Posts Tagged ‘homelessness’

From: Report PDX
Date: November 18, 2016 at 1:08:17 PM PST
Subject: Sidewalk Obstructions

This has been sent at the request of the Portland Police Bureau.

“Due to the increase in valid complaints of sidewalks and rights-of-way being obstructed by the tents and property of persons experiencing homelessness, thereby restricting access for persons with disabilities and who use mobility devices, Chapter 14 of the Portland City Code will be more strictly enforced effective immediately.”

Police will ask people to remove their belongings from the sidewalk, and if there is a failure to obey a lawful order, persons will be subject to arrest.

Please advise the people you, and your organizations, work with who are experiencing homelessness of this updated enforcement protocol.”

Respectfully,

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Pledge to End HomelessnessdeB

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act – the first major federal law to address homelessness in the United States. But, with more than 3.5 million Americans still homeless each year, we need to finish what we started. Now is the time to take your stand with us – it’s time to go All-In to End Homelessness:

I pledge to:

Commit myself to ending homelessness in America;

– Of the more than 3.5 million Americans without a home, 1.6
million are children, 1.1 million are families made homeless
within the last 3 years, 1.4 million are people with
disabilities, and 100,000 are veterans who became homeless
after serving their country. The United States is the
wealthiest nation in the world, yet we do not protect the
basic human right to housing.

Support affordable housing for all Americans;

– Homelessness is a visible manifestation of the severe
shortage of safe, affordable housing. Continued budget cuts,
high unemployment, and the foreclosure crisis are causing
increases in family homelessness right now.

Strive for adequate healthcare for all who need it;

– Existing “safety net” health systems are gravely inadequate
for homeless people and the very poor who are not likely to
receive Medicaid in most states. Comprehensive, affordable
health care is essential to ending homelessness in America.

Ensure an education for every homeless child;

– Although the McKinney-Vento Act requires public schools to
keep homeless students enrolled in their last district of
residence; many districts still refuse to educate homeless
children. Without access to school, America’s 1.6 million
homeless children cannot hope to escape the cycles of
poverty.

And treat with dignity every homeless person I meet.

– Many people who are not homeless avoid interacting with
people who are – because of fear, inability to give money, or
just not knowing what to do. But, simply making a single,
human connection can be the most important action for both
individuals.

Here, I pledge to remember my commitment to ending homelessness in America and I pledge to treat homeless people as I would treat any other person. I confirm that we are all human, we are all fighting poverty together, and we are: All-In to End Homelessness!”

To learn more about the All-In campaign and learn more about it visit:   Link to page for pledge

Link for NLCH  (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty)

Show your support by making the All-in logo your profile picture on Facebook.

Article/pledge from:   http://www.causes.com/nlchp

Posted by Ruthie

CONTACT: Megan Hise                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

503-459-1515 | email                                                                          May 29, 2012

Paint-a-door” event at Right 2 Dream Too Saturday June 2

Portland area unions support unhoused workers at rest area

Picture taken by Mamie Gathard

PORTLAND, ORE February 24, 2012–

Shortly after the horrifying shooting of two sleeping, unhoused men on Wednesday morning, the people of Right 2 Dream Too learned that at least one of the men had recently been an overnight guest at our rest area on NW 4th & Burnside. That man attempted to secure a safe place to sleep at R2DToo on Tuesday evening, but all spaces were taken by the time he arrived. Instead, he walked over the river to sleep on Belmont Street, under the Morrison Bridge, where he and his friend found shelter from the rain.

All of us at Right 2 Dream Too are grateful that both men survived the attack and hope for a speedy recovery for the man still hospitalized. People living on Portland’s streets un-sheltered are no strangers to so-called “random” acts of violence perpetrated by others who stereotype them and see them as less than human. But the degree of viciousness and inhumanity in these attacks have left have left people in our community shaken and frightened.

We support local and national efforts to include the unhoused as a protected class in existing hate crime legislation, like Oregon House Bill 2964, sponsored by Representative Michael Dembrow. The National Coalition for the Homeless, in their campaign to pass similar Federal legislation, notes that: “Hate crimes may effectively intimidate other members of the community, leaving them feeling isolated, vulnerable and unprotected by the law.” Today, that is the state Portland’s unhoused find themselves in.

We call upon Portland’s City Council to recognize that dehumanization of people experiencing homelessness exists on a continuum that begins with its own policies that target the unhoused. The Sidewalk Management Ordinance literally shoves people without shelter to the curb. The anti-camping ordinances that apply on public and private property expressly prevent the unhoused from gathering together to keep each other safe and build community.

