The Homeless in Portland

A homeless man sits covered in snow early on March 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. A messy Monday is in store for millions along the East Coast, with winter weather advisories warning of a mixture of snow and rain for Washington, DC, Philadelphia, metropolitan New York and parts of northeast New Jersey. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Morgan Rieckmann-James examines homeless in the Portland Metro area.

By Morgan Rieckmann-James

Roughly 11 years ago Portland, along with about 300 other communities in the US, was part of a deal with federal housing officials to end chronic homelessness, in 10 years. Between the years of 2013 and 2015, however, on any given night around 3,800 people sleep on the streets, in a shelter, or in other forms of temporary housing. Recently, the city of portland also moved a large population of homeless camps from the springwater corridor in an attempt to “clean-up,” leaving many people with nowhere to go.

So what can be done? To begin, those experiencing poverty and in particular homelessness, are often looked down upon. Many people see them as inferior because of their living condition. The people I am speaking about, however, have not chosen this situation and even if they had, they deserve the same respect as those of us with a roof over our head and a bed to sleep in. Increasing this philosophy would increase empathy and hopefully compassion for those who have nowhere to go.

Along with this compassion volunteer services are constantly seeking help with food pantries, dining halls, and other volunteer opportunities.

If you want to help talk to Aaron Uchikura in the Christian Service Office or look up your local facilities that serve the homeless.