Meet Ken Ilgunas, Vandwelling Literary Sensation

Vanifest Destiny columnist talks to the author who lived in a van to stay out of debt while attending Duke University.

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If there’s one thing I learned to do well in college, it was how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. The palatial estate I shared with seven other guys during my last two years at Ohio State was freshly renovated and featured a deluxe gas range that yielded a toasty, gooey stack of goodness in the blink of an eye. Just outside the kitchen was a tandem of living rooms- one with a massive television ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

Here's One of the Camping Citations Police Are Using to Sweep Out Homeless in Three City Quadrants

UPDATE: Police make five arrests in sidewalk sweep

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Portland Police are issuing citations and making arrests in at least three quadrants of the city today, extending their sidewalk sweep of homeless camps well beyond downtown and its aggressive street kids.Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms officers are enforcing the city's sporadically used camping ban in at least three quadrants of the city—Southwest, Northwest and Southeast. UPDATE, ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 AARON MESH

The Real World: Portland

10 people who are living in the city without homes.


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It’s been an eventful month for Portland’s homeless. On July 15, an employee of the Portland Outdoor Store downtown was attacked by a young male who was described by police as a “street ki   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Inmates Clear out City Hall Homeless Camp

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Multnomah County jail inmates removed property from a homeless camp outside City Hall this morning, as Mayor Charlie Hales delivered on his promise to clear the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk. The jail may soon have new residents. City Hall officials tell WW that campers who want to be arrested in protest will be later this morning.By 7 am, most of the 45 campers in front of City Hall had moved across ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Mayor Charlie Hales Bans Camping in Front of City Hall

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Mayor Charlie Hales is kicking the homeless camp off the front steps of Portland City Hall. Portland Police officers quietly posted metal signs in front of City Hall Friday evening outlawing obstruction of the sidewalk along Southwest 4th Avenue—in effect serving an eviction notice to the homeless encampment that has swelled to more than 40 people in recent weeks.Hales spokesman Dana Haynes confirmed ...   More
 
Friday, July 19, 2013 AARON MESH

Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette

Yo, ho, ho and a can of PBR.

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The morning sun slips through gaps in the patchwork drapes of the captain's quarters, landing an unwelcome blow on Finger's sleeping face.The hungover pirate rises from his untidy bed, grabbing a can of PBR as he walks past his drum set in the pilot's cabin.Finger hops from his boat onto his makeshift, free-floating dock near Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Five anchors hold his dock in place, leaving ...   More
 
Thursday, June 14, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Death on the Streets: About One Homeless Person a Week Dies in Multnomah County

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The Multnomah County Health Department and Street Roots Community Newspaper have released a report regarding homeless deaths in 2011. The report, Domicile Unknown, reveals that one person experiencing homelessness died nearly every week last year in Multnomah County. This is the first review by the Multnomah County and Oregon State Examiner regarding the deaths of those without shelter. The average ...   More
 
Friday, April 27, 2012 CODY NEWTON

Portland Receives Funding for Homeless People Living with HIV/AIDS

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The Portland Housing Bureau says it's received $1.365 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help fund rent assistance, employment services and permanent housing for homeless people with HIV/AIDS.  Portland is one of only eight communities chosen to receive federal money from HUD, beating out 38 other cities.  City Commissioner Nick Fish calls the new grant a ...   More
 
Thursday, September 29, 2011 by

VIDEO: Portland's Street Library

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Laura Moulton is a self-proclaimed "street librarian." Twice a week, she peddles her mobile library Street Books downtown, where Portland's homeless population can check-out and return books.Local filmmaker Travis Shields has just put together this lovely documentary about the project:Shields' has made serveal other short documentaries featuring Portland's streets, including People Can't Wait about ...   More
 
Monday, August 8, 2011 by Ruth Brown

Acupuncture, Massages and a Whole Lot More for Homeless People


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A heads-up to folks on the streets this holiday: Ncompass, a Portland-based nonprofit, will host its second Annual Christmas Festival for the Homeless under the Morrison Bridge this Sunday Dec. 19 from 11 am to 3 pm. Besides a giant barbecue, several free services will be featured, including a mobile dental van, acupuncture table, haircuts, manicures/pedicures and massages. Free sleeping bags, ...   More
 
Thursday, December 16, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

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