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The mobile solar powered
shower pod is VERY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Andrew Olshin
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 4:32 PM
Subject: [pdxshelterforum] Mobile Solar Powered Propane-Fueled ShowerPod
in use from noon-6pm today, Sunday 7,26 thanks to LaQuida
On Jul 26, 2020, at 4:26 PM, Andrew Olshin
On Jul 26, 2020, at 3:16 PM, Darlene Urban Garrett
don't think we are reinventing anything or even inventing anything. We are
saying more safe, clean, sanitary options need to be made available and funding
needs to be allocated for this.Camping on the sidewalks is literally doing
nothing for no one.
believe those that are unsheltered should be involved, espicially doing camp
oversight , management, helping to find sites, and moving people to safe
also believe that just because a person does not have lived experience, does
not mean they cannot help. A wise doctor once told me that you don't have to
have the problem in order to know how to cure it.
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From: Barb Rainish <whatisright88@...>
Date: 7/26/20 2:52 PM (GMT-08:00)
Subject: Re: [pdxshelterforum] Outhouses for those in tents
you looked at the shower and toilet facilities at Harbor of Hope? Have you
checked in with H4A ( HYGIENE for all)?
love your goals, but without people with lived experience ( living outside, not
only providers) it's hard for the housed to even imagine being houseless.
looks like too much reinventing the wheel. What type of toilets is the
city ordering 50 of?? Where are they being located?
happily follow this up if need be.
for all the work you all are putting into this.
think Houseless First has a great idea. It will make the process of
locating land for the toilets more complex, since it will be harder to
establish a larger piece of land to include campers than simply a place for a
toilet and washing station. But the idea of charging the campers with some
level of maintenance or simply protection of the toilet makes sense (
I like the idea of Caretaker, suggested by Houseless first.). The campers
will need to create a safe environment where people from the larger community
will be comfortable using the toilets. The more we can empower camps to operate
like communities with self governance and perhaps pay to some members for
services to the community, the healthier our campsites will be. Unlike
many of you I have little experience visiting with campsites and talking to
campers (and I respect this experience), but I do have 70 years of experience
working with people. And people are people, wherever they live.
more thought…In the 3 sanctioned Covid campsites the city set up,
the porta-potties are all inside the fenced area of the
campsite. It seems that this would not be conducive to outsiders using
the toilets (or would it be?) Could the toilets
be located just outside the camp, with campers responsible for its
protection? It seems to me that campers/caretakers could provide some
daily maintenance, but the periodic flushing and cleaning would certainly
be done by a contractor. And as long as the porta potties are
probably going to get “marked”, how about commissioning a camper or two to
do murals on the ports potty? As Houseless First said, “A guy
can dream, right."
toilets are nice, but open-to-all toilets left in public places are almost
never adequately maintained or feel safe/comfortable for most people to
Howww about the city, to safeguard and maximize this investment in (I imagine)
Port-a-Potties, allow a VILLAGE around each one, to take care of it?
Like, some safe space where a few lucky houseless could huddle and self-shelter
with a temporary reprieve from threats of sweeps and ticketing and the
demolishing/disposal of their homes. For me that'd be like, awesome, spectacular,
a ticket to freedom with merely maintenance of an open-pit toilet as the
Perhaps if part of the toilets contract were diverted
to them because of how much less external maintenance might be needed, the
caretakers might even eat, or afford bedding.
Perhaps it could be called something palatable like say, a Local Community
Partnership Caretakers Site, to avoid anything terrifying like
"Village" or "shelter"?
idk. A guy can dream, plenty of time for that out on the streets while waiting
for the crumbs to fall from city council.
member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association board told me the city has allocated
funding for 50 additional outhouses. She and I had been talking about
trying to find one for the 50+/- campers near SW Main/SW 13th. Nice to
have 50 on the way. I've no idea how they will be allocated.
Squeaky wheel is a standard practice from what I've seen.