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Now is not the time to give up on those who are homeless

Op Ed by Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Commissioner, published in Street Roots, September 23, 2013 Last week, a young, frightened woman phoned my Multnomah County office looking for help. She was a mother, with three children, who needed housing. The … Continue reading

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Human remains of nine found during Oregon Zoo construction work

From The Oregonian, September 6, 2013 One swipe of the excavator bucket and there it was, a human skull. The construction crew digging a trench at the Oregon Zoo on Aug. 15 stopped what it was doing. Zoo officials notified … Continue reading

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Hold the phone: Why is Multnomah County funding two crisis lines?

By Dirk VanderHart, The Portland Mercury, Sept. 4, 2013 When local nonprofit Lines for Life persuaded Portland City Council a year ago to dole out $150,000 for expanded suicide hotline services, some in the mental-health community had concerns. Wouldn’t the … Continue reading

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Prescription drug deaths fall in Oregon, but heroin deaths still rising

By Stuart Tomlinson, The Oregonian, June 4, 2013 Every year about this time, Dr. Karen Gunson, the Oregon state medical examiner, and her colleagues tally up drug-related deaths in the state. And each year, Gunson sees trends in the numbers. … Continue reading

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