The UPP was founded as a people's response to the crisis of poverty and homelessness in Portland. We recognize that this is a national crisis which needs immediate, viable solutions, not promises of future recognition.
We meet in Chapman Square, across from City Hall every day at 10:00am and 6:00pm.
Our meetings are consensus based and open to the public and we encourage and request that YOU come join us and help develop solutions that will WORK.
- SOLUTIONS NOT SWEEPS
- HOMES NOT JAILS
- DIALOGUE NOT A DOG AND PONY SHOW
- CREATIVITY NOT CRIMINALIZATION
Our civil rights are being violated in that we are being asked to be on the move continuously, never being able to stop and rest (much less get a good night's sleep). This is cruel and unusual punishment for a crime never committed. Being houseless is not a crime, and Portland is our home! We are human, and we are your neighbors and we are simply trying to live our diverse lives with dignity and respect. We have nowhere to go, no houses, some of us have been living under bridges and have been swept out, others are living in ineffective marginal housing surrounded by the same social conditions that contribute to the cycle of homelessness and that is why you see us in front of City Hall and in the park across the street. We are looking for and asking for answers as to WHERE WE CAN GO.
Mayor Potter has taken it upon himself to interpret the First Amendment of the Constitution and determined our protest to be an "illegal campground" and since City Hall WAS the only safe place to sleep in Portland but we have been "swept out" of there too!
We are not allowed to camp within City limits and shelters are not an answer to our houselessness. The primarily faith-based and restrictive sheltering system in Portland, and across the United States, are only a band-aid that continues to keep us dependent on the system that needs us to survive largely at taxpayers expense.
37.5 million dollars per year on homeless service programs should be able to afford equitable solutions, but it is not. Too many people have been getting rich off the homeless for too long, and we are tired and weary. We are not looking for a hand-out. We are not looking for luxury suburban housing at taxpayer (our) expense. We are looking for creative solutions that involve and benefit the entire community. This is not just a homeless issue, this is a community issue.
WHAT DO WE WANT?
True dialogue with the Portland community where we can share and listen to each others' creative ideas and solutions for immediate terms, short term, medium term, and long term solutions.
Immediate Term: Repeal of no camping and sit/lie ordinances.
Short Term: Realistic Shelter options for those who want them which can accommodate couples, and those with pets.
Medium/Long Term: Affordable and safe housing in downtown Portland. More effective mental health services and transitional programs outside of the faith-based perspective.
Want to support us?
Housed and houseless. POOR PEOPLE UNITE!
Many have already come to sleep with us on the sidewalks; but we need more allies to spend a few hours, a day, or even a few nights with us, living in our shoes and hearing our stories and spreading the word far and wide.
TELL THE MAYORS OFFICE!
As well as your friends, family, and co-workers that we want open, participatory communication, not just forums for talking at one another, but with one another.
GO TO CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS!
Every citizen of Portland is allowed 3 minutes to address the Mayor and City Council. City Council meets every Wednesday from 9:00am until 12:00pm. We need more voices of Portland to express the need for immediate resolve and action on this crisis.