Crisis and Conscience: Understanding and Responding to Portland’s Housing & Homelessness Emergency

The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association is hosting an educational event to address the challenges we face as the city continues to change. Crisis and Conscience: Understanding and Responding to Portland’s Housing & Homelessness Emergency will take the place of our October General Meeting (regular meetings will resume on Thursday, Nov. 14), and will be a directed panel discussion with a number of representatives from city agencies, community organizations, and residents; including officials from the Joint Office of Homelessness Services, Sunnyside Environmental School, Rental Providers for Positive Change, and the Portland Police Department. The panel’s goal is to discuss the causes and consequences of Portland’s now four-year long housing emergency, present direct feedback from residents, and expose neighbors to organizations and initiatives responding to the crisis.

Panelists include:

• Marc Jolin, Joint Office of Homelessness Services Director
• Mike Krantz, Portland Police Department Central Commander
• Amy Kleiner, Sunnyside Environmental School Principal
• Erin Martin, United Methodist Church District Superintendent
• Vince Masiello, Compassionate Change District Peer Advocate
• Edith Casterline, Rental Providers for Positive Change
• Ellen Greaney, LCSW, CADCIII, CODA, Multnomah Co. Health Dept.
• Tremaine Clayton, Portland Fire & Rescue Community Healthcare Assessment Team Coordinator

The discussion will include a presentation on the current state of our housing crisis by Marc Jolin, questions addressed to the panel collected from the community over the past few months, and questions directly from the audience.

The event will be held at Sunnyside Elementary School’s Auditorium (3421 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR), October 10 7pm-9pm. We invite everyone to join us for this important and informative discussion and to submit specific questions and comments you would like the panel to address by emailing us (board@sunnysideportland.org) or submitting a comment on this post.  Comments submitted via this form will not be publicly visible.

Downloadable Flier (PDF)

Oct 3, 2019 Board Meeting Agenda

This is a meeting of the SNA Board only, not a General meeting.  It is open to the public, but there is not time on the agenda for public or member comments or additional discussion topics.  Times are approximate.  Agenda items subject to change.

Southeast Uplift
3534 SE Main St

Agenda:

7pm – Filling of vacant Board seats

7:15pm – Finalization of 3.96 Code Change position letter to be sent to City Council

7:30pm – Adjourn

Ice Cream Social and SNA Meeting Rain Contingency

Dear neighbors, though stalwart northwesterners we may be, it is jarring to envision our ice cream social under a rain soaked canopy on the tail end of such a lovely summer.  We shall see if the weather cooperates, but if it doesn’t, we will likely retreat to the dry confines of SE Uplift (3534 SE Main Street) for our meeting this afternoon.  Either way we will have someone posted at Laurelhurst Park until at least 4:30pm to make sure everyone knows the plan.

September SNA Meeting and Ice Cream Social – Sunday 9/8, 4pm in Laurelhurst Park

Join us at the next meeting of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association for a summer’s end celebration featuring ice cream provided by Ruby Jewel.  We’ll be gathering in Laurelhurst Park, just north of the pond at 4pm on Sunday, September 8th.  During the business portion of the meeting we’ll be discussing the increasingly controversial changes proposed to City Code 3.96 as well as planning for our October meeting, which will be entirely devoted to a panel discussion on the city’s housing crisis.

Full agenda

June 13, 2019 Board and General Meeting Minutes

Meeting of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association 6-13-19

Present: sitting SNA Board members-Pat, Collin, Reuben, KC, Matt, Lorraine, Dave

Not present: Russell

Meeting came to order at 7:04. Introductions were made

Motion to approve agenda (Reuben) seconded (Dave) Motion carries

Announcements were made-Mazama Open House July 28th-an application to close SE 43rd Avenue between Stark and Washington was made for the event

Police Officer Report-no Officer attended

Town Centers Main Street Overlay Zoning-presentation was given by Chris Trejbal from Overlook Neighborhood Association

This involves a project north of Kaiser on Alberta. Prosper Portland purchased the land and it became an affordable housing project.The City created a Comp Plan last year which designates “Town Centers” along major transit routes were 25% of building space is for “Active Use” to encourage pedestrians and visitors to walk the neighborhoods. Developers of this new project in Overlook sought to reduce that to 14% and City Planners granted those adjustments. There is a public hearing next week. The City is looking for clarification-a 19% gross instead of the 25% it should be. Chris says the City needs to enforce the codes and is asking SNA and other NA’s to testify or prepare statements to be read at the hearing next Thursday, June 28th at the Design Review office (PPS building in 2500 B at 5PM.

A motion was made to support this appeal (Reuben) and seconded (Dave) Motion carries

Lorraine will compose a letter to be read at appeals hearing. For more information, contact Benjamin.Nielsen@portlandoregon.gov, with subject Case # LU18-277183

Deborah Johnson discussed a crosswalk at 39th and Alder. She is requesting a letter of support for PBOT. She reported that a pedestrian was hit by a car and injured at this crosswalk which does not have white lines or any signage identifying it as a crosswalk. She was told by a City Commissioner’s office that there is no funding for this. Matt suggested she look at “Safe Routes to Schools” as a source of funding.

Sunnyside Work Crew-David Rees

David has lived in Sunnyside for 18 years, and he would like to see more storage space for houseless people’s “stuff” and a resource for gigs and jobs, especially ones that would “put money in their pockets.” Colin suggested this would be an excellent pilot project for the Homelessness Response Committee.

Committee Reports were given.

Reuben announced he will be going to Germany for as long as 3 months-he may not return until September.

Matt: Chair, Reuben-Vice Chair, KC-Treasurer, Lorraine-Secretary

Vote to install Officers-Unanimous vote to install these officers.

Amended May minutes to reflect vote to pass new SNA Bylaws was 19-1 in favor

Motion to pass minutes as amended (Reuben) Seconded (KC) Motion carried.

Communication funding-SNA Board members decided to allocate all of the $1099.00 to Newsletter production

Matt asked if committee chairs will remain in their roles. Reuben will continue as SEUL liason and LUTC, KC will continue with SES and PTSA, Matt and Dave will share the HBBA and BABA. Communications- Dave passed this on to Colin who agreed to chair.

Homelessness Response Committee will be chaired by Colin and Matt, and Russell Rinaldi will be included.

Events Committee was discussed. There are now 8 Board members, unless Sunia, the new Pastor at SHC would like to be involved.

Meeting adjourned at 9:17. Next meeting will be Thursday, July 11, 7-9PM at SEUL building. Minutes recorded and submitted by Lorraine Henriques, SNA Board Secretary

SNA Revised 6-13-19