Endorsements

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The following are some of the reasons why people have endorsed our campaign.

While I am fighting hard to secure more state resources for transitional and permanent supportive housing and behavioral health services, I applaud local initiatives like this to meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.

Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, Chair, Oregon House Committee on Human Services and Housing

We need to focus on compassion, de-escalation, and harm reduction when we are serving people in crisis. We need to be better prepared as a whole community to respond to crisis and that includes knowing when to seek assistance and who to call. We need to be smarter about how we use our resources — armed police officers are not the appropriate response for many of the calls received by 911. This response plan would be a huge step in the right direction.

Chloe Eudaly , Portland City Commissioner

It makes so much sense!

Mary C. King, Professor of Economics Emerita, Portland State University

Business for a Better Portland (BBPDX) is committed to prioritizing the housing and homelessness crisis, not only because it is a humanitarian imperative but also because it is essential to the future success of our city and businesses. As business owners, we pay close attention to returns on the investments we make in our business. All of the available data shows the tremendous cost of relying on our law enforcement officers to perform these duties, both in terms of financial burden and resource drain. Investing in a Portland Street Response system will not only provide more effective results and free our existing first responders to perform their other critical functions in our city, it will be more fiscally effective as well.

Business For A Better Portland

This is a concrete and compassionate approach to support people experiencing homelessness.

ROSE Community Development, Nick Sauvie, Executive Director

Law Enforcement Officers need to focus on just that and be liberated from duties for which they are not reasonably dedicated to, namely social work and mental health responses. It is unfair to Police, District Attorneys, jailers, and to citizens to continue with our broken system of having people call 911 and police sent to handle what are fundamentally Health issues. We wouldnt send a plumber to fix our roof, why do we send an officer to address health, mental health, emotional and addiction challenges?

Home Forward, Michael Buonocore, Executive Director

I am a retired nurse educator. Approaching people without invoking fear is the best way to dialogue and achieve good outcomes.

Susan Schoenbeck, Retired

We support the Portland Street Response because we have seen our library patrons (who live outside & at the margins) face a disproportionate share of hardships on the streets. They deserve compassion and respectful service from a response team, and not punitive action against them by police.

Street Books, Laura Moulton, Executive Director

We see the impact of trauma from living on the streets in many of the people we house, including the trauma of experiencing law enforcement intervention when behavioral health and medical attention is what was really needed.

Walk-the-Talk Council of Believers, Reverend Sage Justice

Homelessness and personal crisis is a social problem, not a crime. We should response appropriately.

Dave Peticolas

Because we need a way to respond humanely to our houseless crisis that doesn’t just shuffle people around or dump vulnerable people in need in to our criminal justice system.

Aaron Abrams

People on the streets need help, not arrest and punishment.

Karl Studnicka & Emi Oshima

This is a much needed, compassionate plan!

Kristi Hansen

I’ve been poor my whole life. More than that, I’ve been homeless on the streets of Portland four times. A police response to houseless citizens criminalizes poverty. I recently read somewhere the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.

Dustin Dandliker

I have been at the table with folks with lived experience, social service providers, police, Clean & Safe and private security, residents, businesses and institutions for many years. This proposal is the most common sense, COST SAVING, EMPATHETIC proposal I’ve ever seen, based on very strong emperical evidence of a program that’s been live for 30 years. Concerns of scaling are never mentioned when the private sector wants to do so. Very encouraged that Mayor Wheeler has listened and responded with a good first step in his proposed budget. Let’s do even more by figuring out how to privately fund this even more – using an approach used elsewhere called Social Bond Funds.

Peter Englander

Houslessness is a public crisis and NOT a criminal issue.

Jess Noël Parker

Because human problems require human solutions, and criminal problems require a law enforcement solution.

Michela Bedard

First responders need to be available for true emergencies. Individuals experiencing homelessness and/or a behavioral health crisis need to be treated with respect and compassion.

