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)

06/9/18

Foster Shelter Project Design and Construction Plan going to Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on Thursday 14-June

The following letter was sent by Commissioner Vega Pederson to Foster Shelter Project Steering Committee:

I wanted to make sure you were informed that the Foster Shelter Project Design and Construction Plan (known as the FAC-1) will be brought for discussion and approval by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on Thursday, June 14, at approximately 11:25 am. The Multnomah County Facilities and Property Management team will present information on the building selection, design plan, and construction costs. Board approval is a normal, required step for County projects at significant milestones, in this case the milestone of finalizing the design stage and moving into bid and construction work. More information can be found at the Multnomah County Board meeting page.
05/3/18

City of Portland Budget Hearing Invitation

The City of Portland invites you to the following public meeting about the annual budget. The purpose of this meeting is for the Mayor and City Council to receive testimony from Portland residents regarding the citywide budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Budget Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, May 10, 2018
6:00pm – 8:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204

Testimony tickets will be available an hour and a half prior to start time. They will be drawn at random throughout the course of the event. Each speaker will have two minutes to address the council.

Please see these links for details about the budget process and for other ways to make your voice heard: