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Poverty and Homelessness Board is the logical place for Lane County’s Homeless System Transformation to be housed. by Pat Farr

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Cooperation between Lane County and its cities will be key to maximizing resources to create shelter and supportive housing

A steering committee worked through the data and recommendations provided by the Housing and Shelter Feasibility Study (“TAC Report”), to provide a road map, or an implementation framework, to guide local jurisdictions in their efforts to build and operate affordable housing and shelter in Lane County.  (See TAC here)

Lane County’s Poverty and Homelessness Board has broad membership that includes a matrix of policy makers, providers and consumers who have been working extensively on issues and conditions surrounding the cause and response to homelessness issues. (See PHB here for links to membership and strategic plan of the PHB).

This Implementation Framework that has been recommended and adopted by Lane County and City of Eugene governments is designed to move forward with the Technical Assistance Collaborative’s (TAC) 10 recommendations delivered to the Lane County Commissioners and Eugene City Councilors in January. TAC recommendations may be broadly organized into three categories:

1) Expanding the edges of the homeless service and supportive housing system by enhancing and more effectively outreaching to people experiencing homelessness and building out the inventory of supportive housing and services;

2) Strengthening the core of Lane County’s coordinated systems approach to homelessness by better coordinating, a strategic and data driven community-wide response, adding to diversion, prevention coordinated entry and navigation services; and

3) Enhancing the rapid response by providing better emergency housing with integrated supportive services and housing navigation; building a new low- barrier 75-bed Shelter/Navigation Center; developing mobiles socio-health care teams to serve people where they are and allocating flexible funds to creatively respond to emerging needs.

3+ year Implementation Framework

The Framework below identifies key milestones for each year of implementation.  The majority of TAC’s recommendations are achievable in 3 years.  However, the complexity inherent in developing Permanent Supportive housing necessitates a 5+ year implementation strategy for this item.

Immediate Difference Makers.

  • Establishment of a navigation center at the Dusk to Dawn site to provide expanded supportive navigation services This is intended as a bridge strategy until a new Emergency Shelter/Navigation Center comes online
  • Design and siting work toward a new 75-bed, Low-Barrier Emergency Shelter/Navigation Center
  • Develop and Implement Mobile teams to deliver services to people where they are.
  • 51 Units of Permanent Supportive Housing beginning construction in Fall of 2019
  • Strengthening system coordination for diversion, coordinated entry, navigation and move on
  • Flexible Funding to respond to people’s immediate needs
  • Collective impact process led by a Strategic Initiatives Manager

Linked to existing efforts

TAC Implementation will complement and link to existing homeless and supportive housing and service programs and initiatives sponsored by the City and County to address homelessness. The following are some examples of existing initiatives that have added capacity in recent years:

Dusk to Dawn:  Established by Lane County and the City of Eugene in December 2015, Dusk to Dawn provides sites for people to sleep overnight. A St. Vincent de Paul site for individuals in northwest Eugene has been expanded over the past three years from 80 beds, to 115 and this year to 215 beds. St. Vincent de Paul also operates a site for families with children in southeast Eugene that has a capacity to serve 20 families.

Car Camping and Safe Parking Programs: Car Camping and Safe Parking programs, run in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul, currently hosts over 90 single spaces and eight family spaces at over 43 addresses, both public and private. The City of Eugene and Lane County sponsor these programs. St. Vincent de Paul administers the program, providing sanitary facilities as well as camper screening and placement.

Rest Stops: Rest stops provide approved sites where people experiencing homelessness can sleep in tents or Conestoga huts, keep their belongings, and receive assistance connecting with social services. Currently, five rest stops managed by local non-profits are in operation, serving up to 92 people at any one time.

Community Outreach and Response Team (CORT): A partnership between the Downtown Police Team and CAHOOTS, this team identifies top users of police resources in the downtown area and spends two days a week working with individuals to help them address underlying needs and barriers. CORT has helped 31% of their clients enter housing.

