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 lost their spot due to development plans for the site at NW 4th and Burnside. Consequently, they relocated their site to the Lloyd Neighborhood in 2017. Lloyd EcoDistrict has worked with members of the residential and business communities to help R2DToo get situated in their new site and provide other support, so they can continue to serve the houseless population who need a safe place to recharge.
Like many social service providers, R2DToo is perpetually in need of funding to cover operating expenses and the COVID-19 pandemic has created even greater new needs and challenges. The Lloyd neighborhood has come together and stepped up to help. Spearheaded by Lloyd EcoDistrict, and joined by Lloyd Enhanced Services District, and the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, we raised $9,000 in just a few short weeks to support R2DToo. Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s Office, impressed by this effort, contributed matching funds bringing the total funds raised to $18,000 in contributions and pledges. We are now leading the charge to raise an additional $18,000 to fund R2DToo’s operating expenses for the full year and keep them afloat while they respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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 businesses 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.
Laundry services are 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!