Kristen Sagan

I have worked in housing and treatment services for people experiencing chronic mental/ physical health/addiction issues. I also have family members who have been homeless. I know the profound impact that legal barriers to housing, employment, etc can have on a person’s chances for improving their life. This plan is essential to reducing these barriers and not sentencing people to a lifetime of lost chances. Our houseless neighbors and those experiencing these related challenges deserve dignity, respect, and chances for a better life.

Lauren Stoner, Social Worker

As an individual and a business owner I see the homelessness crises as something that needs creative new solutions. I feel the plan offers that.

Erica Lurie, Owner, Garnish Apparel

I’d like to see more helpful, meaningful support for my unhoused neighbors

Eliza Hooshiar

At Human Solutions we work with people experiencing homelessness and mental health crises every day. We know that a new system of trained, knowledgeable, humane first responders that people experiencing mental health issues and/or homelessness will respond well to is needed in our community as soon as possible.

Human Solutions

I could not express the case for this campaign better than SR has done in its own opinion pieces.

Will Clark-Shim

What we’ve been doing isn’t working. This sounds like a well thought out plan I’d like to support. Frankly, I’d trust any recommendation by Street Roots regarding the issue of homelessness and services required.

Joan Hartzell

Mental illness, addiction, and homelessness are not crimes, and it’s wildly inhumane to treat them as such.

Hannah Penfield

What we are doing now is the definition of insanity. It is not working and it is very expensive. I support getting people the help they need and allowing police to do their job — fighting crime. This plan has worked in Eugene — let’s give it an opportunity in Portland.

Susan Ferguson

The police are not trained and do not do a good job managing these issues

Heather Feinberg

It’s an effective and economical idea – it works for Eugene, Oregon and we need it here in Portland, big time. Our police officers have demonstrated an INABILITY to de-escalate and assist those with metal health or addiction issues. Let’s treat folks like HUMANS and get this going.

Elizabeth Baumwirt, Metal Fabricator, Deform NW

Because I see our crisis everyday.

Sue Larson

Every Friday night for more than 15 years, Rahab’s Sisters has created community through radical hospitality on SE 82nd Ave. Many of the women and gender nonconforming folks who come to Rahab’s are experiencing homelessness and live in camps or cars where they frequently have the police called on them. We witness the ongoing stress and disruption this brings, as well as the impact of arrests for minor offenses like missing a court date. We also see the lack of support for folks struggling with mental health issues and the dehumanization of people dealing with substance use disorder. These are beloved members of the Rahab’s Sisters community, and they like all folks experiencing homelessness, mental health crises, and substance use disorder deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion by their city.

Rahab’s Sisters, Anneliese Davis, Executive Director

Mental health crisis calls need de-escalation and medical care, not gun slingers.

Erick Heroux

A key tenant in our building decided not to renew their lease due to the unsafe feel of the neighborhood. They cited the many people in crisis on our streets.

Tom Clark, Co-owner, Flanders Properties LLC

Thoughtful plan that speaks to the complex nature of helping homeless women and men who may have mental health issues and have limited capacity for self-care.

Naomi Dagen Bloom & Ron Bloom

This campaign is a well organized effort to reduce police interaction in unnecessary situations, will undoubtedly increase safety and community engagement.

Aidan

We need this type of team approach that treats the houseless as people in need rather than criminals.

Katharine Ballash , Teacher, Reynolds S.D

This approach wins across the board. Most of all, people in crisis will get help instead of interactions that increase their trauma. There are financial benefits, too: when we treat people with dignity, we avoid long-term costs of expensive trauma-related care, and our 911 system gets to work as intended. It’s the right thing, and it’s the smart thing.

Lara Bjork

I am trained as a (secondary) emergency responder in my Sunnyside neighborhood. I have looked over this plan and it is logical and sensible and needed.

