Right 2 Dream Too (known as R2DToo) is a rest area in Portland that serves the houseless community on a temporary basis. Their mission is to provide a safe place for people to sleep undisturbed. R2DToo was previously located in Old Town Chinatown, but they recently lost their spot due to development plans for the site at NW 4th and Burnside. Consequently, they have relocated their site to the Lloyd Neighborhood. Lloyd EcoDistrict is working with members of the residential and business communities to help R2DToo get situated in their new temporary site, so they can continue to serve the houseless population who need a safe place to recharge.
Together with eBay Portland and students from Catlin Gabel, we fundraised 10 solar-powered charges and 80 sleepings bags. This month-long campaign turned into a community-wide event, bringing together local business and students.
Lloyd EcoDistrict has raised funds and built 10 additional tiny homes for the R2DToo members that live at the site to oversee operations.
Hygiene is a critical part of health and livability. Students from Catlin Gabel have developed a “Showerpod” model. Built from reclaimed trailers and solar powered, Showerpods are the ideal solution for rest areas like R2DToo. Students from Catlin are working with The ReBuilding Center to get a Showerpod to the site by December. More to come soon!
Laundry services is not only an important need for homeless individuals, but would help reduce the City’s own budget in clean-up campaigns. Watch this space for more project updates!
Livable Lloyd – the neighborhood’s residential group – helped coordinate a welcome dinner for members of Right 2 Dream Too community. The evening was also a fundraiser for the rest area, with donations going towards some critical infrastructure needs. Staff from the City joined Dreamers in a night of community warmth and homemade spaghetti sauce.