PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is main an effort to stress the state to right away pay for short-term homeless shelters every week after asserting a deliberate crackdown on homeless camps close to busy roadways.
Wheeler joined Mosier Mayor Arlene Burns and Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis in asserting the thought to different mayors at a Friday name for the League of Oregon Cities, a coalition that lobbies the Oregon legislature, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
The three leaders stated they needed to unite within the effort.
Wheeler’s emergency order final week prohibits homeless individuals from tenting on harmful high-crash corridors within the metropolis nevertheless it did not handle the place individuals tenting are alleged to go.
At present, Multnomah County can shelter from 1,400 to 1,500 individuals year-round. There have been about 4,000 individuals experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County in 2019, the final time there was a finalized depend.
Wheeler vowed to oppose any resolution popping out of the governor’s workplace that didn’t fund homeless providers in different cities.
“That is an Oregon situation, not only a Portland situation,” Wheeler stated.
Governor spokesperson Charles Boyle’s workplace stated addressing Oregon’s housing disaster was one of many governor’s “high priorities” and that she was pursuing “the identical evidenced-based methods to handle housing and homelessness points as our West Coast neighbors.” He stated they’d not seen the proposals by the mayors, however would overview them if delivered to the legislature.
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