Tag Archives: Portland Housing Bureau

Portland shelters provide warmth to homeless

The Portland Mercury, Dec. 9, 2013 See the end of this post for a list of available shelters. They were standing with a group of young people outside Union Gospel Mission. He was wearing snowpants and boots, two jackets and … Continue reading

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Mayor’s meeting on homelessness includes critics, housing advocates, police chief, staffers – but not the Portland Business Alliance

By Denis C. Theriault, The Portland Mercury, August 14, 2013 Mayor Charlie Hales, as of this afternoon, has now had three informal meetings with business interests, law enforcement, and social services providers to get up to speed on homelessness—a difficult … Continue reading

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With mental health funding cut and shelters at capacity, hundreds sleep on Portland streets

By Elissa Harrington, KOIN 6 News, July 17, 2013 It’s a problem the city of Portland already spends $10 million on annually. “Mental health funding has been cut,” said one observer. “Housing prices haven’t gotten any better.” And so the … Continue reading

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Biennial homeless count finds 5% increase on Portland’s streets and in shelters

From The Oregonian, June 14, 2013 The number of people who are homeless has increased 5 percent over the past two years, “despite our community’s continued investment in strategies to end homelessness,” according to the 2013 point-in-time homeless count, released … Continue reading

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Beyond the Department of Justice Report: Cease Fire Now

Guest Column for The Oregonian, September 18, 2012 By Jenny Westberg, representing the Board of the Mental Health Association of Portland We applaud the Department of Justice’s acknowledgement of the problem we have been talking about for years, but its … Continue reading

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Aaron Campbell wasn’t an immediate threat, Portland police chief testified, so Officer Ron Frashour didn’t have a right to shoot him

From The Oregonian, June 11, 2012 Portland Police Chief Mike Reese stressed multiple times during testimony before an arbitrator that Aaron Campbell posed no immediate threat to police before Officer Ronald Frashour shot him. “We don’t have a right to … Continue reading

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Shot on the Street
What the Shooting of Two Homeless Men Ought to Mean for Portland’s Camping Ban

By Denis C. Theriault, Portland Mercury, March 01, 2012 It was about 9pm on a blustery, rain-soaked Tuesday night — and, yet, thanks to a horde of Mardi Gras revelers, Old Town was unusually festive. Precisely what happened next isn’t … Continue reading

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Two Homeless Men Shot Under Morrison Bridge Were Turned Away From Shelter the Night Before

By David Stabler, The Oregonian, Friday, February 24, 2012 Hours before they bedded down Tuesday night under the Morrison Bridge, Carter “Joe” Hickman and Albert “Allen” Dean, sought shelter at an Old Town homeless tent area, said Ibrahim Mubarak, who … Continue reading

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