Portland’s residents and businesses want to be agents of the city to ‘fix’ the homeless problem

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Los Angeles –  San Francisco, california, Portland, oregon, will have to deal with the growing homeless crisis in one of the worst in the country. Terms and conditions on the ground have gotten so bad, that it is the blindness of even the most liberal of bleeding hearts. 

PORTLAND, Ore. In the summer of 2019 at the latest, on Fox News, embarked on an ambitious project to chronicle the toll that progressive policies have had on the homeless crisis in four West Coast cities: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, and Portland, Ore. In each and every city, we noticed a lack of safety and security, health and safety standards, and ethics. The people, the homeless, and advocates say they have lost faith in their elected representatives and by the ability of the problem to be solved. Most cities and towns have thrown hundreds of millions of dollars at the problem, just to look at it, it would be even worse. This is what we saw in San Francisco, california.

If he doesn’t know his name, and the layers of filthy clothing that he was wearing to hang awkwardly from his body. Disheveled and dirty, and the guy who looks like he’s in his 60s, spends most of the day walking around the city. He walks up to a woman in a styrofoam to-go box and snatches it from her and throws it on the floor, spilling bits of rice, chicken and peas on the sidewalk. He laughs for a second, but his mood changes quickly. He sees a city worker with a broom and yells the N-word at him, demanding that he clean up the mess.

“He’s out of his mind,” the worker told Fox News, with a blink of an eye. “Look. He will do it again. It does it about every 15 minutes.”

A review of arrest data by The Oregonian found that 52 percent of the arrests made by the Portland Police in the last year of a homeless person.

As the Los Angeles and San Francisco, california, to a smaller city to the north have to deal with the growing homeless crisis which is one of the worst in the country. The conditions on the ground have gotten so bad, that it is the blindness of even the most liberal of bleeding hearts.


Shannon, who grew up in the city, working at a bagel shop on the edge of the floor, and says while she feels for those who are suffering on the street, sometimes it’s easier to look away.

“I have blinders on a lot,” she told Fox News. “As a type of tunnel vision. I don’t choose to make it happen.”

“I’ve had blinders on to a lot of. As a type of tunnel vision. I don’t choose to make it happen.”

— Shannon, Portland resident

The Portland metropolitan area has swollen to 2.4 million people, a far cry in both size and culture of the wild, a river port boomtown established in the 19th Century, loggers, and longshoremen. In the last couple of decades, Portland’s embrace of progressive politics, and water bite has earned a medal, as well as a soft spot in the Pacific ocean, to the north-West of the capital city of wokeness on the TV series Portlandia. In the past few weeks, Portland has seen the dark side of political activism, and the host of a couple of violent face-offs between Antifa and far right groups.

Right now, rampant homelessness, is likely to define in Portland, like other West Coast cities, where critics say years of liberal policies, and the rising cost of housing, and an expanded safety net has created a social problem that can no longer be ignored.

On any given night, thousands of people could be found sleeping on the streets of the city. In the final count, to be released in August, shows that, in 2019, more and more people sleeping outside in Multnomah County than in any other time in the past ten years. Of the 2,037 dangerous people, or nearly 80 per cent of the cases, one or more of the persons with disabilities.

Rachel Solotaroff, president and chief executive officer of the non-profit Central City area is Concerned, it says that the drivers of homelessness in Portland, and can be broken down into two factors.

“The lack of affordable housing, the lack of a meaningful wage, employment, and structural racism, bias, interaction with the criminal justice system,” she told the Portland Monthly. “And then there is the individual experience of things, such as serious illness, substance use disorder, histories of trauma, and the interaction with the foster care system as a child and on a low income or living in poverty. Living homeless on the streets, it is the intersection of these factors.

As the number of homeless people has increased, calls for solutions that have stepped up. Some people on Fox News talked to feel as though government officials so that they can go down and do a disservice to those who are most in need of help. They complain that the city’s response to the crisis is scarce, fragmented, and ineffective. They say that Portland’s policy is not adequate, mental illness, and to say that the officials are fooling themselves if they think that they will be able to find a simple solution to this.

