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PDX Shelter Forum 4: Alternative Shelter & Housing - Request For Public Involvement

Monday, March 1, 2021, 10am-12pm PST  

Last updated:  2 March 2021
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Event Description

Event guest speakers / panelists:

Event video

Organizer info:

Agenda, introduction, instructions for moderators

Land Acknowledgement

Donors/Sponsors (for this event)

Patrons

Sponsors

Donors

Open Notes / Questions section

Zoom Event chat transcript

Background

Mayor Wheeler

Jan 22 Portland Mercury story

Feb 3 - JOHS reveals RFI/RFPQ

Snapshot of Participants

Snapshot of Participation

Other points to convey to participants

Presenters’ agenda

Questions from Forum 2 (with LIHC)

Past Fora

Note on access/editing this doc

Organizers notes

To Do (for organizers)

Live captioning setup

Panelist invites

Title suggestions:

General Event plan

Publicity plan

Ticket Prices

Announcements

Pre-event Message to Registrants

Banner

Flyer / Postcard

Press Release #2

Press Release #1

Email #2

Email #1

Slack

Tweet 2

Tweet 1

Equitable participation:

Progressive stack

Equity ticketing / pricing

Land Acknowledgment - long form

Event Description

How could Portland quickly provide safe, private shelter or housing to all unsheltered residents?

panelists can give answers live, plus we play or post submitted answers from others eg County commissioners who couldn't get onto the panel. Then registrants / attendees get to vote on best and runner-up responses, which provides a lead for the recap messaging / news write-ups.

Register for or sponsor event:  register.pdxshelterforum.org.

Event guest speakers / panelists:

Event video

Livestreamed, and afterwards archived, at PDX Shelter Forum YouTube channel (along with previous ones):
http://youtube.pdxshelterforum.org.

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Organizer info:

Agenda, introduction, instructions for moderators

  1. Start Zoom meeting early - 9:30am  
    TIM:  open event banner image in Preview, set View to Full Screen.
      Then in Zoom > Share Screen > select Preview window.
      Turn video ON, it should appear small on screen next to banner.
  2. setup, greeting, pre-event time.
  1. put some music on.  (not rights-restricted music)
  2. Let people confirm they can connect, say hello, introduce themselves, etc.  
  3. Put up a slide with event and organizer contact info, and tips to check your connection, check how name/photo is appearing, check you know how to mute/unmute.
  4. Encourage people to share event info/check-in on social media, and share the livestream link.
  5. time for us and participants to test their connections, configure their clients and how they appear, possibly mingle and chat informally.
  1. 10:00 AM program start time:
    TIM:  in Zoom, start Livestream on YouTube, with PDX Shelter Forum browser window selected.
       This should begin YouTube Livestream launch in the PDX Shelter Forum channel.
    Wait 5 seconds after YouTube livestream has begun, to make sure the banner gets onto start of video.
  2. Start by stating the name of the event, the date, location, hosts/organizers:
  1. TM: Welcome to  PDX Shelter Forum #4:
  2. it's March 1st 2021, and we are coming to you live from Portland Oregon
  3. my name is Tim McCormick, I am co-organizer of PDX Shelter Forum and this event
  1. Today's forum title is:  Alternative Shelter & Housing: Request for Public Involvement.

    The context is, of course, first, the widespread and widening situation of homelessness in Portland, and up and down the West Coast.  

    PDX Shelter Forum started last year, with this guiding question:
    How can Portland quickly provide safe, private shelter or housing to all unsheltered residents?

    Today, again, we ask that question to our panelists and to all of us here and the community;   but we also ask it specifically in reference to the City of Portland and County of Multnomah having put out a similar call for proposals, more precisely for "alternative shelter" projects, due March 9.

    The term for the official process they're using is a RFPQ, Request for Programmatic Qualifications.

    We wanted to support proposals and people entering this RFPQ, and try to open it up for wide community input and open collaboration, and ideas that may not be necessarily for this official RFPQ, or for right now, or for City/County funding, or only for Portland.

    So, as a bit of nerdy policy pun, we called this forum an RFPI, Request For Public Involvement.

    The idea is, whenever government is trying to do something, they might put out an RFPI to openly invite and compare ideas; or, if they don't, perhaps we might run one for them.

  2. We are honored to have with us today: [as applicable]

  1. Housekeeping Items
    This event is being publicly livestreamed on YouTube on our channel at youtube.pdxshelterforum.org  and recorded. We intend to post video, audio version, and chat transcript.
  2. For Zoom participants, please check the name that appears with your image, and edit it if you want it any different or not to appear. We invite you to put your name and any affiliation, to help others connect with you, but it is fully up to you.
  3. Note there is a text chat channel open on Zoom during the event. We encourage you to open this up and check it now and then, if it's not distracting, to see the conversation and notes there., because it may have clarifications, names and links for reference, input from a wider set of people, etc. In the chat channel you can post to all, or privately to specific other participants. This is also good place to ask all or ask organizers if you're having a tech problem, have a question for panelists, etc.
  4. We have an event page, at forum4.pdxshelterforum.org, which has all of the event info, background, and a notes section for anyone to add material if you wish.
  5. You can also, if you want, add notes on the event page, a Google Doc, in the "Open Notes" section, before or during event. Is there anyone out there who'd like to lead on live notetaking? Let us know by  any channel, or in the doc.
  6. For social media, the designated hashtag for event is #pdxshelterforum, you can comment or ask questions using that. We encourage adding this to any post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc, if you would like to help others find it, us track it, and to connect it to other event info. You can also ask questions there, we'll try to monitor it. 
  7.  Invited speakers (10-15mins each, if they want the time)
  8. Questions for panelists,
  9. open discussion,
  10. Next steps: taking Action
  1. note related things on the horizon for Portland / Oregon.
  2. Suggestions for future forums
  3. invite feedback, suggestions for later forums or other activities. Note we will send a survey/feedback form you can return, signed or anonymous.
  1.  Thank our sponsors and donors
  2. Wrap Up, announce end of scheduled event, but there will be up to ½ hour after-event informal time if people wish.
  3. “After-event” informal time (up to 30 mins). Put the mood music back on?

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Land Acknowledgement

Thank you for being here today.

Today as we come together virtually for reflection, learning, and action, let’s take a moment to acknowledge and honor the land that we are on and its history. Our virtual forum is being centered on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Wasco [Wass-coh], Cowlitz [Cow-litz], Kathlamet [Cath-lah-mit], Clackamas, Bands of Chinook [Cha-nook], Tualatin [Too-ah-la-tin], Kalapuya [Cal-a-poo-yah], Molalla [Mow-la-la], and the many other tribes who made their homes in this area.

We pay respect and thank the indigenous people for being the original stewards and protectors of these lands since time immemorial. We acknowledge their enduring perseverance and resilience across generations. This calls us to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit and our community and future.

Donors/Sponsors (for this event)

If you are interested in sponsoring, please go to register.pdxshelterforum.org or contact organizers.

Patron and Sponsor-level donors, and any affiliated organization you identify on registration form, will be thanked on air at event, and in the archived video and event/notes page.  If you would like to not be mentioned, or have some other organization mentioned on whose behalf you're donating, etc., please let us know, preferably on the registration form, or after.

** Huge thank you to sponsors/donors registered so far! **

Patrons


Sponsors

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Open Notes / Questions section

** PUT or COPY YOUR NOTES HERE IF YOU LIKE **
for participants, before or during or after event.

Tim, To General Jeff:  what roles can or should houseless and unsheltered people play in building solutions, leading initiatives?  How can they/we become more part of the process, centered in the process?  (create your own neighborhood council, perhaps?)

From Katelyn Bessette (she/her) - Bridges to Change to Everyone: (10:47 AM)

 What would it take to invest in Concordia University as a solution?

From Mary Fellows to Everyone: (10:50 AM)

 Where does SRO fit input this picture?

From Douglas Cooper to Everyone: (10:50 AM)

 What has been the initial assessment of the small house villages in inner SE, under the Marqaum bridge? Successful ? Good model?

From Stanley Penkin to Everyone: (10:52 AM)

 Sharon, how do we get everyone in the same place? Seems impossible.

From Andy Miller He/Him to Everyone: (11:02 AM)

 What if we had a time-based plan 1-3 years to create short-term safety using conventional and alternative models, with focus on racial equity so BIPOC folks achieve safety quickly, 5-10 year plan that shifts resources toward Housing First, alternative and conventional permanent supportive housing

From Andy Miller He/Him to Everyone: (10:35 AM)

 Thank you General Jeff for calling out the distinction between shelter and housing.  As a provider of both, our organization thinks a lot about this distinction - we need alternative housing as much as shelter.   We are increasing our local spending much more dramatically on short-term strategies, making it difficult to know where the $ will come for the long-term, permanent solutions.

From Alex Gillow-Wiles to Everyone: (10:36 AM)

 to build? something like 300,000 per unit of new 'affordable' housing. to rent, about 760 a month for an 'affordable' studio apartment

From Elise Aymer (she/her) to Everyone: (10:37 AM)

 Thanks. Yes, was wondering to build. General Jeff was saying $700K to build in LA $300K is still wild

From Andy Miller He/Him to Everyone: (10:43 AM)

 The average public subsidy needed to create those units is $150,000.   They are intended to be here for 60-100 years, so thy will serve multiple generations.  They help build great neighborhoods and include other amenities.   Shelter beds can cost over $15,000 per year to operate, for a family of four that is $60,000.  In less than three years, you have expended the cost to develop a permanent, 3 bedroom apartment.

