10/9/18

Foster Shelter Steering Committee Meeting Tonight 9-Oct

There is a Foster Shelter Steering Committee meeting tonight at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (map). The meeting starts at 6:00 PM. See the agenda posted here.

There is a 10 minute period set aside in the agenda for public comments, if you would like to provide your thoughts.

The Good Neighbor Agreement draft was recently finalized and will be signed during the meeting.

Multnomah County has offered $100k in a community investment grant to address public safety concerns, which were presented (PDF version) in the September meeting. There is time scheduled on the agenda to discuss how to spend that money on mitigations in the surrounding area, such as improved lighting, graffiti abatement, etc. You can find more details in last month’s meeting minutes (in the “Resources for community concerns” section).

07/24/18

Public Community Forum for Foster Shelter

An organization referring to themselves as SouthEast Allied Communities (SEAC)* is putting on a forum to discuss the shelter that is being built on Foster Road. The event details from Facebook states:

Join Southeast Allied Communities for a Neighborhood Forum on the Proposed 6144 SE Foster Road Homeless Shelter.

All are welcome, all will be respectfully heard.

On December 18, 2017, several of our elected officials along with the Joint Office of Homeless Services announced their plans for a 120-bed, low barrier homeless shelter to be located at 6144 SE Foster Road. Despite the fact that plans had been in place for several months, the community wasn’t notified until the start of the holiday season. At the December 18th meeting, these individuals failed to address several of the raised concerns with this particular location, but promised that this meeting was “the first of many”.

…it’s now July 2018, and no additional meetings have been set.

SEAC (Southeast Allied Communities, a neighborhood organization that has formed in response to the proposed shelter, see below*) has taken it upon themselves to host a neighborhood forum. We’ll be inviting the panel from the previous meeting, in addition to other guests, to tell you all what we’ve learned, and give you a forum to share your thoughts and ask questions.

Invited guests include:
Ted Wheeler, Mayor of Portland
Deborah Kafoury, Chair of Multnomah County Commission
Marc Jolin, Director of Joint Office of Homeless Services
Jessica Vega Pederson, District 3 Commissioner, Multnomah County Commission
George Devendorf, Executive Director, Transition Projects

*About SEAC
SEAC envisions a Portland in which housing solutions are fair, equitable, and just for all Portland neighborhoods. SEAC seeks to hold Portland and Multnomah County officials accountable to southeast Portland residents, businesses, and schools by demanding transparent, fact-based, and progressively-equitable policies to address the low-income housing crisis and pervasive houselessness. For more information, visit www.alliedcommunities.org and follow @seacpdx on Facebook.

UPDATE: the event was livestreamed via Facebook by your Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association (part 1 and part 2)