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Homestead Neighborhood

August 20, 2020 E-News

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Meeting Notice

The Homestead Neighborhood Association will meet on Tuesday, September 1 at 7pm via Zoom

The Homestead Board is working to create a statement that speaks to the desire to end racism and social injustice in our community.  We will begin the conversation with the review of the Association’s guiding documents to ensure they all contain inclusive language.  We hope to see you there.  Documents can be found on our website at

Homestead NA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Homestead NA
Time: Sep 1, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 958 2986 8218
Passcode: 506543

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A Disturbing Event in Homestead

The Homestead Neighborhood Association recently received a letter from a person of color who while running in one of our neighborhoods was harassed and felt threatened.  She was asked what she was doing in the neighborhood and told she should run in her own neighborhood.  Here is the text of the letter inserted by permission.
"Dear Homestead Neighborhood:
What are we doing to address racism in 2020?

Considering that Oregon was created as a White Utopia with the largest KKK membership per capita, it is very imperative that we work night and day to dismantle systemic racism.

I've lived in Oregon 10+ years, by way of California. I'm a woman of color. And for the umpteenth time, last night, I was racially profiled in Portland. In a Homestead neighborhood to be exact.

Last night, while on my evening run,  I was stopped in my tracks and invasively questioned by an older white resident of the neighborhood. He instantly slipped into the invasive questions such as "What are you doing here?" "Why are you here?" "Where did you come from?" "What neighborhood do you live in?" "If you don't live in the neighborhood, why are you running here?"

We need to be talking about how Oregon is NOT a safe space for people of color and we must absolutely shift to change this - ASAP. It starts with learning about Oregon's history.

I'm disgusted by this man's behavior.

We must do better.
And we can't wait another 401 years.
We must dismantle racism NOW.

Thank you,"
The Homestead NA Board wants to take this opportunity to say that this is unacceptable behavior. Asking someone to justify why they are on public property is not an innocent question but rather a means to intimidate and threaten.  The Homestead Board believes racism; personal, systemic, institutional or any form of racism has no place in our neighborhood and should be called out when it occurs.  Today it is more important than ever that we practice unity rather than divisiveness. 

Area Permit Parking Program Changes in Zone C effective October 2020

The Area Parking Permit Program (APPP) began in 1981 in response to citizen concerns about commuter parking in neighborhoods. Commuter parking originates from outside the permit area and has no apparent connection or business within the permit area.

The program is designed to help people who live or work in areas with a commuter parking problem by creating a visitor time limit. Those who do have businesses or live in the area may apply to purchase a permit, allowing parking beyond the visitor limit.

Changes to the Homestead Area Permit Parking Program will be effective October 2020.  These changes will affect Zone C only

The new changes can be found on the homestead website in the supplemental plan at

Business Permits - The new rules will limit Business Permits to one per licensed business or B&B provided they have not already been issued a Resident Permit.  Businesses, B&Bs and air B&Bs will be required to provide a copy of their City Business License when applying.  Non-resident property owners will not be issued business permits but can apply for daily permits with proof of property ownership.

Businesses will be able to apply for 60 Daily Permits per year.  (Daily Permits take the place of Guest Permits) The Daily Permits will be sold in bundles of 10.

Resident Permits - There will be no limit on Resident Permits in Zone C.  Guest permits will no longer be issued.  However, resident permit holders will be able to apply for Resident Daily permits for their guests.  A maximum of 60 Daily permits per year per resident will be issues.  The Daily Permits will be sold in bundles of 10.

Residents with specific family needs or hardships may apply for additional Resident Daily Permits.  Examples include at-home physical therapy, hospice care, or nanny services.  The address for application can be found in the supplemental plan.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has notified us that the digital program announced previously will not go live this year as previously announced.  The digital program will instead be initiated in 2021.

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

Homestead is  a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Neighborhood Association.  Your donation funds efforts to  fulfill Homestead Neighborhood Association's mission and purpose.


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Jackie Phillips 
Vice-President, Homestead Neighborhood Association 

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