From Sharron Fuchs:

 please post where you can sign up for the calendar.

From Andy O to Everyone: (11:01 AM)

 perhaps calendaring meetings of faith orgs “social action” committees for elected to attend to plant the seeds

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Zoom Event chat transcript

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (09:44:22):

 hello mic check

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (09:44:26):

 welcome everyone

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to General Jeff (Privately) (09:45:21):

 hi Jeff, welcome

General Jeff (09:45:40):

 Great morning, everyone!...Thank you for having me!

Janel (she/her) (10:04:23):

 Sean should be able to initiate

Janel (she/her) (10:08:26):

 alternatively you could record the meeting and then upload afterwards

Jordanna MacIntyre  (10:13:33):

 They pronouns for Victory

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:15:43):

 thank you Jordanna for reminding me.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:17:55):

 yeah nerd policy person joke, we thought we should add to the acronym soup with RFPI - Request for Public Involvement..

Sean Green (he/him) (10:18:52):

 And it's worth noting that some of us are thinking about this as a regional issue that we should be coordinating and there are also statewide responses being discussed both in terms of policy and funding.

Mimi (10:19:03):

 They should have done it a long time ago.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:19:27):

 Joint Office of Homeless Services — that’s joint dept of City of Portland and Multnomah County — has put out an “RFPQ” Request for Programmatic Qualifications, basically an open call for proposals.

Sean Green (he/him) (10:20:24):

 You can read more about the TFPQ here: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/news

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to Keith Wilson (10:22:05):

 hi Keith, welcome

Mimi (10:23:21):

 We are making them right now for St Johns. Looking for your support, Commissioner.

Mimi (10:23:57):

 Ours in SJ will be self-run.

Mimi (10:24:52):

 Street activists have prioritized this but the Mayor has swept all of our efforts under the bus.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to General Jeff (Privately) (10:24:53):

 I think what the Commissioner says about having arrived at total urgency resonates with LA.

Sean Green (he/him) (10:26:08):

 Skid Row in Los Angeles, CA

autumn west’s iPad (10:28:06):

 it was more like 500 plus people on the Springwater Corridor concentrated in one neighborhood Lents.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:28:25):

 I visited LA in November, passing through on a road trip / moving gig, and I stopped particularly to look around Skid Row and downtown LA. It was eye-opening. Like Jeff said, street homelessness there is big and tragic.

Laquida She/Her/Q (10:31:49):

 I'm was born in Los Angeles and have memories Skid Row as kid.

Laquida She/Her/Q (10:32:06):

 Welcome General Jeff

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:32:20):

 California’s Project Homekey to acquire hotels is the model for Oregon’s subsequent Project Turnkey.

Andy Miller He/Him (10:35:10):

 Thank you General Jeff for calling out the distinction between shelter and housing.  As a provider of both, our organization thinks a lot about this distinction - we need alternative housing as much as shelter.   We are increasing our local spending much more dramatically on short-term strategies, making it difficult to know where the $ will come for the long-term, permanent solutions.  

Elise Aymer (she/her) (10:35:29):

 What is the cost per unit in Portland?

Alex Gillow-Wiles (10:36:37):

 to build? something like 300,000 per unit of new 'affordable' housing. to rent, about 760 a month for an 'affordable' studio apartment

Elise Aymer (she/her) (10:37:13):

 Thanks. Yes, was wondering to build. General Jeff was saying $700K to build in LA

Elise Aymer (she/her) (10:38:20):

 $300K is still wild

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:38:42):

 note there is an open Event document at http://forum4.pdxshelterforum.org, and in there a section “Open Notes / Questions”.  I am trying to gather there any questions I get from various channels including from registration page, and you can add there also, or ask here in chat channel, or raise hand in Zoom (literally or with button!)

Elise Aymer (she/her) (10:38:59):

 ok

Mimi (10:39:27):

 Exactly, Mark.

Andy O (10:39:58):

 yes

Sharon Meieran (10:40:46):

 I’ve put together an informal “summary” of the landscape and organizations and acronyms and measures etc., with some musings and ideas and rays of hope, to help myself organize some of my thoughts around homelessness.  NOT an official document from the County, but perhaps can be helpful. I’d love to hear from you.
(Uploaded:
Summary - Homelessness in Multnomah County - Google Docs.pdf).

General Jeff (10:41:30):

 Skid Row's population in Downtown Los Angeles varies between 2-5 thousand houseless individuals and families struggling to survive on our sidewalks.

Mimi (10:42:32):

 To close the gap, politicians need to learn how to say YES to our projects that can help house our neighbors.

Andy Miller He/Him (10:43:40):

 The average public subsidy needed to create those units is $150,000.   They are intended to be here for 60-100 years, so thy will serve multiple generations.  They help build great neighborhoods and include other amenities.   Shelter beds can cost over $15,000 per year to operate, for a family of four that is $60,000.  In less than three years, you have expended the cost to develop a permanent, 3 bedroom apartment.  

Laquida She/Her/Q (10:44:05):

 The Lloyd Center Mall

Andy Miller He/Him (10:44:22):

 And the apartment will be there for 60-100 years, provides more privacy, autonomy, permanency, etc.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:45:05):

 thank you Commissioner Meieran for that outline of the issues / resources / participant landscape, this is very useful.

Andy O (10:46:39):

 Changes to Portland zoning code offer opportunity for elected leaders to directly ask faith leaders to allow a grouping of living units in their parking lots

Katelyn Bessette (she/her) - Bridges to Change (10:46:54):

 Mark…you are amazing.

Katelyn Bessette (she/her) - Bridges to Change (10:47:37):

 What would it take to invest in Concordia University as a solution?

Dorit - SELAH (10:48:06):

 Housing is the first step not the last one. Once someone who has been on the streets for a log time needs help, love and support once they are in housing

Andy Miller He/Him (10:48:43):

 Appreciate Mark's comments - thank you.  Our organization - Human Solutions, provides safe shelter for 100 women and 40 families each night.  I want to be clear I am not saying we do not need shelter or other safety off the street solutions.  Agree with "both . . .  and" and am very supportive of the alternative models springing up.  

Hannah Studer (10:48:53):

 Thanks so much Mark for speaking to the larger contexts of commitment to how we support community.

Mary Fellows (10:49:07):

 Thank you Mark!!!

Sharon Meieran (10:49:44):

 Thanks so much, Mark! And also General Jeff!

Mary Fellows (10:50:08):

 Where does SRO fit input this picture?

General Jeff (10:50:20):

 Glad to be a part of the conversation!

Douglas Cooper (10:50:40):

 What has been the initial assessment of the small house villages in inner SE, under the Marquam bridge? Successful ? Good model?

Elise Aymer (she/her) (10:50:53):

 Yes, BIG thanks General Jeff for being here. What you said was so necessary.

General Jeff (10:51:20):

 Thanks!

Sean Green (he/him) (10:51:28):

 The C3PO camps are charing people’s lives. I think there are lessons to be learned, but I have heard very positive things related to those villages and the impacts on people’s lives.

General Jeff : So much more to say, but I dont wanna hijack the panel. (10:51:56):

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Mark Lakeman (10:52:08):

 Katelyn,

Stanley Penkin (10:52:12):

 Sharon, how do we get everyone in the same place? Seems impossible.

Sabra Marcroft (10:52:20):

 This wave is bigger than the last. The next will be bigger still. At some point the level of ability to respond will peak, long before the need for response peaks. It is vitally important that we include survival skills and livelihood skills support into these responses that are being crafted. First Aid, health and safety, drownproofing so that people can take these skills out with them into the world to help us meet the next wave and the next.

Sean Green (he/him) (10:52:30):

 We’ll get back to General Jeff in just a minute. We really want to tap your knowledge.

Mark Lakeman (10:53:30):

 Katelyn, that's a great question. Concordia presents a great opportunity. Thousands could be housed there while we adapt it to handle many more.

General Jeff (10:53:40):

 I'm here to answer all questions!

Sean Green (he/him) (10:53:45):

 Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP)

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:54:04):

 Meieran mentions HUCIRP:  City department, Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program

Sean Green (he/him) (10:54:18):

 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/article/562211

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:54:58):

 Meieran mentions A Home For Everyone, the closest existing thing to “get everyone together” — she says the idea is good but it’s not quite working. Not everyone who should be involved is.

Mimi (10:54:59):

 Will we able to comment aloud here?

Sean Green (he/him) (10:55:09):

 Yes

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:55:10):

 Mimi yes.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:55:49):

 I think everyone is muted by default, but you can unmute yourself.  If you’re not sure how, wave or msg here.

Renee Huizinga (she/her) - Commissioner Meieran's office (10:55:59):

 Meeting information for A Home For Everyone Executive Committee, Coordinating Board, and workgroups available here: http://ahomeforeveryone.net/contact

Jordanna MacIntyre  (10:56:07):

 Advocating at Neighborhood Associations is excellent too

Andy O (10:56:12):

 The bottom line is land.  Sites that at least a group or cluster would be welcome.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:56:13):

 Meieran suggests testifying at key meetings such as AHFE Executive Committee.

Elise Aymer (she/her) (10:56:53):

 http://ahomeforeveryone.net/executive-committee

Katelyn Bessette (she/her) - Bridges to Change (10:57:02):

 Mark - Yes it does.  As far as I know it was foreclosed on and is sitting with all of what is needed to operate.  I’m sure its quite expensive, but of all of the possibilities that are out there for quick solutions and existing buildings/properties, it seems pretty perfect.  Similar to Wapato, it seems with the right investor it could work.

