Portland can still do better



Portland can still do better

The Alliance’s campaign, Portland Can Do Better, is now a year old and continues to call on local leaders to find safe, humane solutions for those experiencing homelessness and to improve livability for Portland.
The Alliance’s campaign, Portland Can Do Better, is now a year old and continues to call on local leaders to find safe, humane solutions for those experiencing homelessness and to improve livability for Portland. Recent campaign outreach has acknowledged the good work by Multnomah County to find new shelter space and calls out the ongoing dangers of illegal camping. Most recently, we urged moving forward with a cleanup of the Springwater Corridor, which now holds one of the nation’s largest homeless encampments. Mayor Hales originally announced a clean up on Aug. 1, then moved the date to Sept. 1 citing pressure from advocates to find the homeless a place to go. This situation underscores the Alliance’s long-standing position that we need safer, indoor emergency shelter space in the Portland area right now.