"Social Impact” developers in Portland, Maine seek to squelch a referendum for smaller shelters called for by qualified practitioners with concrete experience in the field.
Nov 2nd- The people decide. What's it gonna be?
I've heard two different things: If none get 50%, it will go to a run-off voteIf none get 50%, things move forward as the City Council and Developers planned.
This proposed amendment requires all new emergency shelters to be opened 24 hours per day and, except for family and domestic violence shelters, provide shelter at a time. It adds a requirement for shelter management plans to include a Criminal Trespass Order policy and appeals process for residents. It also removes the requirements for shelters to: provide adequate space for security searches and other assessments; include plans for on-site surveillance and controls for resident behavior and noise levels; provide adequate access to and from METRO service; implement strategies to help guests utilize transit.
This proposed amendment requires all new emergency shelters to be opened 24 hours per day and to have adequate indoor space to provide day shelter for all guests. It adds a requirement for shelter management plans to include a clear policy regarding Criminal Trespass Orders. It requires all emergency shelters to provide access to and from METRO service and to implement strategies to help guests use public transit. It requires individual emergency shelters to be located at least 1000 feet from one another, li except in situations when a shelter capacity emergency is declared, and limits the total number of individual shelter beds within a 1 mile radius to a maximum of 300. Domestic violence shelters which don’t disclose their locations for safety reasons are exempt from both provisions. The proposed consolidation of the Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter and the Preble Street Teen Center into one facility at 343 Cumberland Avenue is also exempt from the buffer and density provisions.
Neither of the two (2) proposed Amendments to the Portland City Code above,
Option B allows three times the number of beds in a room as Option A.
Option C allows an unlimited number of beds in a room.
Another candidate for the State of the Art in Homeless Sheltering Award
I endorse smaller shelters solution as the real state-of-the-art solution because it is premised on humanism.- author.
The Real State of the Art Solution presented by the Coalition for Smaller Shelters for the Homeless:
: Everyone agrees that the City’s Oxford Street Shelter is overcrowded and inadequate. But that doesn’t mean we should settle for replacing it with another mega-shelter in a different location. Better options are available. We need our City leaders to explore them
Humanism is a very old idea
Humanism is surging today in the phenomena branded as The Great Resignation, a rising protest by the workforces against the hierarchical order of corporate culture. As U-Ming Lee put it succinctly in The Great Resignation: Why Millions Are Now Fed Up of Corporate Bullshit
The developers Andrew Sigfridson SIOR, Managing Director The Boulos Company, and Developers Collaborative Predevelopment LLC have donated $20000.00 each (totaling ) in the Portland Cares-Vote C, Political Action Committee. It buys advertising in the Portland Press Herald.
The Portland Cares-Vote C political action committee was formed to promote unlimited beds in a single room.
Egan added, “I’m not sure who might have been in on those conversations, but it wasn’t any kind of a secret.” According to Egan, the use of federal tax credits required Bunker’s company to wait five years before the apartments could be sold. “I’m not surprised that at this point they’re starting to sell units,” Egan said. High-Profile Portland Developer Evicting Renters During Crisis to Sell Condos
Sustainable Development in Practice: A Case Study Analysis of Coastal Enterprises, Inc.’s Experience
This paper argues that CED practitioners have a great deal to share in the current sustainability dialogue because of CED’s historic commitment to social justice and equity and practitioners’ concrete experience in the field.
This paper examines sustainable development from the specific experience of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a CED practitioner.
CED’s primary contribution to sustainable development is its historic emphasis on practitioners playing a key role in building economically sustainable communities and acting as the conscience for social justice and equity for marginalized groups (Phillips 1993; Shaffer 1994; Harrison and Vietorisz 1970). CED emerged from racial and economic inequality in both urban and rural areas. It focuses on economic opportunities for low-income communities and individuals. It puts the values of equity, social justice, and grassroots empowerment squarely on the table as part of any sustainable development effort. In CED, equity and social justice must be included in the underlying values of sustainable development. Without them, there can be neither political nor community sustainability. JSTOR Sustainable Development in Practice: A Case Study Analysis of Coastal Enterprises, Inc.’s Experience
The non-transparent non-profit for-profit relationship.
A nonprofit corporation is formed to carry out a non-commercial purpose, whether that be religious, educational, charitable, scientific or other qualifying purpose. It is prohibited from acting in a manner that results in private inurement (profit) to individuals. Who Really Owns a Nonprofit?
Public Disclosure and Perception
While the existence of a controlled subsidiary and certain transactions with that subsidiary will be disclosed on the nonprofit organization’s publicly available annual Form 990, the subsidiary’s activities will not be subject to the same level of disclosure as it would if the activity was conducted directly by the nonprofit organization (for instance, with respect to the subsidiary’s income and expenditures and possibly the compensation it pays individuals, depending on what other roles the recipients have with respect to the nonprofit organization.) The nonprofit also may prefer a clear separation between its charitable activities and any for-profit endeavors, to avoid mission drift or a perception that its charitable work has been tainted or overshadowed by profit-making objectives. American Bar Association
It is possible to download the last three years of a non-profit’s 990 filings, available on Guidestar, but it is a very complicated filing. I searched online for information identifying where the subsidiary information is to be found but very little information is available. There is barely a mention of it as if the subsidiary exists in name only, but if that were true in practice there would be no point in forming such a subsidiary.
For those who invest in Opportunity Zones, they will be eligible for a 10% step-up in basis after holding the investment for over 5 years.
This option delivers invaluable resources to economically struggling communities that need it most, contributing to the area’s growth.
You can defer taxes on capital gains from several asset classes such as: multifamily, self-storage, hospitality, diversified portfolios + more.
Developers Collaborative Predevelopment Inc says “We’re not like most developers”
At Developers Collaborative our core values are based on the belief that a developer has great responsibility.We feel all developers owe it to their respective communities to do more than just make a piece of land or building generate the highest short term financial return possible.
We make an extra effort to listen to neighbors and employ creative solutions in order to make successful places, employ a community-based approach to planning and building our projects, and frequently participate in public-private partnerships to achieve public goals. Developers Collaborative About Page (emphasis by author)