Archive for November, 2018

“You can end up in a bad position pretty fast”

After successfully graduating from JobCorps’ Culinary Arts program Christian slept on the couch of a friend’s apartment in Gresham. He found a job washing dishes at a prestigious athletic club in downtown Portland. It required him to take the MAX train everyday which was an expense he hadn’t planned for.

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JessicaCarroll Blanchet House Counselor Photo by Julie Showers

Off the Street, Back to Blanchet

It was the early 90s in Portland. Jessica Carroll had a mohawk, a methamphetamine addiction, and most nights slept under the SW Clay St. overpass. 17-years-old, homeless and hungry she would often eat at the Blanchet House of Hospitality. “It was a place I could always go to eat,” says

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Portland Police Officer conducts a sweep of a homeless camp.

Portland Police Explain Homeless Camp Sweeps

To the passerby, a homeless camp sweep may seem like a heartless way for the police to force homeless people out of sight without doing much to find a sustainable solution. But the relationship between the police and the homeless population is much more complex and so are the many

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