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homelessness

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Petition to Montavilla Neighborhood Association Board, Amanda Rhoads, David Linn, Brad Donahue, John Rotter, Olivia Alsept-Ellis, Antigonus Jarrett, Marc Jolin, Ted Wheeler

We Oppose Sanctioned Camping in Montavilla Neighborhood

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:https://bit.ly/2laoNT9MNA may vote on a resolution endorsing the vision at their July 9th Board and General meetings:https://bit.ly/2JMBsq5You can email the entire board input at: mna-email@montavillapdx.org

Montavilla Initiative
102 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Mayor Kelli Linville

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY - Homelessness Response in Bellingham, WA - Whatcom County

INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECTIVES OF RCW STATE GUIDELINES Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act (Ch. 43.185C RCW) for addressing homelessness, we the people ask the CITY to DECLARE ITS RIGHTFUL AUTHORITY and responsibility in leadership ACTION to address the alarming headcount of unhoused population in Bellingham, WA, and to do so by ACTION in accordance of meeting the needs of the unhoused population who are in crisis. PROVISIONS REQUIRED FOR UNHOUSED POPULATION ·        AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND/OR SHELTER ·        PUBLIC 24/7 ACCESS TO TOILETS ·        PUBLIC 24/7 ACCESS TO FREE STORAGE ·        PERMISSIBLE PARKING FOR VEHICLES ·        SATISFACTORY MEASURES AND ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR MEETING DAILY BASIC NEEDS ·        EMERGENCY SHELTER IN IMMEDIATE REAL-TIME (IN ADDITION TO LONG-TERM PLANNING OBJECTIVES) ·        SPECIALIZED SHELTER FOR “SPECIAL NEEDS” (as defined by chronic illness, unstable physical/mental health, and/or any such impairment or disability causing exacerbated vulnerability when participating in current shelter settings) ASSESSMENT OF CITY CONDITIONS:   ·        RECONSTRUCTION OF PIT ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF HOMELESSNESS CENSUS REPORTS ·        ESTABLISH LOCATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING IMMEDIATE WINTER WEATHER SHELTER  ·        PREVENTATIVE ACTION AND IMPLEMENTATION FOR BOTH EMERGENCY AND DAILY NEED  ·        ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE AND ADDRESS CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR BARRIERS TO CITY ACTION ·        ENACTMENT OF SANCTIONED ENCAMPMENTS WHEN VIABLE SHELTER IS NOT ADEQUATE FOR PROVIDING OCCUPANCY FOR UNHOUSED POPULATION, INCLUDING BOTH GENERAL POPULATIONS AND THOSE IN DIRE CONDITIONS WITH “SPECIAL NEEDS”   To Kelli Linville: We the people ask that you make a formal DECLARATION OF CITY EMERGENCY if the city is incapacitated to ACT INDEPENDENTLY TO ACCOMPLISH THESE TASKS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY with determination that outside intervention for additional resources and management from the COUNTY and/or STATE as well as EMERGENCY TASK FORCES be implemented if the City is ineffective in addressing the homelessness criteria stated above and refuses to act in the best interest of the people.   AND LASTLY, the people seek a concentrated effort of priority to consider and  ALLEVIATE BARRIERS that prevent COMMUNITY OUTREACH WITHIN THE PRIVATE AND BUSINESS SECTOR and the burden that has been unrealistically and unfairly placed on the private sector. It is an obligation of the CITY to remedy homelessness and delegate the duties of assistance to the people in partnership and collaborative effort with NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (BOTH RELIGIOUS AND OTHER) THAT CAN ASSIST THE CITY IN THIS EFFORT OF PROVIDING VIABLE SHELTER/HOUSING; however, it is the duty of the CITY to provide this assistance by RCW State Guidelines for addressing homelessness.  IMPLEMENTATION OF SOLUTIONS FOR ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:   ·        PROVIDING BOTH TEMPORARY AND LONG-TERM SHELTER(S) FOR UNHOUSED PERSONS BASED ON HUMAN NEEDS ·        LOCATING AND ADDRESSING THE “SPECIAL NEEDS” POPULATION CURRENTLY ISOLATED FROM ACCESSING COMMON-USE FACILITIES PUBLIC DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLE: CURRENT SHELTER OPTIONS ESTABLISHED IN COORDINATION WITH THE CITY AS EXISTING NON-PROFIT AGENCIES ARE LIMITED IN THEIR CAPACITY TO SUPPORT THE ENTIRE UNHOUSED POPULATION DUE TO FACTORS OF SIZE, UNSATISFACTORY RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE CITY SHELTER EXPANSION, CONTRADICTIONS OF STANDARD OF CARE, CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE, NEGLIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR THOSE WITH “SPECIAL NEEDS”, AND A LACK OF VIABLE SUPPORT, WHICH HAS RESULTED IN BARRIERS FOR IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR LACK OF SERVICES FOR BELLINGHAM WA UNHOUSED POPULATION. IMMEDIATE RESPONSIVENESS IS REQUIRED BY OUR CITY OFFICIALS TO OFFSET FURTHER CRISIS AND APPROACHING WEATHER HAZARDS THAT POSE UNFORSEEN THREAT, ILLNESS, AND DEATH TO THOSE UNSHELTERED  LIVING ON THE STREET, AS WELL AS PREVENTATIVE ACTION THAT PERTAINS TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPERCUSSIONS THAT ARE INCUMBENT TO THE ENTIRE CITY WHEN LIVES ARE LOST.  We the people ask you, Mayor Kelli Linville and the members of Bellingham City Council to in your civic duty and representation of the people you serve (whose advocacy in this petition is in support of housing our unhoused residents) to ACT NOW in accordance with RCW State Law, for measures of proper human responsiveness in sheltering our unhoused population with priority.

