"I want all people within our city to have a safe place to rest and call home. The rapid increase of unsheltered homelessness is the humanitarian crisis of our time," - Mayor Wheeler
Mayor Wheeler has always made it his mission to help those in need, and finding permanent solutions to the homelessness crisis in the City of Portland is one of the Mayor’s highest priorities. He firmly believes that everyone deserves access to high-quality, compassionate life-saving and social services, and to have a safe, stable place that they can call home.
During the Fall Budget Monitoring Process, Mayor Wheeler partnered with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Commissioner Dan Ryan to create a $38 million package to address the houselessness crisis. The package makes immediate investments in shelter beds, health and outreach workers, community cleanup programs, and more.
City Council unanimously adopted the FY 2021-22 Fall Supplemental Budget on November 17.
Under the Mayor’s direction, the City continues working tirelessly through an extensive and coordinated network of outreach, housing and services programs to lessen the impacts of homelessness. But success in addressing the issue cannot be realized working alone. Portland has a massive community of selfless, tireless people in government, neighborhood associations, the non-profit sector and business, who are all working together to make progress on the issue.