Alliance presses for solutions
The Alliance joined Mayor Wheeler at a press conference on Oct. 6 to discuss actions the city is taking to address homelessness.The Alliance joined Mayor Wheeler at a press conference on Oct. 6 to discuss actions the city is taking to address homelessness. The mayor specifically noted the city’s partnership with the Alliance in finding solutions to provide more shelter space and minimize livability impacts. The Alliance helped organize a meeting with Old Town businesses to discuss a proposed shelter in that neighborhood, as well as actions that could be utilized to improve the condition of public right of ways in that neighborhood. Finally, the Alliance sent a letter to Gov. Brown asking for additional resources for the Oregon Department of Transportation so the agency can better respond to garbage in public rights of way. Read the letter.
Continuing the belief that better services to the homeless must lead any effort to deal with livability in Portland, the Alliance announced a $10,000 contribution to Central City Concern at the Oct. 10 luncheon honoring retiring CEO Ed Blackburn. Alliance board Chair Jim Mark and his wife, Jenny, matched that donation. Meantime, Downtown Clean & Safe pledged $30,000 to fund Transition Project’s Mobile Engagement Initiative this year.