Ted Wheeler discusses plan for homeless & street repairs

Ted Wheeler One-on-One, Part 2

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The man who wants to be Portland's next mayor sat down with KGW to talk about some of the most serious issues facing the city.

Last week, the Portland City Council declared a state of emergency for housing and homelessness, but Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler says there is no "real money" behind the city's plan.

Wheeler says increasing tax-increment financing to 50 percent would help get more affordable units built. And he also says it's time to rehab some of the city's older, vacant buildings. He says homelessness is a complex issue, that includes a crisis in mental health care and addiction treatment.

He added that there are fewer shelter beds today in Portland than there were in 2008. Close to 1,800 people sleep unsheltered on Portland streets every night.

Wheeler also says he believes that a local gas tax should pay for street maintenance and safety improvements, instead of trying to revamp the failed street-fee proposal put forth by City Hall last year,

 

Watch the interview in the three-part video below:

Ted Wheeler interview, Part 1:

Ted Wheeler interview, Part 2:

Ted Wheeler interview, Part 3:

 


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