The U.S. Conference of Mayors released the 2011 Hunger and Homelessness Report during a conference call on Thursday. Portland was one of the 29 major American cities surveyed.
Traci Manning is the Director of the Portland Housing Bureau. She says the number of homeless families increased by 29 percent this year.
“When the count was completed it showed a large jump in the number of homeless families and that’s very concerning. That means that there’s children out on the street,” says Manning.
The portion of the survey on hunger showed a 15 percent increase in requests for food assistance. City officials expect these requests to increase more next year. And they anticipate that food assistance will decrease. This year food pantries and emergency kitchens had to turn people away due to lack of resources.