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We all get it. Houselessness is a crisis in Portland.

There is a better way!

A wide community coalition led by Right 2 Survive asks the CEIC to adopt an innovative Compassionate Change District model that tackles the shared root problems of all neighbors—housed and unhoused.

This New Year, Portland's Central Eastside stands at a crossroads. Much has happened, and all will be decided in THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.
We all get it. Houselessness is a crisis in Portland.


Sleeping on the streets threatens our houseless neighbors' personal safety, health, and their ability to work or get an education. For businesses, the housing emergency creates tensions over trash, waste, sidewalk obstructions, and more. There are many solutions. Not all are created equal. A deeply flawed fix is heading for a Portland City Council vote on January 17. The Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC) will ask permission to create an "Enhanced Service District" (ESD) to run private security patrols and street cleanups.


There is a better way!


A wide community coalition led by Right 2 Survive asks the CEIC to adopt an innovative Compassionate Change District model that tackles the shared root problems of all neighbors—housed and unhoused.

This New Year, Portland's Central Eastside stands at a crossroads. Much has happened, and all will be decided in THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.

Here's what you need to know:
• On December 11, Right 2 Survive, Portland DSA and 18 other organizations presented a counter-proposal to the CEIC ESD with a model for achieving the goals that the CEIC claims to strive for: "safety, cleanliness and livability." The CEIC chose not to adopt it. They are instead moving ahead with their own costly, ineffective version based on downtown's "Clean & Safe."  https://ccdpdx.org/what-are-sweeps/ They are currently promoting it with a fear-based campaign using false crime-statistics.


• On Thursday, January 17, City Council will decide whether to approve the CEIC ESD. We need to raise our voices NOW and tell them NO.


1 We have launched a website  https://ccdpdx.org/ that goes into detail about the plan, what the problems are with the current approach, and ways for you to get help get Portland on the right track.
2 On Saturday, January 5, we will canvass the Central Eastside with a one-pager about the proposal, since most neighbors still have no idea that this is happening.
3 On Sunday, January 6, we will host a community meeting at Social Justice Action Center, 400 SE 12th, from 3 - 4:30 PM for anyone in the area who wants to learn what the houseless community, and the neighbors who stand in solidarity with them, are proposing.
4 We will show up to the CEIC Security Meeting on Thursday, January 10, 8:30AM and tell them, during the short public comment period allowed, that their ESD is designed to be undemocratic and harmful, and that we won't allow that in our city. That meeting is held at the St. Francis Community Room on the corner of SE 11th and SE Stark.
5 Finally, we will show up IN NUMBERS to City Council on Thursday, January 17, to let the councilors know that this ESD currently does NOT have community support, and needs to be amended to a democratic entity if it is to be approved. Time TBA!
➡Can you share the website on social media? Help canvass? Come to the community meeting and/or the security meeting? Most importantly - can you come to City Council on Thursday, January 17?

Onward,
The Team from Onward Oregon
 http://onwardoregon.org/

homepage: homepage: http://onwardoregon.org/


Engage and Support Information - Send an Email to City Hall 12.Jan.2019 20:27

Send this Letter to Portland City Hall

If you want to sign the proposal here is the info
 https://ccdpdx.org/our-proposal/

SIGN TO SUPPORT link will send the following letter
 https://ccdpdx.org/sign-to-support/

The following email will be sent to city hall.
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Dear Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners Eudaly, Fish, Fritz & Hardesty,

We stand at a crossroads.

The Central Eastside Industrial Council is about to propose yet
another ineffective and harmful "Enhanced Service District", which
will rely on policing and displacement through cyclical removal of
critical survival belongings to push our houseless neighbors out.
These districts serve no-one well—increasing trauma and raising
barriers to re-entering secure housing. Instead, we urge City Council
to partner with the Central Eastside Industrial Council to adopt an
alternate Compassionate Change model that fixes many of the root
problems that Central Eastside neighbors—housed and unhoused—share.

We call on the City Council and the CEIC to adopt a social science and
trauma informed Compassionate Change District including:

- A PEER-RUN HYGIENE PROGRAM
Attendants supervise bathrooms/showers businesses open to their
unhoused neighbors
Supervise 2 port-o-potties and a mobile bathroom and shower trailer
Plan a community center with laundry, showers, bathrooms, and lockers.

- A PEER-RUN ENCAMPMENT AREA & GREEN SPACE where unhoused neighbors
can stay, as well as tend a nearby green space that housed and
unhoused residents enjoy.

- A PEER-RUN SAFE-CAR_CAMPING PROGRAM

- A MODIFIED SECURITY CONTRACT where personnel are properly trained in
trauma-informed community health, aid, and conflict resolution.

- A PEER-RUN WASTE COLLECTION PROGRAM servicing houseless camps and
vehicles with regular waste collection services without association
with "One Point of Contact" complaints.

- A JOBS PROGRAM providing training for peer bathroom, camp, green
space, and safe-parking attendants.

- A DEMOCRATIC & REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE
Representatives of workers, renters, large and small businesses, home
owners, houseless neighbors, & non-profits elected to serve on the
board
An annual independent audit of funds and practices is made available
to the public
A clear grievance process to address public concerns.

We're not willing to keep repeating the mistakes from other Enhanced
Service Districts, where unhoused neighbors are excluded from public
space and pointlessly pushed from one block to the next. We are ready
to tackle this project in an equitable, inclusive, and just way, using
research and data to build solutions that work. We're ready for a
Compassionate Change District.

Please learn more about the Compassionate Change District proposal
ahead of the January 30th vote at ccdpdx.org

Sincerely, _____________

Join us at City Council on January 30th!