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Friday, May 27, 2022

Updates from the Safe Rest Village Program

Commissioner Dan Ryan and the Safe Rest Village staff hosted a site tour at
the new Queer Affinity Village location on SW Naito Parkway on May 13, 2022.
A Warm Welcome - Thanks to Tivnu
Teen Volunteers Set the Stage
More than a dozen 10th graders from the Frankel Jewish Academy in Detroit came to Portland this week to do some good. They are participants in Tivnu, a Jewish social justice youth group. 

For the soon-to-open Multnomah Village SRV, they developed their carpentry skills when they created planter boxes, a Welcome sign, and other site amenities, all using recycled wood.  While in Portland, they also worked on projects for the Native American Youth Center, and Kindness Farm.  Their itinerary also included a site tour at Dignity Village, Portland's oldest self-managed outdoor shelter (est. 2000), plus a raft trip down the Deschutes and a skate night at Oaks Bottom.  And of course, a visit to Powells. 

We're grateful for their efforts. No doubt the guests at the Multnomah SRV will be as well. 
"As a construction trainer, of course, I'm a big believer in hands-on tangible work. I love turning kids on to cordless drills and chop saws. At the wrap-up yesterday it was great hearing how one girl said she was apprehensive about the chop saw but tried it and LOVED it. I don't get tired of that.
But obviously, there is an even more important level to it...getting these young people to think about and ask questions about houselessness.
Working on this project helped with that. I heard some good questions and some thoughtful reflections about houselessness. What you said to our groups, and how you said it added such an important dimension. I appreciate it."
~ Erik Brakstad, Tivnu Construction Trainer
Sharing feedback with Michelle Ladd, the SRV Construction Project Manager
Updates on Specific Sites
Menlo Park SRV
  • Drawings for permits are now in for review. 
Multnomah SRV
  • The Jewish teen social justice group, Tivnu, has been helping get the site ready for move-in. They've been constructing planter boxes, making welcome signs, and doing other small projects around the site.
  • Trenching to place utilities for the shared restroom, shower, laundry, and kitchenette facilities will start next week.
NW Naito SRV
  • Lease negotiations continue
  • Survey work is coming soon
  • In the meantime, the site is secured with temporary construction fencing
Peninsula Crossing Trail SRV
  • Our architects are working on site design plans to submit for permits soon.
SE Reedway SRV
  • Our architects are working on site design plans to submit for permits soon.
Sunderland RV Safe Park
  • We are finalizing details with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to prepare the site for development.
Queer Affinity Village (new location)
  • Villagers from Water Avenue relocated to their new shelter location on SW Naito earlier this month. 
  • A few finishing touches are being worked on, including the construction of a 7ft wooden perimeter fence. 
  • Below is a photo of the general layout of the village.
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