Homelessness up, but progress has been made
The Multnomah County Point in Time Count was just released, updating the previous 2015 count of the homeless population.The Multnomah County Point in Time Count was just released, updating the previous 2015 count of the homeless population. While homelessness is up 11 percent, the number of unsheltered homeless individuals declined by 12 percent, indicating the strategies to open more emergency shelter beds, led by Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Mayor Ted Wheeler is working. Meanwhile, at the request of the mayor, the Alliance coordinated a meeting with downtown businesses and property owners, Mayor Wheeler, District Attorney Rod Underhill and Portland police to discuss livability issues in the downtown core, as well as in the rest of the city. As part of a larger vision to address homelessness, the mayor’s office is working to address behavioral issues that impact community health and safety. The Alliance continues to work closely with the city, county and service providers to find short- and long-term solutions to homelessness.