NPR: More older Americans become homeless as inflation rises and housing costs spike COLUMBIA FALLS, Mont. — On a recent rainy afternoon in this small town just outside Glacier National Park, Lisa Beaty and Kim Hilton were preparing to sell most of their belongings before moving out of their three-bedroom, two-bathroom rental home…. Read the…

Tents line both sides of the path through Comanche Creek Greenway in Chico. (Chico Enterprise-Record file photo – Matt Bates) From my experience sometimes doing something, even if it’s not the best thing, has the potential to bring about a good thing. From this non-lawyer’s perspective, the Chico city council began “solving” homelessness with a…

Portland to create six large camping sites (ghettos) for those experiencing homelessness – Nov 3, 2022 Northeast Portland homeless camp tents. This photo is used with the permission of the copyright holder, Graywalls, and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. Rick Bowers’ opinion. From my experience sometimes doing something, even…

The 2019 Clatsop County Housing Strategies Report: Drastically Underestimates Growth! * * * * DRAFT * * * * A pdf of the above image is available at https://friendsoftheunsheltered.org/wp-content/uploads/Housing-Demand.pdf. Notes It’s my understanding consultants are required to use Portland State University’s Population Research Center (PSU/PRC) forecasts for studies related to Comprehensive Plans and land use…

A pdf of the above image is available at https://friendsoftheunsheltered.org/wp-content/uploads/Rents-Homelessness.pdf. Notes The graph compares rent with rates of homelessness across the United States. The rate of homelessness in Clatsop County is easy to miss in the graph… follow the red arrow to the top of the page! The major points being made include: Researchers have…

A pdf of the above image is available at https://friendsoftheunsheltered.org/wp-content/uploads/Housing-First-HUD.pdf. Notes “Housing First” means radically different things to different people. As a result, the researched, evidence-based variant is called Pathway’s Housing First. Pathway’s Housing First includes several components… that must all be incorporated into the program. Program philosophy and practice values emphasizing consumer choice; Community…

A pdf of the above image is available at https://friendsoftheunsheltered.org/wp-content/uploads/Rents-in-Clatsop-County.pdf. Notes Housing & Urban Development (HUD) considers “affordable rent” to be within 30% of the renter’s gross income (before taxes). The 30% includes rent and all utilities (except for telephone). HUD considers an individual (or a family) to be “rent burdened” if rent is more…

A pdf of the above image is available at https://friendsoftheunsheltered.org/wp-content/uploads/Clatsop-PIT.pdf. Notes Housing & Urban Development (HUD) requires each Continuum of Care (CoC) to do an annual Point in Time (PIT) count in early January. The PIT includes counting both unsheltered and sheltered (e.g. “couch surfing”) homeless individuals and families. Clatsop Community Action is responsible for…

A pdf of the above image is available at https://friendsoftheunsheltered.org/wp-content/uploads/ACE-Homelessness.pdf. Notes We may be “created equally” but some of us grow up in toxic environments that can impact us for life. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are just that… traumatic events during childhood. Like having a family member die by suicide; having an alcoholic parent…. Most…

A pdf of the above image is available at https://friendsoftheunsheltered.org/wp-content/uploads/Humanitarian-Crisis.pdf. Notes The major point here is Oregon has been trying since at least 2008 to develop plans to end homelessness. They don’t work and are short lived. But we do know how to respond to humanitarian crisis (for example communities devastated by forest fires). In…