Revised: December 2018
By Sarah Owens and Michael Livingston
|The Task Force 3/29/16|
The meeting, chaired by Mayor Kathy Clark, started 10 minutes late.
During the main program, titled "Systemic Issues: Barriers and Opportunities to Develop Affordable Housing", Rob Justus (Home First Rob Justus Speaking to MWHITFDevelopment) spoke and answered questions about the HFD approach and the potential benefit of adjusting development standards.
Mike Erdman (formerly on the boards of the YMCA and the troubled Salem-Keizer Community Development Corporation) and Eric Olsen (Edward's Addition, Monmouth) spoke together and answered questions about the challenges of making single family home developments affordable.
|fr row: Erdman, Olsen - table: Berger, Hays|
Richard Berger, (subbing for Don Jensen [Keizer Station]) spoke for 2 minutes about how long it takes to prepare to break ground on a development and the limitations of Oregon weather.
Oddly, her comments contained absolutely no reference to the Marion Polk 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, the plan that she has said more than once she expects the work of the task force to flesh out (exact words, "meat on the bones").
Carlson handed out a document titled "Strategic Framework", which did not appear to build on the 10-Year Plan, but "begins anew."
Carlson's "Strategic Framework", on the other hand, appeared to be the result of some sort of group "brainstorm." It lists topics collected from members of the task force that Commissioner Carlson then classified under four headings, with three left unclassified: "List of funding sources and amounts", "data collection system" and "Connection to Coordinated Care Organization."
Some of the categorized items on the list seemed to be placeholders. "Identify target populations..." (Commissioner Carlson has said several times that the task force needs to pick a target population); "$40M OHCS application..." and "financing"; "Build Community"; "Rural Studio"; "Healthy Homes"; "Scattered sites vs. projects"; "Radiator Labs"; "Coordination - meals" (e.g., UGM vs. Meals Under the Bridge); "Runaway and homeless youth strategy"; "No Wrong Door"; and everything under Public Safety, except "LEAD" and "Harm Reduction Model."
The remaining items on the list seemed to be established strategies involving crisis intervention, affordable housing development/retention, and/or permanent supportive housing.
|Comments by Rob and Lorrie|
"We need to house the homeless." "We should not be proud" of the shelter that UGM is able to provide. The community needs more transitional housing like the Salvation Army's Lighthouse Shelter. Note: TSA eliminated its transitional housing program in August 2017.
|Comments by Kendra and Leah|
No action was taken during the meeting.
The next meeting of the task force is scheduled for May 2 at the Keizer Civic Center.