On May 19, 2020, voters showed their commitment to community by passing the HereTogether-Metro homeless services measure. By uniting service providers, business leaders, government officials, leaders from communities of color and faith, and community advocates, we created a region-wide response to homelessness that targets the roots of the problem and matches proven solutions — affordable homes, combined with flexible, wraparound services — with the scale and scope of the crisis.
Now, as Metro and Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties create their local implementation plans, we must stay engaged as a community to ensure these funds are equitably spent in service of the people on our streets who need them the most. Join us to make sure our neighbors move from the streets into safe and secure homes with the continuing supportive services needed for successful transitions.
We Can't Wait Any Longer
The 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 every day 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.
How We Got Here
Homelessness in the Portland region has been 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, and with the added impacts of COVID-19, the number of people in our community experiencing homelessness will continue to increase.
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Our community has come together behind proven solutions to homelessness.