick:
the idea of ‘villages’ was reinterpreted by the City to a limited concept of “Outdoor Shelter” type, in recently-passed Shelter to Housing Continuum (S2HC) project. To continue onward to longer-term, permanent housing forms of ‘village’, widely done and called for all over the country, a Permanent Villages group is now forming and invites others to join. See http://PermanentVillages.housing.wiki for background and organizing.

David Dickson:
I support your plan Sharon!!

Kate Dickson:
Sharon Meireran ….agree this is an urgent humanitarian issue….we need a continuum of housing options.  There is A LOT of support for your leadership and strategies!!

Sheila Mason:
Unfortunately, we've been using the term "housing crisis" since at least 2016.. but we haven't truly acted as if we were in a crisis.

Jan Campbell:
Alternative or Outdoor shelters need to be accessible for persons using mobility devices and with other types of devices.

Bill Leineweber:
OK, $132,000 / 1200 beds = 1110,000 per bed?

Christy Worlton:
I was on the streets for over 3 years.

The Street Roots Guide of resources literally saved my life among other services.
I wish I could put a copy in the hand of any houseless person who would accept it.
Susan DAlessandro:
3-D printed housing communities for safe shelter and  other models out there’..

Barb. Rainish:
@ Cat...Peer Support Specialists, Certified recovery mentors etc are just beginning to be utilized. OHA covers it, too...

Rob Fullmer:
Wraparound services included in that $110K

ELLIE GODFREY:
I think your plan sounds solid Commissioner Meieran.  What is needed to move it into action?  Is it a part of the budget proposal?

Cat Wilson:
Barb, So good to hear Peer Support Specialists mentors are available. Thanks.

Kate Dickson:
Homer Williams strategy for safe and humanitarian is one hopeful examples of how to find solutions to a very complex issue.

Robert Northman:
https://rosecityresource.streetroots.org/

Tom Hickey, Bridgeton NA:
The Multnomah County Budget does NOT address Comm. Meieran's proposal. The Commission votes next week. Letters of support are needed now

Marita Ingalsbe:
Thank you Rep. Reynolds for coordinating this thoughtful conversation.

Benjamin Donlon:
"Thats why giving people keys isnt a solution" - dan ryan

Jennie L.:
SUPPORT HB 2964 2021.

Barb. Rainish:
@ Christy The street roots book is awesome, BUT it doesn´t replace actual contact and referrals. Often those in crisis are in need of more than a booklet. Its a great booklet.

Cat Wilson:
Being transparent and honest = Integrity

['Tim McCormick']:
Is there a space where all the local agencies working with the houseless here in Portland can gather and fill in the missing gaps, so we are covering as many needs as we can?  I volunteer for Rahab's Sisters & we provide just a few services on Friday nights, Saturday mornings & Sundays...  I see so much desperation, especially for safe housing.

Sheila Mason:
@benjamin - that is not exactly what he said.  giving people ONLY keys is not a solution.  He is reinforcing that supportive services are also needed

Christy Worlton:
Yes.....And It Connected Me to the "actual contacts" I needed.   Portland women's crisis line was a huge one but there were many others.

Benjamin Donlon:
Affordable housing units are evicting people at the highest rate right now, mandatory services are not a real solution.

Lauren Armony (she/they):
People need housing first. Forcing people into services is violence.

doreen dodgen-magee (she/her):
wrap around services like mental health services and radical hospitality like what rahabs sisters provide is so important to actually solve the problem.

Cat Wilson:
Thank you, Commissioner Ryan.

Jennie L.:
At re. Cat W- 100

Marita Ingalsbe:
Thank you Commisioner Ryan for your courageous work for the city.

David Dickson:
Now we’re talking, Dan Ryan!!

Jennie L.:
At re. Lauren A- 100 p.c. agree

Barb. Rainish:
the SUPPORTIVE part of the ¨housing¨ needs to start before folks are actually housed

Kate Dickson:
When will you be able to share more details

don larson:
Hello everyone.  We are never going to build ourselves out of this "crisis" - The recent Metro Supportive Housing Services Measure is $248 millions per year for this issue - if we have double the number of "chronic" housing - of say, 4,000 people -we could just give vouchers to each one for $62,000 per year!  We need to provide a HAND-UP and NOT a hand-out of money and efforts - If Portland provides free housing to anyone who shows up - this will never work - those individuals have to contribute to their current and future needs by working - there is no free lunch - let's provide a roof over their head, 3 meals a day - but they have to work for the city on cleaning up the trash, hoe the potatoes in the designated camping area garden, milk the community cow, and help themselves - for $248 million a year - we can "invest" in drug rehabilitation, work force training, and health care  -  but you can't simply build low income housing -

Benjamin Donlon:
Government subsidized Concentration camps / sub standard housing provided at threat of duress and arrest as pushed by business alliances and property owners.

Tim McCormick:
NOTE, due to a mishap, it looks like a Zoom [invite] associated with my name “Tim McCormick” went out on the PDX Shelter Forum list, so there are unfortunately a *number* of people showing up and commenting with name Tim McCormick. I apologize for this mistake, ask other shadow Tims here to change your display name, and ask everyone to not attribute all remarks from “Tim McCormick”s to me, the one who moderates PDX Shelter Forum, http://tjm.org/about.

Judy Hedreen:
where is the reality that there are Different reasons people are houselessness - several silos. each group will need a different solution. and some serious tough love.

Jennie L.:
I SUPPORT HB 2964 2021.

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Your housed neighbors want safe and healthy streets. The current situation is terrifying and fearful for the housed.

Lauren Armony (she/they):
@don Larson what you propose is extremely ableist, not everyone can physically participate at the same caliber. We need to support and include everyone and their unique gifts.

