Tim Boyle of Columbia Sportswear: Businesses can do more on homelessness



Tim Boyle of Columbia Sportswear: Businesses can do more on homelessness

Columbia Sportswear president and chief executive Tim Boyle says he has offered to help find remedies for Portland's homeless crisis and is willing to tap other businesses to do the same.

Boyle issued a statement Monday about the homeless, two days after protesters blocked the entrance and caused the closing Saturday of Columbia's downtown retail store. The protesters contended that Portland police were enforcing the city's no-sit policy because of Boyle's complaint to Mayor Ted Wheeler about the safety of the city's downtown streets.

Boyle's statement does not mention that protest, but talks about his company's previous actions to address homelessness.

He noted that an opinion piece in The Oregonian – which was one of the catalysts for Saturday's protest – did not include the word homelessness "because the concerns about safety are not tied solely to that issue."

But businesses can do more to find solutions to homelessness, Boyle writes: "In meetings with local and state leaders in recent months I have offered to contribute personally to genuine solutions – not policing – and I have reiterated my belief that others in the business community should join this effort.  I am glad to call business leaders personally to ask them to contribute."

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