Andy O (10:57:21):

 Parking lots owned by faith institutions offer connectivity to community

Mimi (10:57:57):

 Tim, I don’t want to interrupt the Commissioner or panelists. I’m currently unmuted.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:57:59):

 “when government owns a program, by definition is becomes so much more complex, and less about the community.”

Jordanna MacIntyre  (10:58:31):

 Advocating for expanded zoning options for potential  alternative shelter locations is being led by the Shelter To Housing Continuum. First hearing with Portland City Council on their proposal is March 17th.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (10:58:33):

 Mimi sure we’re catching the Commish’ before she has to leave, we’ll go to discussion then, any minute.

Andy O (10:58:50):

 Government leaders could go to faith congregations and make a personal ask

Sharon Meieran (11:00:40):

 I love that!! You make such an excellent point, Tim

Sharron Fuchs to Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (Privately) (11:01:13):

 please post where you can sign up for the calendar.

Andy O (11:01:27):

 perhaps calendaring meetings of faith orgs “social action” committees for elected to attend to plant the seeds

Andy Miller He/Him (11:02:25):

 What if we had a time-based plan 1-3 years to create short-term safety using conventional and alternative models, with focus on racial equity so BIPOC folks achieve safety quickly, 5-10 year plan that shifts resources toward Housing First, alternative and conventional permanent supportive housing.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:05:45):

 PDX Shelter Forum google calendar:  https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0?cid=cGR4c2hlbHRlcmZvcnVtQGdtYWlsLmNvbQ

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:06:02):

 it’s pretty new, just started putting things in a week ago or so. Suggestions for things to add are welcome.

Sharon Meieran (11:06:04):

 I have to leave, but so appreciate being part of this conversation. Thanks to everyone- especially to General Jeff, Mark, and Sean and Tim for organizing. I would really like to hear from you - district1@multco.us. Please reach out!

Sean Green (he/him) (11:06:39):

 Thank you Commissioner Meieran!

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:06:45):

 thank you Commissioner Meieran, means so much to us for you to join and share your knowledge and passion.

Mary Fellows (11:06:48):

 Just like the prison industrial complex

Elise Aymer (she/her) (11:07:19):

 Yup

Hannah Studer (11:07:46):

 Thank you for speaking truth about nonprofit impact, General Jeff.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:08:51):

 it’s impressive how Jeff and collaborators have built presence and voice in Skid Row..  I watched TV clips of a meeting called by Judge Carter on Skid Row (in a tent structure) with elected officials, and Jeff was there looking sharp in suit, commenting to the TV reporter, judge, electeds, it was cool.

Leslye Johnson, Rose City Park Presbyterian (11:09:06):

 General Jeff, right on!

Mark Lakeman (11:09:50):

 Jeff, besides you and your peers having the best ideas on what to DO and how to actually allocate funds in a phased solutions, I also believe that you understand the larger systemic issues as well, the political and social dysfunction and corruption as well.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:10:50):

 you’re firing us up Jeff!  like I said, the prophecy came north to light us the way..

Hannah Studer (11:11:07):

 Thank you Mimi

Sarah Radcliffe (she/her) (11:12:05):

 I have to leave, but have so appreciated this conversation! General Jeff - I'm so impressed by the community empowerment that you are part of!

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:12:16):

 thank you Sarah!

Andy O (11:14:14):

 Trash for Peace?

Don Garza  Jr (11:14:57):

 Government lives in a linear universe the rest of the world lives in an exponential world.  To them taking a year to vote on something is their sense of urgency. HOmelessness and business and our lives live in an exponential world . Government lives in a linear world. They don't venture into the exponential world unless you come with enough money.  Cities also behave like businesses , their main objective is to protect their revenue for the basic city services .

General Jeff (11:16:22):

 Please keep in touch and let's keep this convo going!...General Jeff- issuesandsolutions@yahoo.com ....323.445.0723 ...Twitter: @GoSkidRowGo ...FB: General Jeff ...IG:... @skidrowgeneraljeff

Jordanna MacIntyre  (11:18:14):

 C3PO is a great example of how collaborating with local government and unhoused people can really work

Andy O (11:20:07):

 There is an opportunity to add capacity to our growing network of alternative villages.  Current City plans include moving the QA and BIPOC villages from their current site to two sites that could be used for new villages.  2700 SW Naito Parkway and the Clinton Triangle.

Elise Aymer (she/her) (11:21:13):

 The Overton window has shifted

General Jeff (11:21:32):

 In Skid Row, there's a grass-roots non-profit that does TREMENDOUS work for our fellow houseless neighbors and community....It's called Los Angeles Community Action Network or LA CAN ....Please check out their website!

Mimi (11:22:17):

 My email is mirgerman0000@gmail.com if folks want to get involved w/ our work in St Johns.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:22:43):

 thank you Mimi, and for your work in St Johns neighborhood

Hannah Studer (11:23:10):

 Thank you Mimi.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:23:20):

 thank you Andy for connecting from outside!  I always appreciate the fresh air and light of someone connecting while outside!

Jordanna MacIntyre  : You got it right (11:23:40):

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Don Garza  Jr (11:24:13):

 Yes.. it is a fight over land. And municipalities will not move with a sense of urgency so as to take that land away from economic opportunities.

Sabra Marcroft (11:26:10):

 Yes, so much Andy. Parking lots!

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:26:28):

 a key shift in Portland zoning is the in-progress Shelter to Housing Continuum Project (S2HC) set of reforms, to go to City Council for hearing March 17.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:26:51):

 see http://s2hc.pdxshelterforum.org for our background and advocacy info on this.

Jordanna MacIntyre  (11:26:54):

 S2HC is doing excellent work! It will change the game for alternative shelters

Laquida She/Her/Q (11:27:24):

 Let's not forget about Ibrahim Mubarak

Leslye Johnson, Rose City Park Presbyterian (11:27:44):

 What about unused large parking lots?

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:28:16):

 Laquida yes Ibrahim has been a tremendous force in village creation and advocacy for 20 years, major part of this community.

Leslye Johnson, Rose City Park Presbyterian (11:29:46):

 fabric depot being an example

Leslye Johnson, Rose City Park Presbyterian (11:29:59):

 there are lots of hands up!!!

Sabra Marcroft (11:30:15):

 Yes Leslye. Parking lots! They are wired for electricity and are often paired with unused buildings that can be used post covid.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:31:25):

 Mark:  “I actually had to point out that things are getting worse,” ie not time to shut down existing villages.

Jordanna MacIntyre  : May I be added to the list of hands raised? Haven't been able to raise my hand in zoom for some reason (11:31:48):

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Sean Green (he/him) (11:32:00):

 Sure Jordanna

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:32:00):

 yes ok Jordanna

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:35:32):

 Jordanna started with working on C3PO, and has now stepped into role at JOHS — Joint Office of Homeless Services, City/County — as manager for the alternative shelter program. (i.e. this RFPQ?)

Mimi (11:38:48):

 Jordanna, we’ve been building villages and all the support needed for a long time. We know how to do this. It didn’t start w/ CP3O. Glad you’re there, but ..we’ve been in this for a long, long time. It’s not about white supremacy.

Brandi Tuck (s/h) - PHFS (11:40:34):

 I think Jordanna is saying that the sense of urgency is one tenet of white dominant/supremacist culture.

Don Garza  Jr (11:40:47):

 these guys are great!

Andy O (11:41:19):

 Cascadia Clusters is not capable of managing a village.  We are interested in training houseless individuals in the construction trades while building villages to be managed by residents or whomever.  Please feel free to stop by our Capitol Hwy build site and see what we can do together

Don Garza  Jr (11:41:21):

 man! imagine if we had them here

Sean Green (he/him) (11:41:22):

 Would other people like to share a comment or pose a question?

Andy O (11:42:14):

 I can be reached at Andrew.Olshin@comcast.net

Jordanna MacIntyre  (11:42:20):

 We need a myriad of solutions!

Sabra Marcroft (11:43:11):

 How are different groups addressing the shrinking of insurance availability for shelter solutions in the last year?

Mimi (11:43:13):

 I’d be happy to work w/ Mark’s! And other activists’ solutions.

Sabra Marcroft (11:44:37):

 Lane County indicates that providers are encountering refusals to cover new projects

Sean Green (he/him) (11:45:12):

 We have yet to hear about this in Portland

Jordanna MacIntyre  (11:46:24):

 I have heard that insurance access is a struggle for villages/alternative shelters. Victory could speak better to that if they were here.

Sharron Fuchs to Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (Privately) (11:46:38):

 Has an inventory of church sires been taken.?

Sharron Fuchs to Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (Privately) (11:46:48):

 church sites

Andy O (11:48:32):

 $1800 builds a 10’x10’ platform, a 64 sq ft insulated tent, and a solar powered micro grid

Sharron Fuchs to Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (Privately) (11:48:57):

 send out the troops to walk neighborhoods and write down viable sites

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (11:49:14):

 The challenge with publicly owned sites is that just because they are owned by the commons and do not have built improvements, doesn't mean they are not used to the appropriate public benefit

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (11:49:51):

 for example the vase majority of vacant sites in Lents are for flood mitigation to help prevent low income residents from being displaced by flooding or high flood insurance

Jordanna MacIntyre  (11:49:53):

 https://www.portlandmaps.com/ has zoning information so will be an essential tool for identifying land options if the S2HC proposal is voted through

Christy McMurtry St.Stephens Episcopal (11:50:14):

 cant raise my zoom hand. have comment.

Joe Purkey (he/him), Convergence Architecture (11:50:19):

 North Portland churches have been mapped.

