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How bad is it going to get before the average limp-dicked feelgood-vibes-loving Portland voters rebel against this shitfest? How many dirty needles will they pick up? How many nights will they be kept awake by the never-ending parade of mental breakdowns, fights and open-air drug / alcohol abuse?
Gather your children around the roaring barrel fire and hang out with the latest crop of AWOL sex offenders and warrant-evaders! That'll work out great. And say goodbye to your overinflated Zestimate-- now you've got two dozen toothless street kids disassembling stolen bikes and shooting heroin on the other side of the fence.
Ladies and gentlemen: Charlie Hales! What a stand-up guy! He really cares about our city...
And these communities are not a free for all. There will be a self-governing system that is likely overseen by the community at large (HOA particularly), and you must be vetted and approved by the governing body before being admitted to the community. There are laws too. But like I said earlier, what's most important is that it gets these folks out of sleeping in public allies, business doors and under bridges and into a supportive, relatable community and a safe home. Also worth repeating, no one wants to be homeless. These living situations are often temporary, as residents get their lives together.
My advise to you is to start thinking holistically about this and stop looking for who to point the finger and whine about. Would you rather see tents and garbage on sidewalks or tiny houses and garden beds on vacant lots?
I can't believe that City Hall doesn't understand what this is doing to them politically. And the impression of the police. I haven't seen a demonstration of such poorly-handled cluelessness since Fritz gave away the store on R2D2 in the first place.
Far from some sort of "solution", this is a problem that is building towards a bad end.
I mean, the place was designed as a place to get folks back on their feet for a few months before returning to the workforce and getting housing.
So how long are people actually living there, on average?
And if people are living there for perhaps years in some cases, then I would have to call the whole damned thing a bleeding heart failure.
The turnover rate was an average of 10-14 months.
What I can't understand is why some think that letting them live unassisted on the streets with little to no access to resources to help them find steady housing and employment is a better idea than this. I think the story needs far more details on how these communities actually work. It's NOT a free-for-all. It is tightly regulated.
That is where DV comes in.
And now we are having trouble trying to keep up with every damned camp popping up all over town.
Do you really think people want to be homeless? Do you think they want to be marginalized and discriminated against by society? What ever happened to empathy and the sense of community?
We cannot have healthy individuals unless the ENTIRE community is healthy. We are communal creatures that have a need to belong in a community. Once we realize that and take care of each other than we'll thrive. Until then, we'll be divided and stagnant.
My sense of community also extends to those who are able should also be contributing to society.
There will always be homeless here, regardless of how much money and social programs you want to throw at the problem.
You cannot solve this problem by caring about it, and in fact, by your own actions, are leading to further escalate the problem, whether you wish to acknowledge this or not.
Safety is a big concern for folks who are homeless, and this gives them a sense of community. Not to mention, try getting off your feet when you are constantly concerned if your things will be there where you left them, when you get wakeup calls from Portland PD shaking you awake at 7am, ......
These camps help solve those three major problems in a big way, and also get people away from downtown, where businesses also give them problems.
People need help, not marginalization, and to say helping them is making their situation worse defies logic and reality.
Our City is throwing millions into MAX lines, unneeded development projects, and $2,000 chairs for City employees while pushing actual Portlanders out! Why it doesn't use those millions to create affordable housing and help solve the problem for everyone is beyond me.
There is no solution until we stop being a magnet for the lifestyle homeless.
This summer is going to be very ugly as the travellers start arriving in the train yards. Chunty is right.
I ain't right-wing at all. My left wing credentials will outweigh yours, I would bet.
It is about common sense, and looking at the problem clearly.