Frequent User System Engagement (FUSE): Lane County’s FUSE, is a supportive housing program for the top 100 homeless individuals who have been the most “frequent utilizers” of Lane County’s public services including law enforcement, jails, and emergency medical services. A partnership between Lane County, Laurel Hill, ShelterCare, Willamette Family Treatment Senior & Disabled Services, local jails and law enforcement, FUSE engages people with outreach, case management, housing search, housing units and/or rental assistance, care coordination and ongoing support.  In its pilot year, participants experienced an 82% drop in arrests, a 75% drop in citations, a 26% decrease in emergency room visits, a 53% drop in healthcare costs, and a 50% decline in jail intakes.

Veterans Housing Project: An extension of operation 365, the Veterans Housing Project is a collaborative effort between individuals, businesses, governmental agencies, non-profits, service clubs and others to acquire and rehabilitate distressed properties to provide affordable rental housing for veterans and their families.  More than 500 veterans have been housed since program inception in 2014.

Timing:

The County Administrator and Eugene City Manager will bring back to the County Board and the City Council for approval in June their recommendation for financing the first year of the implementation plan. Additional service capacity will be phased in during year one.

Advocates recommendations for Shelter and Supportive Housing Steering Committee. by Pat Farr

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Coordination behavioral health help, support, advice, gudance and assistance with public safety will be a powerful focus in 2019-21

I had a substantial conversation with Larry Abel and Wayne Martin, both tireless advocates for programs addressing poverty and homelessness.  They had recommendations for consideration by the Steering Committee that will be deliberating on and making policy recommendations for implementation of the TAC Shelter and Housing Report here to the City of Eugene and Lane County.  Following is my summary and response to the conversation:

Larry and Wayne
Thanks for taking the time yesterday to meet with me in my office. It was not only informative and productive but also quite pleasant. I have started a file on the three recommendations that you’ve given to me and I will be certain that they are included during the upcoming Steering Committee for the TAC recommendations meetings.

The three recommendations, as I wrote them, are:

1. Conduct a nationwide search for an individual with experience in successfully implementing innovative ways to coordinate and effectively conduct response to homelessness issues including permanent supportive housing and low barrier shelter. I have included 24-hour Community Crisis Center aimed at jail diversion.

2. Include a currently unhoused individual in committee and/or board work. This individual could be a voice for an “A-Team” or consulting group of unhoused individuals which might be dynamic in composition.

3. Establish reasonably defined timelines for the response, including specific timelines for specific efforts/projects that contribute to the broad strategy. I called this a “Medusa head of timelines emanating from a single separate strategic plan.

I added that the strategies and policies recommended will be contained within already existing strategic plans including

1. Lane County Strategic plan here

2. Poverty and Homelessness Board Strategic Plan here

3. Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) here

 

Both 2. and 3. are contained inside of 1.

PF

Pat Farr
Lane County CommissioneTo:
ABEL Larry (SMTP);
Cc:
Wayne Martin <justwayne1154@gmail.com>;

Larry and Wayne
Thanks for taking the time yesterday to meet with me in my office. It was not only informative and productive but also quite pleasant. I have started a file on the three recommendations that you’ve given to me and I will be certain that they are included during the upcoming Steering Committee for the TAC recommendations meetings.

The three recommendations, as I wrote them, are:

1. Conduct a nationwide search for an individual with experience in successfully implementing innovative ways to coordinate and effectively conduct response to homelessness issues including permanent supportive housing and low barrier shelter. I have included 24-hour Community Crisis Center aimed at jail diversion.

2. Include a currently unhoused individual in committee and/or board work. This individual could be a voice for an “A-Team” or consulting group of unhoused individuals which might be dynamic in composition.

3. Establish reasonably defined timelines for the response, including specific timelines for specific efforts/projects that contribute to the broad strategy. I called this a “Medusa head of timelines emanating from a single separate strategic plan.

I added that the strategies and policies recommended will be contained within already existing strategic plans including

1. Lane County Strategic plan https://www.lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/county_administration/administration/strategic_planning

2. Poverty and Homelessness Board Strategic Plan: https://lanecounty.org/government/county_departments/health_and_human_services/human_services_division/poverty_and_homelessness_board

3. Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP): https://preventionlane.org/chip

Both 2. and 3. are contained inside of 1.

