Update resolution connecting mental health and substance abuse recovery services to unhoused individuals (amend Resolution 37595)
WHEREAS, the City has invested more time in designing shelter spaces for potential shelter sites and determined that more beds would be more appropriate for a campus; and
WHEREAS, some people entering the sites will prefer to stay in one unit as a pair and there will be 35 additional beds for units designated as potential pair units; and
WHEREAS, additional funding is available for sheltering facilities that can accommodate 200 persons; and
WHEREAS, the City will still maintain a 250 person capacity authorized by this Council in Resolution 37595.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, Resolution 37595 is hereby amended to allow designated camping sites to serve approximately 200 people per site with the possibility of up to a maximum of 250 people when divided up, managed 24/7, with hygiene, food, and access to services across the continuum of care and that are safe.
Purpose of Proposed Legislation and Background Information
This is an update to Resolution 37595 to increase Temporary Alternative Shelter Site population to 200 possible individuals, due to previously unforeseen funding from the State of Oregon that accommodates a potentially larger population.
- The physical site size will remain the same, but include 140 pods.
- There will be an opportunity for 35 of the pods to be used by pairs, should they so choose.
- The funded pods, as well as the potential for 35 pairs, increases the potential site population above the initially anticipated 150 persons onsite.
- This resolution replaces the clause in resolution 37595 that speaks to 150 persons onsite initially.
Financial and Budgetary Impacts
This ordinance does not amend the budget. Funding for the pods onsite will be provided by Governor Kotek’s Executive Order (the “All In” plan). Funding for operations at the first site was already approved by City Council in the Fall 2022 Budget Monitoring Process.
Community Impacts and Community Involvement
Community engagement liaisons have met and will continue to meet with community members regarding the sites as they are determined and constructed. Mailers, community meetings, Good Neighbor Agreement meetings, and more will all continue to be a part of the engagement process with surrounding community members. The City also hosts a website page regarding the Temporary Alternative Shelter Sites with extensive information on the sites and plans, adding content as more information becomes available.
100% Renewable Goal
This ordinance reduces unsheltered camping and open fires by providing shelter, community space, and food.
404 Consent Agenda in May 24, 2023 Council Agenda
- Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
- Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Yea
- Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
- Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
- Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea