Portland Street Response closer to reality in PDX
The Portland City Council is slated to vote this month on Portland Street Response, an alternative response to low-priority calls for service involving those experiencing homelessness.
Currently police respond to many of these emergency dispatch calls even when they don’t involve a crime, tying up valuable resources. Advocates envision Portland Street Response as a way to connect people with necessary resources such as mental health, housing, and medical services.
This summer a team of community partners, including PSU’s Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative and Street Roots, released a report
to help inform the pilot program based on interviews with people experiencing homelessness.
The center will work with Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty's office to evaluate the program as it develops. Learn more. Show support.