How We Got HereThe homeless crisis in the Portland region demands our attention. Thousands of our neighbors — veterans, seniors, women and children escaping domestic violence, and people with chronic illnesses — are living everyday without a safe, stable place to sleep at night. Many are experiencing homelessness for the first time, and their lives are at risk. We cannot ignore what is happening all around us.
Homelessness in the Portland region is driven by two critical problems: the skyrocketing cost of housing, and devastating personal circumstances such as a job loss, major healthcare costs, untreated substance abuse, mental health issues, or domestic abuse.
Homelessness is not a choice. As the cost of housing continues to rise, so does the number of people in our community experiencing homelessness.
We Can’t Wait Any Longer
HereTogether is bringing people from every part of the Portland region together to advance solutions for homelessness. By uniting service providers, business leaders, government officials, advocates and members of the community, we are moving toward a region-wide response to homelessness that targets the roots of the problem and matches proven solutions with the scale and scope of the crisis.
Solutions That WorkHomelessness is not “unsolvable.” There are proven strategies and best practices that make a significant impact on homelessness and help families transition to stable, affordable housing. From increasing access to affordable homes, to higher incomes and employment for homeless adults, to fully funding and scaling-up supportive services with a proven record of getting people back on their feet — pieces of the solution are already out there.
HereTogether is focused on elevating the most successful strategies and supporting a coordinated region-wide effort to address homelessness that engages the community in identifying gaps and seeks a better way to meet the full scale and scope of the problem throughout the greater Portland area.
For examples of solutions that work, see ECONorthwest’s recent report on homelessness in Oregon (March 2019).
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