PF

Pat Farr
Lane County Commissione

Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 21st, 2019

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

Martin Luther King Jr. gazes over the Tidal Basin at the Capitol Mall, only a few steps from the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his dream and momentous challenges on August 28,1963.

See the speech here.

 

Lane County Poverty and Homelessness Board has a unified, coherent strategic plan. by Pat Farr

Friday, January 4th, 2019

 

Lane County’s Poverty and Homelessness Board (see link here) has a unified, coherent strategic plan for working toward eliminating homelessness in the county.  Progress on the long road is reported in a living, breathing document (see document here) that details the goals, strategy and partners involved in each item’s execution.  While due dates are not fully determined, the subcommittee performing the work on each item in the living document is identified. (see committees here).

The Poverty and Homelessness Board (PHB) meetings are now broadcast live on Metro TV Channel 25, rebroadcast and accessible for viewing online (link here). Minutes of all past meetings are published (link here).

Every year on December 17 the few of us who knew Tom Egan and many thousands who did not reflect on the the place he froze to death and collectively call for an end to homelessness.  This annual reflection helps elevate the PHB’s goal to “Inform and Enhance Public Awareness and Advocacy Efforts” surrounding poverty and homelessness.

Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr, who served with Egan in the Oregon Army National Guard, tells a story about Egan during a ceremony remembering him on Dec. 18, 2017. Picture is from Jack Moran’s essay published in the Register-Guard on Christmas Day 2018. (Brian Davies/The Register-Guard)

When I first became deeply involved in issues surrounding homelessness I was an executive manager at Jerry’s Home Improvement Center who had recently became Eugene City Councilor from Ward 6, Bethel.

Like everyone else who first gets a taste of the plight of the homeless children, men and women in Lane County I vowed to do something about it.  I wondered why people had not been paying attention and why local government was doing nothing.

I quickly found out that many resources–including government, nonprofit and private–had been dedicated on a wide array of fronts to helping solve the issue.

My first touch was in 1993, when Jerry’s began planning the immense home center you see at 2600 Highway 99 North.  On the site we were going to build our new store there were six houses, all occupied and four of them in good enough shape to preserve instead of raze.

The Jerry’s flagship store stands where houses that are now on Hope Loop once stood.

Jerry bought the houses and commissioned me to work with local agencies to find a new place to move them.  Teaming with St. Vincent DePaul a new location was identified and a new street, Hope Loop, was platted in west Eugene to re-place the homes.

Fast forward a year and I am now a Eugene City Councilor, standing beside Eugene Mayor Ruth Bascom and Springfield Mayor Bill Morisette dedicating those homes to St. Vincent DePaul’s low income housing programs.  Mayor Ruth Bascom has appointed me to the newly-formed Council Committee to Finance Affordable Housing and my work on poverty and homelessness issues has begun in earnest.

Pat Farr with Eugene Mayor Ruth Bascom and Springfield Mayor Bill Morisette dedicating houses that were formerly located at the current site of Jerry’s Home Improvment Center to the St. Vincent DePaul at Hope Loop in west Eugene.

In the years since then I have been asked to participate in a spectrum of programs and efforts designed to give people safe, secure and sanctioned places to sleep, with a strong focus on permanent housing.  Understanding that the best progress is only possible through consolidated work and detailed coordinated planning, the PHB (see link here) was formed in 2014 to bring government, nonprofit, private industry and dedicated individuals together in a powerful policy-recommending group.

PHB and its subcommittee members (see document here) are focused on  strategic plan to reduce homelessness and poverty.  The Board keeps track of details of the plan in a living document listing its strategies and tactics and providing updates on progress.  (See document here)

Jack Moran’s well-researched essay on Egan, published on Christmas Day 2018  (see essay here) has helped forward the PHB’s strategy to inform and enhance public awareness and advocacy efforts surrounding poverty and homelessness but much work and coordinated effort still lay ahead.

How to be a hero: wild Coho salmon a’la orange. by Pat Farr

Monday, February 13th, 2017

I served this dish with grilled and sliced rib-eye steak, steamed new potatoes and asparagus.

