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Inadequate Access To Showers, Laundry Lead To Health Problems For Portland Homeless


Private contractors and an inmate work crew began the process of dismantling the camps on the Springwater Corridor Trail. Robert Stroup, a homeless man, swept his camp before he left.

Private contractors and an inmate work crew began the process of dismantling the camps on the Springwater Corridor Trail. Robert Stroup, a homeless man, swept his camp before he left.

Amelia Templeton/OPB

It may not be a grand revelation that it’s challenging for Portland’s homeless population to get a shower.

Nonetheless, it is a fact — one with dire public health impacts and other insidious effects that help keep homeless people on the streets.

Take a few minutes to chat with a homeless person finding refuge under a Portland bridge or in a park, and the issue may come up, even without asking.

“You can’t ever clean up. It’s hard to get clean,” says Rick Heine, a man who moved to the city from St. Louis six months ago and found refuge under the Morrison Bridge during bitter cold days in January.

Read more at the Portland Tribune.

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