[Hpn] CAMP DIGNITY in Portland, Oregon USA seeks your support (fwd)
Tue, 20 Feb 2001 13:31:12 -0800 (PST)
FWD 18 Feb 2001 / REPLY TO AUTHOR: "John Coomler" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
CAMP DIGNITY IN PORTLAND, OREGON [ USA ]
Camp Dignity is the preliminary stage to Dignity Village in Portland,
Oregon. Currently, it is a nylon community of about fifty homeless adults
on the edge of the downtown core area. The struggle is to gain governmental
support for this temporary space while a permanent location can be
negotiated. The police are wanting to remove the inhabitants soon (for the
sixth time) so public support is critical now.
Rebuttals to Unaware Statements and Questions About Homeless People
S & Q: Why don't those homeless people get a job?
Rebuttal: Actually, a lot of people living on the streets already work
quite a lot, but housing is very expensive. And some people have
issues that prevent them from being able to work in any regular
employment capacity. Mental and physical disabilities, substance abuse, and
lack of social skills prevent many people from being able to work
S & Q: Why don't those homeless people go to the shelters?
Rebuttal: There are fewer than 600 shelter beds in Portland to accommodate
the more than 3,000 adults and youth needing shelter each night and
the number of homeless is growing. The adult shelters are not
clean, safe for personal belongings, accommodating for those people
who are ill or who work late and need to sleep late, and the shelters are
not conducive for healthy attitudes about oneself. Approximately 1/3 of
the adult homeless are not involved in the substance culture and they do
not want to be forced to live with those people who are abusers.
S & Q: Homeless people are dirty and they leave a mess everywhere they go.
Rebuttal: Some people do live in filthy conditions and have little regard
for themselves and their surroundings. But many homeless desire
clean and sanitary conditions around themselves. The
Dignity Village will be monitored by the inhabitants themselves to keep
their space clean and sanitary. They have left every place they have
stayed as part of Camp Dignity cleaner than when they arrived.
There are portable toilets and a garbage dumpster is being secured so
that the garbage can be removed daily. Considering the challenges of their
living situation these homeless people are incredibly conscientious and
S & Q: Why does Dignity Village need to be so close to downtown, they can
find more land farther out?
Rebuttal: These homeless people are trying very hard to rebuild their
lives and in order to do that they need to be close to the services
that can help them do that. Many people need to have regular
medical appointments, go to work, access mass transportation, and connect
with each other for social purposes. New people are always going to be
arriving to Portland and an easy-to-find place will only help them in
their efforts to improve their lives
S & Q: Homeless people do not deserve all of these handouts and welfare
Rebuttal: Actually, the homeless people use much less free assistance than
do many of our businesses and more wealthy individuals who
receive large publicly funded tax breaks, tax shelters, grants, and
favorable rulings by governmental bodies. The homeless who work do pay
taxes and often are not able to qualify for some of the publicly funded
support that the wealthier people receive. The homeless just receive
different forms of support.
What Is Needed and What Can You Do? There is an urgent need for cash
Camp Dignity needs large 6-person nylon tents, facilities for washing their
clothes and themselves, money to pay for the servicing of the portable
toilets, for the cell phone time, for parts to repair tents and equipment,
for improving the cooking facilities, and for many other needs.
Either CONTACT Street Roots at 503-228-5657, or visit the website at
http://www.outofthedoorways.org, or visit the camp under the Fremont Bridge
at 17th and Savier NW.
E-mail is <email@example.com>.
All donations are tax deductible.
CONTACT PORTLAND OFFICIALS
Portland OR USA -- Mayor Vera Katz is determined to keep homeless people
from camping here, despite a court ruling against the city's anti-camping
Please write "polite letters of concern" to Portland, Oregon officials. In
your own words, ask them to stop police from evicting the homeless camp
here, called Dignity Village.
Office: 1231 SW Morrison, Portland OR USA
Phones: (503) 347 9831
TO GET INVOLVED, Call Hannah at (503) 659-9384
EMAIL YOUR LETTERS TO:
"Mayor Vera Katz" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
"Commissioner Jim Francesconi" <email@example.com>,
"Commissioner Charlie Hales" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
"Commissioner Dan Saltzman" <email@example.com>,
"Commissioner Erik Sten" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
"City Auditor Gary Blackmer" <email@example.com>
Or search the LINK below to find out how to PHONE or send them "snailmail":
http://www.ci.portland.or.us/inside/elect.htm [ accurate as of 22 Jan 2001 ]
City of Portland Elected Officials [ phone, address & email CONTACT INFO ]
BELOW find some related links:
SAMPLE LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR DIGNITY VILLAGE:
FWD Oregonian - Saturday, January 27, 2001
[ Guest Editorial ]
Camp Dignity is no indignity, it's an answer
The homeless tent camp fills a need, beds for people who need them,
at no cost to the city; so what's the problem and concern here?
by John Hubbird [ of JOIN and Street Roots homeless newspaper ]
Indignities - Oregonian EDITORIAL of 17 January 2001
FWD Channel 6000 - Sunday January 14 09:00 PM EST
HOMELESS CAMP GETS WALKING PAPERS
PORTLAND POLICE ASK CAMP TO MOVE
FWD Seattle Times - Monday, December 25, 2000
NO ARRESTS SINCE PORTLAND HOMELESS-CAMPS RULING
By The Associated Press
[ Since a judge ruled Portland, Oregon's "Anti-Camping law" UNCONSTITUTIONAL,
police are now using "other ordinances" to close down homeless camps. ]
FWD KOIN 6 News [Portland OR USA] - Tuesday October 17, 2000
HOMELESS CAMPING WILL BE DISCOURAGED
OFFICIALS TO WORK WITH POLICE DESPITE COURT RULING
Mayor Vera Katz is determined to keep homeless people from camping in
Portland, despite a court ruling against the city's anti-camping ordinance.
FWD Oregon Live / Friday, October 6, 2000
ANTI-CAMPING LAW NEVER CURED HOMELESS PROBLEM
CITY SHOULD FORGET AN APPEAL OF A JUDGE'S RULING
[Hpn] Portland's Anti-Camping Ordinance ruled unconstitutional...
Remona Cowles firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu, 19 Oct 2000 22:49:09 -0700
Camping ban overturned
Landmark decision by Multnomah County Judge Stephen Gallagher overturns
Portland's nineteen-year-old anti-camping ordinance
FWD The Oregonian - Thursday, September 28, 2000
HOMELESS CAMPING BAN VOIDED
"Street Roots" <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Planned Camps in Portland, Oregon
Dignity Village <DignityVillage@PoorPeoplesGuide.org>
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