Barb. Rainish:
what do they say, Dan...do they??

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
@Tim, thank you for the clarification!

Sarah Reynolds (she/her):
@Don. You have a point, but, some people are not able to work due to physical/mental disabilities. Many years ago, there were services/housing for people that has been disappearing since the 1980’s. Of course, this is a longer conversation than what I can summarize here.

Susan DAlessandro:
Housing is Healthcare..

Amy Anderson:
White Privilege and outdate laws will forever keep our 30% income earners OUT Of housing. The deficits are increasing everyday and more and more folks are being released from the state hospitals and the jails are now only for AID and ASsist cases.

['Tim McCormick' to 'Tim McCormick' (Privately)]
So encouraging commissioner Ryan. Glad you'er here.

Jennifer Collins:
Thank you Commissioner...so well articulated...I AM SO IN!!

[some Tim McCormick]:
I am in also

Sheila Mason:
YES!!!  We've mostly been ready and some of us have been working in this stuff since 2017 or before..

Amy Anderson:
We are frozen by outdated statues around mixed use housing

Woody Mosby:
What will you do about the people who do not want to go into these joint shelters?

Cat Wilson:
We can each do something. Every year I hold a workshop and contribute all proceeds to Portland Rescue Mission. We can all do something - big or small.

Aisha Y. Musa:
For those who are not Tim McCormick, but have the name. You can change your name. Just scroll over the name, click MORE and RENAME.

Amy Anderson:
We also must MOVE these wonderful Non profits to be in other parts of portland

Jane Stackhouse:
How about short term housing in empty stores and offices that could have temporary room partitions set up?  Already have water and electricity.  Give a tax break until the building is rented again.  For example the old QFC in my neighborhood.

Tim McCormick:
sorry everyone, I’m sure one of me is plenty.   [Real Tim McCormick here].

Amy Anderson:
Portland has special contracts with the local developers that only allow certain folks to build and construct housing.

Larry McCool:
This is a bold statement. I have the only shelter plan that can take everyone of the unsheltered residents that the City and County can afford. Can I get my plan to Dan Ryans office? I have presented it to Commissioner Meieran's office, but no feedback. Please let me present my plan to the Govenment programs.

Sheila Mason:
@Jane -- there is an example of that.  There is an empty Rite Aid in North Portland that has been purchased to convert into a transitional shelter

Linda Mantel:
How about all those new empty  hotel rooms?

Amy Anderson:
Shelters MUST be run by other agencies than TRansition projects, We need NEW providers of transitional housing.

Jill Spencer:
Thank you, Kaia!

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Sweeps are not humane.

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
Yet there are criminals who live in the camps and terrorize the other campers.

Amy Anderson:
Andy, there are no Rescue Missions or Salvation Armys or Blanchet houses anywhere but downtown

Benjamin Donlon:
There are criminals in skyscrapers too tj. Why dont you care about them?

Tom Hickey, Bridgeton NA:
Progress on the Rite Aid is discouragingly slow. JOHS has been sitting on it for six months and has no development plans  they can discuss. THe North Portland community is anxiously awaiting a plan to see how we can contribute.

Tim McCormick:
“What we’re fighting for is what we never see.”  -Kaia.  not quite sure what was meant there.

Sheila Mason:
@Amy -- have you heard of Do Good Multnomah?  They operate several transitional options in PDX.  They are operating the new St Johns Village, The Veterans Village and other housing/shelters

Lynda Martin-McCormick:
Tim—no news is good news is how I heard Kaia.

Andy Miller (he/him):
Amy.   Just FYI, my organization - Human Solutions - operates  three shelters, none of which are in downtown Portland.  

lauren (she/they):
Kaia, will Street Roots come out against the private security harassment happening by y'alls door? Or will they just show up with BBQ's on your social media?

Amy Anderson:
Yes, Do Good Multnomah has REALLY helped my clients get housed all over Portland, I was talking about Feeding agencies

Darlene Urban Garrett:
The problem is very complex and many faceted but the solutions are available if put into a plan and strategically implemented.

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Go Raven!

Barb. Rainish:
Thank you Raven, you have been a joy to watch & hear.

Jennie L.:
SUPPORT HB 2964 2021.

John Peter Presson:
What about the “stories”:of those who actually have to live with the results of the city’s permissive policies

Amy Anderson:
Implementation is a problem because the County and city have different visions

Julie R.:
agreed John

Amy Anderson:
The JOint office was created to blend the agencies but city does building and the county does houseless services

Ruthie Benjamin:
Kaia's Light is very healing.

Cat Wilson:
Raven, Just want to acknowledge your story. Glad to know you reconsidered. You never know how far your story can reach...

Jennifer Collins:
REAL VOICE REAL STORY REAL HOPE. Thank you Raven

Tim McCormick:
thanks Raven, you’re an inspiration and amazing voice for us and Portland. Also, a great example of what’s wrong with the fear (voiced almost everywhere) of ‘attracting’ unhoused people to this city because of services etc.  I say, if we’re so fortunate to be already in a place of such natural and economic abundance & appeal, let others join and enrich it with their new perspectives and yes, unmet needs.

Jennie L.:
At re. Amy A. - IMPLEMENTATION, RESOUNDINGLY YES! THAT AREA OF WORK IS MY PASSION!
ACCESS NOTE: MY CAPS ARE NOT YELLING. THANKS, ALL.<3

David Dickson:
You are an ambassador of hope, Raven.  Thanks for all you do!

Sheila Mason:
There needs to be a variety of solutions that meets people where they are!

