Straight Talk: Behavioral health challenges and the homeless crisis

According to Oregon Recovers, the state ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to access to addiction treatment.

PORTLAND, Ore. — On what would have been his brother Tim’s 68th birthday, Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan remembered how Tim struggled with mental health and substance abuse addiction. Tim died on the streets six years ago.

Ryan is leading the effort to find sites to build six city-sanctioned outdoor homeless shelters called “Safe Rest Villages.” He’s convinced they would have made a difference in his brother’s life.

RELATED: New Safe Rest Village site announced for west side

“Being in a village environment

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