UPDATED 8:10 AM PT — Thursday, August 22, 2019
Portland locals are echoing sentiments by other major cities on the West Coast by slamming elected officials for failing to act on the homeless crisis. This week residents, business owners, and advocates said they have lost faith in their officials to solve the problem and claimed they are all talk and no action.
A recent report says around 38,000 people were homeless in the city at some point during the year 2017, and it’s seemingly only getting worse. Recent data also showed 52-percent of arrests made by local police involved a homeless individual.
“A swarm of extra campers have shown up in the last week, and we’ve had a lot of personal attacks from that alone,” explained Portland resident Tiffany Hammer. “We hide our children in our homes to protect them, they are no longer able to walk to school.”
Analysts, like those in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, cited liberal policies, rising housing costs, and a generous safety net for the ongoing issue.