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Portland Daily Round Up: Commissioner Ryan announces 4 Safe Rest Village locations, group gathers in support of Ukraine

Emily Scarvie

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A railway worker and passengers wait for a delayed train on February 25, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.(Pierre Crom/Getty Images)

By Emily Scarvie

(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, Feb. 25 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. Commissioner Dan Ryan announces locations of 4 remaining Safe Rest Village sites

On Thursday, Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan announced four new Safe Rest Village locations, completing the set of six sites that need to be constructed for the program. The sites are set to be organized camps for homeless residents, described by Ryan as “onramps to housing.” They’ll be run by nonprofits and offer residents individual shelters and access to support and services. Ryan didn't specify a firm opening date for the sites.

Portland City Council passed the plan to create the sites last spring and dedicated $20 million in federal COVID aid to go toward the project. The four new sites are:

  • Peninsula Crossing Village at 6631 North Syracuse Street in north Portland near the St. Johns neighborhood
  • Sunderland North Village at 9827 Northeast Sunderland Avenue in northeast Portland
  • Northwest Naito Village in downtown Portland, on the east side of Portland Union Station to the north of the Broadway Bridge
  • Southeast Reedway Village at the 106th block of Southeast Reedway Street in the Lents neighborhood of southeast Portland

2. Ukraine supporters in Portland call for condemnation of Russian invasion

A group gathered at the Portland waterfront on Thursday, holding signs, chanting and calling on elected leaders to condemn Russia’s action against Ukraine.

“We’ve been watching what’s happening in Ukraine since last night,” Tatiana Terdal, a supporter, told KATU. “We feel very helpless, and this is one of the ways that we can just support each other.”

While many are showing their support for Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, others worry about what the effects of the conflict will be here. Dr. Jim Moore, a political analyst with Pacific University, told KATU that the U.S. will likely see increases in gas and food prices. He also noted that the U.S. military presence overseas is merely symbolic at this point.

“There’s a real danger if U.S. troops engage with Russian troops. All of the sudden, America is at war with Russia and the American people don’t want that, and it’s pretty clear the American government doesn’t want that either,” he said.

3. Portland-based Mercy Corps sending group to Ukraine to assist civilians

A Portland-based humanitarian aid group has assembled a team they plan to send to Europe to evaluate how they can help Ukrainians amid the escalating Russian invasion. The Mercy Corps, which is headquartered in Portland, has previously assisted hundreds of thousands of people in emergency situations, but the group estimates there will be millions of people who need help.

“Water, food, shelter, healthcare. Often times in a complex emergency of this sort, Mercy Corps does a cash program, which puts resources into the hands of displaced people who need it most. That way they can spend the money in places on what they need most and often times, that’s the most important thing we can do,” Craig Redmond, senior vice president of programs for Mercy Corps, told FOX 12.

Mercy Corps helped around 200,000 people in Ukraine following the conflict with Russia in 2014, but expects there will be a much higher need this time around. The group said their biggest worry is civilians, including elderly people in the southeast region who don’t have anywhere to go.

Anyone interested in donating to Mercy Corps can do so here. The Ukrainian Bible Church in Fairview is also collecting supplies, medicine and other essential items on Sunday to send to the Ukrainian Army and hospitals.

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