NLC statement submitted to the Mayor, City Manager and City Council on December 5, 2018
Mayor and Council,
We all agree that housing affordability and availability are growing problems in our community. The City’s neighborhood associations are committed to helping address these issues; those who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage or to even find a place within their budget are our neighbors and we want to find ways to assist them.
We were initially hopeful that the Housing Tools and Strategies working group would have a robust deliberative process that would result in well researched recommendations to you. Unfortunately, we feel there was insufficient time and little or no analysis done for the participants to adequately discuss and assess the pros and cons of the options presented.
Given this, by a unanimous vote of the NLC members we are asking that the Council not move forward on any recommendations from the HT&S Working Group before adequate analysis has been done to assess the benefits and potential negative impacts of each recommendation. NLC hopes that Council will utilize the efforts of the working group to identify all options and strategies that could most benefit from more in-depth analysis and direct the City Manager to establish new working groups to do this work.
We stand ready, as individuals and neighborhood leaders, to work with you to determine what we can do to lessen this financial burden for all our neighbors.
The City Council has scheduled a work session to possibly take action of the Housing Tools and Strategies Work group recommendations on Dec 10.
Since will not be meeting until late January the NLC agreed to have a special meeting on December 11 the day after council talks about Housing Tools and Strategies in a work session in order to respond in a timely manner.
Rene has secured the Saul Room on the 3rd floor of the Atrium from 6:00-8:30. The first half hour will be a cookie social, so bring your favorite cookies.
City staff presented and Council discussed proposed language on vacant properties, nuisance odors related to marijuana cultivation, and nuisances related to hoarding on Wednesday’s (11/28) City Council work session.
Here’s a link to the AIS (Agenda Item Summary) prepared by Code Compliance staff.
Thursday September 20 from 5:30 to 8:30 is HRNI’s annualNeighborhoods 101 Workshop. It’s a great opportunity to meet other board members, learn about our office (and who to call) and gain a few skills that will help you do your work even better.
This workshop will emphasize the Hate & Bias Prevention and Response Toolkit and how board members and neighbors can create a more welcoming community and be prepared when and if hate or bias incidents occur in your neighborhood.
Neighborhoods 101 is open to any current board member and it’s open to your neighbors who want to know more about neighborhood associations or serving on a neighborhood board. Things will be learned. Fun will be had. Food will be served. Space will be limited.
Eugene’s system of formally recognized neighborhood associations provides a variety of opportunities for community building in Eugene. Neighborhood associations offer multiple ways for neighbors to meet one another, learn about issues in their neighborhoods, hear about City programs that affect neighborhoods and the work of community partners, and join together to advocate for the health, safety and well-being of their neighborhoods. Each year, neighborhood associations report on their activities and events, issues they’ve considered, outreach and engagement, and goals for the following year. That information is compiled and reported via a memo to City Council.
Considering results of the 2017 neighborhood association reports, Eugene’s 17 active neighborhood associations held 209 meetings and hosted 14 events involving over 5000 neighborhood residents. Neighborhood associations explored issues ranging from homelessness, land use, transportation, hate and bias prevention and response, disaster preparedness, neighborhood planning, parks and open space, and urban wildlife. Neighborhood associations worked with businesses, schools, churches and other community partners to hold informational meetings, topical events such as personal safety, homelessness and disaster preparedness fairs, picnics and park events, and neighborhood work parties.
The Neighborhood Matching Grants (NMG) program began in 2000 with the adoption of Council Resolution 4632. In that time we’ve funded 133 projects in our neighborhoods. The benefits of the NMG program go well beyond the financial investment and are an important tool for building community, creating connections and improving our neighborhoods, parks and natural areas.
Beginning July 16 2018, applications for smaller projects, less than $5,000 will be considered by HRNI and other City staff for approval and funding on an ongoing basis until May 1, 2019 (or funding used). Staff involved in the review process will be selected based on the project under consideration.
The review process for large projects ($5,000 – $12,000) will begin January 2019 using the current application and pre-review process which includes evaluation and recommendations from the Department Advisory Committee, and review and approval by City Council with funding available for approved projects on July 1, 2019.
The Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement (HRNI) coordinated the release of the 2017 Hate and Bias Report with this forum to provide context to the report. This report is made possible through collaboration with the Eugene Police Department (EPD) and HRNI. There were 87 reported crimes motivated by hate, and 51 recorded non-criminal incidents.
Our annual Neighborhoods 101 Workshop is a great opportunity to meet people (like you) who are passionate about their neighborhoods. It’s a chance to learn more about Eugene’s neighborhood associations and discover ways to make yourneighborhood even better!
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (a light dinner will be served at 5:10)
Campbell Senior Center, 155 High Street
This workshop is for you if any of the following apply
You’d like to meet other neighborhood board members and learn more about what other neighborhoods are doing;
You’re new to your neighborhood board (elected in the last year);
You’ve never attended a Neighborhoods 101 workshop or it’s been awhile since you attended;
You want to know more about the responsibilities, roles and functions of neighborhood associations;
You want to be better prepared to engage your neighborhood community in tackling issues you face; or
You’re not currently active in your neighborhood association and you’re curious about what neighborhood groups do and how you might be involved in the future.
Here’s a summary of what’s included:
Materials provided: Neighborhood Handbook, INRC Organizer’s Workbook, How to Have Successful Meetings, The ABCs of Parliamentary Procedure
Make Meetings Matter: hosting, planning and facilitating neighborhood meetings
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Neighborhood Funding
Meet the Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement staff
PLEASE REGISTER NO LATER THAN MONDAY October 30 at 5:00 p.m. so we can plan materials specific to your neighborhood, provide adequate seating and ample food. Thank you! Registration is required and we are limited to 45 participants. Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NH101fall17
Please contact Rene C. Kane at 541.682.6243 with any questions about the workshop.