Tag Archives: Homeless/Homelessness

Legislators prepping to tackle guns, wildfires, homelessness in upcoming session

Legislators will roll up their sleeves for some speedy politicking in February, tackling some of Oregon’s thorniest problems. When they gather for the monthlong legislative session, legislators want to improve the state’s care for people with mental illness and its ability to fight increasingly destructive wildfires. State Library Ed. Note:  Oregon Capital Bureau story also […]
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Editorial: Homeless focus overlooks important piece of the puzzle

Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek hopes to persuade the state Legislature to commit at least $40 million to help finance new shelters for the homeless this year. If she’s successful, the money will be a good step in efforts to provide relief for Oregon’s least fortunate residents, though it’s a long way from […]
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Oregon House Speaker Calls for Homelessness State of Emergency

Speaker of the Oregon House Tina Kotek has introduced a sweeping bill to address the state’s homelessness crisis.   The bill’s key feature is the declaration of a statewide “homelessness state of emergency,” similar to the one currently in place in Portland, which would remove zoning restrictions for the purposes of constructing homeless shelters.   Source: Oregon […]
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Point In-Time Count for Central Oregon homeless starts next week

Count attempts to capture the larger picture of sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. The Homeless Leadership Coalition will be kicking off the annual Point In-Time Count, where volunteers count the number of homeless people in Central Oregon for three days. The count is part of a state and national effort to identify the number […]
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Tina Kotek proposes $40 million investment in homelessness

The Oregon Legislature could be poised to make its most significant investment to relieve the effects of a statewide homelessness crisis as House Speaker Tina Kotek prepares a bill that would allocate $40 million to create new shelters. She wants the Legislature to pass a bill that would declare a “homelessness state of emergency” that […]
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Some Rural Areas Take Law and Order Approach To Homelessness

Chilly winds and hail don’t bother Buckshot Cunningham, who lived outside without a shelter for years until he came across this tiny house village in southern Oregon. “This is my umbrella,” he says as he shrugs on the hood of his coat, walking into a late January winter storm. Source: Some Rural Areas Take Law […]
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Oregon stands to gain millions from federal spending bills

With the passage into law of two massive bills late last month, the feds have nailed down more than $1.3 trillion in outlays for the fiscal year that ends in September. Setting a budget for 2020? It’s just a bit different on Capitol Hill. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon stands to gain millions from […]
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Oregon lawmaker proposes statewide homeless emergency

An Oregon lawmaker is proposing a statewide emergency declaration to respond to the growing homelessness situation, meaning more funding and fewer roadblocks to building shelters. Typically, the governor’s office issues these types of declarations, like in 2017 during the Eagle Creek Fire. House Speaker Tina Kotek’s Office is looking at what it would take to […]
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News Roundtable | Salem Homeless | REBROADCAST: Unclaimed Dead  – OPB’s Think Out Loud

In December 2019, the Salem city council voted to ban tent camping in the city. But the ban has backfired, leaving people sleeping in downtown Salem without shelter. Business leaders have threatened to leave downtown if the issue isn’t resolved. We hear from Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett and Jimmy Jones, executive director of the Mid-Willamette […]
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Washington Legislature to tackle homelessness, other issues in 60-day session

The 60-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday. The 60-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday, with lawmakers set to adjust the state budget and tackle several policy issues, including how to address homelessness in the state Source: Washington Legislature to tackle homelessness, other issues in 60-day session – oregonlive.com