We Oppose Sanctioned Camping in Montavilla Neighborhood

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We are a group of concerned neighbors, business owners, and members of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association (MNA) who are writing to oppose a City of Portland Sanctioned Homeless Camping Zone in the Montavilla neighborhood, which was discussed at the June 2018 Board Meeting (Video Link) of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association Board of Directors.

The proposed plan discussed at the MNA meeting did not incorporate neighborhood dialogue and discussion, provide sufficient notice, nor allow for outreach of the topic’s discussion to the neighborhood.  We must insist that plans like this be discussed with neighbors because implementing them can potentially cause considerable negative effect to our neighborhood’s livability. Furthermore, this method of board decision-making is not the transparent and inclusive process that neighborhood associations are supposed to operate under.

We are all concerned when people in our neighborhood are without shelter; however, we believe that everyone in our community must be considered, including our children, our financially vulnerable families, and our property and business owners. Montavilla is one of the largest neighborhoods in the city and decisions should not be casually implemented without having considerable neighborhood deliberation.  We welcome a dialogue with the Montavilla Neighborhood Association Board in which the entire neighborhood is notified and those who wish to have a voice in the matter can be properly represented and heard on this issue.

MNA is having a homeless forum on June 30th where more details around their vision for a sanctioned camp will supposed be shared. RSVP for the Forum here:

MNA may vote on a resolution endorsing the vision at their July 9th Board and General meetings:

You can email the entire board input at:

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