Portland’s Homeless Shelters Might Soon Be Larger Than Ever Before

Under New Proposed Rules, They Could Also Be Closer Together

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The problems with larger shelters are myriad. First, the homelessness crisis flows out of, and is aggravated by, the overall affordable housing crisis. Second, as Utah and other places have demonstrated, providing actual homes to homeless people is cheaper and more effective than warehousing people, as this move to even larger shelters does.

Third, is there any evidence that shelters present a threat of child rapes or other hysterical fears to nearby communities? What I've seen over decades is that the people most at risk are the homeless themselves IN such industrial-level shelters.

If the local governments want to make a positive change for everyone, they should enforce the affordable housing rules so that such housing is actually built, and then provide apartments and homes to people who need them.