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  On the one hand, many are relieved to see the mayor taking what they call a more humane approach. On the other hand, some are still concerned about it being too vague. The proposal bans camping if there’s reasonable access to shelter. Some organizations are now asking: What does “reasonable” mean when even Wheeler […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

The city’s private contractor, Rapid Response Bio Clean stores confiscated items in a warehouse for retrieval after sweeps, but homeless Portlanders say retrieval is next to impossible by Terah Bennett | 17 Jan 2024 Although it’s a chilly 45 degrees out, Garrett Troupe and Mackenzie B sat at a metal table outside the Starbucks in the Portland State […]


  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 […]


  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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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  By Nicole Hayden | The Oregonian/OregonLive With less than a week until the city of Portland is set to begin enforcement of its daytime camping ban, intended to clear unhoused people from city streets and green spaces, a legal challenge could put those plans on hold. A Multnomah County judge is scheduled to rule Thursday on […]