Portland ordinance to protect renters may be a model for other cities. But landlords are fighting back.

The idea seemed simple enough. Last year, Portland passed a law to ease the pain of renters being forced out of their homes or facing large rent hikes. Officials and housing advocates in particular were worried about those facing “no-cause” … Continue reading Portland ordinance to protect renters may be a model for other cities. But landlords are fighting back.

She used to get high on heroin and lived in a tent. Now she’s helping homeless people get off the streets

The soft voice from inside the tent could barely be heard over the howling wind, freeway noise and wild flapping of the tarp. So Tiffany Grigg, perched on a milk crate in the mud, leaned in to listen. It was … Continue reading She used to get high on heroin and lived in a tent. Now she’s helping homeless people get off the streets

In Portland, a fitful start to a new way to help the homeless: A village of tiny houses

On June 10, 14 residents moved into 14 tiny houses in Portland’s first government-supported homeless village. Just 18 days later, two residents were gone. One was evicted for “highly disruptive” behavior, said the director of the nonprofit that co-manages Kenton … Continue reading In Portland, a fitful start to a new way to help the homeless: A village of tiny houses