Portland changes policies to facilitate turning empty office space into housing

The Governor’s homelessness state of emergency calls on multi-agency coordination groups, including Portland, to create plans to build more affordable housing.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Tents lining the sidewalks alongside empty office space is now an all-too-common sight in downtown Portland. Samantha, who sleeps on the corner of Southwest Alder and 4th, describes it as being akin to torture.

“It makes me angry that they’re just sitting there vacant,” she said. She’s lost two toes from the cold and living outside. She’s tried finding affordable housing but hasn’t had any luck. “It’d be great to see some of these vacant buildings turned into housing so they could

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