Task Force for the Homeless
In 2016, the Tigard City Council set a goal to define the city’s role in homelessness. The council discussion resulted in council’s charge to convene a Task Force for the Homeless. The task force will develop short-term and long-term recommendations to address the needs and impacts for people experiencing homelessness in the Tigard community.
Task Force for the Homeless Prepares Recommendations
Since July, the Task Force for the Homeless has been examining the growing needs of our homeless population. The City Council has directed the task force to prepare strategies the City of Tigard can implement, in both the short and long term, to assist the homeless.
Members include task force co-chairs Christina Graslie and Jeanne-Marie Ritter and representatives from Just Compassion, Tualatin Riverkeepers, HomePlate, Project Homeless Connect and Tigard High School.
At its last meeting in September, the task force heard from the Tigard Police Department. The department’s ongoing weekly work with the homeless community includes helping homeless individuals connect with available resources. The task force also is studying how other cities are addressing the increasing homeless population. Members reviewed Santa Barbara’s Safe Parking, Denver’s Storage Unit Pilot and Eugene’s Rest Stop programs.
The task force’s early work focused on understanding the number of homeless individuals in Tigard, the services currently offered by the city for the homeless and the role of non-profits and faith-based organizations in addressing the needs of the homeless.