Halfway Towards Ending Homelessness in Portland

Portland, Oregon is half-way through its ten-year plan to address homelessness. The city's seen improvements, but many challenges lie ahead, according to this report.
October 15, 2009, 6am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The Ten Year Plan has housed more than 2000 chronically homeless people like Steve Powell in the last four and a half years.

Powell might still be homeless if not for one of the priorities of the Ten Year Plan: permanent, subsidized shelter.

But building those places is expensive and complicated."

Though some officials see room for improvement, they're likely going to keep the plan as-is for the remaining five years of its run. Whether or not homelessness is completely eradicated by 2014 remains to be seen.

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Published on Monday, October 12, 2009 in Oregon Public Broadcasting
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