The BCA meets the
second Thursday of every month.
The BCA board meets from 6:20-7pm,
followed by the general meeting from 7-9pm.
The meetings are held in the
Multnomah County Boardroom, located at
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
UPCOMING EVENTS 2017
Thursday February 9th - General Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom 7-9
Agenda - Housing Now
During the recent severe cold snap where nearly a foot of snow and ice covered the entire metro region, four homeless persons died of hypothermia and one newborn, who had been born outdoors to a homeless mother was found dead at a bus stop. On any given night hundreds of individuals call the sidewalks, parks, underpasses, and door entryways home, and a large percentage of these live in the inner east side.
In addition, recreational vehicles, some unlicensed, often disabled and potentially uninsured are parked in semi-permanent means in the public right of way and used as storage units or living quarters. This has been one of the wettest, coldest and most severe winter on record. The City of Portland spent scores of millions of dollars since the declaration of the housing emergency in late 2015, so why are so many hundreds of persons still on the streets? Many want to know: Where did the money go? What resources are available now? What can be done? What specific plans are in the works to protect those most vulnerable? What alternative housing options can be considered? How can the homeless be housed:'Now'?
To address these concerns, the Buckman Community Association is hosting a forum to look at: “Housing Now: from the Streets to Housing Structures and Shelters.” The goal of this forum is to hear from local experts the specifics of homeless situation in our midst, the past performance of previously fiscally supported projects, and to look ahead to new options and plans in the works to change from this current untenable situation.
New elected County Commissioner Sharon Meieran, Joint Office on Homelessness Director, Marc Jolin, City Commissioner and former housing commissioner, Dan Saltzman, will all attend to answer community questions, share ideas and to participate with the community in a positive, collaborative discussion on options moving forward. Mayor Ted Wheeler, now the city’s housing lead, will either attend or send top staff.
Think the city should be building tiny houses, new pods, providing large safe tented areas or creating additional permanent shelters? Have some smart notions on how to fund more housing? Know some locations throughout the city or region for new construction or new safe villages? Bring your ideas! We want to hear from you. We all know this: no one should have to live (and die from exposure) on a sidewalk in Portland ever again, simply because the city cannot manifest appropriate housing options for those most in need.
This important forum, originally scheduled in early December, then reset for early January, has ironically been canceled three times due to severe weather. All are welcome! There will be some refreshments available. Feel free to bring snacks, fruit and cookies to share, too! After meeting socializing at the nearby Hawthorne Lucky Lab.
Thursday February 16th - Land Use Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday March 9th - General Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday March 16th - Land Use Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday April 13th - General Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday April 20th - Land Use Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday May 11th - General Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday May 18th - Land Use Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday June 8th - General Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday June 15th - Land Use Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday July 13th - General Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday July 20th - Land Use Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Buckman Annual Picnic - August
Thursday August 10th - General Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom
Thursday August 17th - Land Use Meeting at Multnomah County Boardroom