Oregon mayors ask for money for emergency homeless shelters | Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is leading an effort to pressure the state to immediately pay for temporary homeless shelters a week after announcing a planned crackdown on homeless camps. -shelter near busy roads.

Wheeler joined Mosier Mayor Arlene Burns and Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis in pitching the idea to other mayors during a Friday call for the League of Oregon Cities, a coalition that lobbies the Oregon legislature. Oregon, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.

The three leaders said they wanted to unite in the effort.

Wheeler’s emergency ordinance last week prohibits homeless people from camping in dangerous city hallways, but it does not specify where campers are supposed to go.

Currently, Multnomah County can house 1,400 to 1,500 people year-round. There were approximately 4,000 homeless people in Multnomah County in 2019, the last time there was a finalized count.

Wheeler has vowed to oppose any solution from the governor’s office that does not fund homeless services in other cities.

“It’s an Oregon problem, not just a Portland problem,” Wheeler said.

The office of the governor’s spokesman, Charles Boyle, said the Oregon housing crisis was one of the governor’s “top priorities” and that she was pursuing “the same evidence-based strategies to address the housing and homelessness issues than our west coast neighbours.” He said they had not seen the mayors’ proposals, but would consider them if presented to the legislature.

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