Right 2 Survive, a group dedicated to defending the rights of people experiencing homelessness, started Right 2 Dream Too as an alternative to these dehumanizing practices, to demonstrate that those of us who are or have been unhoused can organize solutions that provide safety and shelter at no cost to taxpayers. Our project is a not a complete solution to homelessness, but we have in a few short months provided a safe place to sleep for hundreds of people who would have been on the street and provided a base for several people who have obtained permanent housing. In the face of insufficient funding for traditional shelter space, the most severe housing crisis since the Great Depression, and the overburdened and inadequate social safety net, we think it is past time for City Council to acknowledge that immediate and affordable alternatives must exist side-by-side with Portland’s long-term efforts to end homelessness. Not doing so exposes the people who Right 2 Dream Too must turn away every night for lack of space to the types of violence perpetrated against these two men last Wednesday morning. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Right 2 Dream Too provides refuge and a safe space to sleep undisturbed for Portland’s unhoused community who cannot access affordable housing or shelter. R2DToo was established on World Homeless Action Day, October 10, 2011.

Right 2 Survive is a group of houseless and formerly houseless individuals dedicated to teaching about and defending the human civil and constitutional rights of people experiencing homelessness. # # #

Dear friends: greetings from the men, women and children of

Nickelsville.

FIRST THINGS FIRST:  THE PANCAKES ARE BACK.  This is a friendly

reminder from all of us at Nickelsville that our Pancake Breakfast

Fundraiser will be held this coming Saturday, May 7th from 8 to 11 am.

The location is Keystone Congregational Church, 5019 Keystone Place in

Wallingford. For more information, call 206-450-9136. All donations

are greatly appreciated.   An anonymous benefactor told us they would

match the first $500 donated!  That’s a lot of pancakes, so please

bring your friends too.

Last weekend was a wonderful one.  Saturday night there was a

performance in the Community Room (previously the main fire truck bay)

of IMPRINTS, by a Butoh Dancers’ troupe.  We would like to thank

Sherry Brown, Mary Cutera, Will Fredo, Joan Laage, Douglas Ridders and

Helen Thorsen for an excellent evening.

On May Day, we marched with our comrades in the May Day Parade for

Immigration and Labor Rights and not only renewed ties with old

friends from the labor movement but also made new ones.

THE UPCOMING WEEK WILL BE CRUCIAL TO THE SURVIVAL OF NICKELSVILLE AND

WE ARE URGING OUR FRIENDS TO HELP US.

Another City Council Meeting about Resolution #31292 will be on

May 11th from 2 to 4 PM.  That is when Councilman Licata’s Human

Services Committee will hear from Members of the Mayors Encampment

Panel.  Both Councilman Licata and Encampment Panel Members have

steadfastly focused on the emergency facing the thousands of Seattle

Citizens without shelter nightly, and the immediate value of

supporting Nickelsville.  Support them on May 11th if you can.

Jim Page and Joe Martin will be performing at 6:30 PM on Thursday

5/12/11 at Nickelsville.  The Black Cat Caravan will leave

Nickelsville for City Hall at 2:00 PM on Friday the 13th – we need you

desperately.  Last week we pleaded with the Council to speed up their

timeline – presently no action is planned until the summer.  On Friday

the 13th we will visit them to see if they are doing so.

We are planning to make this event go viral in real time so if you

cannot be there in person, follow us online and  pass it on to your

friends. Tweeters and pages covering the event will be announced

shortly. If you have a digital camera and are able to broadcast the

Black Cat Caravan in real time, please contact our organizer

scott@nickelsvilleseattle.org

Last but not least, since we will be moving from an indoor location to

an outdoor encampment, we need tarps, blankets and tents desperately.

Needed even more is plywood and 2 by 4’s so we can start building our

small simple sturdy sleeping structures.

Nickelsville’s contract at the Old Fire station 39 will be over on May

15th.  Join us one last time at #39 for either\both the 3:00 PM

Interfaith Service and the 5:00 PM Move.

(It was our hope that SHARE/WHEEL would be allowed to stop in and

operate a shelter there beginning when we move out.) Unfortunately,

word has it that the Mayor’s Office is seriously considering letting

the UGM occupy the location when we depart. We have tremendous respect

for the staff of the Union Gospel Mission but those of us who would

like to remain in the Lake City neighborhood are hoping that SHARE/

WHEEL would be allowed to set up a self managed shelter the model with

which are most familiar and which empowers us.

