Opportunity to play an important role in local government

Apply for Multnomah County's Charter Review Committee

Do you care about the health and safety of our local communities? Do you want to play an important role in ensuring that local government is serving current community needs? Do you enjoy collaborating with others to identify common goals and advance equity? If so, apply to join the County's Charter Review Committee.

Every six years, a Charter Review Committee meets to study the Multnomah County Charter and, if the committee chooses, submit to the people of Multnomah County amendments to the charter.

The charter is the local version of a constitution, essentially creating the structure of Multnomah County government. The charter addresses issues including the powers of county government, the responsibilities of the County Chair and commissioners, and the elections of county leaders.

Applications are due Monday, March 1st by 11:59pm.

 Learn more & apply for the Charter Review Committee

 Questions? Contact the Office of Community Involvement at community.involvement@multco.us or 503.988.3450.

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Deciding How will Portland be Run

By Melanie Billings-Yun

In December SWHRL President Melanie Billings-Yun was sworn in as one of the 20 members of Portland’s Charter Commission. The Commission will spend the next two years reviewing and recommending amendments to the City Charter, the founding document that establishes Portland’s governing system, election procedures, and city management. Recommendations from the Commission that have the support of 15 members or more will automatically be placed on the citywide ballot; those that have support of 12-14 members will be referred to the City Council for consideration.
 
A central part of the Commissioner’s mandate is to engage the community in conversations about how they would like the city to function in a way that is representative of all its citizens. Melanie looks forward to meeting with the SWNI neighborhood associations and other local community groups this spring to talk about the work of the Commission and learn more about your concerns and ideas. Until then, you can find more information on the Commission at https://www.portland.gov/omf/charter-review-commission/about and sign up for updates at https://signup.e2ma.net/signup/1934477/1887537/.

City of Portland adopts Native-inclusive resolutions

The area where Portland stands today was an important site for Native American trading for tens of thousands of years. In Native American as well as other Indigenous cultures throughout the world, there is a practice of introducing yourself to your hosts in terms of what land you are from and the people you were born to, and asking for permission when entering the territory of another people. In a similar spirt, Portland City Council recently passed a resolution spearheaded by outgoing Commissioner Amanda Fritz that includes among other actions to recognize the deep history of the Indigenous Tribes of this area, formalizes, land acknowledgements  before conducting all city business.

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Message from Commissioner Fritz

Amanda Fritz
Dear Neighbor,

We’re finally done with 2020. Let’s embrace the lessons we’ve learned, the challenges we now face as individuals and as a community, and the new tomorrow that will result when we work together to solve problems.

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Shelter to Housing Continuum (S2HC) Project- Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

The Shelter to Housing Continuum (S2HC) project addresses the urgent need to provide more options for those who are homeless – or could potentially experience homelessness – and facilitates transitions to permanent housing for housing-vulnerable Portlanders.

The proposed amendments to City code would allow needed emergency shelters, day storage and hygiene facilities, transitional living facilities, and stable housing for individuals and households with extremely low incomes. It would also improve how the regulatory environment affects for-profit, nonprofit, and public sector shelter and housing providers.

The proposals fall into four categories:

  • Traditional sheltering and temporary facilities
  • Outdoor shelters and day facilities
  • Housing flexibility through group living
  • Limited occupancy of a recreational vehicle or a tiny house on wheels on residential property.
     

Resources: 

S2HC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

S2HC Project Page

City Council Update - December 9, 2020

Portland City Council tabled Item #966
 

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Office of Community & Civic Life
Item #966 - Amend grant with Southeast Uplift in amount not to exceed $145,000 and reassess district coalition model for administrative simplification, expanded and equitable services (Ordinance; amend Contract No. 32002080).

Thank you all for the letters and testimonies in support for returning funding to SWNI with appropriate controls. We will post more information as it becomes available.

Response to SWNI Audit
SWNI is fighting to make SW Portland voices heard! We need your help.

The forensic audit did not indicate any issues of fraud or malfeasance since the 2010 fraud, a situation that is well known and documented. No surprise here. SWNI’s response to the Office of Civic Life audit provides a detailed analysis of the shortcomings in the report. This response has been sent to the Mayor and City Councilors. 

We need your help! It is critical our elected officials hear from community members directly. Your voice matters. Now is the time to communicate your support of SWNI, its importance to our Community, and to restore SWNI’s funding. 

Please write an email to the Mayor and City Council to offer support for SWNI as an organization. Be brief and courteous. Make sure your email’s subject line says “Support for SWNI.” Here are a few additional tips for the email.  

1. First, identify your relationship with SWNI, noting whether you are currently involved with your neighborhood association, attend neighborhood meetings, or volunteer with SWNI in other capacities. This will be important in highlighting your experience with the organization and why you feel a natural sense of attachment to your local community.  

2. Second, describe your experience with SWNI. Reflect on specific ways SWNI has supported your neighborhood association, nonprofit, or community group in serving the residents of SW Portland. Here are some examples: 

  • SWNI assisted in promoting your National Night Out event every year.
  • You attended one of the Candidate Forum events that SWNI sponsored for the community.  
  • SWNI helped your group organize a pedestrian safety vigil to address traffic safety concerns.  
  • SWNI advertised your neighborhood association’s “Movie in the Park.”  
  • SW News informed neighbors in need to find relevant referrals. 

3. Finally, be sure to close your email with a direct request to restore SWNI’s city funding. Most neighborhood associations heavily rely on the infrastructure of the neighborhood coalitions to get business done. Restoration of City of Portland funding is critical to SWNI’s financial future. It is up to elected officials to preserve this community investment and further allow community members to be involved in local governance at the neighborhood level.  

4. Email Addresses: 

Mayor Wheeler: mayorwheeler@portlandoregon.gov 
Commissioner Amanda Fritz: amanda@portlandoregon.gov 
Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty: joann@portlandoregon.gov 
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly: chloe@portlandoregon.gov 
Commissioner Dan Ryan: CommissionerRyanOffice@portlandoregon.gov 
Auditor Mary Hull Caballero: auditorhullcaballero@portlandoregon.gov

City Council Clerk:   cctestimony@portlandoregon.gov

Southwest Neighborhood Office: Office@swni.org 

Thank you for exercising your voice to encourage our community members and elected leaders to continue working together. Submitted by SWNI Executive Committee

Click here to view this article on SWNI letterhead.

SWNI Preliminary Response to Audit

Click here to read a letter from SWNI Finance Leadership to City Council.

Click here to read SWNI's Equity & Inclusion Response by the Executive Committee.

Click here to read a letter to SWNI Neighbors and Friends - Call to Action

City Council Item #966 Ordinance;Amend Contract No. 32002080

 

West Portland Town Center Plan update

Hello West Portland Town Center Plan followers –

 It’s been a while since we shared a project update with you. In fact, it was mid-March just before stay-at-home directives started. Little did we know then what the next six months would bring.

We hope this finds you well, but also want to acknowledge and share our deep concern for community members who are experiencing the painful and stressful impacts of the COVID pandemic, quarantine, economic hardship and social unrest. And our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones or who are grappling with ill health this year.    

Thank you for your interest and involvement in the West Portland Town Center (WPTC) Plan effort. This type of project is how opportunities to shape a more resilient and inclusive future take root. 

Good news is that we just published the WPTC Plan Discussion Draft. Over the past months, while adjusting for COVID reality, the project team has been working on developing a plan that considers the issues and feedback heard during community meetings in 2019, as well as the responses to the March 2020 online open house survey.

For more information on online open houses, survey and project next steps please click on the article title./em>