Jan Molinaro, Sunnyside Neighborhood Emergency Team Assistant Team Leader

Let’s give everyone the support and care they need instead of treating everything like it’s a crime. We need caring first responders, not guns and handcuffs. Even law enforcement agrees that this is the right thing to do. And we can’t wait 3 years. We need this support now. Funding a Street Response would drastically cut down on the calls to the Portland Police. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Tiana K. Wilkinson

Portland Police are overwhelmed and understaffed. Let’s use the police for serious crime prevention.

Anonymous

We desperately need to build community-based programs to support the safety and health of our residents, including our unhoused residents. Police are inappropriate responders to houseless issues, as well as mental heath and addiction issues. Vulnerable people who need help should not be exposed to potential police violence or be funneled needlessly into our criminal legal system.

Madeline Carroll, SURJ PDX

Our clinic is home to many people who are houseless, as well as many people with moderate to severe mental health issues. It is not uncommon for our patients to have a history of negative interactions with police. Many of our patients fear the police, and would not seek out their services in emergencies. This often leaves them with little or no resources when they have an emergency. A street response campaign including non-police emergency crews and peer support would offer my patients as well as many others in the city a welcome source of support that feels safe and welcoming, significantly reduce health disparities, and catch many prople falling through the cracks in our health care system.

The Equi Institute , Angela Carter, ND Sacred vessel medicine and the Equi institute

As a mentally ill individual I do not feel police are competent to serve the needs of the community. I do not feel safe with police serving this role for myself, other people with mental illness and/or addiction issues and/or homelessness.

Nikkol Z. McMahon, Peer

Our unhoused people deserve compassion and our police deserve to do the job for which they have been hired. Criminalizing homelessness is what the police know how to do. We can do so much better. We must have this new system of first response, for the future of everyone in the city.

Dr. Karen LaBonte

I support informed, compassionate street outreach to complement and support stretched public services.

Michaela Ledesma, Director, Build Up

My wife and infant daughter were once threatened by a woman who clearly needed medical attention and oversight. We really didn’t want to contact police because we were concerned about the woman’s safety. Eventually we did because we didn’t see an alternative and she appeared to be a danger to others. The PPD stated that the threat wasn’t specific enough and that there was nothing they could do. I saw the woman on the street 4 hours later, still raving and despondent. There has to be a better way.

Eric Mullendore, Portland Resident

In my line of work I’ve often wanted crisis intervention support and the only option has been to call the police.

Kelsi Villarreal , Qualified Mental Health Associate with ColumbiaCare Services

We need real solutions that support all parties involved. Police are stretched too thin, homeless aren’t getting the compassionate care that they need and residents are suffering a burden of needles and human feces in their parks and streets. I love this plan as it’s a practical solution to a real problem.

Kelly Koltiska

Faith leaders united across the greater Portland area calling for police reform, and a practice of compassion and respect for all in our streets

Rabbi Ariel Stone, Convener, Portland Interfaith Clergy Resistance

I want to advocate for compassionate response.

Shirley Reynolds

Times have changed and the police can’t be expected to address this endemic problem. They are too busy. Plus and more importantly, experiencing homelessness is not a crime. Better to treat the issue and the people experiencing homelessness with kindness and practical solutions rather than force.

Caroline Petrich

The campaign will provide urgently needed resources to address homelessness in a humane way.

Connie Kirk

Because the people living on my neighborhood’s streets are my neighbors, and they deserve trained, compassionate responders when they’re in crisis. The Street Response Plan would provide that for them without relying on the PPB, whose responses justifiably make houseless Portlanders think twice before calling for help.

Liss McCabe

Because it’s clearly the right thing to do.

Sybil Hebb

It can reduce fatalities that are sometimes caused by a police response. It is a more compassionate response that treats the issue as a health crisis, which most of the time it is, rather than a criminal one.

Regina Lehman

Because it makes sense.

Aaron Button

I would love a way to help folks in crisis without police intervention, which escalates situations and traumatizes the people it is supposed to help. I think it’s important to have people trained in deescalation who can respond to these calls.