Wild Coho salmon a'la orange was pleasing and popular

Wild Coho salmon a’la orange was pleasing and popular

Here’s the recipe:

  • Wild coho salmon filet, skin on
  • Slices of clementine oranges
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh squeezed clementine juice and zest
  • Olive oil

Sear the salmon, skin down, in hot olive oil.  As it is searing sprinkle with salt and pepper and top it with slices of clementine.  Add the clementine juice and zest plus a little water to bring the liquid level up to about half-way on the filet.  Cover and steam for about four to five minutes (don’t overcook of course).

Remove the lid and reduce the liquid.  Lift the salmon off the skin and serve, using the liquid as a base on the plate.

Serve with steamed new potatoes and asparagus.

You will be a hero.

 

Maintaining jail beds and critical youth services. by Pat Farr

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

 

The revolving door at the back of the jail has been closed.  Lane County Commissioners are asking to keep it that way.

Signing the board order: In the Matter of renewing the public safety 5-year option levy

Signing the board order: In the Matter of renewing the public safety 5-year option levy

IN THE MATTER OF REFERRING A RENEWAL OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY FIVE YEAR LOCAL OPTION LEVY TO THE VOTERS OF LANE COUNTY TO MAINTAIN JAIL BEDS AND CRITICAL YOUTH SERVICES

You can see the signed board order 17-01-31-01 authorizing placing the measure on May 17, 1017 ballot here:  Sheriff’s levy

Here is the authorized BALLOT LANGUAGE you will see on your May 17th ballot:

Question – Shall County maintain levy funded jail beds and critical youth treatment services levying $0.55 per $1,000 assessed valuation, commencing 2018?

This measure renews current local option taxes.

Summary: Passage of this measure will allow Lane County to: Maintain a minimum of 255 local jail beds for the five year period.

Increased jail capacity has substantially improved the Sheriff’s ability to hold those accused or convicted of violent crimes until their cases are resolved. Continue to provide additional counseling, secure treatment and detention services for Lane County youth offenders. This ensures that more community youth offenders receive the treatment that they need.

The funds generated from this tax must be placed into a restricted special revenue fund specifically earmarked for the jail and youth services.

An external auditor will annually present, in a public forum, an independent audit report to the Sheriff and the Lane County Board of County Commissioners to ensure accountability.

After five years, this tax rate automatically sunsets, unless reapproved by Lane County voters.

This measure generates revenue for five years beginning in 2018, and for the median home in Lane County, valued at $175,679 in 2016, the annual tax payment will be approximately $96.62. The estimated tax cost for this measure is an estimate only based on the best information available from the county assessor at the time of estimate and may reflect the impact of early payment discounts, compression and the collection rate. 2018-$17,796,345; 2019-$18,152,272; 2020-$18,515,317; 2021- $18,885,623; 2022-$19,263,336.

 

Fog Jetty Creations. by Pat Farr

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

I spend a little time in my wood shop creating pieces of writing art from wood  that has grown or been gathered in Oregon.  I call them Fog Jetty creations.

Myrtlewood, maple burl, vine maple, Oregon boxwood, cherry, Scotch broom, Scotch broom, ancient redwood burl, black walnut

Myrtlewood, maple burl, vine maple, Oregon boxwood, cherry, Scotch broom, Scotch broom, ancient redwood burl, black walnut

I give most of the pens to local nonprofits which use them to generate revenue as auction items or as gifts to donors.  This past year I gave away more than 70 pens to nonprofit organizations or schools.  They have been given as gifts for donations that range from around a hundred dollars to many times that amount.

A local artist, Mark Delp, custom engraves the boxes, this one with the Fog Jetty logo, which was created by my niece Kristin Haggard.

A local artist, Mark Delp, custom engraves the boxes, this one with the Fog Jetty logo, which was created by my niece Kristin Haggard.

Some of the pens are placed into customized presentation cases with the logo of the organization offering the pens as donation gifts.

This series of creations for United Way of Lane County were customized with names of retiring volunteers.

This series of creations for United Way of Lane County were customized with names of retiring volunteers.

Organizations that I have given pens to include St. Vincent DePaul of Lane County, United Way, Square One Villages, Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion School, FOOD for Lane County, Oak Hill School.

