City of Gresham’s 2021 Council Work Plan – Housing & Houselessness Project The project background statement includes “Everyone deserves a secure and reliable place to call home. To address houselessness, the City will continue to explore new strategies, funding and partnerships. With support from the Joint Office of Homeless Services, Gresham’s Homeless Services team connects…

(1) 9/14/2021 original email to Councilor Herman (click to expand) Letter to Councilor Herman by Rick Bowers September 14, 2021 A PDF version of this letter is available here. Joan Herman, City Councilor City of Astoria 1095 Duane St. Astoria, OR 97103 I was thinking recently about some of the feedback you received at your…

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How Communities are Building Systems to Reduce and End Homelessness From the National League of Cities (article by Community Solutions): Our work has always been dedicated to ending homelessness. But the complex nature of homelessness has challenged our notions of what it takes to solve it, over and over again. In 2014, our organization Community…

Group Housing Nelle Moffett’s succinct insight was “… I realized that the solution to homelessness is housing.” Unfortunately, Over the 2010-2016 time period, Oregon created only 63 new housing units for every 100 households that formed during the time period, increasing competition for housing.1 So the problem of the lack of affordable housing is getting…

Square One Villages, Eugene Dan Bryant from Square One Villages in Eugene, Oregon presented their progress on tiny houses. The first video is from his presentation at the First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. The second video is his talk at the Homelessness Solutions Task (HOST) force the following morning, Thursday, July…

The Systems Approach Most communities have many groups working in the general area of homelessness. Here in Clatsop County we have Clatsop Community Action, the Harbor, Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare, Filling Empty Bellies, the Astoria Warming Center, Helping Hands, the Astoria Rescue Mission, the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority, and Riverfolk. There are others. What’s missing is…

Two bills curbing camping regulation clear Oregon Legislature – June 9, 2021 The bills require local governments to give more notice before clearing encampments and set limits on anti-camping policies. Local governments throughout Oregon will be required to give at least three days’ notice before clearing homeless camps, under a bill headed to Gov. Kate…

How California Homelessness Became A Crisis – June 8, 2021 For a city as opulent as San Francisco, it’s long been jarring to see the extreme poverty of those experiencing homelessness on its streets. If you walk around downtown, tents, makeshift cardboard beds and human excrement can be seen littering the sidewalks. Impoverished people lie…

Businesses, residents probe for solutions to homelessness in Seaside – June 7, 2021 Sandy Palmer, who owns Five Star Henna in Seaside, described her experience with the homeless as “men under my windows, in my doorways, with grocery carts, smoking, eating, defecating, urinating on my door and doing anything and everything for someone else to…