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Below-freezing temperatures will continue through the weekend
The early arrival of cold weather this year has strained many local organizations to be able to provide enough life-saving winter gear for those experiencing homelessness. With below-freezing temperatures predicted to continue throughout the weekend, providers serving the homeless community are in need of donations ranging from coats, socks, and hats, to tarps and toiletries.
The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) and community partners are asking the public to visit 211info.org for information on current needs and where to make donations.
In response to severe weather conditions, PHB activated protocols on Tuesday to add shelter capacity in addition to existing year-round facilities and recently opened winter shelter. Since then, roughly 400 people per night have sought emergency shelter, receiving blankets and other gear they will need to survive the cold as well.
Service organizations will need the continued support of the community to be able to sustain these efforts through the winter.
211info coordinates resources and emergency shelter transportation through a grant from PHB. PHB is asking the public to visit www.211info.org/winterdonations for a complete list of what items are needed and locations where donations can be dropped off.
Those in need of shelter and transportation should dial 2-1-1
The Portland Housing Bureau has activated severe weather protocols for tonight (Tuesday, 11/11) and tomorrow night (Wednesday 11/12). Emergency shelters will be open and 211info is coordinating resources.
The National Weather Service forecasts low temperatures around 30 degrees and wind chill at 25 degrees and below after 5pm. It's predicted to be very windy with an east wind around 30mph, and gusts as high as 39mph beginning Tuesday, November 11th. On Wednesday, November 12th there is a chance of rain before 11pm, then rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain. The expected low temperature is 32, with wind chill below 25 degrees after 8pm.
Anyone seeking shelter should contact 211info by dialing 2-1-1. 211info will be available to identify shelter and warming center resources 24/7. Additionally, shelter information is available at www.211info.org.
Service providers who would like to update information about services they offer during Severe Weather Notices, call Troy Hammond at (503) 504-9867.
City of Portland, Multnomah County, and other leaders in the effort to end homelessness to recognize local landlords that aided the effort
What – Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, VA Portland Health Care System Director Joanne M. Krumberger, and others will present a “Homes for Heroes” award to landlords who have been instrumental in the local effort to house our disabled homeless veterans.
When – November 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where – Portland City Hall Atrium
Who – Media and the public is invited
PORTLAND, Ore.—No man or woman who has stepped forward to serve our nation should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home. Yet we know too well that many soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines return from service only to fall into homelessness. For those whose homelessness lasts a year or longer, hurdles to finding stability can be impossible to overcome alone.
This past April, a team from Portland, including staff from Multnomah County, the City of Portland, the VA, and Home Forward joined the 25 Cities Initiative, a national movement to intensify local efforts to end veterans’ homelessness. The team set an ambitious goal for the local community: provide homes for 100 disabled veterans experiencing homelessness by Veterans Day. The goal was adopted as part of the community effort, A Home for Everyone, and supported by the many organizations that have joined the collective fight against homelessness. With the deadline less than a week away, Portland has already exceeded this goal, housing 139 as of the end of September.
“This is evidence that with focused will -- together as a community -- we can do right by the people who have served our country,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.
Latest homeless estimates not a complete picture for Multnomah County
You may have heard or read in the news of HUD’s latest estimate of the number of people experiencing homelessness in the United States. The 2014 HUD Annual Homeless Assessment Report may be useful in tracking the national trends, but because of issues related to data reporting rather than people, it does not provide an accurate comparison of homelessness from year to year in our community.
Unfortunately, most of the decrease in homelessness reported for Multnomah County this year reflects a partial shelter count and a change in the way HUD classifies some homeless programs. No new count of unsheltered individuals was conducted last year. The next count will be conducted the last week of January, 2015.
That said, as a community we have committed to a new way of doing business. We are working together across government lines toward ending homelessness for the most vulnerable members of our community, including an on-going collaborative that is housing homeless disabled veterans. We look forward to proving that we can change these numbers in a real and meaningful way.
Dan Saltzman, Commissioner, City of Portland
Deborah Kafoury, Chair, Multnomah County
Traci Manning, Director, Portland Housing Bureau
For more information, contact Martha Calhoon in the Portland Housing Bureau at Martha.Calhoon@Portlandoregon.gov
The City breaks ground on a new affordable housing model
"Bienvenidos al vecindario!" That was how a group of preschool students from the Pearl District's Early Education Academy welcomed California-based Bridge Housing Corporation -- and its new project, the Abigail -- to the neighborhood during last week's groundbreaking ceremony.
When the Abigail opens its doors in the Spring of 2016, it will offer 155 new apartments, from studios to three-bedrooms, 127 of which are guaranteed to be affordable. The range of unit sizes and income levels will connect more families to the amenities of the River District: a location with great access to employment opportunities, parks, and public transit.
In his address, Mayor Charlie Hales said the project was in "the right place at the right time with the right partnerships" while Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici said that for the families who would call the Abigail home, it represented "more than a roof over their head. It makes it possible for them to focus on their work and take care of their families."