Addressing the housing affordability and homelessness crisis will take more than more places to live.
Building off a community-led effort to address the housing crisis, the Metro Council is considering asking voters whether they support a funding measure for the May ballot that would fund homeless services and housing stability resources. If successful, the measure would fund programs managed by counties, housing authorities and other service providers for individuals and families experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty across greater Portland’s three counties.
Investments would be in proven, outcomes-driven, client-centered solutions that help and keep people out of homelessness, such as:
- case management
- job training
- addiction and recovery services
- mental health support
- rent assistance
- housing placement.
Throughout 2019, the HereTogether coalition convened elected officials and housing and service providers across greater Portland to identify a regional approach with a new funding stream to address homelessness through supportive housing services. The coalition has asked the Metro Council to refer a measure to voters. The Metro Council expects to make a final decision about referral in late February.