Ashleigh Brantingham, Marketing Coordinator, Powell’s Books

It should not be the police’s job. They are bad at it because it was never what they were intended to do. The police are not here to help with trauma…

dwayne hedstrom, self employed

I have been a supporter of Street Roots and paper buyer at several different vendor locations for approximately 10 years. In that 10 years I have formed good friendships with with five or six vendors, unfortunately three of which have died. Currently our Social Action Team at Central Lutheran Church has officially invited C.W. Witt to be our “in house” Street Roots vendor on Sunday mornings. It is a joy to have C.W. with us every Sunday morning. Also as a member of the Interfaith Alliance on Poverty (www.allianceonpoverty.org) I strongly support the Portland Street Response campaign. I have contributed monetarily to Street Roots through the Annual Breakfast fundraiser, periodic personal contributions and buying multiple copies of the weekly paper to distribute elsewhere.

Fraser Rasmussen, Social Justice Coalition member Central Lutheran Church, Portland

It represents a commitment to change, a reasonable change to improve the lives of the most vulnerable.

Cara Rozell, DO, Physician

It is a better way to deal with issues for those on the street. Police are not able to provide what is needed and police involvement leads to criminalization of the homeless.

Sarah Carolus

The problems experienced by people living on the streets require a professional yet compassionate response from the City.

David Groff, Emeritus Administrator, Linfield College

It isn’t fair to those needing services or the Portland Police who are unable to do their job currently due to the homeless crisis, which is likely to only get worse in the next year or more.

Michele Alderson

Our neighbors fighting to survive on the streets deserve more compassion and a better shot at getting on their feet. Our current, costly, ineffective response only makes their situation worse, which is terrible for our entire city.

Rachel Langford, Assoc. Director, Education Systems Alignment; Home Forward

Because poverty & mental health issues are not crimes

Amy Iannone

As a mental health therapist and educator, my work includes building relationship and hearing the stories of people who are on the margins- houseless, in transition, or walking the fine line of poverty. I have heard too many stories of times when valuable police resources were employed, where the Portland Street Response could have been a more appropriate and helpful response.

Hannah Green, Mental Health Therapist, Adjunct Faculty

I see the overwhelming suffering and the need for new ways to care for those who are in need of assistance with compassion and skill.

Judith Mowry

It is a realistic, and optimal approach to low level issues that do not require tying up valuable police time and resources

Paul Hanrahan, Metrology Analyst Precision Castparts Corp

It makes sense.

Trish Claffey, Hospital Pharmacist, Providence Portland Medical Center

Better use of resources! Allows police to focus on protecting & solving crimes.

Fulford Family

Homelessness is not a crime, nor is mental illness. It is vital that the correct services are dispatched to respond. Our police must be freed from those calls that do not require an LEO response. Police presence, for many, is an unnecessary trigger. PSR would serve to provide an appropriate response, allowing police to do their jobs; both of these are vital to addressing two of Portland’s most critical problems.

Sheryl Sheffield Price

Our city’s homeless deserve compassionate interventions. Often times that requires more time and attention than our police can/should give.

LeeAnne Heuberger , Teacher Portland Public Schools

Mental health conditions run in my family and I know it can be disorienting and stressful for everyone in the situation. If responders are well trained and empathetic, actions like a welfare check or situation monitoring can be supportive and not threatening. When faced with a challenging situation, I want to be able to ask for help in a way that equally prioritizes the wellbeing of the person experiencing the crisis and the people around them. Community responses like this plan are about equity and access, regardless of a person’s health or housing situation.

Melinda S.

I believe that the “how can we help you” approach is far more humane and sensible than the “we’re going to arrest you/have you arrested” approach.

Elizabeth Cooksey

I lived in Eugene and thought CAHOOTS was awesome. We need to do better in Portland and this campaign is a great idea for making that happen

Maddie Norman

Homeless residents and residents with behavioral health issues need the support of the community. This is best done by responders who have the specialty training to handle their unique needs. This will also free up the Portland Police for the kind of public safety issues they are trained to handle. The evidence seems to indicate that this would be both a more humane approach as well as a cost savings one.