Sharron Fuchs to Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (Privately) (11:50:22):

 you could ask neighborhood associations to identify sites

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (11:50:45):

 The city already did this analysis - contact Lucas Hillier - he knows where the report is

Mimi (11:51:16):

 I have to go…General Jeff, thank you for being “here.” Thanks to all for sharing ideas and thoughts. My email is mirgerman0000@gmail.com

Elizabeth Stepp (11:51:48):

 PSC staff produced maps for the S2HC project - those may be useful to help ID sites?

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (11:52:40):

 I would like to encourage you all to think about programming and how outdoor shelter residents can provide benefit to the neighborhoods - through maintenance, clean-up, replanting ecological preserve areas that have been impacted by unsanctioned camping

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:53:01):

 Cora yes great idea.  Land stewards..

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (11:53:12):

 millions of dollars of habitat restoration that was done by community based organizations and volunteers on the Springwater and 205 MUP has been completely destroyed

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:53:30):

 thank you Mimi!

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (11:53:48):

 It would be really great if the houseless community organized to restore what was taken by people privatizing the commons

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:55:30):

 I think people naturally incline to take care of their surroundings, when they feel agency and sense of place, but often not if they feel desperate and outcast.

Mary Fellows (11:55:42):

 Thank you all.  I am a fan of the Clay Street Table program operating out the sough park blocks.

Joe Purkey (he/him), Convergence Architecture (11:55:42):

 It seems like a lot to ask people trying to survive outside to give back until they are back on their feet with shelter and food stability.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (11:56:17):

 also, there are practical dimensions like providing dumpsters, garbage pickup.  IF that’s not done, what hope?

Andy Miller He/Him to Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (Privately) (11:58:12):

 Happy to stay on a few minutes if you want to follow up on something I said.  I have been trying to mostly listen here - have some thoughts of course

Alex Gillow-Wiles (12:00:03):

 I gotta run, thanks all.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to Andy Miller He/Him (Privately) (12:00:53):

 thanks Alex

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:01:21):

 I would also advocate to not use the PSC maps as a starting point.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:01:21):

 thanks Alex

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:01:36):

 they are inequitably skewed to concentrating sites in East Portland

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to Andy Miller He/Him (Privately) (12:01:42):

 yes thanks Andy that would be good.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to Andy Miller He/Him (Privately) (12:01:51):

 “alternative housing” ..

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:02:39):

 Joe good point.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:03:08):

 Mary I don’t think I’m familiar with the Clay Street Table program, what is that?

Jordanna MacIntyre  (12:03:44):

 Supporting people living outside accessing neighborhood association meetings can also be great

Mary Jaron Kelley/NPNS/she/her (12:04:11):

 Sharon, some neighborhoods have been very involved, some haven't, some need guidance. Speaking from my role at North Portland Neighborhood Services, we the city and nonprofit district coalition offices need help from "government" or other agencies to do the work!

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:05:02):

 I think Lents would be very open to a provider that has a good track record in Lents opening an outdoor shelter. For example, PHFS adding a small tiny house pod to expand their capacity.

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:05:36):

 but if some of the "guerilla" organizers who've done a lot of damage to our community show up to site a camp - there's going to be a lot of pushback.

msuplee (12:07:16):

 Gotta go. Thank you all!

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:07:29):

 thank you msuplee!

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:09:59):

 Cora I think that’s a great idea, e.g. PHFS adding a micro village or something.  Of course I’m curious what they think of the idea. Brandi Tuck of PHFS was on call earlier, not sure if still here

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:10:19):

 as you say, good track record, trusted.  Also, have appropriate facilities and services already.

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:10:22):

 Yes - she's on. Hi Brandi.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:11:46):

 Patt Oppdyke is talking now - from Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to Christopher Sage (Privately) (12:12:46):

 hi Christopher, thank you for joining.

Christopher Sage (12:13:11):

 Hi Tim, I was on the YouTube, and just transferred here.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to Christopher Sage (Privately) (12:13:15):

 you’re at JOHS now, right, focusing on shelter operations?

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to Christopher Sage (Privately) (12:13:48):

 I think I saw you at AHFE Coordinating Board meeting perhaps it was?

Christy McMurtry St. Stephens Episcopal to Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:13:53):

 Tim, Clay Street Table is a community based program providing food downtown. St. Stephen's is the fiscal sponsor.  

Christopher Sage to Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:14:07):

 Correct!  I am not yet sure where the Alt-shelter initiatives will land for me.

Mary Jaron Kelley/NPNS/she/her (12:14:49):

 Thanks so much Tim and Sean for a great meeting. gotta go!

Joe Purkey (he/him), Convergence Architecture (12:17:16):

 Yes! We need diversity of affordable housing options just like we have in market rate solutions.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition to Christopher Sage (Privately) (12:17:58):

 thanks Mary!

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:18:06):

 thanks Mary!

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:18:31):

 “we need alternative housing as well as alternative shelter” — from earlier comment by Andy Miller.

Sabra Marcroft (12:19:32):

 Yes to Alternative housing!

Jordanna MacIntyre  (12:19:57):

 I'd love to chime in after Andy

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:20:04):

 this topic entwines with the issue of metrics/goals for homelessness initiatives.  Metro & Multnomah county are gearing up a significant activity strand on setting metrics for the Metro Supportive Housing Services measure.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:20:14):

 Jordanna sure.

Sabra Marcroft (12:20:39):

 land trusts and co-ops to provide permanent low cost housing. Revolving funds to finance them

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:21:42):

 under typical, ie HUD Housing & Urban Development definitions and metrics, alternative shelters may not even count as making people ‘sheltered’.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:22:20):

 metrics tend to focus on ‘exits’ to permanent housing, and underassess/measure what likely length of stable housing is achieved.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:24:18):

 Andy suggests to people coming from a DIY perspective, “ask for space” — i.e. a place or recognition in public planning, for where this more DIY work can occur.

Sharron Fuchs to Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (Privately) (12:28:37):

 It’s an emotional toll on the people doing the ground work. I want to acknowledge the effort and the stress. Thank you all.

Sean Green (he/him) (12:31:32):

 I am going to have to head to a work meeting. I really appreciate all of you participating in this event and look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in our community.

Jordanna MacIntyre  (12:33:36):

 *Access* to wrap-around services

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:34:51):

 It's likely because the term "village" has a legal definition that usually involves being a public corporation

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:38:17):

 In Oregon, the municipal governments are cities, towns, and villages, although there is no significance in their legal powers or status.[2] Also, one county — Clackamas County — permits the organization of unincorporated areas into villages and hamlets. The boards of such entities are advisory to the county.[9]

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:38:53):

 ok interesting I did not know that about Clackamas County.

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:39:41):

 And because part of the City of Portland is in Clackamas County - it's not prudent to use a term that has a legal definition for that county.

Sabra Marcroft (12:40:02):

 Square One Villages speaks to the permanent village question with their hybrid landtrust/co-op model

Jordanna MacIntyre  (12:40:56):

 C3PO villagers have had multiple informal conversations about using an apartment/motel building with a village model

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:41:06):

 Thank you for acknowledging this Andy

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:41:53):

 possible avenues for more ‘village’-like housing that nonetheless fits with the expectations of zoning, regulations, neighbors: 1) SquareOne Villages’ permanent villages, which combine Community Land Trust owning land with a Limited Equity Co-Op that owns buildings. .

Sabra Marcroft (12:42:09):

 Square One also has a 1 lot conversion of existing residential that's interesting

Andy Miller He/Him (12:42:38):

 https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/03/its-a-miracle-helsinkis-radical-solution-to-homelessness

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:42:39):

 2) Cottage clusters, pocket neighborhoods.

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:43:43):

 https://www.yesmagazine.org/economy/2019/04/09/tiny-house-village-home-equity-homelessness/

Joe Purkey (he/him), Convergence Architecture (12:45:05):

 We need housing triage.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:45:19):

 what is housing triage?

Sean Green (he/him) (12:47:46):

 Thanks Andy. I have to head off to a work meeting.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:48:04):

 thanks Sean!

Sabra Marcroft (12:50:21):

 the state bill that would ease occupancy restrictions will help some

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:50:35):

 The challenge is that there is the right to refuse shelter/ remain without housing - but there is no right to engaging in "taking" (in the legal sense) public land for private use that exceeds the use rights given to any other member of the general public

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:51:43):

 Advocates for the right to be unhoused often are advocating for more than just existence, they're advocating that individuals be able to privatize the commons would compensating the rest of the public they are depriving of the use of that commonly owned space

Joe Purkey (he/him), Convergence Architecture (12:52:35):

 I'm thinking like medical triage. In that comparison, we currently have an overflowing ER waiting room while we try to make sure each person taken in can have a need and private room. It's an effort to quickly evaluate needs and address priority needs first and next priority needs second, etc. Sean's Mayor Hales example (toilets and trash where people are first) fits this type of thinking.

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:53:06):

 that was meant to read "without compensating"

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:53:37):

 all private land owners pay property or land rent taxes to compensate the general public for the entitlement they hold

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:54:18):

 This is what pays for public improvements and services that increase the value of the land they are "renting" from the people

Andy Miller He/Him (12:54:44):

 Need to run to next meeting.  Thanks all - keep the dialogue going and moving forward!   We are with you!  

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:54:54):

 thanks Andy, good talking with you!

Andy Miller He/Him (12:55:29):

 Joe's point is spot on - we cannot do this all at once.  Need a sequential plan.  

