A joint Pearl District Neighborhood Association/Old Town Community Association Task Force has been created to discuss and evaluate all issues regarding the proposed, privately funded Homeless Navigation Center to be located at a vacant, city owned property on Naito Parkway at the Broadway Bridge. Originally established to discuss a homeless shelter location in Old Town, that site was replaced with the Navigation Center in the neighboring Pearl District. As a result, the Task Force was expanded to more substantially include Pearl neighborhood representation.
The Navigation Center has implications for the entire city as a successful venture here may lead to centers at other locations.
The group is comprised of representatives from the residential and business communities, the Mayor’s Office, the Police Bureau, the District Attorney’s Office, the Joint Office of Homeless Services, Multnomah County, social services agencies and Oregon Harbor of Hope - the private entity sponsoring and funding the facility https://oregonharborofhope.org/. After a preliminary meeting before the new site was announced, three meetings have since been held to discuss livability and safety issues, the operations of the facility, good neighbor agreements and the City, County and Police Bureau support roles in the venture. The Task Force is co-chaired by Christian Maynard Phillip from the Pearl District Neighborhood Association and Helen Ying from the Old Town Community Association.
The next meeting will be held on July 10th from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Central City Concern Recovery Center, 33 NW Broadway, third floor classroom. The meeting after that will be held on August 7th at the same time and place. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
A public Forum will also be held on August 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Studio at the Portland Center Stage Armory.
Does it seem that graffiti around town is worse than ever? Well, you’re right. According to a recent report to City Council by Juliette Muracchioli from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s (ONI) Graffiti Abatement Program, high priority graffiti reports involving hate or gang tags have increased considerably from 2011 through 2016. Much of this increase has occurred in the past two to three years.
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