The Montavilla neighborhood is a place just about anybody might want to live in. It has an “almost suburban” feel, a city website notes, but it’s near downtown Portland, with a population that’s more diverse than the city as a … Continue reading In Portland, a neighborhood watch group stirs debate over how to respond to the homeless
By Thacher Schmid and Cornelius Swart Illegal short-term rentals posted on Airbnb may keep more than 1,500 units out of the Portland housing market—even after the city’s much-publicized clampdown on Airbnb takes effect this winter. The finding comes at a … Continue reading Illegal Airbnbs Could Take 1,500 Rentals Off Market
Guardian study of two US cities finds crime is likelier to go down than up in neighborhoods that host city-sanctioned encampments They stood in a rainy parking lot under fir trees, 60 homeless men and women, young and old, patient … Continue reading No link between homeless villages and crime rates, Guardian review suggests
The life of a homeless encampment can be brief. Consider Village of Hope, a fledgling homeless village that popped up in a remote, woodsy area of Portland in late January. It featured 10 tents on wooden platforms, a shared kitchen … Continue reading The Brief Life of a Homeless Encampment
You could say Ana Maldonado goes out of her way to get to Portland Community College’s new DREAM Center. First she walks, then takes light rail, then a bus. That brings her to the PCC campus closest to her house. … Continue reading In Oregon, one college tries to make a home for ‘Dreamers’
Advocates Say the Village of Hope is a Sanctuary, But the City’s Planning a Crackdown PORTLAND’S NEWEST unsanctioned houseless community popped up on Sunday morning, on city-owned land in a woodsy corner of deep Northeast Portland. Led by veteran homeless … Continue reading Portland Has a Brand New Houseless Community
Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, has threatened to relocate the Portland headquarters of one of his brands, citing safety concerns. How to resolve the issue is leaving the city divided Threats by the billionaire CEO of Columbia Sportswear to … Continue reading Portland homeless crisis: sportswear CEO’s threat prompts soul-searching
It’s a Costly Side Effect of Portland’s Housing Crisis THE HAND SANITIZER-FUELED Bunsen burner was a form of streetwise ingenuity to make MacGyver proud—but it may have cost a life. When the body of Rachael Edwards was found in Oregon … Continue reading As Winter Approaches, the Homeless Are Using Dangerous Methods to Keep Warm
A lack of data has led to funding cuts for some programs that otherwise might support these individuals, while others — such as OHSU — seek to boost their offerings In her 31 years, Willow Paloma has had many identities: … Continue reading Homelessness Compounds Health Challenges for Transgender Portlanders
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?
In June, a national study by Mental Health America ranked Oregon last in the country for overall mental health needs, access and outcomes. Also in June, a mental health center opened that could help turn that around: Adventist Health’s Emotional … Continue reading Adventist Hopes to Move the Needle on Portland’s Mental Health Crisis
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?
In Portland, which prides itself on being a beacon of progressive politics, the practice of using prisoner work crews is painted as a win-win – but that’s not how some see it In many places in the US, the fraught … Continue reading ‘Straight up bullshit’: inmates paid $1 to clear homeless camps they once lived in
On June 10, 14 residents moved into 14 tiny houses in Portland’s first government-supported homeless village. Just 18 days later, two residents were gone. One was evicted for “highly disruptive” behavior, said the director of the nonprofit that co-manages Kenton … Continue reading In Portland, a fitful start to a new way to help the homeless: A village of tiny houses
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?