We recognize the humanity of our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and we reject false and harmful stereotypes about them. The crisis of homelessness could happen to any of us, due to the high cost of housing, stagnant wages, a fractured health care system, and other risk factors. Many of our housed neighbors are barely hanging on.
We need to do something and this is even something a child would tell you to do if you asked them. Let's show the children that we care about others and we are not afraid.
Everyone deserves a place to sleep without fear of being swept out by the police every couple of weeks.
Everyone needs a "home" or place to be so they may feel secure in making their way in this world. This is an ideal placement as there is access to the kinds of other supports and opportunities to hope, find work, and be part of a community. I live with my adult child and husband and they also support the village.
Our mayor has failed to address the homeless issues our city faces. It’s time for our support to go local and community driven.
I think it's important that we all contribute to making our community better. We are stronger individually when everyone in our community is supported. This is an opportunity for my child to see how we can help one another and have compassion for those around us. This is a complicated problem without one perfect solution, but we still must work together and do our best to make things better than they are right now.
I support community driven options to provide support to people experiencing homelessness. I believe St Johns Village can operate similarly to the Kenton Women's Village and will lead to positive change for its residents and the community. I also think that we as a community must be involved in creating the change and this Village is a great example of that.
I don't perceive a difference between neighbors that live in tiny houses, neighbors that live in regular houses, and neighbors who live outdoors. They're all neighbors. I don't see why we should discriminate against people because of how they are or aren't housed.
Homelessness is not a problem to be swept under the rug and ignored. This is the first step in a comprehensive plan that will benefit our community greatly.
I believe in the inherit dignity of everyone, those with homes and those without. I also believe that providing shelter, even in new and different ways, especially when done in creative, holistic partnership, can be an effective tool for alleviating the symptoms of trauma and poverty.
It is one small step that can provide a few people a clean and dry place to sleep. St. Johns is a caring community and I can envision a peaceful co-existence and even some mutually beneficial relationships between kids/students in the neighborhood and their pod neighbors.
Tiny home villages are an important part of solving the affordable housing crisis in Portland.
An organized, well-supported, and well-constructed village is a beautiful and vital way of honoring the humanity of our neighbors experiencing homelessness, and getting them started on the path to permanent supportive housing.
Living in North Portland with my wife and son I realize full well the need for healthy, inclusive community for all neighbors. I believe St Johns village is an answer to long held prayers.
I have seen tiny house solutions for unhoused people work well in Eugene (where I used to live). I live in St Johns now and intend to stay in this community.
It is the right and responsible thing to do. I have seen first hand the positive effect when one has a place to sleep every night with a lock on the door. No more stolen bikes. No more stolen cell phones. The security of a place with a lock is life-changing. It gives one the chance to relax a bit, to bathe, to be able to focus on getting health needs met, to be able to find the resources and to feel hope.
I live in the neighborhood and believe that houselessness cannot be solved by just one thing, but by many people coming together to be innovative and compassionate. The village in St. Johns is both of those things.
This transitional housing project is offering a hand up to help our houseless community overcome barriers and move into more permanent housing. All people deserve to be treated with respect and offered humanity.
Housing is a right for everyone.