Tag Archives: Homelessness

Why Don’t Homeless People Just Get Jobs?

The refrain of “Get a job!” is as old as poverty and panhandling. But one of the hard truths of homelessness is that many people who qualify as homeless work hard and still can’t afford rent. There’s Shorty, camping along the I-205 bicycle path, who last month showed a reporter a cellphone image of his […]
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Portland Homeless Count Shows Numbers Up, But Some Good News

A one-night count of homeless people in Portland and Multnomah County in February found that homelessness continues to grow, but local leaders have made progress getting people into temporary shelter. Source: Portland Homeless Count Shows Numbers Up, But Some Good News . News | OPB

Portland’s homeless population jumps nearly 10 percent, new count shows

The homeless population in Multnomah County increased nearly 10 percent in the last two years: There are now at least 4,177 people without permanent homes on any given night in Portland, the latest survey shows. Source: Portland’s homeless population jumps nearly 10 percent, new count shows | OregonLive.com

Oregon ranked best in country for educating homeless students

Homeless children in Oregon have a better chance of succeeding in school than their counterparts in any other state, according to a new ranking released Friday. The report by the New York City-based Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness found that Oregon ranked at the top when measuring how effectively school districts identify homeless children […]
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Gov. Brown addresses ODOT’s homeless camp struggles

During an appearance applauding Amazon’s upcoming ‘robotic fulfillment center’ and the 1,500 full-time jobs it’s expected to bring to Troutdale, Oregon Governor Kate Brown Wednesday took a moment to address, what department of transportation officials call, a “widespread problem” amid Portland’s homeless crisis. Source: Gov. Brown addresses ODOT’s homeless camp struggles | KGW.com

Is housing slipping out of reach? | Opinion |

It might be a blip, but this year’s count of homeless people shows an increase Two data points don’t make a trend, so it would be a mistake to over-interpret the results of this year’s point-in-time count of homeless people in Lane County. It would also be a mistake to draw encouragement from the numbers. […]
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Clackamas County sees rise in homeless count

Totals increase even as unemployment drops; official says ‘this should be a call to action for everyone in our community’ Source: Oregon Local News – Clackamas County sees rise in homeless count

Rural homelessness hard to tackle | Opinion | 

Greater needs, fewer resources combine to aggravate problem in Lane County Homelessness is not just an urban issue, a point that’s easy to overlook if you live in Eugene or Springfield. About 13 to 14 percent of the county’s homeless population last year — or about one out of seven people who were homeless — […]
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UO students design homeless campus

There are people all over the city thinking of creative ways to address the homeless crisis. In tandem with Oregon Harbor of Hope, the University of Oregon offered a graduate-level studio this winter for 13 architecture students, who worked on potential designs for the nonprofit’s project, now called Safe Harbors. Source: Oregon Local News – […]
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Pinch the prison pipeline | Opinion |

Reintegrating former inmates is an effective way to reduce homelessness Among the many roads to homelessness, one of the broadest leads through prison or jail. The road leads both directions — incarceration and homelessness are called “mutual risk factors,” which means either can contribute to the other. It follows that one of the best ways […]
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