Montavilla for Houseless Human Rights
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Whereas the City Council has the obligation to make responsible use of taxpayer dollars; and
Whereas the City Council has the obligation to address homelessness in a responsible, constitutional, and compassionate manner that respects the rights of homeless residents;
Whereas the City of Portland continues to spend large sums of taxpayer dollars on sweeps of homeless camps;
Whereas the sweeps of homeless camps do not reduce homelessness and have a detrimental impact on homeless populations that have nowhere to shelter due to lack of adequate investments in shelters and affordable housing; and
Whereas the sweeps, as policy of addressing homelessness, has failed and is not achieving positive outcomes for housed or houseless Portlanders and wastes taxpayer dollars; now, therefore,
We as Montavilla Residents
1. urges the Portland City Council to cease further sweeps of camps in the Montavilla Neighborhood Boundaries which may be unconstitutional and be human rights violations;
2. Urges the city council and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement to endorse or acknowledge the basic human rights of homeless people as outlined in the Oregon Legislative Assemblies House Bill 2215, The Right to Rest Act. (https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2017R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2215/Introduced
3. urges the Portland City Council to convene a meeting of stakeholders to include Neighborhood Associations, Neighborhood Coalitions, Portland Housing Bureau, Joint Office of Homeless Services, Advocacy Groups and Other Key Stakeholders to develop a responsible 5-year plan to address homelessness by allocating limited taxpayer dollars to long term solutions that reduce the population of those living outside by adding affordable housing, new shelter beds, transitional housing and adequate mental health and substance abuse services;
4. urges other neighborhood associations within the Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition to join the Montavilla Neighborhood Association in encouraging a more responsible response to addressing homelessness that uses long term solutions to address homelessness versus ineffective and expensive tactics to address symptoms;
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