How to make a home in Portland, Oregon affordable for the homeless
The Portland metro area has been struggling with a surge in homelessness for years, and now there are signs of change.
The number of homeless people in the area has climbed to more than 25,000, up from just over 20,000 in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The surge in homeless people has prompted the federal government to step in.
The city of Portland has been trying to build a residential trash service called Redstone Residential, which would provide free trash pickup and collection to homeless people.
“I think it’s a great idea,” said Chris Ladd, a homeless man who lives in the neighborhood.
“They’re providing a service that I don’t have.”
Ladd said he recently started working with the city to see if he could work with the company.
“The city wants to make sure that we’re getting the trash out of the streets,” he said.
“And if I’m going to get the trash in the trash, I’m not going to be homeless.”
Redstone’s mission is to help people get clean clothes and food, as well as clean up their lives after the city loses its homeless shelters.
The company said it plans to offer free trash and trash pick up services in Portland through July 1, and has started collecting trash in neighborhoods where there is a high number of people living in poverty.
Redstone said the service would start in a handful of neighborhoods, but Ladd’s neighborhood is one of them.
“We’re in a lot of trouble,” Ladd told CNN.
“So, I think we can make a difference.”
Lad is a long-time homeless man in the Portland area, and his situation is just as dire as most.
“In Portland, we’re in this really rough place,” he told CNN about his situation.
“Every night, there’s someone who is homeless who needs to sleep outside.”
Lads family lived in a shelter in Portland for two years before the city started building a new shelter in 2019.
The new shelter is expected to house up to 1,000 people, and Ladd has a family member who’s homeless.
“There’s a lot going on in the city,” Lads mother said.
The Portland City Council recently approved a $7.5 million bond issue to help the city pay for the new shelter.
The council also approved $3 million for a program that would provide cash assistance to people who want to help pay for rent and food.
The homeless crisis has forced the city’s homeless services to try to find ways to keep people off the streets.
The state’s Department of Human Services is also working to build homeless outreach centers in other cities.
But Ladd is not worried about being able to get his family back on the streets, which is a challenge he’s not prepared for.
“Right now, I have to get on the street, and I have no plan to move back,” he explained.
“That’s a challenge.”
The company Redstone hopes to open its service in Portland’s East Portland neighborhood on July 1.
But he said he wants to try his hand at it in the same way his father has done, in hopes of helping people who are homeless find housing.
“If they can get on their feet, I can make it,” he joked.
“You know, I’ve got a whole lot of time.”