Portland Rescue Mission Opening 34 More Beds Tonight


Portland Rescue Mission is opening up the third floor of its Burnside Shelter today. Some of the men who were previously staying in the first floor short-term emergency shelter are moving upstairs to a newly renovated expansion, which provides longer-term housing.The men moving to the third floor are part of Link, a work-exchange program. Men involved in the program have a place to stay at night, meals, ...   More
Thursday, September 5, 2013 by Sara Sneath

Homelessness Protester Attacked Outside City Hall


Activist Michael Withey is scheduled this Wednesday to present Portland City Council with a six-point plan to end homelessness, including more campgrounds. This morning at 4:01 am, Withey was attacked by two women on the sidewalk outside City Hall when he told them to quiet down so homeless protesters in Terry Schrunk Plaza could sleep. Police arrested 24-year-old Nancy Razo, and say they're looking ...   More
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Terry Schrunk Plaza Homeless Protest Digs In, Fights Feds, Makes Spaghetti


Portland City Hall still doesn't have any food carts in its lobby—but there's plenty of street grub across Southwest 4th Avenue. The homeless protest swept from the sidewalk in front of City Hall last month has dug in at federally owned Terry Shrunk Plaza, and people involved say they won't leave until Mayor Charlie Hales allows some tent camping in the center city. "We aren't going to leave until ...   More
Thursday, August 15, 2013 AARON MESH

How Nick Fish Broke Rank with Charlie Hales' Plan for Sidewalk Sweeps and Food Carts


City Commissioner Nick Fish has watched how Mayor Charlie Hales has been treating the homeless, and he’s not happy. Hales took the city Housing Bureau out of Fish’s management portfolio in June—and since then has cracked down on campsites on city sidewalks. Fish broke his silence last night by offering a lengthy statement to The Portland Mercury criticizing Hales' sidewalk sweep. He also spoke ...   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Inbox: Portland’s Homeless

Letters to the Editor
Nothing new here [“The Real World: Portland,” WW, Aug. 7, 2013]. It’s the same old story about how many of the people who are on the street remain there by choice. They would rather abuse dr   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Sidewalk Sweep Could Extend to Lents, Hales Says

Crackdown moves into Buckman, as Saltzman says housing not the issue.


UPDATE, 1:44 pm: City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the transportation bureau, says he and Mayor Charlie Hales are having "discussions" about how the sidewalk sweep is being conducted."I talked with the Mayor last week," Novick writes WW, "and I agreed that people can't use the public sidewalks as their personal property. We're having ongoing discussions about the details of his plan."ORIGINAL ...   More
Friday, August 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Hales' Sidewalk Sweep is Evicting Homeless Camps Under Interstate Overpasses


Mayor Charlie Hales' sweep of homeless camps on Portland sidewalks is rousting more than just downtown panhandlers and street kids. It's also evicting small tent and cardboard box encampments from under Portland's two main Interstate highway overpasses, on each side of the Willamette River. In the first 24 hours of Portland Police officers posting no-camping signs and issuing citations in three city ...   More
Thursday, August 8, 2013 AARON MESH

The Real World: Portland

10 people who are living in the city without homes.

Cover Story
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

Mayor Charlie Hales Wants to Replace Homeless Camp with Food Carts at City Hall

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Mayor Charlie Hales' decision to evict a growing homeless camp from the Southwest 4th Avenue sidewalk is only the first stage of a plan to transform the plaza in front of City Hall. The next step: food carts. WW recently learned Hales met with staffers in the city's facilities department in recent weeks to discuss adding food carts, coffee carts and tables to the City Hall plaza and lobby—essentially ...   More
Monday, July 22, 2013 AARON MESH

Vanifest Destiny: When In Roam

Why I left a comfy job and sweet apartment in Ohio to live in a van in Portland.

Culture Features
I’m lying on the backseat of a busted old conversion van that reeks of oil and cigar smoke in the parking lot of a Space Age gas station near the Portland-Gresham border. It’s not quite 6 am,    More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 PETE COTTELL


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