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Forum to offer better understanding of houselessness through data, stories, speakers

A forum next week will paint a picture of what it truly is like to be houseless within the community through real-life stories.

"Losing Your Place to Live," is being hosted by elected leaders from Troutdale, Fairview and Wood Village to provide a better understanding of those living without a home across East Multnomah County.

The goals are to provide an accurate view of who is houseless, why and what they need; an understanding of the variety of circumstances that lead to houselessness, what led to them becoming houseless, and their daily needs; and data and stories that showcase the specific situation in East Multnomah County.

The forum speakers include Lt. Doug Asboe, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office HOPE Team; Molly Frye, Reynolds School District; Andy Miller, Human Solutions; and a speaker from El Programa Hispano. All four will share their unique perspective of having working alongside houseless neighbors for many decades.

The forum, hosted by Wood Village Mayor Scott Harden and Councilors Sandy Glantz, Wendy Lawton and Jairo Rios-Campos, will run from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Wood Village City Hall, 24200 N.E. Halsey St.

Attendees are asked to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Spanish language interpretation will also be available.


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