Good Morning Neighborhood Associations across Portland;
We want to invite your NA board members to come join PSAC to learn more from our guest 3 speakers below on the unsheltered crisis.
After hearing the Expo Center fall through for Portland’s first Safe Parking Program. A place we were hoping people living in Rvs and cars can safely go without overwelming Portland neighborhood streets.
We are excited to hear from Beaverton’s Safe Parking Program Manager on how smaller scaled locations are successful and operate within Beaverton neighborhoods.
We will also discuss City of Portland’s Budget for fall bump, Portland Street Response, and share other public safety issues impacting Portland like IPAC’s recent press release today on gun violence and community involvement.
Please review agenda and links below prior to meeting. Thank you for your time,
Vadim MozerskyCo-President, PSAC
Tiffany HammerCo-President, PSAC
http://www.pdxpsac.org Portland PSAC Membership Meeting This is a meeting via Zoom! Tuesday, November 9th, 2021,9:30 am – 11:00 am (add to calendar) Please note this is an hour-and-a-half long meeting.An invitation to Zoom is at the bottom of this page. Zoom Passcode: PSAC Agenda Welcome and opening: “The mission of the PSAC is to advocate for and take effective action toward improving public safety in the city of Portland, Oregon.”Guest speakers: Amanda Dreher, Service Coordinator for the Safe-Parking Program in East Washington County (through Just Compassion). Portland and Metro fell through negotiations over a homeless safe-parking space at the Expo Center (Willamette Week)Could Beaverton’s Safe Parking Program work for Portland, too? (msn.com) Alan Evans, CEO and Founder of Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers (including the Bybee Lakes Hope Center);Tess Fields, Executive Director of Home Share Oregon (HSO); Board Members’ reports:Closing thoughts and Next month: No meeting in the month of December. Happy holidays! About Our Guest Speakers Amanda Dreher serves with Just Compassion as a Case Manager and as the Coordinator for the five locations of the Safe Parking Program for the City of Beaverton. Beaverton Safe Parking is advising the City of Salem on a safe-parking program for their fairgrounds. (email) Alan Evans is the CEO and Founder of Helping Hands Reentry Outreach Centers, the non-profit that worked with developer Jordan Schnitzer to transform Wapato Jail into the Bybee Lakes Hope Center. Alan was homeless and addicted for over 25 years, and overcame childhood trauma and drug and alcohol addiction to transform his life. The program he founded focuses on helping individuals experiencing homelessness to build healthy skills and habits to gain sustainable self-sufficiency in four counties in Oregon. Tess Fields is a strategist with twenty-plus years of experience in governmental and public affairs initiatives that win legislative support, positive media recognition, state-wide and local ballot initiatives, candidate and public awareness campaigns. She has been with Home Share Oregon (HSO) now for over a year. HSO seeks to prevent housing instability, foreclosure, and homelessness through homesharing. HSO uses Silvernest technology to enable homeowners to find safe, compatible roommates to share their home, and their partner organizations help them support low-income Oregon renters and homeowners with additional services for homesharing. Important Dates Thu., Nov 4 City Council Work Session (oregonlive.com)6 pm, Take action! Give oral testimony — Portland Mayor’s Fall Budget Monitoring Process (BMP) Community Outreach (download event for Zoom meeting) Fri., Nov 5 — Take action! Oral testimony signup begins at 9 am. Signup on the Portland City Council’s Agenda page (portland.gov)Tue., Nov 9 — Oral testimony signup concludes at 4 pmWed., Nov 10 — First reading and oral testimonyWed., Nov 17 — Second reading Take Action, Write a Letter! Write a letter to Portland City Council. Here’s an example: “Dear Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners, “It is no secret that our city is deeply challenged with regard to public safety. The gun violence statistics are startling. The Police Bureau is deeply understaffed and is on course to lose more trained officers in the coming year. Violent destruction continues unabated, and people across our city are afraid to venture out on what were once our beautiful and safe streets. This is horrifying and unacceptable! “While there is so much that has to be done, you have an opportunity in the coming weeks during this Budget Monitoring Process to make some meaningful decisions to help move us in a better direction. We strongly urge you to support the following: Fund and staff the Mayor’s recommendation to bring back 80 sworn officers to the ranks immediately through the already established Retire/Rehire program, which returns retired officers solely at the Chief’s discretion and puts experienced officers on the street alongside new ones. Portland is obligated to hire 300 additional officers in the next three years, which means we must staff recruiters and background investigators so that we can on-board new hires in a reasonable time.Equip officers with body-worn cameras — Portland residents and Portland officers agree that it’s long overdue to find the money and get it done.Fund the full expansion of Portland Street Response (PSR) citywide to relieve emergency services from taking calls that are better served by non-emergency staff.Support the technology and staffing needs for the Bureau of Emergency Communication’s (BOEC) services .Increase foot patrols (for example, PS3 officers or detail police officers) in Old Town and other areas disproportionately impacted by violence and crime.Policy recommendation — Due to the high recidivism rate and because individuals who cause community harm are being put back onto the streets, we recommend that the City work with the County by committing one of the City Budget’s line items to fund and expand jail capacity by fifty beds.Safe Parking Program: In place of the loss of the Expo Center’s parking lot in North Portland, we recommend that two smaller-scale locations be reserved and established for safe parking in other under-served areas of Portland.Create two Service Coordination Centers for other under-served areas of Portland (similar to Transition Projects [TPI] in Downtown) who will accept or triage walk-ins at the doors of these facilities.Expand staffing and trash cleanup disposal programs across the City.Increase shelter bed capacity for areas in Portland who need it and give the general public a transparent view of those shelters’ real-time census capacity.” Please write your letter between October 19 – November 10 (between the Budget blueprint presentation and the first listening session) and send it one of two ways: 1. Online form ( * Please be aware that form entries are seen publicly by anyone) 2. Email New Members Congratulations to our four new members: Leah Akin, Meikelo Cabbage, Janet Roxburgh, and Tom Ulrich. We’re glad you can you join us! If you would also like to join as a member of the Portland PSAC, begin by filling an application online (pdxpsac.org/membership-application). Help us extend the voice of Portland PSAC to our communities across Portland, and invite one more person to our next PSAC Membership Meeting! 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