'Treat homelessness like the emergency it is'
Portland Tribune, Oct 24. 2017
'A plan to transform Portland together' (re: homelessness)
Oregonian, Oct 11. 2017
Modular homeless units
Portland Tribune, Dec. 2013
'Help homeless now'
Portland Tribune, March 2016
I have worked on homeless issues since 1990, from housing, to shelters, to innovative solutions that focus on effectively addressing the challenge. I designed the national award winning Simone Hotel for homeless, numerous other shelters and homeless housing projects. My Kah San Chako Haws project for NAYA featured a studio unit that was designed for homeless singles and couples. I was the designer for ImHomeToo, innovative modular units for homeless that are designed to lower unit cost and increase the quantity of homeless housing. And I helped design and make happen the MicroBlok shown above. I am a consensus builder who has produced solutions that get built.
Why I am the right candidate to address homelessness:
1. My expertise in homelessness
2. I listen, I collaborate
3. My real world problem solving skills
4. My passion to make significant progress
Please click on images for further information on some of the projects I designed for people who were homeless.
Ocean Park Community Center
Kah San Studio
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Walking out my office on SW 12th one day in 2009, I saw this, during the depth of the Great Recession. I became even more determined to find housing solutions for our homeless in Portland after seeing this.
Housing is at the root of almost all of Portland's most pressing issues.
It has started to rain, and here we go again into inhumane and dangerous living conditions after a summer of little progress. Where is the sense of urgency to make real progress for Portlanders experiencing homelessness?Where is the passion to cut through the red tape and get people housed?
People need housing that is Safe, Warm, Dry, with Dignity. Now.
I share the continuing frustration. I will work hard to help significantly reduce homelessness in Portland collaboratively with other commissioners, community members and our houseless citizens. I am mad about our homeless problem, I am results oriented, and homelessness is awful for our city, and, inhumane.
These are some of the actions the city should take to address homelessness that I will advocate for, and help work to bring about:
• Top down plan for 4000+ homeless that focuses on timely results.
• Every homeless person identified and assessed for needs.
• Inventory private and public buildings and properties for temporary shelter and permanent housing for our homeless.
• Analyze best practices in other cities
• Determine private and public funding sources
• Greatly reduce the pipelines into homelessness.
• Coordinate services for homeless.
• Bring in innovation to reduce homeless housing unit cost and reduce delivery time of units.
Immediately implement plan and provide large quantities of shelters and housing.
We have over 1600 people unsheltered on our streets, with over 4000 houseless.
Nearly 100% of homeless women are reported to be sexually abused or raped.
88 Portlanders experiencing homelessness died on our streets in 2015.