Hard working, conscientious, well groomed … and homeless

Conversations about homelessness too often devolve into stereotypes, such as “it’s their choice,” “they’re not from here,” “he needs to get a job,” “it’s not their fault,” etc. Jerry Vermillion’s story transcends paint-by-numbers talking points. Vermillion, 52, has been living … Continue reading Hard working, conscientious, well groomed … and homeless

Developers’ study finds deep support, ‘overwhelming’ need for homeless campus in Portland

A new feasibility study that looks at the idea of a “co-located, collaborative homeless campus” in Portland reveals significant support from local leaders. The study, in the works since March, includes the first in-depth look at the Oregon Harbor of … Continue reading Developers’ study finds deep support, ‘overwhelming’ need for homeless campus in Portland

‘Double dutching,’ cats and PTSD: Black & Blue at the July 15 North Precinct Gang Task Force meeting

Coming on the heels of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, and the shooting of 14 police officers in Dallas, the July 15 North Precinct Gang Task Force meeting was emotionally charged and intense. The meeting, … Continue reading ‘Double dutching,’ cats and PTSD: Black & Blue at the July 15 North Precinct Gang Task Force meeting