Homeless villages offer residents what shelters often can’t: a sense of safety and a chance to reconnect PORTLAND, Ore. — Helping to build the homeless village where he lives has given Bob Brimmer’s life focus, he says. More than that, living there … Continue reading Why villages?
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
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
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