The new report released by the Oregon Community Foundation and ECONorthwest says Oregon has a much larger homeless population than other states.
The report calls the situation a crisis and says it requires collaborative solutions from all levels of the community.
“We have a combination of a dysfunctional housing market, not enough housing supply and we also have a chronic homeless population,” said OCF’s Director of Communications, Stephanie Swanson.
According to the Jackson County Continuum of Care, who leads the point in time homeless count along with several other agencies, the top three reasons for homelessness in the county include low hourly wages, the high cost of rent and the low number of available rental units.
The report also states Oregon’s homeless population represents 2.6% of the total homeless population in the nation despite the state’s population only representing 1.3% percent of the nation’s population.
Devin Gooden graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication with a Master’s degree in Sports Journalism.
She has spent most of her life in Atlanta, Georgia and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Business Management.
When she’s not reporting, Devin practices yoga, reads thriller novels and loudly cheers for her beloved Georgia Bulldawgs.