October 18, 2017
Today, Council adopted a shared vision of adding 2,000 new units of supportive housing in the next 10 years. Supportive housing combines deeply affordable and safe homes with intensive services for people struggling with mental illness and/or addiction.
About two-thirds of the people living outside in our community report a mental illness, addiction, chronic medical condition, or some combination. These women and men face significant barriers and are at greatest risk of dying on our streets.
Fortunately, we know what works – supportive housing. Today’s action is a commitment to our most vulnerable neighbors. Although it won’t solve our housing crisis or end homelessness, it will make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.
This bold vision builds on recent actions the Council has taken to address our housing crisis: opening new shelter beds, extending the housing state of emergency, enacting historic renter protections, and making significant new investments in the Joint Office of Homeless Services.
Nick's resolution was co-sponsored by Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Eudaly. And it builds on a strong partnership with Multnomah County, the State of Oregon, Home Forward, and other community non-profits.
Tomorrow, the Multnomah County Commission will adopt the same resolution.