Portland homeless count little changed since 2013

Multnomah Co. homeless count about the same as 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The number of homeless people in Multnomah County has remained about the same over the past two years.

A report that comes out every other year identified 1,887 people living on county streets. That's an eight-person decrease from 2013.

The report released Wednesday by the county and the cities of Gresham and Portland found another 1,042 people in transitional housing and 872 sleeping in an emergency shelter.

Of the unsheltered population, half said they had been homeless for a year or less, and most frequently cited the cause as unemployment or an inability to afford rent.

Though the total number of homeless was little changed, the survey found sharp increases in the number of African-Americans, women and families with children living without shelter.

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