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Homelessness in Clackamas County

Homelessness in Clackamas County has become an issue that is difficult to ignore.

Despite the 61 new permanent housing slots added to the county’s inventory during the last two years, homeless populations across the board in the county saw an increase in 2017 from the Point In Time Count, which saw 2,293 people who were experiencing homelessness in the county. During the last count, which took place in 2015, 2,196 people were identified as homeless, making this year’s total a 4.4 percent increase.

While it is difficult to determine the exact reasons for these increases, possible factors include:

On Nov. 8, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners declared an emergency to provide shelter for homeless individuals. The declaration will be in effect for six months, and it will give staff the authority to move quickly to provide warming shelters for homeless residents this winter. In this case, the increasing numbers of homeless county residents; their need for safe and warm shelter, and the current lack of adequate temporary or emergency homeless shelters constitutes an emergency.

Because of the emergency declaration, volunteers will be needed to serve in a variety of capacities. Below, volunteers can sign up to receive more information about opportunities.

To help those using warming centers this winter, consider making a monetary donation to Social Services of Clackamas County.

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