In a 5-part series, "The Unsheltered Truth", KOIN 6 News anchor Jeff Gianola took an unflinching look at the problems facing Portland, the issues surrounding the reasons, business owners who deal with the issue everyday and possible solutions Portland could implement that other cities are now using.
In San Diego, Alpha Project is making inroads in their city's homeless population. Could this approach work in Portland? Jeff Gianola explores what's going on in San Diego and what may be happening in Portland.
Local developer Homer Williams and his non-profit Harbor of Hope lost their chance to turn Wapato into a homeless shelter last year, but then in a surprise twist, the new owner sold his interest to real estate magnate Jordan Schnitzer, who offered Williams a lease to run Wapato as a shelter.
There's Pops, Princess and Samantha. Pops is 70, Princess is a young woman and Samantha is only 22. They live on the streets of Portland, and they shared their stories of where they are and how they live.
KOIN 6 News anchor Jeff Gianola's series, "The Unsheltered Truth," talked with people on the front lines who are dealing with the homeless people and helping craft ideas and solutions for the problem. Here are some of those people.