Second Working Session on Sunnyside Community House Good Neighbor Agreement and Draft Outline

It was very encouraging to see some new faces at the second GNA-focused meeting of the Safety and Livability Committee last Tuesday, February 5th. We spent the hour reviewing a draft outline of the Goals and Principles section of the agreement and sharing perspectives on safety, empathy and inclusion. Some great suggestions were made regarding how to improve the draft language as well as additional educational and services-based resources we can reach out to as the process continues.

You can find a copy of the draft discussed at this meeting (without suggested edits) as well as meeting minutes below. Thanks to everyone for their participation in this process and please encourage anyone you may know who might be interested in joining us to do so at our next meeting on Tuesday, March 5th.

Working Draft

  1. Introduction and Background
    1. [TBD]
  2. Core Principles
    1. Our neighborhood hosts a wide and varied array of people and activities and this work is about making the community a better place for all of them, including but not limited to:
      1. Residents, housed and unhoused
      2. Southeast Portland Little League practicers and other park users
      3. SES students and parents
      4. Business owners and their patrons
      5. Churches and their congregations
      6. Arts and community organizations
    2. Human rights apply to all humans.
    3. Conditions in the neighborhood, especially on the street, sidewalks and public spaces, affect everyone in the neighborhood on a daily basis.
    4. Everyone has a right to personal safety.
    5. Everyone has a right to access services to meet their basic needs.
    6. Everyone has a right to peaceful enjoyment of their property and public spaces.
    7. Everyone has a right to their opinion and deserves a voice in these conversations.
  3. Goals
    1. Reduce crime, especially drug use in public / publicly visible places
    2. Prevent calls to city agencies and drains on city resources
    3. Promote personal responsibility
    4. Promote a sense of civic participation, especially when it comes to public spaces
    5. Encourage long term participation in this agreement
    6. Reduce litter and obstructions on streets and sidewalks
    7. Affirm the Parties’ commitment to civil conduct, communication, and accountability to each other.
    8. Create an open and productive dialogue between all parties.
  4. All Party Agreements
    1. [TBD]
  5. Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Agreements
    1. [TBD]
  6. Sunnyside Community House Agreements
    1. [TBD]

Safety & Livability Committee Agenda for Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2019

This meeting is open to the public and will take place at Sunnyside Community House, 3520 SE Yamhill Street.

6:30pm – 6:40pm: Introductions & Announcements

6:40pm – 7:00pm: Discussion and brainstorming of educational safety programming.

7:00pm – 7:30pm: Continuing work on the Sunnyside Community House Good Neighbor Agreement.

Detailed Agenda

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Do Good Multnomah Cancels Planned Shelter in Sunnyside

Do Good Multnomah has found another home that is opening their doors for the winter in a space. In lieu of this cancellation, the Community House in Sunnyside will be operating a Winter Weather Emergency shelter as they have done the past two years. “This model requires an army of volunteers so if you are game, get involved,” writes John Mayer, Executive Director and chair of the Community House board. ” The more volunteers, the better it will be.”

Tuesday’s Safety & Livability meeting will still be held, with discussions about the continuation of the warming shelters that have been in place in the past. Please plan on attending. 6:30 PM at 3520 SE Yamhill Street.

 

Sunnyside Community House Considering Adding 50 Beds

In response to our city’s homelessness emergency, the Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services and the City of Portland have asked Do Good Multnomoah to find 100 additional beds for people experiencing homelessness in Portland this Winter. They have asked if Sunnyside Community House could open up to 50 of these beds, to be staffed and run by Do Good Multnomah for the months of December until April. As Sunnyside Community House’s Board decides their response, we would like to hear from the community. What questions do you have? How can we think about this from all of the angles it requires?

On Tuesday, November 13th, we will hear from the Director of Do Good Multnomah about proposal and practices, John Mayer (of Sunnyside Community House) and members of our community. We will have an opportunity to ask questions that will inform the Community House’s decision.

Please join us at the meeting, in the Community House lower level this Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM.  3520 SE Yamhill Street.