General Assignment Reporter
Rebecca Ellis is a general assignment reporter with OPB.
Before arriving in Portland, she was a Kroc Fellow at NPR, filing stories for the National Desk in Washington D.C. and reporting from Salt Lake City. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Brown University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies. She has spent past summers as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders, a public defender’s office in the Bronx, and a reporter for a local weekly in Queens. Most recently, she interned with the Miami Herald, filing general assignment stories and learning to scuba dive.
At least three firefighters in the Portland metro area have tested positive for COVID-19, according to announcements made by their departments in the last week.
With a statewide eviction moratorium, a handful of countywide bans and courts closed to eviction cases, many Oregon renters and landlords are confused about their obligations.
Demand has reached an all-time high for Blanchet House. At the same time, food donations to the small nonprofit have dropped dramatically. Add the governor’s demand that people space out — and the potential legal and health consequences of not doing so — and Blanchet House has reached a crisis point.
All of the hotel’s 81 rooms will be used to house people experiencing homelessness who are sick but have yet to test positive for COVID-19. Jupiter NEXT, the hotel next door, will operate as usual.
In the coming weeks, paramedics, police officers and firefighters will be asked to not only continue on with their pre-pandemic roles, but many will have to take on the added risk of transporting people infected with the new coronavirus.
A day after Oregon's stay-home order began, top Portland officials recapped city-specific actions underway to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the economic fallout.
As the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic continue to mount, Portland and Multnomah County leaders announced Tuesday they will place a moratorium on most residential evictions for the duration of the crisis.
The city of Portland has decided to cut down on the number of homeless campsites it clears out each week, citing fears that it could worsen an outbreak of COVID-19 among the region’s already vulnerable homeless population.
Calls are mounting in Portland for elected officials to temporarily ban evictions, while the coronavirus pandemic throws the ability of low-wage workers to make their next rent payment into question.
For the 4,000 Portlanders with no bedroom of their own, finding space to recuperate — or stay away from those showing symptoms — is no easy feat.
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While some in the audience critiqued the Portland Mayoral Climate Debate for being light on policy, the discourse was heavy on jabs against the two contenders who have so far garnered the most attention: incumbent Mayor Ted Wheeler and educator Sarah Iannarone.
On Wednesday, the county sent out the first set of recommendations to shelter providers. Chief among them: providers should try to make sure people who are coughing sleep in beds at least six feet from those who are not.
In a report out Thursday, the auditor's office says investigators followed up on a tip to their fraud hotline and found evidence that a Water Bureau staff member tried to circumvent the city-mandated competitive procurement process.
Portland’s landmark package of rental screening rules will go into effect as planned March 1, despite a last-minute effort by a coalition of landlords to block them.
A plan to transform the never used Multnomah County Wapato Jail into a homelessness service center feels more tangible than ever.
On Tuesday, Metro unanimously voted to refer a measure to the May ballot that, if passed by voters, would raise $250 million for homeless services annually through two taxes.
U.S. District Judge Michael Simon has a weighty question in front of him: Has the city of Portland truly met all the requirements laid out in its six-year-old settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice?