Portland officials continued their struggle with the region’s spiraling homeless crisis this week; deploying “mobile hygiene stations” and temporary toilets to tent cities and illegal encampments.
“As the homeless crisis continues to simmer in Oregon’s largest city, local officials working with nonprofit groups have deployed mobile hygiene stations in a bid to clean up some of the largest encampments,” reports Fox News. “Portland, with a metropolitan area of about 2.4 million people, has joined West Coast cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco in struggling with a growing homeless crisis that ranks among the worst in the country.”
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Portland has the fourth highest number of transient people in the United States when adjusted for total population; double the national average.
These are campsites that for a very long time have been generating concerns and safety issues,” Denis Theiault, a spokesman for the Joint Office for Homeless Services, told FOX12 on Tuesday. “Not just public safety issues but health and safety issues for the folks who are camping there as well as the folks who are near those sites.”
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