We are asking our friends to email his office as well as the City

Council and ask them to let the site continue as a self-managed and/or

staffed shelters to be facilitated by SHARE/WHEEL when we move out. We

believe that they have the best experience working with homeless

communities in a manner that is respectful, empowering and

compassionate.

Thank you, and please keep letting us know if you can help with either

the Move or the Black Cat Caravan – especially with transportation.

Our staff person can be reached at (206) 450-9136.

Once again, there is a perp on the loose who preys on unhoused women… one woman was attacked a couple of days ago outside of St. Francis’ dining hall. Julie McCurdy, of R2S, was told by police that the community had been informed via a Fox News story. Julie reminded the police officer that since this particular sex offender preys on unhoused women, and unhoused women do not have access to television very often, they were NOT informing the community of the heightened risks to their security. Of course, all unhoused people face assaults from multiple directions, everyone from police officers to suburban kids attack. In fact, last year was the deadliest year for the homeless in a decade, with 43 recorded murders, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. That’s why we are in favor of forming safe, communal camps, where folks can live and self govern – instead of hiding in the shadows where they are so vulnerable to these attacks.
Anyway, Julie asked the police to provide a photo of the sex offender who has removed his bracelet, and is known to prey on unhoused women. They told her they couldn’t do that. But r2s did secure a picture of the perp and went out to spread this info last night. In spite of all the barriers to survival that the system lays down – illegal to sleep, illegal to shit, illegal to set down your worldly possessions… our folks hit the streets last night to let people know who the perp is, and urge them to take care of one another.

MESSAGE FROM RIGHT TO SURVIVE TO RONALD TARWATER VIOLENT SEXUAL PREDATOR WHOSE PRIMARY TARGETS ARE UNHOUSED WOMEN—WE WILL NOT TOLERATE YOUR PRESENCE ON THE STREETS…….

OUR WOMEN ARE NOT YOUR OWN TO VIOLATE AND THEY ARE NOT WITHOUT RECOURCES -YOUR FACE WILL BE PLASTERED ALL OVER TOWN IN EVERY UNHOUSED WOMAN’S HANDS – WE KNOW WHO YOU ARE-AND WE WILL FIND YOU

AS THIS IS SENT OUT THERE ARE PATROLS BEING FORMED WHISTLES BEING PASSED OUT WITH YOUR PICTURE- WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT OUR OWN ARE SAFE AND AWARE OF YOUR PRESENCE

TO ALL OTHERS ANYONE WHO CAN HELP IN ANY WAY WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED ——-

DESCRIPTION: 71 YEARS OLD(DONT LET THAT AGE FOOL YA FOLKS THIS GUY IS EXTREMELY VIOLENT) 6FT 170 POUNDS WHITE BLUE EYES WITH AN EAGLE TATTOO ON A FOREARM AND SHOULDER
CONVICTIONS: SODOMY1 SEXUAL PENETRATION11 SEX ABUSE 1 SEXUALLY VIOLENT AND DANGEROUS OFFENDER

VICTIM PROFILE:
FEMALES 12 AND UP RELATIVES AND STRANGERS

METHOD OF OFFENDING
MR TARWATER HAS USED FORCE,WEAPONS, AND THREATS TO FORCEFULLY SEXUALLY ABUSE FEMALE STRANGERS AS WELL AS FEMALES KNOWN TO HIM HE HAS ABUSED STRANGERS FEMALE HITCHHIKERS AND FEMALES KNOWN TO BE MENTALLY ILL,DRUG ADDICTED AND HOMELESS OR OTHERWISE VULNERABLE-
HE HAS A VEHICLE BUT WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET A DESCRIPTION OF SAID VEHICLE-

I REPEAT THIS MAN IS VERY VERY DANGEROUS AND WE WILL NOT STOP LOOKING TILL HE IS FOUND- EVERY UNHOUSED WOMEN IN PORTLAND NEEDS A FLYER WITH HIS PICTURE IN HER HAND AND SAFE SHELTER TILL HE IS-OR SAFE CAMPING ARRANGEMENTS IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THIS HAPPEN——-

Allies are joining with unhoused community members, tonite – Friday, October 1st, to pass out flyers and information. Please call 503-734-4778 if you would like to meet up with us and get involved.

on the 20th of august starting at 900 pm -right 2 survive is having a fundraiser we so hope to see you there its at autonomy which is on nw 4th and everett kitty corner from magic a go go- there will be spoken word hip hop a dj and tons o fun- at right 2 survive we are on the front lines and often run short of things necessary out here- we are trying to raise funds so we have some sort of operating base-with which to provide some basics to the people who most need it- bottom line its gonna be a really kewl night of fun that benifits an entire community through r2s