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The City of Portland, Oregon

Ted Wheeler

Mayor, City of Portland

main phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Ave, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204


The Navigation Team is One Step Towards Solving the Homelessness Crisis

Image Shows a Green Building that Serves as the Navigation Center

Our office is working tirelessly to create efficient and lasting solutions to homelessness. The growing gap between housing costs and incomes in our region is increasing the number of those who experience housing insecurity and homelessness in Portland, which has led a rise in visible camping. That’s why the we’re partnering with Multnomah County to implement a new Navigation Team.

The Navigation Team is a vital piece of solving the housing crisis in our city. It focuses on taking a services-first approach to high-impact campsites, connecting campers to shelters, services, housing and health supports before a camp is posted for cleaning and removal. A new Navigation Center at the west end of the Broadway Bridge—offering 120 shelter beds for temporary housing—will facilitate the Navigation Team’s work when it is completed. Along with offering housing opportunities and services to people who are experiencing homelessness, this compassionate, diligent team also addresses the impact of unsanctioned camping. The workers with the Navigation Team tirelessly connect with campers on a near-daily basis. Much like this crisis cannot be solved overnight, the Navigation Team is often in touch with people experiencing homelessness for a few weeks to make sure they are getting the support they need.

So far, the team has accomplished the following:

 

  • 109 individuals engaged total
  • 18 people screened and assessed for supportive housing
  • 5 couples and 9 singles (19 total) helped into shelter
  • 36 people helped to receive IDs
  • 20 people helped to receive birth certificates
  • 25 signed up for medical insurance under the Oregon Health Plan
  • 2 provided with eyeglasses
  • 3 helped into substance abuse treatment
  • 14 given housing referrals

 

If you have additional questions about the Navigation Team and its work, contact johs@multco.us.

To learn more about the City of Portland’s work to reduce camping impacts, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/toolkit/.

To learn more about how Portland and Multnomah County’s investments are helping thousands of people end their homelessness, so that they are no longer in encampments or even emergency shelter, go to www.ahomeforeveryone.net.

 

Rossi Farm to Table Dinner

I had the opportunity over the weekend to enjoy good food, good drink and great friends at a benefit event that celebrates the Farm-to-Table dining experiences that we embrace in our region. The event—called “Cowabunga” and organized by Portland Monthly magazine—showcased the local Farm-to-Table bounty, freshness and flavors that make our city and state a go-to place to experience culinary excellence.

The three-day event--benefitting Meals on Wheels People and the Parkrose Community—was held at Rossi Farms in northeast Portland, where their goal is to connect people back to their roots, and where their food comes from. When we enjoy Farm-to-Table dining, we’re not just supporting restaurants. We’re supporting chefs, farmers, ranchers, fishers and food artisans who put those restaurants on the map.Rossi Farm to table

Eating local is paramount to my lifestyle—not only because it supports those who contribute and our local economies—but also because it is environmentally responsible, all concepts that I value. By sourcing local ingredients, vendors reduce the number of miles ingredients travel, so less fuel is consumed and fewer emissions are released.

Portland is special because so many restaurants have adopted the Farm To Table approach, partnering with local farmers to provide the freshest ingredients. Portland's robust reputation as one of the most sustainable cities is bolstered because Portlanders value the environment, our community and our healthy, fresh and local menu options.

Mayor Ted Wheeler and Portland City Council to Host Public Community Forum on Zenith

Mayor Ted Wheeler and the Portland City Council will host a public community forum intended to discuss issues related to the activity at the Zenith terminal in North Portland on July 15th, 2019.

“Portlanders have every right to be concerned about the domestic and international shipment of crude and tar sands oil,” said Mayor Wheeler. “I am proud to serve as Mayor of a city that has a long history of environmentalism. I remain opposed to any expansion or activity that would endanger the health and safety of communities in this city - and pose a serious threat to our natural environment. I look forward to engaging in meaningful discussion with Portlanders about steps we can take together to ensure this goal is met.”

“The City’s ability to regulate oil trains and Zenith’s activities is limited, but we should leave no stone unturned in finding ways to protect Portlanders. From extraction, to transport, to refinement, tar sands oil is the dirtiest and most dangerous form of fossil fuel. We don’t need it and we don’t want it in Portland or anywhere on our planet” said Commissioner Chloe Eudaly.

This is a time for the public to express their concerns. It’s also a time for the City to share what actions have been taken so far, where we stand, and discuss next steps.

The Zenith Community Forum is scheduled for Monday, July 15th, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the University of Portland’s Buckley Auditorium.The event is open to the public and media.

NARAL Resolution supporting Right to Safe and Legal Abortion

At the Portland City Council Meeting on Wednesday, July 10, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, Forward Together and APANO along with the support of Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and City Attorney Tracy Reeve, brought forward a resolution in support of a right to safe and legal abortion. In previous years, we primarily encountered the introduction of bills intending to restrict abortion rights, such as most recently Measure 106 that was referred to the ballot in November of 2018, but those measures, thankfully, failed. In 2019, we are again witnessing measures restricting abortion rights in multiple states. We must fight against these restrictions to the right of safe and legal choice. I stand with my fellow City Council members in their concern over the current threats against abortion rights—which affect all members of our community.

“We’ve seen first-hand the devastation that comes when abortions are not legal, safe, and accessible,” said Commissioner Hardesty. “I’m calling on us as a city hold the line here and ask other progressive cities to join us in defending reproductive rights throughout the country.”

All five members of City Council co-sponsored the resolution, which passed unanimously this afternoon.

Clean Start, Second Chance

In partnership with the City, Central City Concern's Clean Start program works hard to provide trash removal services to areas impacted by people experiencing homelessness throughout the city. Through the Clean Start program, 544 tons of trash and 29,296 needles were collected and removed in 2018.

But Clean Start is more than just a trash removal program. They believe in giving people second, third, and fourth chances. Their homeless-to-work program helps formerly homeless individuals earn a regular paycheck while providing them with an understanding, compassionate, and stable work environment. 

The Clean Start program assesses barriers to employment and helps people move on to permanent full-time employment. Most of the trainees receive housing in one of Central City Concern's housing buildings during their employment. Each year, since 2015, about 50 trainees go through the program. In 2019, it is expected that the program will expand to 70 trainees.

In the video, you’ll hear about David’s powerful story. For more information about Clean Start, please visit their website here.