Tag Archives: Homeless/Homelessness

Opinion: Oregon’s addiction crisis needs governor’s action now

Oregon is gripped by an unprecedented addiction crisis that requires immediate and forceful of action from Gov. Kate Brown. Each day, five Oregonians die as a consequence of alcohol and one or two die from drug overdoses – over 2,100 lives lost each year to substance addiction. Comparatively, in 1994 alone, Oregon lost 362 people […]
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Only statutory repeal can address affordable housing and homelessness 

The 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that the powers not given to the federal government are the exclusive domain of the states. It is referred to as “states’ rights”. This principle of government should equally apply to the citizens of each state, more specifically counties and municipalities. Here in Oregon affordable housing and […]
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Why health care is concerned with housing

You can’t attain your highest level of health without a home. Housing is a cornerstone to health — physical and mental, yes, and also in terms of engagement to care. Barriers caused by homelessness become barriers to people’s health in that the one continually affects the other. Because of this, housing is among the most […]
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Healthcare organizations join with county, city to build homeless housing with 24-hour support

Construction is expected to begin this fall on a 51-unit apartment complex near Autzen Stadium with 24-hour, in-house services for the homeless, and qualifying for housing will not require extensive screenings or sobriety.The Commons on MLK is a $13 million project by Homes For Good, Lane County’s low-income housing authority.Four Oregon healthcare organizations — Kaiser […]
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Crisis team model could help here

An innovative crisis intervention team is taking some of the pressure off police in the Eugene area by responding to calls that don’t involve threats to life, violence or serious crime. In the process, the teams of medics and mental health counselors can connect people to the services they need without sending them to jail […]
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Crisis team may get Southern Oregon version 

When neighbors called about an elderly woman prowler at an apartment complex, police weren’t called to the scene. Instead, a crisis team made up of a medic and a mental health counselor arrived in their van. They found her in her apartment, eating dog food and throwing plates. Source: Crisis team may get Southern Oregon […]
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Nearly half of the U.S.’s homeless people live in one state: California

Four of the five American cities with the greatest incidences of unsheltered homelessness are in the Golden State. More than half a million people are homeless each night in the United States, a new White House report has found. And nearly half of them are concentrated in one state: California. As for state homelessness rates, […]
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Homeless camp sweeps slated to come to Salem this October

More Salem homeless camp sweeps will come in early October. Officials have posted notifications in the areas of Wallace Marine Park, Costco Wholesale and the corner of 35th Place NE and Fisher Road NE. State officials plan to clear the camps Oct. 7-9, though schedules for each location were not available, said Oregon Department of Transportation spokeswoman […]
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Salem tries for share of new state money to push new approach to serving homeless

A new kind of housing project for chronically homeless residents in Salem could be in the works if a state grant comes through. Sequoia Crossings would be a 76-unit apartment at 3120 Broadway St. N.E. It would be a joint effort by Salem Housing Authority and The ARCHES Project to help chronically homeless people work […]
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North Portland residents say homeless stealing, trashing boats

The homeless problem in Portland isn’t limited to the streets downtown, or any streets for that matter. All you have to do is take a scenic boat ride and you’ll find the same problems — crime, garbage and pollution. Source: North Portland residents say homeless stealing, trashing boats | KATU