“No matter how safe it is to get mentally ill homeless people walking around on the street?” resident: She asked for Oliver to Fox News. “It’s better to throw them in jail? Isn’t that what they’re doing right now, is it?”

“No matter how safe it is to get mentally ill homeless people walking around on the streets?

— Nancy Oliver, Portland resident

According to the June report from the Disability Rights Oregon, Portland, hospitals and the use of trespassing laws to remove the homeless, people with mental health problems, or both. The report examined the police data, in violation of arrests in the summer of 2017 and summer of 2018, with six of Portland’s hospitals, and when a person is asked to leave the hospital, and they don’t, they may have to be taken to the county jail. The problem is, some say, is for hospitals to call the police on homeless people, because they don’t want to have to deal with them.

The state has also come under fire in recent years for moving mentally ill patients from intensive treatment centers, and in other less restrictive care. Progressives have long argued that civil liberties have to come first, and the detention of a person for too long deprives them of their fundamental human rights. Critics are saying that they will have to move out of the fast, or without appropriate follow-up can lead you to a path that will not only bring them in danger of harming themselves, but others as well.

Whether or not they are mentally ill, addicted to drugs, or have fallen on hard times, and the number of homeless people on the streets of Portland is taking a toll on how the residents and visitors of their safety, and their organizations in the implementation of their activities.

Businesses in Portland are the place to start is to think about pulling it out of the city because of the homeless population.

Michael Kirby, head of the self-gift shop for Boys ‘ Fort, estimates his business has a 15 per cent hit on sales.

“I’ve had people literally walk into my store and say,” I don’t feel safe, and that was the thing that flipped my switch,” he told Fox News. “Portland needs to resolve this issue.”

Earlier this year, Kirby said, is a homeless drug addict “shot” out of the store.

“He had a needle in his arm, and was lame,” he said. “So, what can we do? We have, literally, nothing you can do as business owners.”

Kirby said, calling for officials has not yet led to a lot of improvements to be made.

“I think the city and the county need to work together as a close-knit group,” he said. “Well, it’s oil and water do not mix.”

Dana Highfill, the owner of the Float in the Northern part of a flotation therapy center in the northeast part of Portland, told the Fox News in her shop has been vandalized in the past year. There have been several occasions where she had to clean up human waste, and pick up dirty needles. Like Kirby, Highfill said that the situation is getting worse and worse, and the pain of the sale.

“It’s sure to be a big problem,” she said. “It’s a terrible thing for someone from out of town to see it. It’s not a good sight for the room.

“It’s a terrible thing for someone from out of town to see it. It’s not a good sight for the room.

— Dana Highfill, the owner of the Float-North

Highfill told them to call the police numerous times to complain.

“I’ve been working really hard, and I don’t see people sleeping on the side of the road, and it’s very frustrating to see, and I would like it to be done right away,” she said. “But I don’t see the other side of it, too. What is the most effective way to do it? These people are, and I feel that they should be treated as such.”

As a part of Portland’s problem is that the elected officials and education experts do not see eye to eye. The city and the police, too, have struggled to define what their role is and how to deal with hundreds of complaints.

“The Police department currently does not collect sufficient data in order to effectively analyse its officers’ interactions with people who are homelessness,” an independent report released in July, indicated.

One thing is for sure-with the rise of homelessness is dominated by the end of 2018, state, and local election cycles. The candidates squared off at the campground rules, street cleanups, and sit-down-and-regulations, or in prisons as well as shelters.


In the past three years, voters in Portland have approved the two affordable housing bonds, and to add more shelter beds in the room. One of the security measures that could build up between 2,400 and 4,000 units of affordable housing in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties to $652.8 million.

Although promising, the movement is by no means a slam dunk. It is best to the residents and say that they can hope for is to try to prevent the situation from getting worse.

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