City updates regarding outdoors shelters and food access
- April 23, 2020
Yesterday, the City was able to open a second temporary Outdoor Emergency Shelter. I thank all the City employees and community partners who were in the field, helping construct tent platforms and coordinating logistics to ensure the site was safe for houseless community members. The City has partnered with local organizations such as Blanchet House, Free Hot Soup, the Free Lunch Collective and Portland Rescue Mission to provide food to the temporary Outdoor Emergency Shelters.
Earlier this week, the City supported food assistance efforts with local partner, HAKI Community Organization. HAKI connects newly arrived East African immigrants to community resources, which is especially critical right now as many families they serve are celebrating Ramadan. For Muslim community members, this is a time for spiritual reflection, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. However, due to COVID-19, this year’s Ramadan looks different for many families as they are unable to celebrate with their community. By partnering with HAKI and helping families receive culturally significant and celebratory food, we hope to provide community and connection during this special time.
If you or anyone you know needs help accessing food assistance programs, please call (503) 823-4000. Multnomah County also has information available on their 211 website or by calling 2-1-1 or (866) 698-6155.
- The City has expanded the Sunshine Division program to include deliveries to keep community members and first responders safe.
- And we have partnered with Portland Public Schools to provide logistical support while they offer free lunch to students and their families. This includes providing tents and traffic management plans for pickups.