"I won’t wait to act. As Mayor I will use my executive authority to move us in the right direction in strategic ways," - Mayor Wheeler, February 4, 2022.
Mayor Wheeler began issuing a series of Emergency Declarations in February 2022. These actions will speed the City’s recovery on a number of important issues. More declarations are expected throughout the spring.
On February 4, 2022 Mayor Wheeler issued an Emergency Declaration to Address Campsites in Dangerous Sites Located High Crash Transportation Corridors within the City of Portland.
The emergency order does three things:
1. Prohibits camping along high-speed corridors.
2. Prioritizes the work of the Impact Reduction Team to post and remove camps in these areas.
3. It enables them to keep these sites free of camping with no right of return.
On February 24, 2022 Mayor Wheeler granted emergency powers to Commissioner Dan Ryan as his delegate to “consolidate and coordinate the implementation of Safe Rest Villages and alternative shelters.” This declaration will accelerate the process of establishing Safe Rest Villages (SRVs) throughout Portland.
Safe Rest Villages will be managed, temporary, outdoor shelters with onsite case management, peer support, behavioral and mental health services, as well as amenities such as showers, flush toilets, laundry, trash/recycling, and community gathering spaces.
On March 2, 2022 Mayor Wheeler issued an Emergency Declaration to activate a Street Services Coordination Center.
This new centralized incident command structure will connect local agencies and service providers to a singular point of contact. The goal of this Emergency Declaration is to get more houseless Portlanders compassionately placed into safe shelter.
The Street Services Coordination Center will be funded with by a $5.5 million-dollar investment that was already allocated during the 2021 Fall Budget Monitoring Process.
On Wednesday, May 11 2022, Mayor Wheeler's fourth Emergency Declaration went into effect to improve the cleanup of the city, unrelated to homelessness. This is the fourth in a series of Emergency Declarations aimed at helping to address homelessness and livability issues in Portland.
This Emergency Declaration will improve the cleanup of the city, unrelated to homelessness. This will streamline the work and accountability for cleaning up, dealing with trash, graffiti, illegal dumping, abandoned cars, and more. It focuses on cleanup work apart from—and outside of—occupied outdoor homeless camps. It will work to activate a new center, the Public Environment Management Office (PEMO) to manage operations.