Jennie L.:
IT'S THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE HOW AND WHERE WE SHOULD LIVE. IT'S AN ACCESS RIGHT!

Tim McCormick:
https://twitter.com/tmccormick/status/1390981509100621824:  
“Tim McCormick @tmccormick May 8
Replying to @artshomelessint
I often think of this when seeing the -- pervasive, esp in US -- concern that houseless will be attracted to a city. Most transition out of houselessness soon, and my intuition is a city with more former houseless is likely that much kinder & fairer. Likewise migrants, refugees.”

David Dickson:
Self determination and self governance are key elements of success!!

Susan DAlessandro:
Clinical social work background & long time advocate of mobile crisis services as alternative to police. I am supportive of Commissioner Meieran’s proposals. We can/must do more to address needs of frail older adults/elders with medical problems now living on streets.

Aisha Y. Musa:
We have to treat each person as a human being.

Jennie L.:
RIGHT TO SUSTAINABLE CHOICES ... AUTONOMY. THE RIGHT TO THE OPPORTUNITY - EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY.

Barbra Weber:
Not all houseless people need or want wrap around services.

lauren (she/they):
Thanks for the reminder Barbra!

Joy Conklin:
Thank you for sharing Raven!

Brenda Ray Scott:
Raven, so powerful to remind us of what community means!

Tim McCormick:
right Barbra. can we please stop pathologizing the unhoused and figuring them as presumedly threats needing containment with, eg, wraparound services.

Barbra Weber:
Excellent talk Raven 🙂

Robert Northman:
Thank you Raven for your powerful story!

Lynda Martin-McCormick:
Yes, thank you Raven and Gary and everyone on the panel.

Christy Worlton:
So true and so very important. The ability to determine & decide and what they need for the individual circumstances and backgrounds they have in order move forward is Huge!

Peter Samson:
Isn't Metro the steward of the $248M voter-approved funds to address houselessness? Is there a reason they are not on tonight's panel? Do those funds flow through the City of Portland and Multnomah County?

Sophie Maziraga:
I’m always learning something new from you Raven. Much appreciation!

Barb. Rainish:
funds flow through the three counies

Andy Miller (he/him):
100s of people on this call all with divergent views of how to address this crisis.  One thing I think we do agree on - that we collectively want to end this crisis, we want to see a path to ending it permanently for the people who experience its impact and for our community.  Maybe most of us agree on one approach - by establishing a universal right to a home, something everyone deserves in a wealthy country.  With a home comes autonomy, choice, privacy and community.  We all  deserve that and it should not depend on whether we can afford it or can conform at all moments to someone else's version of appropriate behavior.  Maybe we should start there in crafting solutions?

Benjamin Donlon:
Question: what are yalls thoughts about the upcoming 10 year clean and safe renewal contract and the effects on the unhoused whom are disproportionately impacted by their private policing of public space?

Ruthie Benjamin:
Thank you to everyone for this wonderful gathering.  It's so encouraging to know that finally the city and county have such invested people breaking down the "silos."  Raven is always inspiring and hearing from Gary was as well.  I'm happy to know that Lisa Reynolds is on board.  Street Roots was blessed the day Kaia took the wheel.  I've been waiting years for some of these things to actually manifest - thank you to everyone for making it real.

don larson:
Peter - YES - $248M voter-approved funds to address houselessness is PER YEAR!

Barbra Weber:
Apartments is a forever expense, not a forever home. In my opinion shelters in and apartments are the same, temporary housing.

Ruthie Benjamin:
What is happening with families?

Amy Anderson:
ACT Assertive Community Treatment, I am a FACT Forensic Peer Support Specialist

Kevin Fitts:
Kudos to Commissioner Meieran for her work of giving voice to mental health consumer needs and for her support of peer services

Barb. Rainish:
ditto kevin

Amy Anderson:
I have 20 at all times living on the streets

Gaynell S:
Wonderful discussion with people from different backgrounds and experiences.  thank you to each of you for having this discussion.

Susan DAlessandro:
Great work underway at state level, thank you.

Tim McCormick:
Andy, I think the evidence is thin that Americans or Portlanders pervasively believe that all people should have a “universal right to a home” how and where they want it. In Finland or Vienna, perhaps, but those are very different places historically and culturally.

Amy Anderson:
WE NEED more Mental Health agencies to pick from

Kayleen:
When is the townhall that brings other points of view to this discussion?

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
$500 million

Barb. Rainish:
we need a sobering center replacement....plus the behavioural health resource cente

Sheila Mason:
What are we doing to learn from the states that are in the top 10?

Amy Anderson:
I CAN discuss any mental health subject

Sharon Meieran:
There is a tremendous amount wrong with the system. It is not actually a system.

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Good point sheila

Ru Budhi:
We’ve been sitting here for over an hour, but have yet to hear what they are doing about the homeless crisis.

Amy Anderson:
I am an expert with lived experience and a hard core PEER

Andy Miller (he/him):
Thank you Rep Reynolds.  We need Behavioral Health systems to provide those services so organizations and systems funded to end houselessness can focus on housing

Tim McCormick:
Andy (cont.) however, I do believe we can and should offer baseline adequate dwelling rights and conditions to all. What squares the circle, I think, is allowing and providing a broader range of housing than what is currently typically offered as, e.g. “permanent supportive housing”.

Keith:
+1 to Ru

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Alternate shelters

Amy Anderson:
PEERS need to be able to bill individually so we can operate our own agencies

Barb. Rainish:
did Ryan & his staff read the Report Commissioner Meieran had done on the system.....someone say this better

Kevin Fitts:
Our MH system doesn't understand engagement. How many people have sought MH services but didn't ask to be pathologized and or coerced into treatment compliance?

