PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Community leaders and those who have experienced homelessness met Wednesday in Portland to speak out against the Trump administration’s new plan to solve homelessness.
The group addressed the president’s approach of warehousing people in large facilities away from populations and the idea of relying on police to be the main force to deal with the problem.
“We are saying ‘no’ today because these out of sight, out of mind tactics are cruel, they are immoral and ultimately, they don’t work,” said Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury.
“You’re treated like a criminal as is, you’re watched like one. You really don’t need to codify in people’s minds, ‘Well look, this prison’s open, what are you complaining about? You really have no other options, why don’t you just sit in there?’ No, why don’t you sit in there?” said Street Roots vendor George McCarthy.