DOWNTOWN PORTLAND, OR
CLEAN & SAFE DISTRICT

Early Signs Point to a Spike in Portland Homelessness Over the Past Two Years

Reports of camps and intravenous drug use are rising.


Apr 5, 2017
Downtown Clean & Safe, the security and janitorial nonprofit run by the Portland Business Alliance, keeps a record of "sharps"—needles used to inject intravenous drugs—removed annually from public rights of way in downtown. That number nearly doubled in one year. Lynnae Berg, executive director of the group, attributes the rise not simply to an increasing number of homeless people but to heroin use "skyrocketing" nationwide. "It's not just a Portland problem," she says.

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