Notes Available From June, May SAN Meetings

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Weren’t able to attend either of the last couple of Sumner Association of Neighbors General Meetings? Catch up on all the news and happenings with May and June 2020’s meeting notes posted below.

June 2020 SAN meeting minutes

May 2020 SAN meeting minutes

View information about the September SAN General Meeting here.

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Homeless & Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program Coordinator Guest at September Meeting

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Join us via Zoom on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 7:00 pm

Our guest speaker will be Jonathan Lewis, Program Coordinator for the Homeless & Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program.

Join Zoom Meeting at this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87252520676?pwd=VHdVK3hiTXlEWHhXQVR2U0xCbTJiZz09

Or join by phone: 669-900-9128

Meeting ID: 872 5252 0676
Passcode: 631655

Click the above image to view or download the agenda for September’s meeting.

Before the meeting, it may be helpful to review the following links to some new information published recently online. They range from a number of topics from placing dumpsters near encampments to the city’s new process for campsite removals. Several hygiene units have been placed in town and funds are now available to place 100 new porta-potties in locations throughout town.

There is also a zoning code project that seeks to streamline shelter developments within the City. Please take a look at the link below to learn more.

  • Has the City considered placing dumpsters near encampments?

https://www.portland.gov/omf/news/2020/8/6/questions-community-has-city-considered-placing-dumpsters-near-encampments

  • When will the City restart campsite removals?

https://www.portland.gov/omf/news/2020/7/23/questions-community-when-will-city-restart-campsite-removals

  • Has the City considered alternative shelter models?

https://www.portland.gov/omf/news/2020/7/24/questions-community-has-city-considered-alternative-shelters-people-experiencing

View previous SAN meeting minutes here:

June 2020 SAN meeting minutes

May 2020 SAN meeting minutes

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Public Safety Meeting Notes from Meeting on June 18th

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Thank you to Hannah Lewis, SAN Member-at-Large, for attending this Zoom meeting.

Below you will find some highlights from the public safety meeting held on  Thursday, June 18, 2020, over Zoom.

We are still working on getting the meeting recording edited. We will send out information on how to access the recording next week once we get it wrangled.

Attached you will find 3 slides from a presentation on Racial Equity Training some City employees have participated in. Please note, this training focuses on services/programs the City provides. Daniel mentioned Slides 5, 6 and 7 (Click here to view Slides-5-6-7) as particularly beneficial for reflecting on why any organization has a program or provides services.

Below are summary resources for community members to learn more about what was discussed.

At the end of the meeting Daniel and Jacob reminded those present that to better meet the needs of the community, this meeting could be organized, planned and facilitated by community members. City employees can provide a paid Zoom account with no time limit or limit of attendees. City employees can also provide technical assistance and facilitation training for community members so they can run this meeting themselves.

We thank the several community members who have expressed their willingness to help with planning and facilitation for a future public safety meeting.

Sincerely,

Jacob Brostoff and Daniel Franco-Nunez

North Community Safety Team
Community Safety Coordinator | Community Safety Program
Office of Community & Civic Life

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Discussion about the Homeless Epidemic in Portland

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Thank you Paul Lamb, Sumner Board Member, Crime & Safety Committee,  for this report.

On June 16th, members from an array of Neighborhood Associations met to discuss the growing homelessness epidemic facing the citizens of Portland.  There were a number of residents that spoke about their experiences, both good and bad, as well as a presentation from the city detailing some of actions that the city has taken in regards to homelessness.  At the end of the meeting there had been a lot of discussion and opinions shared, but no distinct path forward emerged.

The first speaker to share their perspective was Helen Ying from the Old Town Community Association.  She shared some historical perspectives from Old Town, and stated the community’s desires to revitalize the district. In regards to the topic of homelessness she discussed the experience of R2D2 (Right 2 Dream 2) and how they were able to successfully partner with the city to find a better space for the camp to move to.

They were looking to continue this approach and had set up a task force with the city, but as they were about to present their action plan back in March COVID struck and has put a damper on those activities.  With the idea of a reopening looming they’re currently struggling to come up with a plan to start up business activities when the sidewalks are inundated with tents and other sidewalk camping.

Another resident, Jacob Williams, from the University Park Neighborhood Association, which has also been facing a consistently growing homeless population.  They’ve been struggling with people using public and railroad owned property for camping and they estimate that the number of homeless is exceeding 225 people in their neighborhood alone.  They feel it’s a growing health concern with the state of the current pandemic, as well as a potentially growing criminal problem with a noted increase in drug activity.

After this Denis Theriault, from the City of Portland, gave a presentation about the city’s response to the growing homelessness problem.  This presentation highlighted that the reported number of people living unhoused has continued to rise even though the city has taken efforts to build and partner with shelters in more accessible locations.

At this point there was a lot of questions put to the City’s representatives asking when and what steps they will be taking next, but no real answers were put forth other than they will continue to work on addressing the problem.  As the meeting wound down a number of people shared opinions and engaged in heated debate, but no census was met and the group decided to adjourn and look to have a subsequent meeting sometime in the next couple weeks.

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