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:55:43):

 Cora yes the Right to Rest bill just introduced, supported by WRAP (Western Regional Advocacy Project) would assert rights e.g. to not be displaced from dwellings in public space. That would in a sense allow privatizing commons space into private space.

Sabra Marcroft (12:55:57):

 in Wales new development in rural areas requires using "One Planet"development guidelines instead of code type restrictions. it encourages use of on site, traditional and repurposed materials, self-built etc. Something similar could be done here to allow for "owner built" structures on public or private property.

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:56:26):

 If there's a cliff associated with moratoriums lifting - efforts might be better focused on keeping people in their current housing with subsidy/external support

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:56:49):

 rather than relocating them to a substandard interim housing situation

Jordanna MacIntyre  (12:57:16):

 I also need to hop off. Thank you for this discussion!

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (12:57:31):

 thanks Jordanna

Cora Potter She/her/hers or They/them/theirs (12:57:46):

 lunch break is over for me. Thanks all.

Sabra Marcroft (12:58:26):

 As much as possible agreed. but there is already evidence of collaterally produced houselessness now. we have to assume that will get worse.

Sabra Marcroft (12:59:34):

 lots of people losing their housing because they can't prove covid impact and owner is "remodeling for sale".

Joe Purkey (he/him), Convergence Architecture (13:00:22):

 Keeping people in their homes is also important, but is only one piece.

Sabra Marcroft (13:00:24):

 So many people have lost jobs that are never coming back.

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (13:00:40):

 thanks Cora!

Sabra Marcroft (13:00:48):

 yes, keep people housed wherever possible

Joe Purkey (he/him), Convergence Architecture (13:02:22):

 have another meeting. thanks all!

Tim McCormick - ShelterPDX coalition (13:02:40):

 thanks everyone

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Background

Mayor Wheeler

Response to testimony by Tim McCormick at City Council - Fall BUMP (Budget amendment meeting), October 28, 2020: https://youtu.be/UscNU90Jp6w?t=5171 (public testifier #7, starting at 1:26:11).

Jan 21
PDX Mayor @tedwheeler's comments at Jan 21 City Council "City Priorities Retreat" Work Session, on the crisis urgency to get houseless from sidewalks and right-of-ways to safer, serviced spaces:

34:39 Mayor Wheeler on 'livability' priority - condition of right of ways, parks, biohazard cleanups."
Commissioner Hardesty then comments that these seem largely about homelessness response.
https://youtu.be/1c2UP5kfTD8?t=2079.

45:48- Mayor Wheeler:

"I see there being two aspects to homelessness. There is the longer-term work..I separate that from the urgent crisis that is before us today."

"We need a FEMA-like response to the crisis are seeing right now. It requires a large scale, focused and immediate, urgent, response, like a FEMA-like response to get as many people as quickly and humanely off our sidewalks as possible...There is a problem that needs to be address TODAY."

"The question I have is what would our FEMA-like response to this be?"

"how do we as quickly and humanely as possible connect people to safe, warm, dry location, with access to a toilet, hygiene facilities, and potentially access to services as quickly as possible."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=2748&v=1c2UP5kfTD8. (45:48 - 1:01:00).


Jan 22 Portland Mercury story

Zielinski, Alex. "With Hazelnut Grove Set to Close, City Looks to Expand Village-Style Shelter Options." Portland Mercury, Jan 22, 2021 at 9:25 am.

https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2021/01/22/31451040/with-hazelnut-grove-set-to-close-city-looks-to-expand-village-style-shelter-options.

"Most Hazelnut Grove residents are interested in leaving the current property, having grown tired of the constant threats of landslide, brush fire, pollution from nearby industrial yards, and hostile neighbors. That’s why residents have spent the past three years working with city officials to find a suitable property to relocate their community to. The city says that property is St. Johns Village. Yet some residents, including Weber, say the St. Johns space, which is overseen by a nonprofit with certain expectations for it residents, is not a fair substitute for the autonomously-governed Hazelnut Grove.

“Unless you’ve been homeless, I don’t think you understand how degrading it feels to be forced to live under someone else’s rules, just because you are poor,” said Weber.

"As some Hazelnut Grove residents pack up to move and others petition the city to find another location, the solutions remain imperfect. Yet the conversations surrounding the decision show just how far the city has evolved in terms of understanding and addressing homelessness since Hazelnut Grove first appeared in 2015. At that time, the idea of alternative shelter—whether it be a cluster of tiny homes, heated sleeping pods, or tents on elevated platforms—was seen as a radical one by city officials, a solution that came directly from the homeless community and its advocates who weren’t satisfied with waiting for the city to solve the affordable housing crisis.

"Now, these in-between forms of shelter are central to the city’s response to homelessness, with city-run villages serving as an effective entry point for people whose needs haven’t been met by traditional housing placement programs and as emergency shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, with an expected post-pandemic surge in homelessness on the horizon, it’s a solution that city leaders are even more committed to expanding." [..]

"Many of the residents say they were under the impression the new village wouldn’t require case management or expect tenants to transition to long-term housing, something St. Johns Village will focus on. Weber says that the feeling of stability in the new village could be shattered by management’s expectations of residents to find other housing.

“It’s undermining the entire purpose of a tiny home village,” said Weber. “To empower people to be in control.”

"In December, Weber began circulating an online petition, calling on the city to halt the village's closure until it can identify another piece of property where residents won’t be required to leave, and can be truly self-governed." [...]

"Denis Theriault, a spokesperson for JOHS, doesn’t disagree. Theriault said that for Hazelnut Grove, the JOHS plan has always been to create a village that serves as a stepping stone to more permanent housing, but understands that “that’s not necessarily going to be the right model for everyone.”

“This is the way the [JOHS] choses to run its shelters,” said Theriault. “But it’s important to acknowledge that there’s a lot of other ways to approach alternative shelter. The more choices people have, the better. If one model doesn't work for someone, then something else hopefully will.”

"While JOHS oversees St. Johns Village and Kenton Women’s Village, it doesn’t have a monopoly on Portland’s alternative shelter network. Both North Portland’s Dignity Village and the Rose Quarter’s Right 2 Dream Too offer membership for homeless Portlanders seeking to live in a tiny home community. Neither nonprofit-run program mandates residents seek other permanent housing during their stay. Southeast Portland’s Agape Village, a private alternative shelter run by Central Nazarene Church, also describes itself as “self-governed.” [...]

"[the Shelter to Housing Continuum project] proposal has the support of City Commissioner Dan Ryan, whose office oversees JOHS. Ryan said he wants to see a wider variety of alternative shelters across Portland that are able to meet people’s different needs—whether that’s a village that caters to people with unique mental illness needs or those with a substance use disorder.

“That’s the beauty of alternative shelters. Sure, it’s going to be messy and complex, but that’s how life is."

"Since entering office in mid-2020, Ryan has organized regular meetings with Wheeler, Multnomah County Board Chair Deborah Kafoury, and Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran to specifically discuss the future of alternative shelters.

"Last week, the four elected officials reached a substantial agreement: They would ask the community to propose different alternative shelter models, and use funding from Metro's new homeless service tax to bankroll the best ideas. The JOHS expects to formalize the public request by the end of February."

Feb 3 - JOHS reveals RFI/RFPQ

A Home for Everyone (Multnomah Co. homelessness coordinating body) - Coordinating Board meeting.

Tim McCormick asks, in public comment, about the "RFPQ for alternative shelter" in presentation docs for meeting: https://youtu.be/6m9oJKsESD4?t=851.

Here's where they got to discussing that: https://youtu.be/6m9oJKsESD4?t=6275.

Marc Jolin, JOHS Director:

"There is more planning work to do, that we've committed to, around what is the future continuum of helter look like, and how does it align with our efforts to get people into housing quickly?"

"and there is this kind of urgency around, there are a lot of folks outside now who need alternatives and we've got the prospects of a lot of folks losing their housing in the future, what can we do to be ready for that?

That's where this shelter RFI, RFPQ work comes in, so we’re engaging right now with our shelter providers who we already have authority to contract with around interest in operating Safe Parks specifically, a couple of different versions of that, one that is sort of focused on RVs, long-term stayers in RVs, and another for folks who are vehicles, maybe more recently lose their housing, looking for a safe place to overnight.

“So that’s out.  And we’re also close to putting to out a Request for Proposal essentially, more broadly from the community, I can’t actually go into more detail about it, so once it’s hout everyone has the same amount of time to look at it, but broadly the goal is to seek out proposals from the community around opportunities for a range of shelter expansion types, so really being open to the range of types of shelter that we might offer in addition to the ones that we currently have.  So we expect to have that out, and we are working to make sure the word gets out as widely as possible, certainly we’ll put the word out via our A Home for Everyone network… so look for that, there’ll be time to respond, and I think we’re excited about the opportunity, but it does reflect that understanding that with the Metro funding and the urgency we want to be moving quickly to be ready for the investment of those dollars.”

Helen Ying asks: do we know an end date when these proposals are supposed to be submitted?

Marc: “the RFPQ will go live, hopefully very soon, and in it there will be an end date.”  

“We’ll give several weeks so folks have an opportunity to submit. And we’re working hard to make it as accessible a process as possible. We’re working right to figure out how to make sure there aren't’ unnecessary barriers to participation.”

Tim McCormick commented (in chat channel): “Marc, about that alternative shelter RFPQ call and getting the word out widely, we (at PDX Shelter Forum) were thinking about a next open public forum on the subject, perhaps we can coordinate to do this at a good time and good way to dovetail with your outreach process.”

Nui Bezaire is the lead for Metro SHS tax measure planning at JOHS.  (?)