Amy Anderson:
Right now ACT clients are being offered housing

lauren (she/they):
We are not going to have consistent gains with community mental health without stable housing and dignified ways to contribute to society, not just having resources that keep people functional enough to participate in capitalism while giving out scraps and discrimination.

Sharon Meieran:
Thank you for mentioning the Behavioral Health Resource Center, Barb! Multnomah County is building out a peer-driven respite center for people who are houseless, with peer support, basic services available, mental health support, and also mental health-directed shelter and mental health transitional housing for people who are coming out of institutions (hospitals, Oregon State Hospital, jail), so they can stabilize and transition into housing.

Sheila Mason:
And, at some point, we've got to stop celebrating the problem statement.. that is pretty clear.  We keep calling it a "crisis", but our systems do not move at a pace that matches the term "crisis".   We need to get to a point where the term "crisis" helps the decision making and pace of execution to exponentially increase!

don larson:
Actual action in the right direction has been illustrated by the new success of Bybee Lake Hope Center - both the City and County walked away from this project - it is telling of the lack of leadership on both the City and County levels - private funds are currently working on this shelter and learning center.  I absolutely agree we have all failed on the mental health issues involved here - but that is not the major issue of this street crisis - I'm going to say it -DRUG abuse is the #1 reason we have these folks on the streets and in the zombie RVs all round my neighborhood.  

Jennie L.:
I AGREE, AMY A. , WE NEED more Mental Health agencies to pick from. WHEN I SOUGHT A PROVIDER THE WAITING LIST WAS CLOSED FOR T.I.C. AND IT WAS AN EXTREMELY CRITICAL MOMENT.

Lynda Martin-McCormick:
Amen, Gary Barker.

Amy Anderson:
The CCOS are blocking the addition of other provides,

Roxana Rose:
There are 3 things EVERY human needs to survive: Food. Shelter. Water.

When any ONE of those three are AT RISK the human psyche goes into a CRISIS MODE. ANY person who is exposed to conditions that put them into a crisis mode for a prolonged and consistent amount of time can NO LONGER evaluate long term goals. Chronic homelessness is more than a behavioral issue and needs to be addressed.
Christy Worlton:
So much of the trauma I had and needed help dealing with came from the time I was homeless. Sexual assaults and police encounters were 2 of the worst.

Barb. Rainish:
@ chandra :in 6 months or less?? the first steps include WHERE.

Amy Anderson:
HEALTH SHARE wont accept any new providers

Kevin Fitts:
Commissioner Meieran did an analysis of MH services. Please read, it's a powerful document. https://www.multco.us/commissioner-meieran/multnomah-county-mental-health-systems-analysis-report

Tom Hickey, Bridgeton NA:
A fundamental issue in capitalism is that we celebrate the amassing of wealth, including property, and that keeps a lot of places to live off the market. We should investigate policies that tax unoccupied residences - 2nd homes, ADU's, unrented apartments and AirBnB's

Barb. Rainish:
thank you kevin fitts....has Ryan &

Susan DAlessandro:
Powerful, thank you Gary

Kevin Fitts:
These are great points Gary! Btw, I hear voices!

Christy Worlton:
Well said.

lauren (she/they):
Street medicine "drugs" are a way that people are caring for themselves, it is not the core issue,

Jennifer Gonnella:
Thank you Gary for speaking up for the women!

Amy Anderson:
KEVIN, this is old information over and over again the same stuff keeps appearing, what we need is immediate ACTION

Roxana Rose:
People will always call you crazy when they can not yet see from your level of perception!

Bradley Nicholson:
What is up with Wapato?

Amy Anderson:
TRANSPORTATION is another big need

Elaine Lindberg:
Wapato facility kept getting shot down by various official groups well-meaning pointing out there were not services there and no transportation.  SO they could have taken some of the money to put satellite clinics out there and run a shuttle bus.  Instead, we lost millions of $s turning down proposals and ended up basically giving away the building that TAXPAYERS paid to build!!!

Roxana Rose:
Thank you Gary, women are often not looked at in this equation

Amy Anderson:
Move people and they will need BUS FARE

Tim McCormick:
There’s 20mins left out of the 90.  I’d like to suggest focusing on what concrete, majority-shared goals can be articulated and organized for here and now in this discussion.  Can Multnomah County budget decision be affected, if so how, who do I contact or call today to help?  Can villages be established sooner, if so how, what is the directive right now to help that happen?

Sheila Mason:
Access to transportation, and having villages/alternate sheltering options close to services that include transportation, food, shopping, health care, etc.

Barbra Weber:
Please also remember that most folks living outside suffer from sleep deprivation, making any mental differences worse.

Barb. Rainish:
yes @ BW

Tim McCormick:
did Commissioner Meieran just refer to some document or plan, where/what is that?

Kaia Sand:
Important point, Barbie!

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
We will email all of this out Tim

Jennie L.:
IN MY CASE, I WAS WRONFULLY EVICTED BECAUSE THE MANAGER REFUSED ACCEPTING A RAR AND IT TOOK A JUDGE IN COURT TO ACCEPT IT AND IT WAS STRAIGHT AWAY APPROVED. BUT HE RETURNED MY RENT MEANTIME, REFUSED TO DO MAINT. FOR MY ANNUAL INSPECTION TO PASS. AND I M SUPPOSEDLY PROTECTED BY ANTIDISCRIMINATION LAWS AND REGULATORS PLUS VAWA. ATTORNEYS INACCESSIBLE SO WAS BOLI. IT'S BEEN 10 YEARS NOW.

Amy Anderson:
We had a plan from Homer Williams, Oregon trail to hope and NOBODY wanted it.

