Council listening session seeks community input on homelessness

May 9, 2019

Gresham City Council invites the community to share their thoughts on the complex regional issue of homelessness. Everyone is welcome on Thursday, May 16, from 6:30-8:00 pm at the SALT Academy, 333 N. Main Ave.

The event is hosted by City Council President Jerry Hinton; Councilors Eddy Morales and Mario Palmero. While most of the meeting will be devoted to an open forum where community members may share their opinions, questions and ideas, the Councilors will briefly share progress that Gresham has made in addressing homelessness. Notable progress includes:

  • 94 chronically homeless connected to housing and off the streets since October 2018.
  • 6,402 bags of trash collected from public spaces in 2018 through Central City Concern (CCC) Clean Start program, which provides paid mentored work experience for individuals transitioning out of homelessness.
  • 300+ homeless camps cleaned up along the Springwater Trail and other areas in 2018.

At the Listening Session, free light refreshments will be available. Children are welcome, and free childcare will be offered. Translation services are available: request in advance by May 14 to Alex Logue at Alex.Logue@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-3214.

Council Listening Sessions will be held quarterly in 2019; future sessions will address housing and emergency preparedness. More information at GreshamOregon.gov/Council-Listening-Sessions.