Brown to ask Oregon Legislature for $5 million more to shelter homeless families
Governor Kate Brown announced Thursday she will ask the legislature to approve $5 million in new state funding to provide shelter for homeless families.
The governor's request comes on top of a record $40 million in funding for homeless services approved by the legislature in 2017.
If approved, $2.6 million would go to Multnomah County, which has the largest homeless population in the state.
The remaining $2.4 million would be for the Oregon Housing and Community Service's statewide programs.
The latest point-in-time count of homelessness found 4,177 homeless people in Multnomah County. That is roughly 30 percent of all the state's homeless population, at 13,953, according to the 2017 count.
Brown announced her request at the largest shelter for homeless families in Multnomah county.
Approximately 130 children and parents live at the shelter, run by the nonprofit Human Solutions, in a small shingled building that was once the Woodshed Restaurant on 160th and Stark.
Human Solutions is housing an additional 270 parents and children in churches and motels.
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