Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Friday she is “stunned” by the “overwhelming” number of homeless people living in tents in Portland.
Mayor Charlie Hales says the number of homeless people are not any higher than in the past, but they are more visible because the city has developed the vacant lands where many of them have lived in the past.
Brown made her comments during a meeting of the Oregon Housing Stability Council where she signed a number of affordable housing bills approved by the 2016 Oregon Legislature.
A former Portland legislator, Brown told the council, “I’m in Salem most of the time, and I’m just stunned by the number of people living in tents in Portland. It’s just overwhelming.”
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