[Hpn] Dignity Village gets 6 month reprieve for homeless camp in Portland OR USA

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Wed, 31 Oct 2001 21:45:08 -0800

LINKS to Dignity Village & related stories follow 2 recent new items: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20011031/us/dignity_village_1.html FWD Associated Press - Wednesday October 31 6:23 AM ET [ OREGON USA ] TENT CITY IN PORTLAND GETS REPRIEVE PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A tent city for the homeless received a six-month reprieve when a local man agreed to cover the cost of moving Portland's leaf-composting program from the site. The tent city, Dignity Village, sits on a 7-acre parcel near Portland International Airport. The property normally is used in the fall to compost leaves from city streets. Leland Larson agreed to pay the city $20,000 to pay for the composting program. His payment would give city officials the choice of either contracting out the composting to a local recycling company or using the money to make improvements at the tent city site. ``I think it's the best idea for everyone,'' City Commissioner Erik Sten said. ``They've really done a remarkable job out there, and I think the worst thing we can do to them is force people into a neighborhood that doesn't want them.'' The village formed last year when a group of homeless people and advocates complained about the way many Portland area shelters are run. They said shelters enforce antiquated rules, split up couples and forbid pets. They also say some shelters aren't clean. The village moved several times before landing at the present site. Campers had been told they'd have to find a new spot by Nov. 1. http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/6000/20011030/lo/937905_1.html FWD Channel 6000 - Tuesday October 30 12:22 PM EST [ OREGON USA ] DIGNITY VILLAGE TO STAY PUT -- FOR NOW Dignity Village, the tent city comprised of homeless people, will be allowed to stay near the Portland International Airport for six more months. A local man agreed to pay the city about $20,000 to cover the cost of moving its leaf-composting program. The village sits on a 7-acre parcel owned by the city, just southwest of the airport. The property normally is used in the fall to compost leaves from city streets. With the city's blessing, Dignity Village moved there in September from a spot beneath the foot of the Fremont Bridge's west end. Campers were told that they would have to find a new spot by Nov. 1. The village formed last year when a group of homeless people and advocates complained about the way many Portland area shelters are run. The village moved several times before landing at the current site. END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** 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 ordinance. Please write "polite letters of concern" to Portland, Oregon officials. Ask them to stop forced relocations of Dignity Village and homeless people. DIGNITY VILLAGE Office: 1231 SW Morrison, Portland OR USA Phones: (503) 347 9831 (503) 228-5657 TO GET INVOLVED, Call Hannah at (503) 659-9384 http://www.ci.portland.or.us/inside/elect.htm EMAIL YOUR LETTERS TO: "Mayor Vera Katz" <mayorkatz@ci.portland.or.us>, "Commissioner Jim Francesconi" <jfrancesconi@ci.portland.or.us>, "Commissioner Charlie Hales" <chales@ci.portland.or.us>, "Commissioner Dan Saltzman" <dsaltzman@ci.portland.or.us>, "Commissioner Erik Sten" <erik@ci.portland.or.us>, "City Auditor Gary Blackmer" <gblackmer@ci.portland.or.us> SAMPLE LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR DIGNITY VILLAGE: http://www.oregonlive.com/printer2.ssf?/oped/oregonian/01/01/ed_71hubbi27.frame 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 ] [Hpn] *PORTLAND FORCIBLY RELOCATES HOMELESS - Dignity Village saga LINKS - Oregon USA Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net - Sun, 9 Sep 2001 00:45:16 -0700 (PDT) PORTLAND OREGON USA FORCIBLY RELOCATES HOMELESS PEOPLE'S "DIGNITY VILLAGE" ENCAMPMENT LINKS for "Dignity Village" follow the RELATED NEWS LINKS below: http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news?p=homeless+AND+Portland&c=news&n=10 Yahoo News SEARCH for "Portland AND homeless" http://newsfinder.arinet.com/fpweb/fp.dll/$stargeneral/htm/x_dv.htm/_ibyx/cg0302 6/_itox/starnet/_svc/news/_Id/738035884/_k/lTBnwKWiRu2MhsAH FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Sep 05 2001 19:59 Under orders from Portland officials, homeless take down tents in 'Dignity Village' By ANDREW KRAMER - Associated Press Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Most of the homeless people in a tent village beneath a downtown bridge packed up their belongings and left Wednesday, bowing to city demands. But a handful of homeless people said they wouldn't budge from the site they call Dignity Village, and would let themselves be arrested instead. http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010905/us/dignity_village_1.html Wednesday September 5 7:19 AM ET Village Residents Won't Relocate By ANDREW KRAMER, Associated Press Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Residents of a downtown tent village for the homeless say they will face arrest rather than comply with a city order forcing them to relocate to a composting field several miles away. ``I'm not going to live in a concentration camp,'' said 67-year-old John Reese, one of about 75 people who have been living in ``Dignity Village'' during the past year. [ SNIP of content repeated in the updated AP story above this excerpt ] http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/6000/20010906/lo/900667_1.html FWD Channel 6000 - Thursday September 06 10:39 AM EDT Deadline Passes For 'Dignity Village' Residents Wednesday was moving day for "Dignity Village." Just before noon, the tent city agreed to move out from underneath the Fremont Bridge. Around 1:30 p.m., Tri-Met buses and trucks arrived to move them to the new location, but only about 15 people moved right away. Some will find their own way to the new Sunderland site in North Portland, others are scattering to various places. The site was offered by the city, as negotiations about where to relocate the homeless group continue. Portland police officers say as long as there's a good faith effort to move, they won't make any arrests. Discussion: Should The City Provide Home For Campers? http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_stand ard.xsl?