Chief Mike Reese pushes collaborative approach to find new ways of dealing with homelessness

From the The Oregonian, Feb. 4, 2013

With Portland’s declining crime rate and a historic low in homicides, Police Chief Mike Reese sounded an alarm on another front Tuesday, calling for a different approach to handling homeless people who sleep downtown.

The chief and his command staff have dubbed the initiative “Prosper Portland” and asked city and county officials, community leaders, social service providers and businesses to work with them to figure out a better way to solve the problem that’s occupying his officers.

Dozens of homeless people on any given night bed down on city sidewalks, under bridges and in alcoves of businesses….

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