PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — On Friday, Commission Chair Deborah Kafoury delivered her annual State of the County address.
She gave an overview, saying addressing homelessness was a priority. She said 12,000 people who would otherwise be homeless are in county housing.
“We are on our way toward becoming a community that is fully prepared and able to support
every neighbor experiencing chronic homelessness,” she said.
“Multnomah County is also building equity through our budget, which reveals what we value, and
aligns our community to the future we wish to build,” she said.
She highlighted the county’s plans for helping reduce the homeless population, specifically money raised from a tax increase voted for last May to help build a new county behavioral health resource center in downtown Portland.
In the coming year, Kafoury said gun violence was one of the goals the county needs to address. She also aimed to use what was learned during the past 12 months of the pandemic to tackle racism, homelessness and public health over the course of the next year.
Other Board of Commissioners – Dr. Sharon Meieran, Susheela Jayapal, Jessica Vega Pederson and Lori Stegmann – also provided remarks.
Multnomah County remains in the High Risk category of coronavirus metrics.
In late December, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted to extend the county’s eviction moratorium to July 2, 2021 amid ongoing challenges associated with coronavirus and its economic impact.