Straight Talk: Multnomah County chair says progress is being made on homeless crisis

Chair Deborah Kafoury said the Metro supportive housing services measure passed in May of 2020 means 1,300 families will be housed this year.

PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s been six years since then Portland Mayor Charlie Hales declared the city’s homeless crisis an emergency.

However, the number of tents and unsanctioned camps around the city have many Portland residents wondering what’s taking so long to get people housed.

That frustration is reflected in a new non-profit social welfare organization, People for Portland, which is running TV ads and placing billboards pressuring city and county leaders to act with more urgency.

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