On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, Portland City Council adopted a significant package of zoning code amendments to address the growing crisis of houseless Portlanders. The Shelter to Housing Continuum (S2HC) changes address the Zoning Code (Title 33) and six other City codes (Titles 8, 15, 17, 21, 29, and 30). Read more: https://www.portland.gov/bps/s2hc
On February 24, 2021, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty recommended “that the Office of Community and Civic Life provide services to the community members and neighborhood associations currently served by SWINI, effective immediately.” Read Memo to SWNI Baord. https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2021/02/portlands-jo-ann-hardesty-nixes-funding-for-southwest-neighborhood-group.html https://pamplinmedia.com/scc/103-news/499157-400219-hardesty-gives-southwest-portland-neighborhood-coalition-the-ax https://www.opb.org/article/2021/02/25/swni-funding-cut-portland-oregon/
The S2HC Recommended Draft is available for public review. Submit testimony at City Council on March 17 or via the Map App. See Portland Tribune articles about homeless camp damage in natural areas: https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/496635-397844-regional-natural-areas-damaged-by-homeless-camping and the code revision that would allow temporary Outdoor Shelters in Open Space Zones for 180 days per year: https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/496638-397843-homeless-shelters-recommended-in-more-parts-of-portland.
Multnomah County’s Office of Sustainability has received a DEQ grant to implement a community campaign about health and wood smoke. The goal of the campaign is to promote clean air and reduce harmful wood smoke in the county. After doing a survey in July, they have developed some messaging and would appreciate feedback. If you …