Hales, Kafoury aim to end veteran homelessness

The city and county want to end veteran homelessness in 100 days

Mayor Hales speaks at the 100-day kick off to end veteran homelessness, September 8 2015. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The city of Portland, Multnomah County and A Home for Every Veteran launched on Tuesday an initiative aimed at ending homelessness for veterans.

The initiative’s kick-off was attended by Mayor Charlie Hales, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Commissioner Dan Saltzman, HUD Regional Administrator Bill Block and Joanne Krumberger, the director of Portland VA Health Care System.

Officials said demand for rental housing has skyrocketed over the last year, leading to the shortage of housing for veterans.

“We are asking landlords to really step it up, and we know there’s a long list of people who are looking for apartments, but to help and make sure there’s space available for those who served our country,” said Kafoury.

The push originally started in January. At the time, there were nearly 700 homeless vets, and in just nine months, 430 of them have been housed. That leaves about 260 who still need to find housing.

The coalition adds the goal isn’t just to find homeless vets housing, but to help them get case workers and become better connected with social services.

If you know some who is homeless or needs help, have them call 211 to get resources.

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