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Portland's homeless population jumps nearly 10 percent, new count shows |
-- Portland's efforts to shelter more people also show up in smaller demographic niches. For instance, while the number of homeless adult women increased 16 percent from 2015, fewer are on the streets. The number of women in emergency shelter doubled -- which officials say is a sign that the Joint Office for Homeless Service's goal of getting more women into shelters is helping.

Half of women experiencing homelessness have been in domestic violence situations. The county didn't get good data on that question in 2017, so there isn't a comparison, but it tracks with national statistics.

Families also used shelters at a much higher rate than 2015, though the number of homeless families is basically the same. The county won't turn away any family with children that asks for shelter.

Chronically homeless people also showed up in shelters more than ever before, despite the total population rising by 24 percent total.

-- One of the fastest-growing demographics is people with physical or mental disabilities or those with substance abuse issues. From 2015, the number jumped 16 percent of all homeless people to make up more than 60 percent. For people living on the street and veterans, the number reached up to nearly 72 percent.

-- People of color also continue to be one of the largest segments of the homeless population. While they make up more than 40 percent of the total homeless population, people of color represent 29 percent of Multnomah County's residents.

That's taking a toll on some communities, according to the report. Native Americans experience homelessness at four times the percentage of the Native American population in Multnomah County.

African Americans and Asian Americans also are disproportionately homeless. Both groups are homeless at rates twice their population in Multnomah County
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7 days ago by corrales
Portland developers try to ease homeless crisis that they helped create |
Developer Tom Cody lost all the ground-floor retail tenants of his building on the Northwest Park Blocks and he thinks he knows why.

Customers avoided the tents, tarps and backpacks that filled the leafy corridor north of Burnside. In turn, his tenants looked for shops without dozens of people sleeping or hanging out in front at all hours of the day.

It's not the first time Cody saw his business jeopardized by the city's 4,000-and-growing homeless population.

His firm has developed 33 projects, some up to $300 million – some in neighborhoods where tensions with the homeless population run high. He opposed a preliminary plan for a homeless shelter campus near another one of his Northwest Portland properties, a 300,000-square-foot creative office development.

But now he's part of a business-led movement to do more than complain to City Hall or file lawsuits. He and two other high-profile real estate families have donated empty buildings they own for use as temporary shelter space.

So far, Cody, Brad and Jonathan Malsin and Jordan Menashe have collectively hosted five shelters in their buildings – with possibly more planned. City and county officials are trying to harness the momentum to create a permanent network of business owners who can carry some of the burden of the city's homeless crisis.
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Portland’s Homeless Challenge | City Journal
An even better option might be more of those “tiny houses.” Dignity Village proves that they can work, at least for some homeless people. Basic tiny-house structures with just 200 square feet or so can be purchased for as little as $3,000. I found one on for only $1,200. A person could work part-time at Starbucks and afford one; a homeless person could conceivably panhandle enough to buy one with cash if he didn’t spend the money on drugs or booze (a big if, obviously). Those who are a little better off can buy something much nicer for $20,000. Tiny homes are a potential solution for the working poor as well as the homeless, but so far, most tiny houses in America exist in rural locations because urban zoning generally doesn’t allow them. Portland mayor Charlie Hales wants to change city zoning laws to allow for more tiny houses, and Josh Alpert, his director of strategic initiatives, says that it’s only a question of when.
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