Sometimes, our fellow community members need a safe place to stay in a time of crisis. This is true, for example, for people experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence or folks displaced by wildfire or other natural disaster.
One obstacle to providing these life-saving shelters is Beaverton’s rules for development. The Development Code limits the months of the year that severe weather shelters can operate and doesn’t allow shelters that are available year-round at all.
The Shelter Code Project is working to update the code to determine where and how the city should allow different types of shelters. Visit the website at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/ShelterCodeProject to see the alternative ways the city could allow shelters and contribute your ideas and insights.
The website also will have the latest information about Planning Commission and City Council meetings on this topic.
If you would like to know more about the Shelter Code Project, contact Jena Hughes of the Community Development Department at 503-526-3725 or email jhughes@BeavertonOregon.gov.