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.