Jeffrey Mills

People with mental issues need help not jail. Simple as that!

Stephanie Wade

We need responders with a variety of resources and deescalation tactics that can address and adopt to different situations. Cops usually increase conflict and bring violence into situations.

Tara Hershberger, Theatre teacher

I want to live in a more humane world. This seems like a more wise, compassionate and realistic way to approach a constellation of problems that are ever more evident in Portland.

Janet G

It makes sense.

Sean & Heather Talbot

I’ve worked with homeless folks up in Calgary, AB and have an appreciation for the benefits of a non-police response to many incidents involving the homeless population.

Chris Weingarth

It is a logical, compassionate, and cost-effective solution to Portland’s growing homelessness problem.

Dustin

I support the Portland Street Response campaign because I recognize that mental health and human need are not a crime. People who suffer from mental health issues or need a place to go should not be treated like criminals, but instead should be offered compassion and support. I want Portland to be a place of care and respect for the dignity of all human beings.

Juliette L. Dunn

I have read the very well written Street Roots articles and I believe the proposal will be a major improvement over the current situation.

Topaz Faulkner

Because we are Smarter than using force as a response to real needs that can be addressed with expertise and compassion.

Shannon Cogan

People on the streets need help they don’t need to be arrested. This plan worked in Eugene. We should try it here. It could save live, will save money, and could strengthen our neighborhoods.

Camille Clement

I frequently see people in need of mental health support on the street and don’t have anyone to call

Allison Brinkhorst

As things stand now, in my opinion, police and policing-based ‘solutions’ to the crisis of houselessness are only exacerbating things. Aside from the financial costs that are mentioned in the Portland Street Response plan, the way things are currently set up only makes life even more difficult for those experiencing houselessness who, in addition to their daily struggles, have to also deal with people’s unbelievable hatred of them and constant harassment from police and even their fellow citizens. This is the right thing to do and a fantastic leap towards a more just Portland.

Henry Brannan

James Chasse for one.

Cass Martinez

It’s unconscionable that anyone in our city should be reduced to living on the streets with no support from those of us who can help. This is a responsible, doable project.

Sidney Gold

I don’t feel confident that the police are equipped to deal with and deescalate some situations. I don’t want to think I am putting a person’s life in danger if I want to call about someone sleeping on my porch or behaving erratically.

Belinda Miller

I see more homeless people and camps around every day. I believe everyone deserves to be treated humanely and with dignity. We need solutions to homelessness but while we’re working on that we need to treat the symptoms of homelessness in a way that is compassionate and practical both.

Angie Aldrich , Retired

Police arrive and escalate sensitive situations. The Portland Street Response team is the type of response we need to help, not hurt! #carenotcops

Ruth Hale, Student at Reed College

In the last few years, we’ve seen the number of houseless people climb substantially and it’s not slowing down. While some houseless people do not cause problems, those with drug addiction and mental health issues do. A police response is not working to solve the problems, it just shuffles them around and sometimes creates new problems. We must address the root issues and this plan can begin to do that.

Cindy Abernethy, Owner, Pearl Fiber Arts

Hope this is a more humane response

KaRin Johnson

When I see someone in distress, I am unlikely to call the police because I don’t want the person to be harmed. I want an alternative resource that I can trust will interact with people in crisis in a respectful, de-escalatory way. I’ve had family and loved ones experience homelessness and mental health crisis, but I think what is happening in Portland should be personal to all of us, regardless.

Anna Withington

We need a better response! Not every crisis is a crime

Kaia Sand, Executive Director, Street Roots

I support PSR because people experiencing homelessness deserve to be treated with compassion and dignity when experiencing moments of crisis. They also don’t deserve to be entangled in the criminal justice system when it’s our country’s very systems that have contributed to their hardships. This can only happen when individuals intervening are specially trained in trauma-informed interventions, which is what PSR aims to do.

