PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Makeshift shelters adjoin busy roads, tent cities line the sidewalks, tarps cover broken down cars and sleeping bags are stowed in store doors. The reality of the homelessness crisis in Oregon’s largest city cannot be denied.
“I would be silly to sit here and tell you that things are better today than they were five years ago when it comes to homelessness,” the mayor of Portland said recently. Ted Wheeler. “People in this town are not stupid. They can open their eyes.