Entries by Liz Starke

Oregon Seniors Struggle Under the Threat of Homelessness

Lack of affordable housing, health care needs and a digital divide worsen conditions for homeless seniors by Ellen Clarke | 24 Jan 2024 Editor’s note: This story discusses self-harm. In her late 50s, Laurie depended on $100 a month in food stamps while she lived in her car. She ate cold canned soup and food she could eat […]

‘Matter of life or death’: Warming shelters need volunteers, clothing as winter storm looms

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Wintery weather and frigid temperatures have agencies across the Portland metro thinking of those most vulnerable: the homeless. While some agencies already have overnight warming shelters running, others are in desperate need of volunteers. “When we see temperatures like those we’ll see this weekend, it’s not really a matter of making […]

‘Tents ain’t doing enough’: Homeless People Forced to Sleep on Ice as Multnomah County Warming Centers Remain Closed

Author: Blair Best PORTLAND, Ore. — With Multnomah County closing its warming centers on Wednesday, Thursday’s freezing rain made a difficult situation worse. Homeless people walk in the middle of the street to avoid icy sidewalks. A line wraps around the block of Blanchet House in Old Town, as people wait to pick out donated winter coats. Others […]

Unhoused Portlanders Struggle Amid Icy Conditions After Shelters Close

  By Nicole Hayden | The Oregonian/OregonLive   After Multnomah County closed all its overnight warming shelters Wednesday, Michael Harper trudged to homelessness nonprofit Street Roots in Old Town to get a referral to a nearby year-round shelter. But when he arrived at the Union Gospel Mission, he was told the shelter was full. “So I slept right out […]

‘It’s super stressful’: Judge’s Order Blocking Portland’s Enforcement of the Daytime Camping Ban Causes Confusion on the Streets

  Author: Blair Best   PORTLAND, Ore. — After the city of Portland’s daytime ban on homeless camping on most city property was put on pause, some from the homeless community and advocacy groups are breathing a sigh of relief — for now. A group of homeless Portlanders had sued the city, calling it unconstitutional given the lack […]

Judge to Decide Fate of Portland’s Daytime Camping Ban on Thursday

by: Aimee Plante, Brandon Thompson   PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The fate of the city’s daytime camping ban will be heard in court Thursday, Nov. 9 when a judge decides whether to temporarily block the ban from going into effect. The camping ban is expected to go into effect on Monday, but has already impacted service providers, who […]

Judge Issues Temporary Decision to not Enforce Portland Camping Ban

by: Andrew Foran, Kaitlin Flanigan, Brandon Thompson, Aimee Plante, Jami Seymore   PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A stay has been temporarily issued for the City of Portland’s controversial daytime camping ban that has seen delays in enforcement since its passage in June. Judge Rima Ghandour was set to decide Thursday whether to temporarily block the city of Portland’s daytime camping […]

Art for a Cause – 40% of Proceeds from Kk v. Kk go to Rose Haven

  A Collaborative Art Piece “Kick it in the Poochie” as we call it, is a collaborative effort between very different artistic styles based on the concept of “acception.” Depicted is Preston’s story of two art students and two art teachers. The first student was shown favoritism from one teacher despite her lack of skill […]