Neighbors organizing for affordable housing and housing justice in the Cully neighborhood, Portland, OR.
The Portland Solidarity Network (PDXSol) is an all-volunteer organization devoted to advocating for the rights of workers and tenants. We use direct action to confront individuals, organizations, or corporations responsible for exploiting, harassing, or cheating – in monetary or non-monetary terms – workers or tenants.
Portland Tenants United is a growing tenants union dedicated to organizing tenants to take action to strengthen and enforce tenants rights and protections.
Our mission is to help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. We are…
- Service providers and advocates.
- Experts in understanding adolescents.
- A Federally Qualified Health Center.
- A licensed Mental Health Agency.
- Leaders in serving LGBTQ youth.
Right 2 Survive was founded in 2009 and is a direct action group that educates both houseless and housed people on their civil, human, and constitutional rights. We also work to bridge the gap between housed and un-housed people by clearing away misconceptions and stigmas associated with houselessness and empower houseless people to stand up for them selves when their rights are violated.
We are a nonprofit organization operating a space that provides refuge and a safe space to rest or sleep undisturbed for Portland’s unhoused community who cannot access affordable housing or shelter. We exist to awaken social and politcal groups to the importance of safe undisturbed sleep. Our purpose is to create a placewhere unhoused people can rest or sleep without being rousted by police or private security and without being under the threat of violence…
What to do if you see a houseless person who’s in an emergency situaton:
1. If you find a person who is cold on the street and in danger of exposure, if they are WILLING to go into a shelter or warming station, call 911. I learned last night that once it’s dark, 911 answers all the “non emergency calls,” so just call 911 from the start.
2. Give the 911 operator your number and ask the cop to call you back to tell you what action they took.
3. if the person is WILLING to go to a shelter / warming station, but is NOT willing to go with a police officer, call 211 and tell them that the person IS willing to go, but by cab. 211 will then call a cab to pick the person up.
4. If the person is NOT willing to go with a cab driver either, post on Free Hot Soup or anywhere else that regular, helpful people are, who are in a position to offer a ride or to check on the person, or to deliver another blanket, or whatever.
5. Be aware that many people don’t want to go because they rightly fear that they will not be able to bring their possessions with them. To not have their possessions when they go back to the street is a terrible risk. In that case, I think they are better off if people can bring sheltering things TO them–extra tarps, sleeping bags, jackets, hats, blankets. If they aren’t going to go in for whatever reasons, they need layers and wind breaks to hold in their heat. There are many people here on Facebook who are gathering up donations and taking them out to people.
Other outreach organizations/groups that they can try contact for mental crisis: -Cascadia Behavioral Health -Join -Janus Youth for minors (up to 24) -Outside Inn (also for minors up to 24) Facebook: -Boots on the Ground PDX -Free Hot Soup Mobile