Roxana Rose:
We need to meet people where they live! Money needs to be put into this. I'm currently homeless and have a hard time reaching any services with the consistency required to receive help.

don larson:
Wapato is now Bybee Lake Hope Center - up and running and in the right direction:https://www.bybeelakeshopecenter.com/

Judith Fardig:
Are you working with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon to convince churches with available land or extra parking lots to house small villages?

Barb. Rainish:
Homer Williams dovetails with this

Jennie L.:
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ARE COMING JUNE AND JULY. FIND OUT AT OR DOJ WEBSITE.

Amy Anderson:
Bybee lakes is VERY exclusive

Amy Anderson:
to those wanting to get well and work

Tim McCormick:
Commissioner Meieran, do you mean “Six Month Framework to Reduce Harm for People Living Outside — Discussion Draft 5/27/2021”?  https://www.multco.us/commissioner-meieran/six-month-framework-reduce-harm-people-living-outside

Ruthie Benjamin:
Income based housing.

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Yes TIm

Peter Samson:
When/how will neighborhoods learn where the residents of swept camps are to be relocated?

Sheila Mason:
Just pick a path and Execute FASTER!!

lauren (she/they):
What do you mean, Peter Samson?

Amy Anderson:
NO SEX predators in our neighborhoods

Amy Anderson:
They must be housed and housed separately

David Groff:
According to media reports, there has been considerable resistance to the plans for alternative transitional shelters. Have you prevailed against this resistance?

Barb. Rainish:
first space must be selected--in June the City Bureaus need to report what available space they have.........We need to pull in private properties for 6 car cam

Tim McCormick:
ok, write to our commissioners. From experience I can suggest that assistance in doing this, e.g. a sample letter and form by which to send or co-sign it, can much amplify that signal.

David Kahl:
I'm happy to hear about how triage is actually administered - as analog and protocol.

Jamie Birkett/Laurelhurst:
We’ve talked a lot of generalities. The Portland Navigation Team worked individually with the houseless in Laurelhurst Park last year. The team now admits most of the homeless they worked with are back. What is the plan when individual intervention fails to create a home for everyone?

Barbra Weber:
Are there any challenges to the budget for shelters?

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Commissioner Ryan, how is the Streets to Stability Taskforce not a duplication of existing efforts or the city-county Joint Office of Homeless Services/ A Home For Everyone which was intended in part to consolidate efforts across the two jurisdictions? If that’s not happening, how can we improve that? How can we ensure cross-jurisdictional and cross-sector alignment and a consistent strategy to end homelessness?

Sheila Mason:
It took more than 2 years to build the St Johns Village.. and the property was offered by a church.  It got bogged down with red tape and housed neighbors continuously threatening lawsuits.  If we can bulldoze an older home on a big lot and build a giant home on it within 4-6 weeks, we ought to be able to move smaller groupings of buildings SIGNIFICANTLY faster!!!!

Elaine Lindberg:
We need a panel discussion like tonight’s for the housed neighbors and businesses that are the other piece of this.  We’re all pro-houseless on this call and the communities affected by the houseless issue need to be given an opportunity to offer their experiences and ideas and to be in DIALOGUE with us.

Roxana Rose:
Amen Shelia

Kayleen:
Question:   how will these spaces be identified, what is the criteria?  Who will be involved in the decision making?

David Dickson:
The Rose City Collective business group, the Meieran plan and the Ryan plan all look like they are on the same page.  Street Roots help will mean a ton.  The neighborhood associations are ready to support you!!  Let’s do it!

Barb. Rainish:
moving the people in....without services will not help much

Amy Anderson:
Check out WE CARE program

Sheila Mason:
Yes, dialogue, but with some good ground rules for productive engagement and focus on solutions  We cannot keep getting bogged down with hateful dissent.

Peter Finley Fry:
Shelter is the creation of an institution like a hospital emergency room.  The shelter system will become a permanent part of our social structure and will be needed permanently.  The evolution and creation of housing and communities is an entirely different issue not the solution.  The personal and compassionate intervention of care for mental illness and addiction is an equally important issue to housing..

Larry McCool:
Sorry folks, Tiny House villages are the least effective, lowest quality and the most costly of any shelters that can be built. Tiny Pallet Houses are a disaster.

Kayleen:
We need a town hall that allows other points of view in how this will be implemented throughout the city of Portland.

Roxana Rose:
We MUST meet the houseless where they are! This is CRITICAL

Sharon Meieran:
You can reach me at District1@.... Email me with questions, concerns, ideas!

Tim McCormick:
why are these villages considered something that would strictly be done by City/JOHS, such that the community should be just waiting to see?  1000s of people are itching to move forward.

Sheila Mason:
Go look at the St Johns Village.  Those are not pallet houses.  The Kenton Womens' Village is not built from pallets either

David Kahl:
Thank you, Commissioners and Representative. This is most promising and what is the realization that this is more process than a list of particulars. Those are the elements that inform direction and decision -- not anything that the houseless, virtually houseless, and near-houseless don't already know, from experience.

Barbra Weber:
Hazelnut Grove is not pallet houses.

Jamie Birkett/Laurelhurst:
I hear you Kayleen.

Sharon Meieran:
Thank you Raven! Hear, hear!

Roxana Rose:
Thank you Raven!

Kayleen:
How will oversight be managed?  How do we insure the money being spent is providing real solutions?

Jennie L.:
BUT NOT ALL ARE OUT IN THE OPEN ESPESH IF DISPLACED!

lauren (she/they):
What is the barrier to making current housing options available as opposed to building more?

Kate Dickson:
Please connect with Homer Williams….find common ground and get started…..thank you Dan, Sharon, Kaia, Raven,

lauren (she/they):
And by available, I mean affordable.