Slide: Phase 2 Planning With Stakeholders

Housing and Rent Assistance

- 2,235 unit strategy.   --  forum: AHFE Housing Workgroup.

Marc:

“I do want to reiterate Nui’s invitation to reach out with ideas for convening the spaces that we don’t right now have, so a discussion around Safety on the Streets..[etc], there are a lot of spaces that we’ll need to kind of come together and create in order to host the conversation that are necessary. So, please reach out to us with thoughts about how you’d like us to convene those, that would be very helpful. And that work we’d expect to get underway very shortly, because we know that in order to be able to fully implement in year two, we’re going to need to start these conversations as soon as possible.”

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Snapshot of Participants

take screenshots of Zoom to show all the participants. (for the purpose of indicating the demographics).

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Snapshot of Participation

look for a way to create a "frame visualization" showing in one image screenshots sampled from the entire video. The idea is to quickly show who/what was on screen when and for what portion of whole video.

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Other points to convey to participants

  1. We have a web/email announcements and forum site, at pdxshelterforum.org. If you registered for this event, we'll add you to the announcements-only list, if you don't want to be on it let us know or use the opt-out link on the bottom of any email.
  2. We welcome anyone or any groups interested to work together on future forums and organizing, and you can join our team Slack space where we coordinate. Send me a message for more information.

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Presenters’ agenda

[suggested agenda points for 2nd forum, with Low Income Housing Institute, just for ideas].


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Questions from Forum 2 (with LIHC)

(for suggestions). These are questions that were submitted in advance by people who registered.

  1. How did these start?
  1. How did government support the village effort in Seattle?
  1. How is this work sustained?
  2. Buy-in from the public?
  1. Where and how did you find sites?
  1. Structures/Costs
  1. What are the applicable building codes?
  2. What does it cost to build a shelter house and how much does it cost per person per month to maintain it with electricity/hygiene, etc?
  3. Overall costs per occupant including shelter, amenities, management, and support services
  4. Process and timeline to set up a new village? How well does operating in a region work?
  5. What are the site requirements for a tiny village?
  6. Public funding sources? What percentage of funds come from the government?
  7. Cost range of various shelters built, specifically cost per unit?
  8. How can we increase accessibility while keeping site development costs down?
  9. What has worked to serve people with disabilities, including mental and physical health?
  10. Where are the tiny houses built or are they assembled on site? Do the residents assist with construction? Do you use volunteers? How about during the pandemic?
  1. How the villages work/governance?
  1. How conflict is handled
  2. Support services; rules enforcement; evictions; conflict management
  3. I'd like to hear about who helps to manage the village when any particular crisis arises...is a combination of a person living there and a mediator? Who is in a "mediator" position regarding skills?
  4. How long can they stay in these houses and do they pay rent? Any requirements needed before they are housed? How are they chosen?
  5. How is safety managed both inside and outside of the villages?
  1. Building public will?
  1. What are some tips for gathering community support for a village to be built in a neighborhood? Any ideas for countering NIMBY (not in my backyard) folks?
  1. Concerns
  1. Do you think local politicians might use development of tiny home villages as part of a rationale for continuing and/or increasing sweeps of those who are still unsheltered?
  1. Other
  1. How can permanent village housing models such as LIHI's Sand Point Cottages (https://lihi.org/2019/07/29/announcing-sand-point-cottage-community/) fit together with the more temporary/shelter type? How might temporary/transitional sites, or the communities associated with them, evolve to permanent villages like Sand Point?
  2. Policy methods to create a path to low income home ownership, breaking the cycle of renting and displacement.
  3. What are the obstacles to creating self-regulating communities of tents or small houses on city property or church property?
  4. How to duplicate village building success of Seattle and Austin in Portland Oregon

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Past Fora

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Note on access/editing this doc

This document is a Google Doc, currently editable by anyone, in Commenter/Suggesting mode (which makes changes appear separated and in a different color unless approved by an Editor).  

If you see document-editing controls at top, like File and Edit menu headers and font settings, then you are in GDocs editing view, and you should be able to edit or add to the document just by clicking anywhere in it and entering text.

If you don't see those editing controls, then you are probably in the non-editing view (simpler, loads faster, etc); to switch to the GDocs editing view, click on "(go to editing view)" link here or at the top of page.

Editors are the organizers and anyone else approved, though YOU ALSO should use 'suggestion' mode when editing to make it easier for collaborators.

If you'd like full edit access, e.g. to add to live notes at an event more easily, you can request by emailing document owner account pdxshelterforum@gmail.com. Permission will change to not openly editable, once the event is over; but then or at any time you can email us anything you'd like to add.

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Organizers notes

yeah, we pretty much draft and put everything here, in the same One Doc To Rule Them All, until/unless seems needed to do something else.

To Do (for organizers)

Live captioning setup

How to set up in YouTube:
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/3068031


Streamtext
https://streamtext.net/features/

Panelist invites

see separate document, Letters to Invitees - PDX Shelter Forum 4.
(access to organizers only).

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Title suggestions:

Alternative Shelter & Housing: Request For Public Involvement
Request for Public Involvement, on Alternative Shelter

Event title suggestions:
RFPI - Request for Public Involvement, on Alternative Shelter
(alluding to 'RFI' and 'RFPQ' processes begun by City/County).

Portland / Multnomah County officials have announced plans to seek proposals for alternative shelter projects:

Tim McCormick  7:44 PM Jan 27:
seems like a top candidate for a next forum:

Pose a core question like:

Comment:
They are placing this "alternative shelters" initiative within Metro Supportive Housing Services, Local Implementation Plan... which has from the Metro measure many prescriptive scopings that don't really fit the need as we view it (shelter for all), are rather directed specifically at services associated with permanent housing for chronic homeless, particularly in BIPOC communities.

Also LIP process at least for this year is already substantially finished.  To me it seems tacking this RFPQ in here, now is quite a wrench. Why should this new initiative/impetus be subjugated to an older funding measure and older/existing process? It's not as if Metro SHS measure is JOHS' only source of funding.k

to be blunt, the Metro SHS measure is not really directed at the immediate need Wheeler wants to focus on, and imo generally the public wants to focus on, and us. SHS is about intensive services for a small subset of the houseless, not about ensuring baseline safety / shelter / dignity to all.

Let the community rise to the occasion and develop proposals, then find or demand funding for it.  The community that was substantially left out of creating or debating the Metro SHS measure.

New process could be, here's a new initiative at JOHS, driven by new council and metro members and updated assessment of circumstances.

General Event plan

[30 mins before event start time]:

Publicity plan

Ticket Prices

Set ticket prices by X date.

$0-X

$5 - Suggested donation

$25 - 'Sponsor' - thanked on air and in event record.

$50 - 'Patron' - Copy of Tent City Urbanism, offer of meeting with organizers.

Advertising Forums

      = done

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Announcements

Post-event wrap-up email

Subject: Forum 4, post-event wrap-up, video, and survey

To PDX Shelter Forum 4 registrants and attendees, & Forum members:

thanks to all who joined our forum #4 this past Monday.  We had 113 registrations, a peak of about 70 live participants on the Zoom meeting, and 40 livestream viewers on Youtube.  We've also grown this open list/group to 325 members, coming from all kinds of backgrounds, current positions, and views.

Thank you again to our amazing speakers/panelist for this forum:

We really got a gift from all three speakers, of I would say, really genuine and honest, impassioned yet reflective, and well-informed observations, from three very different perspectives. You can rewatch via:

Video

Full event video of event: https://youtu.be/2VmUveNK75g.
(You can always find this, prior forum videos, and related / excerpt video clips in our Youtube channel,
youtube.pdxshelterforum.org).


Post-event survey

please tell us what you thought, any difficulties, suggestions, and especially, what should we do future forums about?  It's anonymous to us unless you choose to identify yourself.

 https://forms.gle/4XFRJqdmSuRR1ZqHA.


Meeting notes

all public input on the Zoom chat channel, or added to the public doc, are preserved in the archive, public event document at: forum4.pdxshelterforum.org.  

Finally, a huge thank you to the sponsors for this event.

Patrons

Keith Wilson, Titan Freight Systems, Portland (titansf.com)

Nate Ember, Ink:Built Design, Portland (inkbuiltdesign.com)

Human Solutions, Portland (humansolutions.org)

Portland Homeless Family Solutions (PHFS) - www.pdxhfs.org

St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish

Sponsors

Stanley Penkin

David Dickson

Sue Gemmell

Samantha Petty

Sarah Carolus

Marisa Espinoza, NW Pilot Project

Mary Fellows

Hannah Studer

Margret Zebroski

Janet McManus

Mimi German, homeless advocate in St. Johns neighborhood

Donors

Maryhelen Kincaid

Kathryn Everts

Dave Weaver

Hannah Wallace

Kathryn Everts

thank you!

regards, Tim


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Forum 3 post-event email:

Subject: PDX Shelter Forum 3 - post-event wrap-up, video, and survey

Dear PDX Shelter Forum 3 registrants and attendees:

Thank you for participating in PDX Shelter Forum 3 on Wednesday. It was a wealth of learning and testimony for us, from guests Andrew Heben and Jeff Albanese of SquareOne Villages, Eugene, and also from the  amazing group of 92 ticket registrants and many others who watched the livestream or subsequently the archived video, and who sent in a wealth of questions/comments via Zoom chat, email, and text.

