A sweeping zoning code change intended to make it easier to open shelters across Portland reached the finish line Wednesday. The city council voted unanimously to pass the Shelter to Housing Continuum project.
For years, residents of Sandy Studios, a publicly-funded apartment complex for formerly homeless veterans in Northeast Portland, say their steady stream of complaints about the condition of the building went unheeded - until they became impossible to ignore.
Homeless service providers and law enforcement have noticed an alarming increase in the number of homeless people who have died in Coos County so far this year. Eight individuals have died since the beginning of 2021 – more than is typical for an entire year.