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COVID-19 created a one-year pause in the federally-required survey of homeless people.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Recent homeless tents in downtown Portland.The official count of homeless people in the Portland region is set to resume in late January. Clackamas County will also participate in the federally-required count, which was delayed in 2020 because of COVID-19 concerns.

The 2021 count is set for the week of Jan. 26, according to the Portland-Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services. Portland State University's Regional Research Institute is leading and coordinating the count under contract with the joint office, just like it did in 2019.

The joint office data team will produce a report based on the street and shelter count this summer. One difference this year is that Clackamas County has been participating in the planning with PSU, which is coordinating with contracted or funded outreach organizations.

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