Old Town Homeless Village Will Close After Nonprofit Operator Says Conditions Too Dangerous

The news of the closing raises questions about a dozen existing and planned officially-sanctioned homeless villages in the region, as well as a key local services provider. By Thacher Schmid May 28, 2022 at 4:35 pm PDT in Willamette Week Old Town’s homeless village is permanently closing, Multnomah County officials say, after its services provider, All Good Northwest, decided it could not continue running the site. The director of the nonprofit, Andy Goebel, blames its decision on “daily and nightly gunfire and gun activity” in the area. The decommissioning, which officials confirmed after an inquiry from WW, also comes a … Continue reading Old Town Homeless Village Will Close After Nonprofit Operator Says Conditions Too Dangerous

Hundreds of Portlanders Are Living in Their Cars. Here’s How They Do It.

Even as the numbers keep growing, Portland and Multnomah County officials have repeatedly failed to create a program or location where people living in vehicles can legally park overnight. Continue reading Hundreds of Portlanders Are Living in Their Cars. Here’s How They Do It.

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

Crystal’s ‘Trapper Keeper’ & Rent Well’s beacon for technically homeless

You could tell how seriously Crystal O’Connor was taking Joan Mershon’s Rent Well class on a recent Saturday just by looking at her three-ring binder. Impeccably organized, layered with color-colored Post-It notes, it was every bit the 2017 equivalent of … Continue reading Crystal’s ‘Trapper Keeper’ & Rent Well’s beacon for technically homeless