The Homeless problem in Portland has been the topic of discussion for years. It’s a complex issue with no clear solution, but we’d like to take an afternoon for an in-depth discussion with Portland area experts, including Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler to discuss the problem, and what can be done about it.
Join us in the Skype Live Studio Saturday April 29th @ 2pm or listen live at FM News 101 KXL
MARC JOLIN WITH THE JOINT OFFICE OF HOMELESS SERVICE
The Joint Office of Homeless Services was established in 2016 to oversee the delivery of services to people experiencing homelessness in Multnomah County. The office represents a shared commitment between Multnomah County and the City of Portland to making services easier to access for those in need. The Joint Office of Homeless Services, among other things, administers contracts for services, conducts homeless street counts and one-night shelter counts, manages systems of care, oversees system reporting and evaluation, and writes proposals to and monitor funds issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program.
Stacy Borke, Senior Director of Programs, Transition Projects
Transition Projects delivers life-saving and life-changing assistance to some of Portland’s most vulnerable residents. Whether by helping a homeless veteran and her family find housing, sheltering hundreds of people each night with nowhere else to turn, or opening new pathways to employment, Transition Projects represents an invaluable part of Portland’s social fabric.
Alexandra Appleton, Home for Everyone Board Member
Alexandra is a community member serving on the Home for Everyone Coordinating Board. She is an Oregon native, raised in North Portland, and a mother to three young children. She is a senior at Portland State, an adviser on the ORJC Women in Prison Project, and a council member of the Salvation Army’s West Women’s DV Shelter. Alexandra brings her experience as a survivor of homelessness, incarceration, inmate partner violence (IPV), and addiction.
Ed Blackburn/Central City Health Concerns
Health & Recovery
To many of us, homeless people have problems that seem intractable – debilitating physical, mental and addiction issues that keep them in a cycle of chronic homelessness. The solution is not simple. To achieve lasting recovery, an effective approach addresses the different issues that perpetuate homelessness.
Central City Concern has developed a comprehensive approach that addresses the needs of individuals by providing them with housing, health and recovery assistance in a fully integrated way. Central City Concern is designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center and we operate at multiple sites across the Portland area. We understand that the best results come from addressing all aspects of a person’s life. We bring together safe and supportive housing, health care, mental health, meaningful employment and peer support. A stable life begins with good physical and mental health, and freedom from addictions.
Central City Concern helps people reclaim their dignity and make lasting transformations in their lives.
The panel will also have a member with a former homeless person who can give us unique insight from a first hand perspective