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Every other year, Portland and Multnomah county staff and volunteers hit the streets for one night to try to get a count of how many people are homeless. This Point in-Time count also gathers demographic data and highlights trends. Overall, the number of people who were unsheltered (sleeping in places like streets, sidewalks, doorways and cars) or in emergency shelters didn’t change significantly compared with the 2013 count. But Marc Jolin, director of the regional A Home For Everyone Initiative, says there were some disturbing trends that emerged, like the 48 percent increase in the African-American homeless population.
We talk to Jolin about other trends in the count and how the regional effort is approaching homelessness overall.