Barb. Rainish:
yes, letś start doing public comment at AHFE coordinating Board, City Council, and Multco Board meetings

Amy Anderson:
NO ONE wants to build 30% income units, ONE per 20 units is the norm

Sarah Radcliffe:
A lot of those who will be housed through the Metro SHS Measure will receive a rent subsidy voucher that they can use in existing market rate housing, plus wrap around services.

Amy Anderson:
SSI is maxed at 781.00 per month, 30% AMI is about 200.00 a month for rent. HUD ended its reimbursement in 2016. So, rents at 1500.00 and more are now the norm at 60% AMI

John Czarnecki:
Will it be possible to integrate the villages and other medium stay housing within or into more complete neighborhoods, with opportunities for public

lauren (she/they):
These vouchers are practically useless for Portland area rentals.

Amy Anderson:
NO ONE will ever find NEW housing at 30% AMI

John Czarnecki:
infrastructure, such as structured and unstru

Darlene Urban Garrett:
Who will be organizing all neighborhoods to engage with this issue.  They can be a prominent asset instead of a problem.

Roxana Rose:
We need to meet people where they are, level with them. HOUSING FIRST INITIATIVES  are imperative to quick and lasting success on this issue

Kate Dickson:
Rep. Reynolds….as you pass the K-12 and Early Childhood budgets—Please assure there is dedicated money for trauma services for our children and families.

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
You can count on that Kate

Jennie L.:
I AGREE W/ THAT, ROXANA

Tim McCormick:
please share contact info in chat if you would like to join open community forum discussing next steps and organizing for action.  Moderators, please share this aloud for those who may not be seeing chat.

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Amy Anderson, I love the subject matter expertise you are sharing! Yes, there is a HUGE lack of units for people with 30% area median income. Only 25 for every 100 people with extremely low incomes in Oregon. https://reports.nlihc.org/gap

Jamie Birkett/Laurelhurst:
Yes Kate!! trauma services for children and families.

Ruthie Benjamin:
I was accidentally asked for my opinion by Paul Boden of WRAP by email - it was in regard to families and children who are houseless - I would like to find out more information regarding what we are doing here overall.

Amy Anderson:
To live here in OREGON you need to earn 75,000 per year

Barbara Bennett:
P:ear (Organization) is directly working with traumatized youth in shelters;

Amy Anderson:
to find reasonable housing

Oregon Poor People's Campaign:
Representative Reynolds - while we wait for 3-6 months or years for some of these solutions to be enacted, the City of Portland and municipalities across the state continue to practice violent policies of displacement through sweeps. Knowing that the Right to Rest Act did not receive a proper hearing this session, are there any other possible ‘triage’ options at the state level that might stop the criminilization of houseless people while they wait for these solutions?

Barb. Rainish:
tricky to get tax money if you need to stay off the radar.....domestic violence etc

Kate Dickson:
Oregon Department of Education has a data base of homeless students—hopefully we can use that data to better understand and serve the homeless/houseless children in our community

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
@Tim if you could share your email with us we can ask people to follow-up with you afterwards

Christy Worlton:
@Tim McCormick
Christy Worlton
Worlton2921@...
please add me

Amy Anderson:
Lots of hungry kids and families too

Barb. Rainish:
Foster kids exiting the foster system end up homeless

Tim McCormick:
My email is tmccormick@..., phone 503.334.1894 (pls text or leave message), twitter @tmccormick.

lauren (she/they):
Please answer the question posed by Oregon Poor People's Campaign

Kaia Sand:
And Yellow Brick Road/Janus Youth, and Outside In

Jamie Birkett/Laurelhurst:
When KOIN raises the question, “Is Portland Dead?” in an hour long special. We should think about what that means to the future of our city.

Ruthie Benjamin:
https://www.transitionalschool.org/

Sharon Meieran:
There are also a number of really important upstream programs the County is investing in to help address intergenerational cycles of poverty. Including Baby Bonds, universal preschool, substance use disorder programs, and much more. Longer term, but extremely important.

Amy Anderson:
Portland keeps staying WEIRD, so now we really have it

Amy Anderson:
LETS change our MONTRA about our city

Sarah Radcliffe:
Multnomah Mother’s Trust Project, which will partner with approximately 100 Black, women-led families to provide immediate access to a monthly income to meet basic needs and, over the coming year, develop connections to other community assets. With this investment, Multnomah County will continue efforts to develop a Baby Bonds pilot program.

John Czarnecki:
Will it be possible to integrate the villages and other medium stay housing within or into more complete neighborhoods as defined in the 2035 Plan,, with opportunities for public amenities such as structured/unstructured outdoor space and community centers? THanks for a ve

John Peter Presson:
Portland is not attracting a homeless population ?

Darlene Urban Garrett:
I have met many on the streets that work at places like WalMart and Amazon/  These types of organizations  should be responsible for building housing and providing a living wage.

Barb. Rainish:
can some save the chat and post it or send it to me? whatisright88@...

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
Thank you everyone for a great discussion! I know we're nearing the end of the Town Hall. If you are an organizer and would like to connect with others please leave your name, organization and email in the chat and we will add that to our follow-up

Tim McCormick:
Barb yes I will try to do that.

Barbara Bennett:
Barbara Bennett  bbpcv@...

Barb. Rainish:
thank you...real Tim..

CAROL TRICOCHE:
Why are we not working on capping the rental market.  The housing marketing with increased housing market is increasing rental cost.   In my opinion we are not looking at the root of the problem, we have a AFFORDABLE RENT CRISIS, there are many apartments sitting empty, why because they cost to much.   Living wage in Portland is did I hear $24 per hour?  If that is the issue we need to stop allowing this big hedge funds come in and buy land, build housing that front line families cannot  afford.  Why are we not penalizing rental spaces that sit empty, rather than giving them tax breaks?     Lets look at the root of the issue.

