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Discussion on Homelessness
Marty Wine, City Management
Norma Alley, City Management
Update, Discussion, Direct Staff
Council Workshop Mtg.
Discussion on the face of homelessness and the availability of services for the homeless in Tigard.
STAFF RECOMMENDATION / ACTION REQUEST
Receive the information presented by representatives of Just Compassion, consider recommendations and provide direction to staff.
KEY FACTS AND INFORMATION SUMMARY
On January 27, 2015 the city council adopted goals for 2015 - 2017. In addition to goals, another set of issues were identified that have been scheduled for discussion at council workshop meetings. A discussion of homelessness and the availability of services for the homeless was added to the list. Over the last several months, Councilor Woodard and Assistant City Manager Newton have been meeting with Just Compassion to gain information to facilitate a discussion with council on the face of homelessness in Tigard.
Just Compassion was formed in 2010 as a once a month meeting to resource those organizations serving adults without homes in Tigard. Separate organizations host severe weather shelters, community meals, food pantries and showers and laundry services. Just Compassion of East Washington County is a registered non-profit in Oregon and is pursuing 501(c)(3) status. The intent is to expand the coalition membership to include local businesses and to have a fully operational adult homeless day shelter.
Members of Just Compassion prepared a very comprehensive report as background for the council's discussion which is attached. The information on homelessness and the availability of services for the homeless in Tigard begins on page 3 of the report. As noted above, Just Compassion's goal is to open a day shelter for adult homeless in Tigard and suggests specific ways the council could collaborate with the group to achieve this goal beginning on page 8 of the report. As part of council's discussion, staff will be prepared to offer possible assistance the city could provide.
COUNCIL GOALS, POLICIES, APPROVED MASTER PLANS
Included as an item on the list of "Issues for Further Council Discussion" in the 2015-17 Tigard City Council goals adopted January 27, 2015.
DATES OF PREVIOUS COUNCIL CONSIDERATION
Just Compassion Report to City Council
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