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The Situation

Portland is in Crisis

Portland is amid the worst housing and homeless crisis in the city’s history. The region’s homeless problem has exploded in tandem with its overall growth. A public health disaster has emerged against the city’s backdrop of spiking housing prices that have made basic housing unattainable to many of our citizens.

“Given recent and predicted demographic and economic trends, homelessness will intensify without significant, sustained intervention.”
– Homer Williams, founder of Oregon Harbor of Hope

This issue is testing our civic and business sector leadership, challenging our quality of life and threatening the soul of our community – a community known for accepting and taking care of one another.

Despite an unprecedented effort over the last several years and recent months to marshal more resources, expand shelter space and increase services to the homeless, our homeless crisis is deepening. Recently, there have been some significant accomplishments to curtail this crisis, but much more must be done.

Increase in chronic homelessness in 2015 and 2016 in Oregon
Number of people found living outside, in shelters or in transitional housing in Multnomah County in 2017
Percentage of homeless students in the Oregon public school population (Oregon Deptartment of Education)
Increase in overall homeless between 2015 and 2017 in the city and county

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