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Portland-area homeless people need more than just the keys to an apartment to stay off the streets. They also need support services such as mental health care, addiction treatment and job training.
In a confusing joint appearance, Gov. Kate Brown, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Friday evening that Oregonians should avoid non-essential trips in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Anne Naito-Campbell felt appalled when a judge ruled that the man who allegedly sexually assaulted her daughter was not guilty. She had seen the bruises on her daughter. She had watched her struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Community members, advocates and caregivers for the homeless urged Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to address the homeless population’s immediate need for hygiene services such as showers and porta potties in order to prevent a public health crisis.