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Mayor Ted Wheeler to host second community conversation on homelessness

Press release


Members of the media,

On Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., Mayor Ted Wheeler will host a second community conversation on homelessness this year at the Beaumont Middle School cafeteria in northeast Portland. Building on the first community conversation earlier this month in southeast Portland, Mayor Wheeler – joined by service providers, community advocates and people with lived experiences – will share how the City is addressing homelessness and housing instability while inviting community members to share their priorities for continued improvements and upcoming budget decisions.

“At our first community conversation we shared how our strategic actions and partnerships are effectively addressing homelessness. We know focusing on shelter, housing, and services works. On any given day, 12,000 people stay in housing who otherwise might’ve been homeless in the city and county because of our efforts,” Mayor Wheeler said. “We also received valuable insight from community members. That insight will inform how we navigate the challenges we will continue to face in alleviating this crisis. No other issue is a higher priority in this administration.”

The Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue, the Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program (HUCIRP), the City of Portland and Multnomah County’s Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS), the Portland Housing Bureau, and two nonprofit providers, JOIN and Central City Concern, will be among the organizations presenting.

Members of the media are invited to attend.

  • WHAT: Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Community Conversation on Homelessness
  • WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Beaumont Middle School Cafeteria - 4043 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212

This event is the second of four community conversations on homelessness being hosted by Mayor Wheeler. Two more will be held during the month of March at the following times and locations:

North Portland

  • Tuesday, Mar. 3, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • University of Portland Bauccio Commons
  • 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97203

Southwest Portland

  • Saturday, Mar. 7, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Multnomah Arts Center Gymnasium
  • 7688 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland, OR  97219