Pilot Event: October 23, 2017 - Serving unhoused people and sustaining our natural areas
NOTE: WE ARE AT CAPACITY BUT ARE CREATING A WAITLIST. PLEASE FILL OUT FORM TO BE PLACED ON WAITLIST OR TO HEAR ABOUT FUTURE EVENTS.
Are you a natural resource professional who manages or accesses natural areas where unhoused (homeless) people are sheltering, or is your work relevant to these issues in other ways? Partners including Street Roots, PSU's Trauma Informed Oregon, Multnomah County, Right 2 Survive, the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the Portland Harbor Community Coalition and the Willamette Riverkeeper would like to invite you to a pilot one day event in downtown Portland on October 23, 2017. We seek participants from throughout the Willamette Basin representing diverse organizations. Resource managers, field technicians, parks staff, foresters, water quality specialists, planners, rangers...we hope you will join us.

This topic affects people and communities in a variety of ways. Our event aims to: a) develop a shared understanding of key dimensions of houselessness, b) cultivate compassion, understanding, and open new communications channels, c) share/help generate innovative ideas, and d) build momentum around steps and actions we can take. The event is free but space is limited. We ask that you be able to join us in Portland for the full day and be willing to provide feedback.

Location: NW Natural, 220 NW 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR, 97208
Time: 9:00-5:00

Please respond by September 27, 2017. We are not yet sure of demand, so we will confirm your space in early October.

This event will include:
1. An introduction to systemic oppression and key issues affecting unhoused people - regional trends, policies, and equity concerns from Israel Bayer, Executive Director of Street Roots.
2. An overview of trauma and Trauma Informed Care from a statewide collaborative housed at Portland State University, Trauma Informed Oregon. Director Mandy Davis will make linkages to natural resource contexts.
3. Practical engagement strategies with tash shatz and Robin Davis of Multnomah County. These will emphasize tools that natural resource professionals can immediately apply in the field through their interactions with unhoused people.
4. An opportunity to hear and share out of the box ideas to address all or part of an issue related to people sheltering in natural areas and conservation concerns, with an introduction by Ibrahim Mubarak from Right 2 Survive, and Cassie Cohen from the Portland Harbor Community Coalition.
5. A debrief session to share ideas, concerns, needs, definitions of success, next steps.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Guillozet; kguillozet@b-e-f.org; 971-678-2605

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