Tag Archives: Homelessness

Report: 80 homeless people died in Multnomah County in 2016

Deaths declined by eight since 2015 but homeless advocates say much more needs to be done. Source: Report: 80 homeless people died in Multnomah County in 2016

‘Nonhabitable’ should be a housing option

“As if it were injustice to sell dearer than we buy; or to give more to a man than he merits. The value of all things contracted for, is measured by the appetite of the contractors: and therefore the just value, is that which they be contented to give” — Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651.  “The […]
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Editorial: One answer to homelessness is shelter

The problem of homelessness is now being talked about as a West Coast phenomenon. There are homeless everywhere, of course, but the problem is more pronounced in this part of the country, especially the issue of homeless people congregating in downtown areas. Medford is grappling with that problem now. The crisis is complex. There are […]
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A homeless kid in every classroom

Only the saints among us can resist casting at least a small portion of blame on homeless people for their predicament: We blame them for making bad choices, for missing opportunities, for burning bridges. Such thinking is seductive, because it absolves us of responsibility. But there can be no blame, and so there can be […]
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Is bad housing really worse than no housing?

Who opposes reducing homelessness by allowing community organizations to provide rest stops or tiny houses? The people of the state of Oregon, that’s who. Source: Is bad housing really worse than no housing?

More than 8,000 homeless students recorded in the Portland area

New state data reveals a growing trend of students without a fixed, stable place to sleep at night. The number of homeless students across Oregon are at an all-time high of 22,541, the Oregon Department of Education reported Wednesday. That’s a 5.6 percent increase from the year before. Source: More than 8,000 homeless students recorded […]
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Homelessness increases 100% in some Oregon counties: Find out how it looks throughout the state

Every two years in January, counties across the country conduct a one-night count of homeless people living outside and in shelters. The count presents a snapshot of how each area is dealing with housing issues. In Oregon, homelessness looks different depending where you live. The Oregonian/OregonLive just visited Redmond to explore the sometimes invisibility of rural […]
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Community looks into homelessness as winter nearing

According to numbers from the “Point in Time” count of the homeless population taken every January the homeless problem is growing in Malheur County and one of the biggest issues is finding shelter for them. Source: Community looks into homelessness as winter nearing | Local News Stories | argusobserver.com

Homeless clients need help to get help from disability benefits (Column) |

Of the 4,000 people living on the streets in Multnomah County, more than half have serious mental illness and more than a third have physical disabilities. You’d think many of these people could qualify for disability income help from the government. Source: Homeless clients need help to get help from disability benefits (Column) | OregonLive.com

Central Oregon’s housing crunch forced people to camp in high desert

By Tuesday, Dave Stryffeler and his wife must leave the home they’ve made amid scrub brush and junipers in the high desert outside Redmond. An emissary from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office visited their trailer recently to deliver the message to Stryffeler and the other 150 or more campers living on rural property just outside […]
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