May 28, 2019 E-News
The Homestead Neighborhood Association normally meets the First Tuesday of every month, 7 p m at the OHSU Child Development and Rehabilitation Center; 707 SW Gaines, Third Floor. 
Upcoming Events

June 4, 7pm
Homestead June Meeting 707 SW Gaines
August  6, 6:30-8:30 pm Homestead Picnic Lilac Gardens
Homestead NA will hold the June meeting on Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm at 707 SW Gaines. Parking is available.

The agenda will include
  • Elections for all board positions. Current nominations are for President - Ed Fischer, Vice-President - Jackie Phillips, Treasurer - Aaron Clemons, Secretary (shared) - Eric Schnell and David Schmidt, Membership/Outreach - Ann Knedler, Director At Large (two positions) - Michael Harrison and Elizabeth Hinds. If you are interested in having your name placed on the ballot contact Ed Fischer at
  • Discussion with the OHSU Project Team regarding the Traffic Impact Study results and the architectural model for the proposed OHSU Expansion. Homestead NA has identified concerns regarding the additional 200 parking spaces allotted in this expansion.
  • Mindy Brooks from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will attend to discuss and answer questions regarding the Environmental Overlay Project. She will explain the project's timeline and if you received a post card from the city regarding map changes on your property, Mindy will answer your questions.  Environmental Zone Map Correction Project
  • Review and vote on the revised Homestead NA Work Plan.


[Membership is open to all who reside within the Homestead boundaries. The membership form can be found on the Homestead website at]

From the May meeting
  • Sean O'Neill from Scotia presented plans for a project at 1325 SW Gibbs. Sean has agreed to make pedestrian improvements at this site. Eventually, these improvements will line up with the improvements from 11th to 13th that are being planned by the Homestead Meter District and SW in Motion (SWIM).   A motion was made and approved to request PBOT to require these improvements.
(The following from the Homestead Email to PBOT)
"The Homestead N.A. has voted, and we formally request that PBOT require pedestrian improvements along the frontage of SW 1325 SW Gibbs so that these residents can connect to future SW 11th to 13th sidewalks and points beyond. Such transportation improvements would also benefit users of the Marquam Trail and those walking down Marquam Hill Road.  I am also copying your colleague, Nick Falbo, as both of these projects are identified as priorities in the DRAFT SW in Motion project (SS-03 and BP-07).  It would be a huge shame to miss this opportunity to accomplish a portion of SS-03 when Sean's construction equipment is on-site.
Thank you for considering this request, please don't hesitate to call with any questions,
Michael Harrison
Homestead N.A. Board Member & OHSU representative"

The Homestead Net wants YOU to take the FIRST STEP!
Active NETs
Homestead is one of the few neighborhoods in Portland without an established volunteer NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) or basic plan of how Homestead residents would respond to any large-scale disaster. The Homestead Net is currently working to change that and is focusing efforts to establish the NET and educate Homestead residents.

Please read the HOMESTEAD NET REPORT and Take the FIRST STEP! 

Tell your neighbors and friends about the NET. If you want more information or have an interest in volunteering to help this effort, contact Bob Bonner or Laurie Lester 240-298-4211, 218 SW Bancroft.

Homestead August Picnic is Approaching and we need your help!

We are looking for interested persons or
 parents of younger children to organize games to make this event enjoyable for all!

Are you willing to help?

Sign up using the Picnic Form!


The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is working on many code related projects that affect Homestead Residents. Here are the published the MAY BPS Updates 


This newsletter is intended to help inform community members on the City's response to homelessness and to highlight what the City, County, and their nonprofit partners are doing to promote public health, safety, and livability, and to provide shelter for those experiencing homelessness or living outside.
Additional informational Links:
PDX Reporter App 

Homelessness Toolkit  

Online Campsite Report Form 

Weekly One Point of Contact Update  

MAP of Last Week's Reports


The Bureau of Civic Life (once called the Office of Neighborhood Involvement) is in the process of revising City Code Title 3.96. This code developed operating standards by which neighborhood associations and others do business.  The current code language ensures a level playing field for citizen involvement.  Below is an explanation of the bureau's reasoning for making changes to the code from Civic Life's website.

From the Civic Life Website........." Why does updating City Code Chapter 3.96 matter?

Revising City Code Chapter 3.96 is important to reflect the scope of the bureau's current portfolio, services, and constituents. As we do this work, we are being intentional in expanding authentic partnership with communities that want to engage and deliberate with their government. In doing so, we expand community participation to ensure greater inclusion and better outcomes for all Portlanders.
How is Portland changing? How does the city look like today?

Portland is home to a diverse range of communities with unique experiences and interconnected lives. At Civic Life, we weave these distinct perspectives together to inform local decision-making in ways that benefit everyone.

Portlanders have the ambition and ideas to address the challenges that impact their own communities. It's critical that we respond to the opportunities created by our growing and diverse population now while learning from the experiences of the native and global populations that have long made this place their home. Through the process of revising City Code 3.96, we aim to reaffirm our commitment and responsibility of engaging with all Portlanders to foster and support civic engagement..... "

We are watching this process closely. It has not been easily understood at this point. We hope that neighborhood association standards are retained through this process. And it is important that the attempt at becoming more inclusive doesn't in the end result in exclusion.

You can compare existing code language with proposed language. Send your comments to Commissioner Eudaly


  Make your voice heard.........

The year ahead will be a busy one filled with discussions and important decisions that affect the Homestead area.  If you want to be part of the conversation you can become a member using the membership form found on our website. 

Homestead also contributes to the monthly "Southwest Neighborhoods SW News".  You can subscribe online at


Comments relating to the Homestead NA, the Homestead Enews or the website can be made at 

Jackie Phillips 
Vice-President, Homestead Neighborhood Association 

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Neighborhood meetings are held at 7:00pm, the first Tuesday of each month during the school year at the OHSU CDRC, 3rd Floor, SW 6th and SW Gaines Street.




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