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Give Us Shelter! A Walk to Salem for Housing Justice

Please share our Facebook event to get the word out.

Our state is facing a crisis! Wages remain low while housing becomes more and more expensive, throwing many low income people and families into deeper poverty. This causes many people to be or about to be homeless. Affordable housing is in short supply over burdening the community as a whole and creating friction between the housed and unhoused. This is not just an urban situation. People of color, migrants, the elderly, and disabled people are disproportionally affected.

In light of these problems we are asking the Governor and the Oregon Legislature to do the following things:

You may join us in many ways, from walking the whole way with us to attending many of the events (some still being finalized) along the way. If you'd like to walk or help out in other ways, please fill out our registration form!

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May 23

Come to our SEND OFF CELEBRATION from 6 pm to 8 pm at Glenwood Park, SE 88th and SE Claybourne. There will be music, food, and speeches!

If you're walking, please arrive at 5pm for signing up, training, etc.

May 24

Leave Portland at 9 am walking to Gladstone (9.6 miles).

May 25

Leave Gladstone at 9 am walking to Oregon City. Then take a bus along a dangerous stretch of 99E to Canby. Finish up the day walking to Barlow. (5 miles.)

May 26

Leave Barlow at 9 am walking to Woodburn (9.2 miles).

May 27

Leave Woodburn at 9 am walking to Brooks (10 miles).

May 28

Leave Brooks at 9 am walking to Salem (9 miles).

May 29

Rally at 9 am in front of the capitol, then enter to lobby our representatives and attend the Housing and Human Services committee meeting. (Rides home to be arranged.)

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There are many ways to participate, from walking all the way with us and attending our evening of May 23 Send Off Celebration AND our May 29 Rally and Lobby Day.

In any case you will need to register with us so we can plan for food, shelter, and other important things.

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Please fill out our registration form if you'd like to walk or help out.

If you are walking with us, we are asking for a $30–$50 donation (if you can; of course no one will be turned away).

We also ask that you sign our pledge. You can read it online (PDF). We'll have copies to sign at the send off and with us on the walk.

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Please email us at giveusshelter@thegiveusshelter.com.

All donations are tax deductible. You can donate online, or in person. Any excess money will go to Hazelnut Grove, a village of formerly houseless folk that began organizing in late 2015.