Lloyd Brings Home A Spirit of Portland Award!
Honoring the Good Neighbor Agreement with Right 2 Dream Too
Right 2 Dream Too (R2DToo) relocated to the Lloyd in June 2017, continuing its operation as a rest area providing low-barrier, safe sleep for Portland’s unhoused community members. The nonprofit was welcomed with open arms by Lloyd neighbors and community organizations, including Lloyd Community Association, Lloyd Enhanced Services District, Rose Quarter, Lloyd Ecodistrict, Holladay Park Plaza, Temple Baptist Church, and the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. City partners at the table have included Portland Police Bureau’s Neighborhood Response Team, the Office of Community and Civic Life Crime Prevention program, and the Office of Equity and Human Rights, which provided facilitation support.
Initially, a simple Good Neighbor Agreement was formed to create shared expectations and a communication plan between R2DToo and its new neighbors but has since expanded to include creative community-building and fundraising strategies to continue support for R2DToo. From a welcome spaghetti dinner hosted by Temple Baptist Church to regular attendance at public safety meetings, R2DToo members have been invited to share their model with numerous Lloyd based organizations who want to support the rest area.
In July, Lloyd EcoDistrict raised $20,000 for a sleeping pod buildout for R2DToo’s members, with dozens of volunteers donating tools, materials and skills to the project. Lloyd Community Association and Lloyd Enhanced Services District organized an ongoing bottle drop fundraiser in some of the neighborhoods larger apartment towers. Holladay Park Plaza residents mobilized to raise $2,000 toward an additional sleeping pod, in addition to donating over 2,700 personal hygiene items to the rest area. This collective work has helped to humanize the conversation around houselessness and illustrates the positive impacts that prevail when organizations collaborate for the betterment of all community members.
*The excerpt above is reprinted from the 2018 Spirit of Portland Awards
Spirit of Portland Awards are a recognition of local heroes and the impact of their work on creating a shared future in a city we all share.
Since 1985, recipients have included activists, community advocates, and committed individuals who serve to advance the Portland community. Awardees embody our city’s culture, goals, and a dedication to enriching the lives of their fellow Portlanders. In celebration of Portland’s diverse communities, the theme for 2018 ceremony was “One City, Many Communities”.