Council doesn’t meet the first week in the month, but the week was packed with community events.
On Monday I cut the ribbon for the Annex, the new permanent home of St. Vinnie’s shelter program for families. The former church is now compartmentalized into sleeping spaces for 80 family members.
On Thursday, the second session of the Housing Tools and Strategies workshop began the difficult discussion of specific tools that the city could implement to make it easier to develop more housing that people can afford. The third and fourth sessions are scheduled for Nov. 14 & 28. This group of 32 community members will provide council with recommendations at council’s December 10th meeting.
This Wednesday, Oct. 10th, a joint session of city council and county commissioners will hear an update from TAC, the consultants who have mapped our system for addressing homelessness and will point the way to how a permanent shelter could integrate and expand our capacity to meet the need. As always, that meeting is open to the public and available through the city’s webcast. In the evening, the public is invited to the same presentation with an opportunity to discuss and offer feedback. The intention of this interim update is to gather feedback for more information or considerations before TAC completes their final report to council and board in January. The meeting this week is Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 5:30-7:30 pm, Downtown LCC campus, Rooms 112-114.
On Saturday I was able to thank 70 volunteers who removed trash as part of the Great Willamette River Clean up; and on Sunday, brought my trusty and well-used garden shovel to break ground on the new Kidsports facility at the former Civic Stadium site. In these days of daunting challenges, it is inspiring and encouraging to celebrate the many valuable ways our community comes together.