Homeless and Displaced Tenants are in urgent need of IMMEDIATE Emergency Assistance. You can listen to the 1/14/16/ House Interim Committee on human services and housing here.
- Are you rent burdened?
- Priced out?
- Unable to find affordable housing?
- Have you received a no-cause eviction?
Tenants are joining together, organizing and finding solutions.
Our Emergency Task Force Team has outlined an Emergency Response Plan to enable us to identify:
- Who needs help
- Where you are
- What YOU need
- When You need it.
We are holding a Tenant Emergency Response Meeting
Wednesday January 20, 2016
4040 NE Tillamook St.
Portland Oregon 97212
Come and meet our team, share your stories and ideas
Learn ways you can help
Displaced Tenants Can’t Wait
Economically displaced tenants are waiting for months, worried whether or not they can afford a roof over their head any longer, without real protections or assurances of:
- Where are the emergency resources?
- When will resources become available?
- What are the requirements and qualifications needed?
- How to go about accessing services
The lack of a clear and true Emergency Response is all too apparent for middle and low-income families with children, fixed income seniors, and people with disabilities on the brink of homelessness.
Our Task Force Has Outlined 4 Main Emergency Targets:
“Needed are tools, resources and Emergency Rapid-Response Networks ready to serve people in need.
#1 1-to-2-year Moratorium on Rent Increases until we can get new affordable housing stock in place and try to get this disaster under control.
#2 Direct Outreach to Displaced tenants and homeless people, finding out exactly who needs immediate assistance (what they need and when they need it). Tenants can get their names and intake information on a Displaced Tenants Services Listing. This would include: children, the medically needy, seniors, low-income families (especially those who lost their jobs), veterans, etc. Children should be our top priority so that schools with homeless or displaced students can plug into the Emergency Network.
#3 Immediate Prioritizing and Allocation of Resources
Portland, Gresham and Multnomah County officials have approved $30 million to reduce homelessness by 50 percent over the next 3 years.
Funds are allocated as follows:
- $12.5 million to put the homeless into housing
- $10 million for building affordable housing
- $5 million for shelter expansions and operations
- $2.5 million to prevent people from becoming homeless
Possible recipients will need to wait 6 months or longer until july 2016 for these resources to be made available. Has the funding pie already been sliced and divided up? Which agencies will receive these funds?
The City of Portland’s commitment to building new affordable housing stock is also vital, but these important tools and proposed housing legislation by Rep. Keny-Guyer are long term endeavors.
#4 Direct disbursement of emergency funds to displaced tenants
Out of the 2.5 million allocated for homelessness prevention by the city, what percentage of these funds will actually be issued directly to people who need the help? How much will get consumed by agency operating costs, filling budget gaps? Local agencies generally have specific access criteria people must meet and service provider restrictions, creating barriers for potential recipients. Examples of restrictions are:
The sad part about this lack of an emergency infrastructure is that the people who need the help too often:
- Receive little or no notification of which agency to call, where to go to wait in line etc.
- Receive the run-around from well meaning ill-informed referral agencies who give out incorrect information. This causes people who rely on public transportation to spend all day on a bus or train going back and forth using up what little resources they have left getting nowhere and receiving nothing.
This type of slow-churning ( return-your-call-1 month later) inefficient and chaotic response of poor to no-service-at-all operates as the norm. For people losing their housing and living under mounting emergency pressures, being exposed to additional indignities adds even more injustice to an already oppressive rental-market system.
The Tenants Priced Out Emergency Task Force Team is developing an Emergency Services Delivery Model, filling the need to assist displaced tenants in gaining more immediate and direct access to available resources within the community.