The following are blog posts from my coverage of TechFest 2018 for Willamette Week: Patagonia’s CEO is Coming to Portland to Talk About the Company’s Crusade Against Climate Change and the Trump Administration How well do profits mesh with progressive … Continue reading TechFest NW 2018: Nut milk bags, thought leaders, politicos & gender problems
Observers of hate speech in Portland argue that the watchdog organization is missing the obvious. The McCoy Village community room on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is an earth-toned space that hosts community meetings and the affordable housing complex’s … Continue reading 3 of 4 Hate Groups in Portland Are Black? How Is That Possible?
The Strip is gone… The “Strip,” a stretch of North Lombard Street in St. Johns where approximately 20 homeless people lived in a dozen RVs, is gone. In July, WW explored the location, a favorite dumping ground for abandoning RVs … Continue reading As City Officials Tow RVs Off the Portland Streets, People Priced Out of Apartments Wonder Where to Go Now
People too often feel trapped between an abuser and the streets. The answer, according to the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, is domestic violence. Advocates say it can be the trickiest social malady to remedy—among housed or homeless … Continue reading What’s the Leading Cause of Homelessness for Oregon Women?
Their struggles may be more hidden. Here’s why. Deportations, sanctuary and a possible end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or “Dreamer,” program are the big issues facing undocumented immigrants in the United States. But people in Portland’s Latino … Continue reading If Portland’s a Sanctuary City, Where Are All the Homeless Latino People?
The number of transgender homeless people living on Portland-area streets has officially doubled in the past two years. When she first considered transitioning from a man to a woman, Sophia Conquest made a checklist of “bad and good things.” On … Continue reading Why is Portland’s Transgender Homeless Population Growing So Fast?
Here are seven of the Portland companies Elevate Inclusive Fund helped launch—from makeup for people with “nuanced” skin tones to a salad bar with a difference. When Portland financier Nitin Rai established the Elevate Inclusive Fund in 2016 to invest … Continue reading Nitin Rai Created an Investment Fund to Assist Portland Startups Led by Women and Minorities. It’s Working.
Local officials made big claims for a policy aimed at finding housing for a large and vulnerable population. There are a lot of barriers to ending homelessness for Portland veterans. Darrell L. Snook, for instance, is both a Vietnam Navy … Continue reading Has Portland Really Gotten All Its Homeless Veterans Off the Streets?
Timothy Allen Ferrell is the kind of person officials and advocates argue about. Despite a lifelong history of trauma—born with drugs in his system to a 15-year-old mom, then foster care, heroin and meth use, and drug-related criminal convictions—Ferrell insists … Continue reading Is There an Ethnic Group More Likely to Be Homeless in Portland Than Others?
This city has never before seen so many recreational vehicles parked on its streets. There is a stretch of North Lombard Street called the Strip: a line of 12 RVs parked snout to bumper on the west side of the … Continue reading Portland is Towing Caravans of RVs Off the Streets. Here’s What It’s Like Inside Those Motor Homes.
Homeless people say they must choose between a ticket to ride and eating. So why is the train so crucial? For most Portlanders, high temperatures inspire cold drinks, or a jump in a river. For Nathan Lewallea, who has epilepsy, … Continue reading Why Do Homeless People Ride the MAX Green Line All Day?
One of the faith leaders who has worked closely with the most vulnerable people on the streets has a theory. The paradox jumps out from the latest homelessness numbers released by Multnomah County: The number of people sleeping on the … Continue reading Why Are So Many of the People Sleeping on Downtown Streets So Damaged?
The animals provide emotional support and four-legged security for people on the streets. You’re not paranoid: The number of Portland dogs with homeless owners is growing rapidly. Local animal hospital Dove Lewis says the number of homeless people getting veterinary … Continue reading Why Am I Seeing So Many Homeless People With Dogs?
Many already have jobs—not easy ones, either. 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 … Continue reading Why Don’t Homeless People Just Get Jobs?
What do homeless people say about reports that the men suspected in shocking crimes lived on the street? The two men are among the most notorious criminal suspects in recent Portland history. Jeremy Christian is accused of fatally stabbing two … Continue reading In Aftermath of Notorious MAX Crimes, Portland’s Homeless Fear Reprisals