/base/portland_news/99969093318376134.xml FWD The Oregonian - 09/05/2001 PORTLAND Area's shelters reflect challenges they face, defenders say KIMBERLY MOY Those who run Portland's homeless shelters acknowledge the facilities aren't perfect. But they also question assertions made by some residents of Dignity Village that the shelters are dirty, overly restrictive and not geared to the needs of the homeless community. http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/6000/20010831/lo/897767_1.html Channel 6000 http://www.koln.com/ Friday August 31 02:56 PM EDT Homeless Campers Agree To New Location Homeless campers have reluctantly accepted the city's proposed location for their tent city. Some members of the group don't like the location because it's not near downtown, soup kitchens, health care and job opportunities. http://newsfinder.arinet.com/fpweb/fp.dll/$stargeneral/htm/x_dv.htm/_ibyx/cg0302 6/_itox/starnet/_svc/news/_Id/737001723/_k/EixlUgvxNh3bu7di FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Aug 30 2001 20:21 Photo Advisory PD102-103 Homeless at ``Dignity Village'' angry, but say they'll move By JASON GEORGE - Associated Press Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Despite protests by homeless people and activists who packed the council chambers, the City Council voted Thursday to go ahead with relocating about 75 homeless people from a tent city near downtown to a site several miles away. Homeless people who attended the council meeting said the relocation of what they call ``Dignity Village'' will put them farther from soup kitchens, hospitals and job opportunities. They also said they have kept the current site of their camp free of crime by creating their own security patrol, and have kept it clean through garbage recycling. http://newsfinder.arinet.com/fpweb/fp.dll/$stargeneral/htm/x_dv.htm/_ibyx/cg0302 6/_itox/starnet/_svc/news/_Id/736988644/_k/xPQhbSXhZYKUvFc6 FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Aug 30 2001 18:32 Homeless at ``Dignity Village'' angry over eviction order By JASON GEORGE - Associated Press Writer PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Homeless people living in a tent city they call Dignity Village are angry over the city's order that they move their camp to a mulching field near Portland International Airport. http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/oregonian/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_stand ard.xsl?/base/portland_news/99908613117192114.xml FWD The Oregonian 08/29/2001 Homeless spurn new tent site DAVID AUSTIN and SCOTT LEARN Portland city leaders said Tuesday they want Dignity Village, a tent city for the homeless, to move to a site near Portland International Airport's runways for 60 days. If the villagers refuse, they'll face police sweeps of any other campground they choose, officials say. They could also jeopardize negotiations with the city for a more permanent site after building credibility with the City Council by running the camp well. [Hpn] CAMP DIGNITY in Portland, Oregon USA seeks your support (fwd) FWD 18 Feb 2001 / REPLY TO AUTHOR: "John Coomler" <jcoomler@teleport.com> 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 regularly. 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 responsible. 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 assistance. 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 donations! 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. SEE ALSO: http://www.oregonlive.com/oped/index.ssf?/oped/oregonian/01/01/ed_41mki217.frame Indignities - Oregonian EDITORIAL of 17 January 2001 http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/6000/20010114/lo/289893_1.html FWD Channel 6000 - Sunday January 14 09:00 PM EST HOMELESS CAMP GETS WALKING PAPERS PORTLAND POLICE ASK CAMP TO MOVE http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis/web/vortex/display?slug= homeless25m&date=20001225 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. ] http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/6000/20001017/lo/227316_1.html 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. http://www.oregonlive.com/oped/index.ssf?/oped/00/10/ed_61justu06.frame 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 remona@uswest.net 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 http://www.oregonlive.com/printer2.ssf?/news/oregonian/00/09/lc_51camp28.frame FWD The Oregonian - Thursday, September 28, 2000 HOMELESS CAMPING BAN VOIDED "Street Roots" <newsroom@streetroot.org>, <beditor@streetroot.org> http://www.streetroot.org http://www.systemsolver.com/oregoncamps/ Planned Camps in Portland, Oregon http://www.poorpeoplesguide.org/camp/index.html Dignity Village <DignityVillage@PoorPeoplesGuide.org> http://www.poorpeoplesguide.org Poor People's Guide Visit HPN for CONSTANTLY UPDATING NEWS on Homeless People: *************************************************************** Over 10,000 articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people Been Homeless? Then JOIN! 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