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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2015 — Today Mayor Charlie Hales and Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury announced a $30 million commitment by the City and County to A Home For Everyone, a community partnership that is working to achieve a shared value: No one should be homeless; everyone needs a safe, stable place to call home.
The commitment follows Mayor Hales’ announcement that he would ask City Council to consider declaring a state of emergency on housing and homelessness.
“This creates an even greater sense of urgency around A Home For Everyone’s strategic plan,” Mayor Hales said. “We’ve tried slow-and-steady. We’ve tried by-the-book. It’s time to add the tools we currently lack.
“For too long we have stayed rooted in some realization that these problems can’t be solved overnight,” the mayor continued. “I want to move us to asking ourselves daily what problems can be solved tonight.”
Mayor Hales and Chair Kafoury committed to a $30 million investment in housing and homelessness — $20 million from the City, $10 million from the County. The City’s $20 million will come from new and existing sources, identified through budget processes.
A Home For Everyone will use the $30 million to fund shelter beds for women and families, and for new affordable housing units, including mental health housing and protections for tenants who are facing housing instability because of a dramatic rise in rents. The breakdown: With $10 million, A Home For Everyone plans to create 250 more units for homeless people. Another $5 million would be used for shelter operations; $2.5 million for eviction prevention; and $12.5 million for housing placement, rent assistance and support services.
This is in addition to funds already dedicated to housing and homelessness, including:
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Council will consider the mayor’s proposal to declare a state of emergency. A state of emergency would allow the city to expedite permitting and citing for shelters and for building more housing units, allowing for a less costly and time-consuming process. In practice, this means that it would be easier to cite shelters, and won’t take six months and $30,000 to open a shelter.
Meanwhile, the City will continue to implement the Mayor’s Homelessness Initiative, which includes:
And City Council will continue to address housing-related issues, including:
Mayor Hales' goal is to open the former Army Reserve center as a women's shelter by Thanksgiving Day.
Mayors across the country will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference
FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2015 — Mayor Charlie Hales on Friday joined mayors from across the country in a Twitter discussion about climate action.
The #ClimateMayors convened digitally 30 days ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, where they are calling on the United States to demonstrate powerful leadership and steer the Paris talks toward a strong agreement that would lead to measurable improvements in the world's climate, human health, and quality of life.
Today the mayors also released the Compendium of City Climate Action (lamayor.org/compendium), detailing emission reduction targets, key policies, and new actions in 30 municipalities.
See a sample from the Twitter discussion below. For all the answers from mayors across the country, click here!
A2: We support countries making ambitious commitments to cut GHG emissions & working with cities to deliver climate solutions #climatemayors— LA Mayor's Office (@LAMayorsOffice) October 30, 2015
A2: Innovation happens at the local level. Mayors will push nat'l/int'l leaders to take real action on climate, as cities are #climatemayors— Charlie Hales (@MayorPDX) October 30, 2015
A4: Lead by example! City adding 40 EV to fleet to be 20% electric by 2020. & supporting expansion of charging sites citywide #ClimateMayors— Charlie Hales (@MayorPDX) October 30, 2015
A7: Citywide compost/recycling & just twice-monthly trash pickup a start. Need to expand compost to multifamily buildings #ClimateMayors— Charlie Hales (@MayorPDX) October 30, 2015