Eliana Ramirez

Because it is Long Overdue & I think would work better with Peer Support than just cops/other ‘official’ types, people are more likely to respond, to open up & even to Listen to someone they can relate to.

Ms. Lindsey Wilson

More efficient and reasonable use of valuable PPD reaources.

Blake Beanblossom

I believe it’s important to have the resources to heal our city. I believe the Police alone are unable to combat the problem of homelessness and that we should try new solutions

Matt Loera

I support this proposal because its humane, because being homeless or having a crisis isn’t a crime and shouldn’t be treated as one

Samantha Lehman

All people deserve dignity, compassion and respect. What the city is doing now does not improve the situation, it worsens it. People need services, not a criminal record.

annie capestany

Police should be freed up to respond to crimes. People experiencing homelessness or mental crises need support and services.

Anastasia Zurcher

It gets people closer to the resources they need (often not jail), and frees police up to address more serious crime.

Jami Dwyer

Through my volunteer work in the community I’ve seen the power of non-law enforcing individuals helping people off the street. It takes a compassionate response and often does not fit well within the boundaries of police work. Police are compassionate but the system they work within is not.

Kevin Kaufman

We need better options and support systems for our houseless population!

Hannah Newman

Many reasons – one being because it meets needs where/how they exist & doesn’t pass the buck waiting for the perfect solution. It’s a compassionate approach & can make a difference…..

M. Monaghan-Milstein

Our current approach is failing and inhumane.

Jesse Lopez

I heard first hand from an officer about the program. It sounds reasonable, and gives a solid option for addressing an ongoing homeless crisis.

Sean Watkins, former Chair, Sunnyside Neighborhood Association

We work with unhoused Portlanders every day and see the many ways in which the current system is failing our neighbors. We believe an efficient, appropriate, and compassionate response will improve not only the lives of unhoused people, but also the lives of Portlanders in general.

Tivnu: Building Justice

Because even [one] police shooting of a person who could have been served by a trained mental health professional is too many.

Ben Chatterton

I interact with vulnerable people at my job all the time, and would love to have a better way to respond to their needs than simply calling the police.

Thomas Palmer, Light Rail Operator, TriMet

I was able to rely on CAHOOTS when I lived in Eugene, and am frankly shocked a similar service doesn’t exist here. All our neighbors need compassionate, safe care.

Kelley Gardiner, Self-employed

It just makes sense! It’s compassionate, thoughtful and a more community driven response.

Lisa Hawash, Associate Professor of Practice PSU School of Social Work

Responding to mental health or addiction crisis requires a specific skill set that law enforcement should not need to be trained to do. Social workers spend years learning these skills and are better suited to respond than law enforcement.

Haven Wheelock

Because it’s sane, based on facts and budgetary realism, as well as being compassionate and non-dependent on police action.

Kaye Exo

Human beings shouldn’t be endangered further because they don’t have access to the basic necessities that we all deserve. It’s an absolute travesty to aggressively harass folks who are already in a far more vulnerable state. Shameful! These are our neighbors, members of our community, human beings!

Isaac King

It’s time to stop criminalizing houselessness.

Richard Harding McNeill

Living in NW Portland for several years, we’ve seen a rise in the number of houseless neighbors and it’s heartbreaking to see people in distress and need, knowing that more than likely they’ll have the police called on them. Being on the street, needing mental health services, needing shelter and sustenance, is not criminal. Being treated as such does nothing to help the person in crisis and wastes resources. Street Roots has a proven track record of creating and managing programs with lasting positive results for the community, so when I first read about the Portland Street Response campaign I was happy to know that we may have a real solution on the horizon.

Jenny Mosbacher

Believe sweeps and arrests of homeless are human rights crimes. Believe criminalization of extreme poverty is a sadistic waste of public resources.

MK Bretsch, Retired

I’ve worked in the Chinatown district for the last year, where I was constantly surrounded by people in states of crisis. I’ve been hesitant to call the police for fear of them harming the people involved. I’d have loved to have someone else to call.

