By Janet Goetze
for the Hollywood Star News
Mayor Charlie Hales has announced the launch of the Homelessness Toolkit, a resource for information on city homelessness initiatives, from safe sleeping guidelines to volunteer opportunities.
The toolkit is available at the city’s website. The online resource includes quick links to the One Point of Contact, a system designed to ameliorate frustration in reporting campsites by providing one place to share concerns about livability issues, according to the mayor’s office.
“My office has received countless phone calls, e-mails, and social media messages from Portlanders who want information about our efforts to manage livability,” Hales said. “We heard them, and we responded with an easily accessible warehouse of information.”
He is asking Portlanders for continued patience “and a recognition that we are all in this together,” Hales said. “Until we reach our goal of having a permanent home for all Portlanders, our short-term approach is to balance the need for people sleeping outside to be safe, with the entire city’s need for health, safety and livability.”
The online resource provides information about homelessness statistics, the Day Storage Pilot Program, shelter and temporary places to sleep, places to volunteer and the regional collaboration to end homelessness.