Jon Jennings, Community Leader & Task Force Tri-Chair
Suzanne McCormick, United Way of Greater Portland & Task Force Tri-Chair
Thomas Chalmers, McLaughlin, University of New England
Josh O’Brien,Portland DHHS
Brian Petrovek, Portland Pirates & Portland Downtown District
Thomas Ptacek, Homeless Voices for Justice
John Ryan, Wright-Ryan Construction
Chief Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Department
Karen Stein, UNUM
Mark Swann, Preble Street
Mike Tarpinian, The Opportunity Alliance
Dana Tottman, Avesta
Dory Waxman, Former City Councilor & Task Force Tri-Chair
About the Task Force
The Homeless Task Force was established by council order in November 2011 and asked to carry out the following:
Review and gain an understanding of the causal factors associated with homelessness, as well as the current community resources available to meet the unique needs of individuals experiencing homelessness.
Develop a multiyear strategic plan, including measurable objectives to reduce, prevent, and end homelessness in greater Portland.
The strategic plan should focus on three areas: access to healthcare services, supportive and affordable housing, and prevention.
Convene a larger stakeholder group to include social service providers, advocates, consumers, community and business leaders, and public safety representatives to inform the work of the task force.
Develop a strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness that can be endorsed by the Portland City Council and one that can be evaluated over time and modified if needed.