Amy Anderson:
The city has given WALMART big tax discounts to be here

Roxana Rose:
thank you Lisa for commenting on the criminalization. WHAT ABOUT ROBERT DELGADO?!?!

Sheila Mason:
Sheila Mason - sheilamason@... . St Johns Welcomes the Village Coalition

Art Rios Sr.:
Portland Trailblazer Fans game is tied up at 26 a piece

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
As usual, this entire discussion is ignoring the collateral damage done to neighborhoods and business districts. Neighbors can’t sleep at night due to fear of exploding propane tanks.  Used syringes are in our parks. Businesses cannot open with people sleeping in their doorways. The county commissioner stated in the beginning that the impact on the entire community was a concern.  Yet once again, no neighborhoods or businesses were on this panel nor any of our concerns were addressed.

Kaia Sand:
Thanks for the update, Art!

serene fung:
Why can't we build high rise high density basic units complex to house a large population with built-in treatment centers and support services vs expensive little individual houses all over town which is not a long term solution. We can witness great success in many overseas dense populated countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore. etc Hawaii is modeling similar idea to rescue its housing crisis.

Barb. Rainish:
these organized villages will surely be safer than the willy nillyness as it is now. Let´s cooperate as neighbors.

lauren (she/they):
TJ, you are not the most impacted by the houseless issue, houseless people are. So we are centering their voices.

Phil Goldsmith:
What Commissioner Ryan says is, of course, true, but as friends of the plaintiffs' lawyers, I have sent a private chat to him which of course will remain private.

Ruthie Benjamin:
Right 2 Dream Too

Jordanna MacIntyre:
More than half of the staff at the C3PO Villages are people who live in the villages and they collectively manage their villages. It’s a game-changer for folks.

Roxana Rose:
It saddens me that no one touched on the Lents Park shooting, ROBERT DELGADO RIP!

Kayleen:
There is a  need to include neighborhoods and businesses in this discussion.

Larry McCool:
Self Governing is so important. Homeless people are not Hopeless or helpless

Raven Drake ( She / Her):
I have spoke about Robert many times Roxana.. he was a friend and someone I miss

Kayleen:
This is a very one-sided town hall discussion.  Feels more like a PR Tour.

Sheila Mason:
Yes, but those conversations need to be held in a way that focuses on solutions.  I have experienced several of those types of community meetings that devolve into nothing but shouting and hateful rhetoric.  That significantly slows down any sort of actual action and help

Tom Hickey, Bridgeton NA:
Neighborhoods are here

David Dickson:
The Seattle experience indicated that 40-60 people was optimum for self governance.

Art Rios Sr.:
I would like to see some funding be given to Street Roots for more voice inputs paid for there prospective cuz they need to be paid for the change to policies and structures

Jennie L.:
HE'S CONFUSING ''SELF-GOVERNANCE'' W/  ASKING FOR REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS; MAKING AN ACCESS NEED ASK AND THE INDEPENDENT LIVING AND SUSTAINABILITY THAT CONFERS TO THOSE INVOKING IT.

John Czarnecki:
Thank you very much for this discussion!!!

TJ. ( Laurelhurst) Browning:
I have never said “me” in my comments.  I have spoken of parks, businesses and neighborhoods.  You know the rest of Portland other than the houseless who represent a small proportion of the population yet dominate all resources and impact every one.

Roxana Rose:
I agree with Art. Also Raven, I'm sorry for your loss! What happened to him was an absolute tragedy.

Tim McCormick:
requiring services on every site is a good way to greatly limit and control the rate and number of sites that can be created, and put it under the control of City/JOHS.

Raven Drake ( She / Her):
Yes Robert deserved better, ssh we must make changes so he is the last

Barb. Rainish:
I will second that Art....

Darlene Urban Garrett:
The United Nations Standards for refugee camps provide excellent base standards for supporting humanity in humanitarian crisis

Christy Worlton:
211 info

Tia Palafox; she, her, hers:
Thank you for allowing interested advocates be part of this discussion!!

Kaia Sand:
Ground Score for Trash

Kaia Sand:
Unhoused folks are running it and earning wages

Roxana Rose:
Ground Score people are AWESOME

Ru Budhi:
Street Roots has some really thoughtful articles. I read one written by Chris May, which exposed the construction industry.

Sheila Mason:
And again, if we are going to continue to call this a "crisis", then it must actually be treated as such, where decisions, action, and implementation can move at a pace that matches the magnitude of the crisis.

Darlene Urban Garrett:
Volunteers are also needed for the Downtown Neighborhood Association Good Neighbor Project

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Street Roots is excellent journalism

Amy Anderson:
Town Halls are for information sharing and bonding, not really cross communicating

Jennifer Gonnella:
Free Hot Soup and Free Hot Soup Mobile is not affiliated with non-profit, but we are serving all over Portland Metro with food and other basic needs

Lisa Reynolds (she/her):
Thank you

Barbra Weber:
Ground Score Association is a low barrier jobs program that is providing tent side trash service to those living outside.

Sheila Mason:
It is possible to be a part of the supportive network of neighbors.  The St Johns Welcomes the Village Coalition is made up of hundreds of neighbors who have supported the start up of the St Johns Village

Barb. Rainish:
thank you to everyone for caring

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
Thank you so much for joining us today everyone! We will follow-up tomorrow, and of course feel free to reach out to Rep. Reynolds' office if you have any questions or concerns: rep.lisareynolds@...

