Video Forum: Solving Portland's Homeless Crisis - A Start in Sight?

Video Forum: Solving Portland's Homeless Crisis - A Start in Sight?

It’s been 17 months since area voters passed the historic “Here Together” initiative (Measure 26-210), the nation’s largest-ever tax measure dedicated entirely to homelessness services. New revenue from this measure just began flowing to service providers in July. 

Resolving Portland’s long-standing challenges with homelessness will take years and the work has just begun. However, now is a good time to level-set on the path forward. What are the plans in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties for housing people? How will providers manage the myriad mental health and substance abuse issues associated with homelessness? And when can we expect to see substantial decreases in the number of those living unsheltered throughout the region? 

The Alliance’s October Forum provides a progress report on the work done and the road ahead. Our panelists, deeply involved in the policy and direct services of homeless remediation, will share their perspective on the issues at hand, as well as their vision for the future.


  • Mark Bond, Policy Director, Office of Commissioner Dan Ryan
  • Mercedes Elizalde, Public Policy Director, Central City Concern
  • Marc Jolin, Director, Joint Office of Homeless Services


  • Nicole Hayden, Homelessness Reporter, The Oregonian