Believe Our Stories and Listen

On September 19, 2019, the Portland Street Response Community Outreach workgroup released “Believe Our Stories & Listen,” a report from surveying 184 people experiencing homelessness to inform the design of the Portland Street Response. 

The report is a collaboration with Mapping Action Collective, Portland State University Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative, Right 2 Survive, Sisters of the Road, Street Books, Street Roots and Yellow Brick Road.

Read about the survey here.

Read the report itself here.

Oregon Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Street Roots vendor Mode team up to interview people experiencing homelessness to help inform the design of the Portland Street Response pilot project. (Photo by Katalina Berbari)

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Big news! Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler recommended $500,000 for Portland Street Response in his proposed city budget [read more]

Not every crisis is a crime

Endorse our plan for a new system of first responders – teams of medics and peer support specialists with training in de-escalation who can respond with compassion to 911 calls about people struggling with homelessness and behavioral health crises.


1. Read our plan


(Click or tap the image to download a PDF of our plan.)

Portland Street Response plan


2. Contact the City Council

The Mayor submitted a draft budget on May 1 that included $500,000 to develop Portland Street Response. Let’s make sure that City Council adopts this budget. Please let them know how important this is.

Here are some tips for composing a letter.

Mayor Ted Wheeler

Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Commissioner Amanda Fritz

Commissioner Nick Fish

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty


3. Share on social media

Please encourage more people to write letters and endorse the campaign on social media. #PortlandStreetResponse #NotEveryCrisisIsACrime

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