The event page has been updated to include the chat transcript and link to video (at YouTube channel:  http://youtube.pdxshelterforum.org), and questions submitted. Also, there is now an Agenda / video timeline section noting the time of each part of the event, and of questions, answers, & comments made and by whom, so you can more easily hop around in or find things in the video.

We invite you to please fill out this quick event feedback survey (anonymous, unless you wish to add name at end), at https://forms.gle/FUyBsVUSTh2rSQ7Q7.

Finally, we thank the 33 sponsors/donors who assisted in putting on the event. Inviting voluntary donation or sponsorship was a fairly ad-hoc, first-time experiment, and we honestly had no particular expectation, but the really generous, wide response has meant a lot and truly encourages us to continue with events, organizing, and coalition-building.  

With each event we learn much more about how to make it work, and particularly we look for how to make it accessible, welcoming, and participatory people, particularly those currently experiencing houselessness. We know we have far to go, though, and as a small peek preview of plans, and invitation of your ideas, we are now exploring how, given some event revenue, we might go much further in this outreach, for example by setting up call-in/viewing locations for, and offering honoraria or other assistance to houseless invitees to participate if and how they wish.  

Pre-event Message to Registrants

(night before / morning-of instructions, links, notes).

Subject: reminder: tomorrow Mon 10am-12pm, PDX Shelter Forum 4...

We look forward to seeing many of you at the PDX Shelter Forum 3 tomorrow Weds 10am-12pm with special guests from SquareOne Villages in Eugene.

The virtual event is from 10:00-12:00pm on Zoom, for registrants (see link below).

You can also view the  livestream at our Facebook group:
http://facebook.pdxshelterforum.org. In order to ask questions you will either need to join the Zoom meeting or watch the live stream with a Facebook account (you will only be able to send your questions via the chat on Facebook). You will not need a Facebook account if you only want to watch and not participate.

We will send you a followup note after the event with a link to the recording.

Link to event document for more information: http://forum3.pdxshelterforum.org

 
Question or comments are welcomed (we will do our best to monitor all channels) by:

  1. Raising your hand, physically or by Zoom button, during the discussion period of the event.
  2. Typing in the Zoom chat channel, either to All or to Sean or Tim directly.
  3. Twitter: tweet with hashtag "#pdxshelterforum"
  4. Text message to PDX Shelter Forum phone number: (503) 482-8314‬
  5. Enter them in the event page (it's a Google Doc): http://forum4.pdxshelterforum.org, Questions or Open Notes sections.
  6. Email:  pdxshelterforum@gmail.com.

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Flyer / Postcard

Press Release #2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PDX Shelter Forum to offer "Equity Ticketing," tickets free or donation

gift cards for houseless participating in public forum

Press Release #1

Subject: PDX Shelter Forum #4, March 1: Proposals for Alternative Shelter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Community Forum March 1st to invite Proposals for Citywide Alternative Shelter

Release Date:         Monday February 22, 2021

From:                  PDX Shelter Forum

Contacts:                  Tim McCormick tmccormick@gmail.com, (503) 482-8314

Sean Green green@aforma.co (971) 998-7376

Twitter: @PDXshelterforum     

Web: pdxshelterforum.org

Event Registration:         register.pdxshelterforum.org 

PDX Shelter Forum will be hosting it's 4th public online forum on Monday March 1, 10am-12pm PST, to explore and suggest bold, varied, and practical ideas for new shelter options in Portland. We will pose this question to live panelists, and ahead of time to the community to submit video responses: How can we quickly provide safe, private shelter or housing to all unsheltered residents?  

We will invite and discuss current and possible responses both in general, and for entry to the City/County's RFPQ (Request For Programmatic Qualifications, i.e. proposals) on "alternative shelter" that is due on March 9th.

Confirmed guest speakers / panelists:

This event seeks to bring the community together to consider responses to the call for a FEMA-like response to the crisis” as described by Mayor Wheeler at the January 21st City Council “City Priorities Retreat” Work Session. The mayor is not alone in wanting to “connect people to safe, warm, dry location, with access to a toilet, hygiene facilities, and...services as quickly as possible.”

Equity Ticketing

This event is pay-what-you-wish, and also, assistance offered. We are trying an experiment of offering currently houseless Portlanders a number of "equity tickets" which will be compensated by a $5 gift certificate, using 1/3 of the income received from ticket donations/sponsorship.

We do this to openly acknowledge recognizing that access to, and participation in, events is typically and predictably inequitable, and to explicitly seek to counteract that in the interest of creating more just outcomes and a better forum for all.

Everyone welcomed by all means possible

We are seeking to be very flexible in how participants can engage in this event: from panelists engaging live with attendees in main Zoom space, to others submitting responses in advance to the key event questions to be played or read at event, to open publics who can watch via livestream on Facebook or on YouTube which offers rewindability, and immediately archived and shareable video.

We also welcome comments, questions, proposals via all possible channels before and during the event – Zoom chat, email, text, voicemail, Facebook comments on livestream, or adding to the public open event document notes. The event and chat channel will be recorded and made available after the event on our YouTube channel and our Facebook group. After the event, a survey will be sent to all registrants and known attendees, on which you can provide anonymous and open feedback, which we welcome.

Please share!

We encourage you to share this event announcement in your communities, and we particularly invite and urge you to invite all houseless neighbors and residents. Your/their presence, questions, and comments, spoken or written or video-recorded, will be prioritized at the event. You can find a link to post cards that you can print out and distribute on the event page. Please share this email, and share via social media with hashtag #pdxshelterforum.

About PDX Shelter Forum 

PDX Shelter Forum was is a community initiative begun in Spring 2020, that operates an email/web mailing list/online forum (PDXshelterforum.org, or email pdxshelterforum@groups.io to join) and hosts community events for news, discussion, proposals regarding alternative shelter and village responses to houselessness, in the Portland, Oregon, area.  

Our goal is to help collaboratively develop and implement humane, creative, and cost-effective strategies to allow everyone a decent and safe place to live. In support of that, we aim to create as diverse, open, community-representative, and constructive a forum as possible.

We are investigating how to support captioning on the livestream, please let us know any suggestions.

PDX Shelter Forum has explored different models, through the mailing list and forums, to improve the lives of those living outside:

We hope to build on our past forums and online discussions to bring to the forefront the best ways to tackle the issues with urgency, at scale of need, and with all our creative resources.

Email #2

Subject: public forum #4, Alternative Shelter proposals now!: rescheduled to March 1, with more speakers!

Forum #4: Alternative Shelter & Housing - Request for Public Involvement

This is truly shaping up to be an exciting, fun, and timely event. Please join us Monday March 1, 10am-12pm PST, to explore and suggest bold, varied, and practical ideas for new shelter options in Portland, at an open, online, forum,. We will pose this question to live panelists, and ahead of time to the community to submit video responses: How can we quickly provide safe, private shelter or housing to all unsheltered residents? 

We will invite and discuss current and possible responses to the City/County's RFPQ (Request For Programmatic Qualifications, i.e. proposals) on "alternative shelter" that is due on March 9th.

Confirmed guest speakers / panelists:

Register: http://register.pdxshelterforum.org.

More information - event page: http://forum4.pdxshelterforum.org.

In keeping with the goal of complementing official processes, and our general orientation, we seek to center and prioritize in this event the viewpoints of those closest to homelessness. Also, to particularly explore models of shelter/housing that are more self-determining and self-governing.

We're excited to welcome as special guest speaker/panelist, General Jeff, Chair of Los Angeles Skid Row Neighborhood Council Formation Committee. Twitter: @GoSkidRowGo.

Jeff is a longtime community organizer in the houseless community of LA and the Skid Row area near downtown, "promoting the Skid Row resident's grass-roots Positive Movement!! (since 2006)". See more at: skidrowneighborhoodcouncil.com:

Also, Dr. Sharon Meieran, Multnomah County Commissioner for District 1. :

Also invited, may be on live panel or submit a video/written response:  

Also, written or audio or video responses are invited from houseless and other community members, as all alternative way to participate.

Registering and attending

We are doing registration on Eventbrite like last time, with tickets free or by optional donation, Zoom meeting access for up to 100 registrants, and with options to watch via livestream (YouTube and Facebook) with or without registering. If you'd just like to get the video recording later, or watch livestream, remember to select that option on the registration form so we can conserve our Zoom attendee slots.

Event page

http://forum4.pdxshelterforum.org.

This is a central and steadily-updated page with all the event info, agenda, notes on how to register and/or watch livestream, how to submit questions or comments by various channels before or during the event, and also live notes.

Donation and sponsorship

The event is suggested donation - you are welcome even if you can't donate financially, but are also welcome to donate/sponsor (and be recognized for it live at the event, by your and/or organization's name, and on the archive video and permanent event/notes page, unless you tell us otherwise). This allows us to offer honoraria to panelists and respondents who may need or request them, and to be able to continue organizing these events.

Everyone welcomed by all means possible

We are seeking to be very flexible in how participants can engage in this event: from panelists engaging live with attendees in main Zoom space, to others submitting responses in advance to the key event questions to be played or read at event, to open publics who can watch via livestream on Facebook or on YouTube which offers rewindability, and immediately archived and shareable video. We are investigating how to support captioning on the livestream, please let us know any suggestions.

We also welcome comments, questions, proposals via all possible channels before and during the event -- Zoom chat, email, text, voicemail, Facebook comments on livestream, or adding to the public open event document notes.  The event and chat channel will be recorded and made available after the event on our YouTube channel and our Facebook group. After the event, a survey will be sent to all registrants and known attendees, on which you can provide anonymous and open feedback, which we welcome. After the event, a survey will be sent to all registrants and known attendees, on which you can provide anonymous and open feedback, which we welcome. 