Pete Soloway

It’s clear there can be a better way to respond to certain low level incidents, especially ones that require additional training and are completely focused on de-escalation.

Jey Biddulph

As someone who worked in homeless services for several years and an attorney, I recognize that the Portland Street Response campaign would shift our response system to match appropriate services to people in crisis.

Jay Parasco

Cops are ill equipped to handle people in crisis. We need more care less cops

David Henry

We need a nuanced approach to addressing homelessness and behavioral health crises that are compassionate and supportive. Emergency calls in these situations often don’t offer the kind of support people in these situations truest need, and can often be dangerous for these vulnerable members of our communities.

Jeffrey Anderson

Members of our household, and members of our broader community struggle with mental illness. We absolutely need a resource to call in mental health emergencies, we don’t have that right now. We strongly support an effort to create the cost effective solution proposed here.

Robyn Klopp

It’s so desperately needed

Hanna Neuschwander

HOMEpdx works to love people face to face focusing mostly with marginally/unhoused people in the S downtown and inner Eastside areas. We have seen the ways that violence is regularly done towards our friends outside and how they have no one to turn to because the police do harms as well. Furthermore I have neighbors who are unsure who to call for someone to come check on the health and well-being of an unhoused neighbors without calling services that will ultimately sweep them. We need alternatives.

HOMEpdx

Because we need an actual social response, not a militarized one.

Mary Renfrow

On the job training has diminishing returns. No matter how much training cops get to react differently depending on the situation they are still cops and their go-to response is a police response. Many crises are not resolvable by police response.

Owen Rudloff

As a former EMT, I witnessed countless times where police responded to medical calls and harassed the patient or unnecessarily [created] tensions, especially with people of color and people who are homeless.

Doug Edwards, Medical Assistant at OHSU

My partner has stories as an EMT showing that involving the police only escalated a situation. Having more medically prepared first responders would make an impact to all in our community.

Becca Edwards

I have seen too many situations unnecessarily escalated or ending in death.

Saul Jones

Houseless folks are fully human & our system is dehumanizing them. They deserve better.

Jude Thaddaeus, Accountant

I’m alarmed by the unnecessary use of force by police and the disproportionate violence faced by house less and black members of the community. I see the Street Response campaign as a de-escalating and root problem solving alternative to police intervention for mental health crises.

Alison Dennis

We need first responders whose primary role and training is one of care. Police being given the budget to be our first responders results in too many vulnerable people in our community being unnecessarily arrested, hurt or even killed.

Ariana Jacob

We are in urgent need of a caring response team to support Portlanders in need.

East Portland resident

I volunteer in prison and too many of the residents there don’t belong. They simply fell through the cracks of the system and got caught by the last net society has.

Carla Grant

Because there are far too many of our neighbors who do not have a clean, safe place to sleep and who are houseless because of mental health and addiction issues. We need to divert monies from the police budget to an unarmed, trauma and safety response system so that police can do the work they are meant to do.

Dana Buhl

I work with low-income and houseless folks on a weekly basis. This sounds like one important step in assisting many in particular need, and in freeing other resources not equipped to so do.

Rev. Dr. James Moiso

I would probably not call on police for help for fear that instead of receiving assistance, I would be putting my life or problematic person’s life at risk. From what I’ve read, it would be risky to involve police even in case of a suicidal person. I know that chances are I could do a much better job of de-escalating a crisis situation than many local police, just by asking the right questions & doing active listening.

HEATHER HARMOND

We need to cut the armed and hostile police out of community engagement with mental health and non-violent emergencies.

Luke Wheeler, Research analyst- self employed

Houselessness is out of control in this city, but it is not solved through criminalization. Let’s make housing affordable and ubiquitous!

Peter Banka, Software Engineer, Fastly Inc.

I believe our houseless neighbors need any support. But the key is to make sure they are treat as human being with respect and understanding.

Justin Fox

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