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Much of the wood that I use to turn pens cannot be found commercially–it is either given to me by friends or it has a long family history.  My favorite wood that I have used is from an ancient redwood burl that my sister Linda found smoldering in a campfire on Oceanside, Oregon beach.  I call this series of pens “Linda,” of course in honor of her.  Each of my varietal pens have a name which lends meaning to the unique species of wood that is used.

These are Linda pens made from ancient redwood burl

These are Linda pens made from ancient redwood burl.

Birdseye maple burl, Lucy pens, named for Lucy Zammarelli, whose husband Mitch makes heirloom furniture.

Birdseye maple burl, Lucy pens, named for Lucy Zammarelli, whose husband Mitch makes heirloom furniture.

Cherry wood from Bill Dwyer's old orchard, named for Bill's wife and best friend, Janet

Cherry wood from Bill Dwyer’s old orchard, named for Bill’s wife and best friend, Janet.

Myrtlewood, called Margaret after my Mother who adored the wood from the time she came to the US.

Myrtlewood, called Margaret after my Mother who adored the wood from the time she came to the US.

A Margaret pen in a burl base on a very old black walnut cant.

A Margaret pen in a burl base on a very old black walnut cant.

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At this time none of the pens has been offered for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

Clackamas County looks to join Lane County in housing homeless veterans. by Pat Farr

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

 

I spent the day this past Monday with Clackamas County Commissiones Martha Shrader and Paul Savas sharing the details of Lane County’s success with Operation 365 housing homeless veterans. I received this “Thank you” message (which I pass along to Kitty Piercy, Terry McDonald, Pearl Wolfe and all of the men and women here in Lane County who made placing 404 homeless veterans in housing possible, drawing national attention). Thanks Tena Olsen for delivering this:

Thank you from Clackamas

“I would like to express my appreciation to Commissioner Pat Farr! I want to thank you for reaching out to my Clackamas County Commissioners and discussing Veterans Homelessness. On Monday everyone was impressed with your vast knowledge of your Program that your County has done with Homelessness. I look forward to continuing this relationship and to future meetings with both you and Clackamas County. Again, I want to express my gratitude for your time that you spent with my County Commissioners and H3S on moving forward with a program here in Clackamas County.”

I am looking forward to helping Clackamas and other counties with their commitment and success housing homeless veterans.

Public Safety in Lane County starts with the Sheriff. by Pat Farr

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

When Lane County voters passed the Sheriff’s levy in May 2013 they sent a clear message: make this a safer place to live.

Sheriff Turner and I celebrate the passage of 20-213 on May 21 2013

Sheriff Turner and I celebrate the passage of 20-213 on May 21 2013

The levy passed by voters is audited by an independent agency and has exceeded all expectations and promises regarding keeping violent criminal offenders in jail. See article by clicking here.

You can read about significant Sheriff’s Department activities through news releases by clicking here.

Sheriff Byron Trapp--a 28-year Lane County Deputy--replaced Sheriff Tom Turner in 2014

Sheriff Byron Trapp–a 28-year Lane County Deputy–replaced Sheriff Tom Turner in 2014

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office provides correctional services including a jail that houses 256 local offenders, a 39-bed Community Corrections Center (work-release), and out-of-custody programs such as Community Service and Sheriff’s Work Crew. We provide 20 hours a day patrol of urban, suburban and rural areas, including timberlands, waterways, and coastal dune areas. The Sheriff’s Office conducts criminal investigations, maintains evidence and property storage, has an extensive criminal justice Records section, and operates a 24/7 Dispatch Center. Court security, offender transport, process services (criminal and civil), emergency management, and search and rescue functions round out the service the office delivers.

State of the County Address will be Monday January 5. by Pat Farr

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

 

I will be delivering the State of the County Address on Monday January 5, with the program starting at 5 pm at the Gleason Atrium at the Lane County Events Center (Fairgrounds).

State of the County invitation 2015

The reception begins at 5 pm with refreshments and music provided by the Shasta Middle School Jazz Band conducted by Mike Reetz.  This award-winning band is worth the price of admission.  Actually, quite a lot more since the price of admission is free!

In my address I will cover the highlights of this watershed year in Lane County’s history.  A year that has positioned the county to not only be the best place to live and work and raise your family, but also the healthiest county in the nation.  There is an abundance of parking.