The Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP) works hand in hand with outreach providers. We have close partnerships with the City/County Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) and have built positive relationships with other providers since the program began.
HUCIRP participates in weekly coordination calls that include a variety of front line assistance providers including those that deliver direct services to individuals experiencing homelessness, public safety professionals and people involved in public space management. This is an opportunity to discuss work that was done and also to coordinate and problem solve any outstanding issues ahead.
HUCIRP also sends out notifications to all of our outreach partners if a site has been posted for removal so that they are aware that a removal is happening. This gives them time to engage those in that area and assist them in relocating to a safer and more stable living situation.
One of the primary groups we rely heavily on to assist with outreach is a group called the Navigation Team. This is a group of highly specialized service providers who work specifically at high impact encampments and meet with people where they are. They assist individuals in overcoming any barriers they may have encountered to getting into a more stable living situation—from helping them get their birth certificates to providing assessments for permanent supportive housing. You can view some of the outcomes of their work here. As with all of our outreach providers, this group provides essential services for our most vulnerable neighbors living outside and helps them navigate complicated systems to access services and benefits.
During this time of COVID, our program has been extremely limited in our ability to perform campsite removals. The importance of maintaining relationships with our partners in outreach is now more critical than ever as they engage people to maintain ADA accessibility or assist with the distribution of life-saving supplies. This has been happening throughout COVID and the wildfires and smoke that brought the worst air quality in the world to Portland. HUCIRP has assisted with the coordination and distribution of these life saving supplies and is thankful for the strong partnerships we share with Multnomah County, the Joint Office of Homeless Services, and those outreach organizations who work daily to build trust with the most vulnerable in our community.