Peter Samson:
Of course, there will always be neighborhood resistance, but please know that many neighbors are ready and eager to help.

Roxana Rose:
Thank you!!

Ruth Adkins:
Thanks so much everyone. We can do this!

Aisha Y. Musa:
Thank you for hosting this!

Tim McCormick:
if you want community help, have JOHS publicly share all the project proposals, which we’ve been trying to get them to do since early March.  Also, get Bureau of Planning to produce citywide map and s preadsheed of usable sites.

Sophie Maziraga:
The Rose City Resource guide is among the most compressive guides in Washington, Mult.co and Clackamas County for unhoused/low income folks. There are physical guides which can be picked up at Street Roots office on 211 NW Davis and an online guide which can be reached at https://rosecityresource.streetroots.org/ . To suggest an organization to be placed in the guide please contact me at Sophie@...

Tia Palafox; she, her, hers:
Thank you Lisa you are awesome

Ruthie Benjamin:
I'm ready for a volunteer opportunity.

Jennifer Gonnella:
Thank you so much, I feel like you elected really get it!

Judith Fardig:
Thanks for the opportunity to wrestle with this complex issue!

Sharon Meieran:
Thank you so much for being here, everyone!

Jordanna MacIntyre:
Thanks all

Kellie Kotlar:
Thank you so much for holding this meeting this evening! Thank you Gary and Raven for sharing your stories!

Andrea Smith:
Thank you all for your time and information!

John Peter Presson:
Same old self congratulations

Barbara Bennett:
From Barbara Bennett,

Kate Dickson:
How about framing an action timeline for the next 3 to 4 months

Tim McCormick:
Where will the recording be found later?

Ru Budhi:
I honestly don’t know anything new about the homeless crisis. This meeting was about testimonials and platitudes.

Barbara Bennett:
thank you for this and meeting other like minded people  b. Benntt

Barb. Rainish:
Kate, look at Commissioner Meierans six month plan..

Medha (she/her) - Rep. Reynolds' Office:
The follow-up will include a place to watch the recording as well!

Barbra Weber:
I would like a copy of the recording.

Oregon Poor People's Campaign:
In the next month, is it possible to get written answers to the questions that were asked tonight and prior to the call but were not answered?

Kate Dickson:
I totally support Commissioner Meirand plan….can we implement it??  Hope so!

Marisa Espinoza (she/her) Northwest Pilot Project:
Thanks all

Kate Dickson:
Thank you

David Kahl:
It would be great to receive a compilation of the resources shared here. We need to connect in venues outside of this forum.

Sean Green (he/him):
Thank you for hosting this event and to all the participants.


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Joe Erickson (host)

Commissioner ..  (Co-host)

Gary Barker (Co-host)

Kaia Sand (Co-host)

Lisa Reynolds (Co-host)

Medha (Co-host)

Raven Drake (Co-host)

Sarah Radcliff (Co-host)

Sharon Meieran (Co-host

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Aisha Y. Musa

Al Bannan

Alice Shapiro

Allison Leak

Amy Anderson

Amy Fawcett

Andrew Smith

ann mcmullen

Anne Raunio

Ariel Knox

Art Rios, Sr

Barb Rainish

Barbra Weber

BATTLE MORGAN

Ben Harris 

Benjamin Donlon

Beverly Perttu

Bill Leineweber

Bobbie &  Allen Isaacman

Bradley Nicholson

Brenda Ray Scott

carl

Carol Triroche

Channah Rose

Charlyl Cathey

Cheryl McDowell

Chris Carlson

Christopher Masiocchi

Christopher Smith

Christy Worlton

Colleen Davis

Cynthia Yee

Daniel Friedman

Darlene Urban Garrett

David Dickson

David Groff

David Kahl

David Utzinger

Debbie Gordon

don larson

Dot

Dylan Jefferies

Elaine Lindberg

Elizabeth Ussher Groff

Ellen Regal

Emily K

Emily Polanshek

Erica Jacobson

Ethel Gullette

Francine Chinitz

Gail Lehrman

Greg Gray

Hank Kaplan

Hannah Buehler

Hope Beraka

Jamie Birkett / Laurelhurst

Jan Campbell

Jane Stackhouse

Janet Roxburgh

Jennie L

Jennifer Black

Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Gonnellla

Jill Spencer

jim edelson

John Czarnecki

John Gregory

John Peter Presson

Jon Nystrom

Jordanna MacIntyre

Joy Conklin

Joyce Kligman

Judith Fardig

Judy Froemke

Karn Steer

Karissa Morrison

Karissa Pavlik

Kate Dickson

Kate Schwab

Kathleen Boylan

kathleen pinsonault

Katie Miyashiro

Kaye Exo

Kayleen

Keith

Keith Wilson

Kellie Kotlar

Kerienne McKeon

Kevin Fitts 

KOIN 6

Kristi Rux

Kristin Thompson 

Kyra Thompson

Larry McCool

lauren

Lee Rumaner

Les Wardenaar

Leslie Davis

Li Li

Liam Frost

Linda Kase

Linda Rickert

Lindsay Parks

Liv Divekar

Lori Stegmann

Margaret brown

Margaret Jamieson

Margaux Weeke

Margo Clark - Laurelhurst

Maria Oriakhi

Marie Schumacher

Marisa Espinoza

Marita Ingalsbe

Mark Fischer

Marsha Gulick

Mary Sanford

Mary Warren

meda-lou (Petie) Padden

Michelle Meyer

Mike Ryan

Nathan Castle 

Oregon Poor People's Campaign

Pete Coleman

Peter Finley Fry

Peter Samson

Phil G

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