Dear Portlander,

Yesterday, my colleagues on the Portland City Council voted in-favor of a significant down payment toward building six sanctioned campsites—a proposal that’s part of the “Five Resolution Plan I brought to Council, co-sponsored by Commissioner Ryan.

The City Council’s approval of these affordable housing and homelessness investments demonstrates our seriousness in addressing these issues and allows us to continue moving forward on this plan—and we’re gaining momentum!

In recent weeks, my team and I held virtual community meetings to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share their concerns and gain feedback on designated campsites. We met with service providers—both local and national—who could potentially partner with us on this effort, and we’ve worked to narrow down site location selections. I’ve continued outreach and fundraising efforts with partners at the State, Metro, and County. I recently met with Governor-Elect Tina Kotek and Multnomah County Chair-Elect Jessica Vega Pederson who both showed support for our plan.

The $27M down payment is a substantial investment from the City of Portland and I am proud that we are leading this effort so widely supported by the community. However, the success of this work hinges on federal, regional, state, and local partners coming to the table with their ideas, services, and resources.

We have made clear asks to our government partners to support specific funding requests and services needed to help ensure this plan is successful:

  • Multnomah County to provide $21 million to fund the capital and operations costs for 3 of the 6 sanctioned sites, behavioral and mental health resources, data, and housing navigation. The County has over $33 million in both over collected and underspent resources through both the Joint Office of Homeless Services and the region’s Supportive Housing Services funding provided to the County.

  • Metro to lead a process in 2023 to revisit the regional Supportive Housing Services measure allocation formula for both existing funding allocations and managing unanticipated revenue collections.

  • State of Oregon to declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness and assist in establishing these sanctioned sites. In addition, we ask for the State’s support of the Oregon Mayor’s Association Taskforce on Homelessness’ request for a budget package totaling $123 million ongoing annually, during the 2023 Legislative Session to provide direct allocations to cities for homelessness response and prevention services.

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Portlanders have sent letters and emails to my office voicing support for this plan. My team and I are working around the clock to keep the momentum going.

You can share your thoughts and feedback with me directly by emailing: