The City of Portland says it has found housing for about 600 homeless veterans in the past year. That’s about halfway toward meeting Mayor Charlie Hales’ goal of housing all homeless vets by Veterans Day in November.
On Thursday’s Think Out Loud, Sally Erickson with the Portland Housing Bureau said the city has plenty of funding and vouchers available to meet the goal, but it needs to find more landlords willing to lease to people who have been homeless.
“If they would be willing to set aside a few units for veterans that are looking for housing that have rent assistance in hand, they would really help us get over the goal line,” she said.
The Portland rental market is among the most competitive in the country, with a vacancy rate of about 3 percent.
The city is surveying veterans this week to find out how many still need permanent housing. The city says its new initiative will help any military veterans, including those who served in the National Guard and Reserves, and veterans who were dishonorably discharged.