Please share!

We encourage you to share this event announcement in your communities, and we particularly invite and urge you to invite all houseless neighbors and residents. Your/their presence, questions, and comments, spoken or written or video-recorded, will be prioritized at the event. You can find a link to post cards that you can print out and distribute on the event page. Share this email, and via social media with hashtag #pdxshelterforum.

We hope to see, hear, and connect with you Tuesday, and before and after, and we invite your brightest and best ideas, and support, for transforming the homelessness situation in Portland.

the organizers,

Tim McCormick - PDX Shelter Forum, HousingWiki, Village Collaborative

Sean Green - PDX Shelter Forum, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Shelter Now.

co-hosts:

Email #1

Subject: join us Tuesday for Forum #4: Alternative Shelter - Request for Public Involvement

Forum #4: Alternative Shelter RFPI - Request for Public Involvement

Please join us next Tuesday Feb 16th to explore and suggest bold, varied, and practical ideas for new  shelter options in Portland, at an open, online, community forum, 10am-12pm PST. We will pose this question to live panelists, and ahead of time to the community to submit video responses: How can we quickly provide safe, private shelter or housing to all unsheltered residents? 

Register: http://register.pdxshelterforum.org.

More information - event page: http://forum4.pdxshelterforum.org.

(above: artist depiction of St Johns Village, Portland). 

This past week, the city/county Joint Office of Homeless Services issued an official RFI (Request for Information) regarding potential Safe Park sites and an RFPQ (Request For Programmatic Qualifications) on alternative shelter proposals. Both of these calls were actually withdrawn, in order to be reissued with new timeframes and details, but we expect to see them soon, with RFPQ responses due perhaps in March.

While the core question noted above has been a key focal question for PDX Shelter Forum / Shelter Now coalition since the start, this Forum asks the question specifically to engage with recent calls for proposals issued by City of Portland / Multnomah County, and current debates about the future of Hazelnut Grove village.

In keeping with the goal of complementing official processes, and our general orientation, we seek to center and prioritize in this event the viewpoints of those closest to homelessness. Also, to particularly explore models of shelter/housing that are more self-determining and self-governing.

We're excited to welcome as special guest speaker/panelist, General Jeff, lead organizer of Los Angeles Skid Row Neighborhood Council Formation Committee. Twitter: @GoSkidRowGo.

Jeff is a longtime community organizer in the houseless community of LA and the Skid Row area near downtown, "promoting the Skid Row resident's grass-roots Positive Movement!! (since 2006)". See more at: skidrowneighborhoodcouncil.com:

Also, tentatively confirmed: Dr. Sharon Meieran, Multnomah County Commissioner for District 1. (10:00-10:45am):

Also invited, may be on live panel or submit a video/written response:  

Plus video responses from houseless and other community members.

Registering and attending

We plan to do ticket registration on Eventbrite like last time, with tickets free or by optional donation, Zoom meeting access for up to 100 registrants, and with options to watch via livestream (YouTube and Facebook) with or without registering. If you'd just like to get the video recording later, or watch livestream, remember to select that option on the registration form so we can conserve our Zoom attendee slots.

Event page

http://forum4.pdxshelterforum.org.

This is a central and steadily-updated page with all the event info, agenda, notes on how to register and/or watch livestream, how to submit questions or comments by various channels before or during the event, and also live notes.

Donation and sponsorship

The event is suggested donation - you are welcome even if you can't donate financially, but are also welcome to donate/sponsor (and be recognized for it live at the event, by your and/or organization's name, and on the archive video and permanent event/notes page, unless you tell us otherwise). This allows us to offer honoraria to panelists and respondents who may need or request them, and to be able to continue organizing these events.

Everyone welcomed by all means possible

We are seeking to be very flexible in how participants can engage in this event: from panelists engaging live with attendees in main Zoom space, to others submitting responses in advance to the key event questions to be played or read at event, to open publics who can watch via livestream on Facebook or on YouTube which offers closed captioning, rewindability, and immediately archived and shareable video.

We also welcome comments, questions, proposals via all possible channels before and during the event -- Zoom chat, email, text, voicemail, Facebook comments on livestream, or adding to the public open event document notes.  The event and chat channel will be recorded and made available after the event on our YouTube channel and our Facebook group. After the event, a survey will be sent to all registrants and known attendees, on which you can provide anonymous and open feedback, which we welcome. After the event, a survey will be sent to all registrants and known attendees, on which you can provide anonymous and open feedback, which we welcome.

Please share!

We encourage you to share this event announcement in your communities, and we particularly invite and urge you to invite all houseless neighbors and residents. Your/their presence, questions, and comments, spoken or written or video-recorded, will be prioritized at the event. You can find a link to post cards that you can print out and distribute on the event page. Share this email, and via social media with hashtag #pdxshelterforum.

We hope to see, hear, and connect with you Tuesday, and before and after, and we invite your brightest and best ideas, and support, for transforming the homelessness situation in Portland.

the organizers,

Tim McCormick - PDX Shelter Forum, HousingWiki, Village Collaborative

Sean Green - PDX Shelter Forum, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Shelter Now.

co-hosts:

*[The RFI went only current JOHS service providers, because it is intended for very near-term projects which would require use of already-approved contractors. However, since Safe Park and other alternative shelter projects will most likely operate within common guidelines/regulations such as the proposed Shelter to Housing Continuum reforms, we would like to share the RFI information and any responses to it so far.]

Slack

The forum will feature:

Virtual Forum Information

Wednesday, January 27th from 10:00AM-12:00PM (Pacific).

RSVP at

Tweet 2

Alt text: poster/banner for event Monday March 1: "PDX Shelter Forum 4: Alternative Shelter & Housing - Request for Public Involvement." Image is a rendering of St. Johns Village for formerly houseless residents, in Portland, Oregon, USA, done by the designers, Convergence Architecture. Also, headshot images of General Jeff, of Los Angeles Skid Row Neighborhood Council, and Sharon Meieran, Multnomah County Commissioner.

Tagged:

@DanRyanPDX
@SusheelaJayapal
@StreetRoots
@tmccormick
@SeanGreenPDX
@HazelnutGrove
@alex_zee
@davemillerOPB
@PDXzane
@NigelJacquiss

Tweet 1

16:9 ratio banner optimized for Twitter:

Join us Tues for @PDXshelterforum #4 online: "Alternative Shelter - Request for Public Involvement." Explore, propose, compare, support bold responses. With General Jeff @GoSkidRowGo LA, houseless & village residents, city & county officials. Register: http://register.pdxshelterforum.org

Alt text: poster/banner for event Tues Feb 16: "PDX Shelter Forum 4: Alternative Shelter & Housing - Request for Public Involvement." Image is artist's rendering of St. Johns Village for formerly houseless residents, in Portland, Oregon, USA. Also, headshot images of General Jeff, of Los Angeles Skid Row Neighborhood Council, and Sharon Meieran, Multnomah County Commissioner.

https://twitter.com/tmccormick/status/1360397413706420225.

Tagged:

@SeanGreenPDX
@SMeieran
@HazelnutGrove
@PortlandBPS
@cherring_soc
@alex_zee
@maxoregonian
@TinyHouseX
@PDXzane
@DanRyanPDX

Equitable participation:  

Progressive stack

Equity ticketing / pricing

[a possible new experiment for this event].

Event is pay what you wish / donate / sponsor.

Your donation / sponsorship will be applied [in part? 50%] to funding honoraria for others who express a need for help to attend, see “equity ticket” option below. If you want to genuinely listen to and help the representation of the most needy and affected, here’s a good opportunity.

You can request an equity ticket in which you tell us what compensation or request you ask in order to be able to participate, e.g. an honorarium fee for your time & input, an assured comment/speaking time, submit a written or audio or video comment, or to share some material or request to all attendees, before or during or after the event. We will attempt to fulfill all or as many possible equity ticket requests as we can.

Suggested default:  $5 cash (how to do that?) or some kind of useful credit.

[list somewhere the equity ticket requests made so far? so donors/sponsors can see what they are and be encouraged to donate to fulfill them?].

Our goal is authentic engagement across wide range of views/people involved in the topic, fully representing the majority or most affected people.

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Land Acknowledgment - long form

[long version]

Thank you for being here today.

Today as we come together virtually in Portland, the Willamette Valley, and around the State, for reflection, learning, and action, let’s take a moment to acknowledge and honor the land that we are on and its history. Our virtual forum is being centered on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Wasco [Wass-coh], Cowlitz [Cow-litz], Kathlamet [Cath-lah-mit], Clackamas, Bands of Chinook [Cha-nook], Tualatin [Too-ah-la-tin], Kalapuya [Cal-a-poo-yah], Molalla [Mow-la-la], and the many other tribes who made their homes in this area.
[does this cover south Valley and Eugene?

We would also like to acknowledge and honor the vibrant urban Native community, with members of over 380 tribes from around the country, who call Oregon home today.

We pay respect and thank the indigenous people for being the original stewards and protectors of these lands since time immemorial. We give gratitude for their continued work and celebrate their rich histories , spirituality, practices, and cultures that are tied to the land. In addition to that, I personally would like to extend an invitation to learn about their current issues, struggles and calls to action. We acknowledge their enduring perseverance and resilience across generations. This calls us to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit and our community and future.  

We have asked panelists and community members to reflect on the following question: How could Portland quickly provide safe, private shelter or housing to all unsheltered residents? 

We are going to start with Commissioner Meiran. Welcome, please introduce yourself, and tell us: