Portland announces locations for new homeless villages
Three new outdoor homeless shelter villages in Portland will be located at Menlo Park Park & Ride near 122nd Avenue, in the 2300 block of Southwest Naito Parkway and at the corner of Southeast 45th Place and Harney Drive near the Springwater Corridor, Portland commissioner Dan Ryan announced Thursday.
While only three of the seven pledged sites have been announced, Bryan Aptekar, the community liaison for the project, said the city still plans to open all seven sites by the end of the year. The seven include six new sites as well as the relocation of an already existing refuge. The project will receive $ 16 million in federal bailout funds to be allocated by the end of the year.
“We wanted to make sure these (sites) were spread out (throughout the city) and in areas where neighbors experience a high degree of unauthorized camping,” Ryan said.
“There is a humanitarian crisis on our streets and we can’t wait for affordable housing to be ready for every homeless person. The villages will serve as a “ramp to bring people to success and a life of resilience” and housing, he added.
The seven sites include six new ones that Ryan and the rest of City Council have pledged to create, as well as a new location for the Queer Affinity Village created in the summer of 2020 in the East Interior of Portland which is being relocated to. the development of offices.
The three sites identified on Thursday will have sleeping cabins for individuals. The small cabins will have lockable doors, windows, electricity, heating and other basics, said Chariti Montez, Safe Rest Village team leader. All sites will have shared kitchens with refrigerators and microwaves, showers, toilets and laundry facilities. Some of the shared areas on the shelter properties will be constructed from modernized shipping containers.
Locations of New Outdoor Homeless Shelter Villages in Portland
Portland commissioner Dan Ryan announced Thursday that the city will create villages of 20 to 60 small houses as well as kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities at all three locations by the end of 2021.
“We have learned a lot from the C3PO sites,” said Ryan, referring to the three pod villages that were opened at the start of the pandemic. Officials have received criticism of their safety and sanitary conditions. “We’ve learned and one of the reasons we want to make sure these sites are safe and secure, with 24/7 vendor monitoring and with showers and plumbing fixtures before residents do. ‘move in, is to make it a welcoming and safe place. “
The Menlo Park site at 12202 East Burnside Street will be located on the TriMet property and will have 60 pods while still providing parking spaces for Park & Ride users to continue to access this service.
The Springwater Corridor site, on the Bureau of Environmental Service property near Johnson Creek Boulevard, just north of the Milwaukie city limit, will be the smallest location with just 20 modules.
The Naito Parkway site, which is owned by both the Portland Transportation Bureau and the Oregon Department of Transportation, will have 40 modules and will be the new location for the Queer Affinity Outdoor Shelter.
The sites will be managed by the Joint City-County Multnomah Office of Homelessness Services, with the county taking the lead in day-to-day management. Although a contractor has not yet been announced, the villages will have someone to look after their entrances 24/7. Additional support workers, including housing case management, health workers and behavioral health support workers will visit the villages regularly.
While the city has ready-made modules, all three locations still need some upgrades, including sewer, water and electrical work, before the tiny structures can be put in place, a said Aptekar.
People without housing will access villages on the basis of a referral system, Ryan said. Recommendations can come from first responders, social workers, park rangers, or other trained individuals who regularly work with people living in unauthorized settlements across town.
Marc Jolin, director of the joint office, said additional navigation awareness teams that were already due to go live this year will complete the referral process. Jolin and Ryan both stressed that the villages would focus on providing support focused on people with behavioral health issues who often fall through the cracks of social services.
The sites were reduced from an initial list of 70 city-owned locations that was originally proposed in July. The locations were chosen based on community feedback and ease of development, including criteria such as environmental risks, availability of utilities, cost, and proximity to public transportation.
The city was in talks with Metro over using part of the Portland Expo Center property as one of the venues, specifically as a secure vehicle shelter where individuals can park their RVs and cars for. to sleep. But that location is currently not on the table, said Ryan, because it was not ready and too expensive to tackle. He said he still hopes one of the four remaining sites will be a safe park shelter.
Nicole Hayden reports on homelessness for The Oregonian | OregonLive. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @Nicole_A_Hayden.