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Mayor: Portland Budget Can't Keep Up Big Spending On Homelessness

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says the city cannot continue to spend a record amount of general fund dollars helping the homeless.

“This is not sustainable over the long term,” Wheeler said last Tuesday, during a City Council work session of the Joint Office on Homeless Services, a Portland-Multnomah County agency that funds, coordinates and evaluates homeless programs.

The session was attended by most council members, plus Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, County Commissioner Sharon Meieran, and city, county and joint office employees, including director Mark Jolin.

Requested by Commissioner Nick Fish to update the council on the office’s progress since it was created in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the session quickly turned into a discussion about whether the city can match its current $26.5 million commitment in next year’s budget.

Read more at Pamplin Media.

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