Multnomah County Homeless Count Reveals Nearly 3 in 4 Unhoused Report Disabilities

A growing portion of homeless people in Oregon’s largest county is disabled, and service agencies report anecdotally that the people they serve are older and sicker than a decade ago. A new point-in-time count of homeless people in Multnomah County, … Continue reading Multnomah County Homeless Count Reveals Nearly 3 in 4 Unhoused Report Disabilities

Program Aims to Innovate to Improve Health, Lives of Portland Area’s Most Vulnerable

When a worker at the Multnomah County Tri-County Service Coordination program met with a client recently, the client, Tina, was having a meltdown. Her boyfriend had just been incarcerated, and she’d been up all night, recalled Alison Goldstein, the program’s … Continue reading Program Aims to Innovate to Improve Health, Lives of Portland Area’s Most Vulnerable

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