September 22, 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

Thursday, September 26
6 pm -
Wilson High School Community Conversation Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
Tuesday, October 1
7-9 pm
Homestead October Mtg CDRC 707 SW Gaines 3rd Floor
Sunday, October 6 Portland Marathon
Neighborhood Cheer Challenge
Time and place TBD
Thursday, November 14 City Council Session re:
City Code Title 3.96
Council Chambers

The Homestead Neighborhood Association will meet Tuesday, October 1 from 7-9pm.
Meetings are held at the CDRC, 707 SW Gaines, 3rd floor.

The October agenda will include the presentation, Portland Crow Roost Talk given by Gary Granger and Rebecca Provorse. The talk (1-1.5 hours) includes the
f ollowing components:

--Role of the American Crow in urban ecology
--History of crow roosts, persecution and transition to urban areas,
--Details about our community science project, urban ecology and bird activism,
--Data on the Portland urban crow roost, and
--A question and answer period

More info at  


From the September Homestead NA meeting:

Josh Mahar and Fiona Cundy from Tri-Met presented an update of the SW Corridor Project. The costs for this project are exceeding expectations and it is apparent that cost reductions will be needed.   While the goal is to focus on cost reductions that will achieve the "full-length" project, there is a chance that the project may be built in phases. Either way the project scope is being considered with the following changes:
  • Reducing the widening of Barbur Boulevard in some areas with low traffic demand
  • Using battery power for trains to reduce the cost of overhead electrical wires
  • Avoid the cost of rebuilding the Barbur Viaducts by running the trains beside them
  • Elimination of some stations
  • Reducing the size of Park & Rides
  • And reexamining options studied in the Draft Environment Impact Statement
In October the project scope will be defined to be included with the regional transportation measure in 2020.

The Homestead NET has successfully mapped 50 houses in the trial area and is now ready to extend the block categories. OHSU is planning to prepare a written statement on OHSU's response and role in the event of a disaster in our area. Block Captains will be meeting in September to expand the mapping area. If you are interested in joining the NET and becoming a block captain or performing any other role in an emergency, contact Bob Bonner at

The topic equity and inclusion in the Homestead NA was briefly discussed. How can Homestead ensure that all residents feel welcome and included? We briefly talked about engaging more renters, those needing transportation and ways in which to make it possible for young families to participate. This topic will be revisited. If you have ideas, want to participate on an outreach work group, we would love to hear from you. Email

The Homestead Parks Committee Chair position is vacant and Homestead is  l ooking to fill   this  position. The Parks Committee Chair represents the Homestead n eighborhood as the main Homestead contact for receiving Parks information and informs the neighborhood association at monthly meetings of issues affecting Homestead.

This position also represents the neighborhood association as a member of the SWNI Parks and Community Centers Committee. This group works to provide information at the larger neighborhood coalition level and votes as the Homestead Representative. Meetings are held  monthly on the first Thursday of each month at Multnomah Arts Center from 7-8:30 pm. Updates from this group are provided to Homestead members at our monthly meetings. 

Review the SWNI Parks Committee 2019-20 Action plan. If you are interested in serving the Homestead neighborhood in this position, contact Ed Fischer at


OHSU Parking Review Hearings Officer Decision

The City of Portland has approved an OHSU application to construct approximately 220 new patient and guest parking spaces as part of its proposed hospital expansion project.  The spaces will be located in a proposed new patient care building on Campus Drive.   The Homestead neighborhood Association had opposed the parking spaces addition because of concerns over increased traffic.  The other aspects of the expansion construction project are subject to additional City reviews and are unopposed. 

The Homestead Board will meet Tuesday, September 24 to discuss next steps.  The time and place are not decided as yet, but if you are interested in attending, contact


Wilson High School Community Conversation

The Hillsdale NA is co-hosting a Community Conversation with Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran about incidents of racism and anti-Semitism that have taken place at Wilson High School and concerns about student health and safety.  Wilson High School students, parents, Portland Public Schools administration, board members and interested community members are invited.  The Community Conversation will be held Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm, Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97216.


Proposed Amendment to Administrative Rule for Accessory Short-Term Rentals

The Bureau of Development Services is proposing to amend administrative rules related to enforcement of Accessory Short-Term Rentals (ASTRs) that are allowed by the Portland Zoning Code Chapter 33.207. The proposed amendments:
  • clarify that the fine amount for the first violation may be set by the BDS fee schedule adopted annually by City Council, consistent with the fines for second and third offenses; and
  • clarify that the administrative rule applies to both Type A and Type B ASTRs.
The proposed amended rule may be found  here.

No public hearing will be held unless one is requested.

Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Submit written comments or a request for hearing to Emily Sandy at

The City Council session on City Code 3.96 is scheduled for mid-November, so please save the date!
Portland City Council Session
City Code Chapter 3.96
Thursday, November 14, 2019
5:00pm - 8:00pm
What to expect at the City Council Session
  • Ordinance that includes the proposed code language will be presented.
  • Draft Administrative Rule per proposed section 3.96.060
  • Presentation and Reports 
  • Resolution to convene a multi-bureau work group to review cross-referenced functions in city code and work with a diverse range of stakeholders to make recommendations to Council for modernizing practices to equitably provide city services to more Portlanders.
  • Public Testimony



The Portland Marathon will take place Oct 6, 2019. The route does not directly affect Homestead, but Naito and SW 1st will be part of or near the marathon route. Route and additional information regarding streets near the Homestead area can be found here.

Interested in helping Homestead NA earn some dollars? All neighborhood associations (including those that are not on the actual race route) are invited to participate in the OHSU Neighborhood Cheer Challenge.
"Here's how it works:
If your association decides to participate, you will be assigned a spot on the race course to take over and demonstrate your neighborhood's personality. You are encouraged to bring signs, play  music, decorate, and most importantly CHEER on the runners and help them have an  unforgettable experience.
After the race, runners will vote on their favorite groups and the top five neighborhood
associations will win $500 each, with the first place group taking home the grand prize of
$1,000. There is no limit or requirement on the number of people who need to participate, and  there is no fee to participate."
If you are interested in supporting Homestead and the Marathon, let Homestead know at   - Or attend the October 1 Homestead meeting and join in this fun event.


  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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