Jennifer Mansfield
125 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, Doug LaMalfa, Connie Leyva, Donald Wagner, Donald Trump, President Donald Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs, Zoe Lofgren, Human Rights Campaign, Department of Education, Michelle Obama, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Maxine Waters, Xavier Becerra, Young Kim, Tom Young, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Kamala Harris, Melissa Melendez, Melania Trump, Karen Pence, Rex W. Tillerson, Mike Pence, Ben Kalasho, Jeff Sessions, Maria Foscarinis, Megan Hustings, Amy Anderson, Phil Ting, Miguel Santiago, Hilda Solis, Jan Arbuckle, Oscar Villegas, Stephany Aguilar, Phil Ansell, Robert Huff, Ed Royce, Dana Rohrabacher, Raul Ruiz, Darrell Issa, Barbara Lee, Adam Schiff, New York Times, ABC, Democratic National Committee, Facebook, FOX News, FOX Broadcasting Company, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Google, Inc, Twitter, Inc, Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg, NBC, Republican National Committee, Department of Homeland Security, Bill Quirk, John Garamendi, Eric Swalwell, Jackie Speier, Mike Honda, Scott Peters, Anna Eshoo, Jerry McNerney, Jim Costa, Mark Takano, Jared Huffman, Ken Calvert, Mike Thompson, Alan Lowenthal, Lois Capps, Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Kevin de Leon, United States Department of Labor, Luis Alejo, Live Nation, Linda Sanchez, LinkedIn, Ted Lieu, Carol Liu, Ling Ling Chang, Tony Cardenas, Kristin Olsen, United States Department of Health and Human Services, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Cheryl Brown, Adrin Nazarian, Amazon.com, Amazon, Tom McClintock, USA Today, Norma Torres, Tumblr, Karen Bass, Capcom, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Jeff Brown, Joe Buscaino, Cindy Cavanaugh, Curtis Hunt, Kathy Miller, Jacky Morales-Ferrand, Elizabeth Pianca, Stacie Spector, Gail Holland

Unhomeless the Homeless in California

Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population.  Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday. In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report. "We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union. The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 25 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent over the previous count. The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles. According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent of this increase. According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked: - second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent; - first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors.  Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least  134,278 men, women and children -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities.  In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way.  Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.  Then Share this petition with your friends on social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
3,742 supporters