Portland Mayor Wheeler to discuss city's reactions to homelessness
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has announced a schedule of four upcoming community conversations on homelessness.
The first event, in partnership with neighborhood coalition Southeast Uplift, is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 1, at Portland Community College Southeast, 2305 S.E. 82nd Ave., Portland.
Building on December's Downtown Neighborhood Association's Educational Forum on Homelessness, Wheeler — joined by service providers, community advocates and people experienced with homelessness — will discuss how the city is addressing homelessness and housing instability while inviting community members to share their priorities for continued improvements and upcoming budget decisions.
"No other issue has remained a higher priority in this administration," Wheeler said. "The data shows we're helping thousands of people, every year, escape or avoid homelessness. We've heard success story after success story from neighbors that our investments in housing and shelter have made a significant difference. But we know there's also work to do. So we're increasing our community engagement to talk about the progress we're making, but also how to navigate the challenges we continue to face."
Wheeler will provide a brief update on Portland's work to address housing and homelessness.
The Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue, the Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program, the Portland and Multnomah County's Joint Office of Homeless Services, the Portland Housing Bureau, and two nonprofit providers, JOIN and Central City Concern, will be among the organizations presenting.
Upcoming dates and locations
9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 1
PCC Southeast Community Hall, 2305 S.E. 82nd Ave.
Central Northeast Portland
6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13
Beaumont Middle School, cafeteria, 4043 N.E. Fremont St.
6:30-8:30, Tuesday, March 3
University of Portland, Bauccio Commons, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, March 7
Multnomah Arts Center, gymnasium, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway
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