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NORTHWEST NEWS

Salinas, Erickson, Win Primaries in New Oregon 6th District

Salinas, who has maintained her lead as more ballots have been counted from Tuesday's primary, would be Oregon’s first Hispanic congresswoman

As Registration Opens Portland Parks Needs Staff for Summer Programs

Indoor and outdoor pools will open with jobs and free training available for swimmers

State Representative Janelle Bynum Calls for Legislative Inquiry into Clackamas County Election Debacle

Bynum says Elections Clerk Sherry Hall must answer questions and deliver a clear plan along with assurances the count will be fair

Here's How Abortion Clinics Are Preparing for Roe to Fall

In March, Oregon lawmakers approved million to pay for abortions and support services such as travel and lodging for in-state or out-of-state patients who travel long distances, and to expand abortion availability.

NEWS BRIEFS

'Twitter Philanthropy' Reveals Chasms in Social Safety Net

The California-based chip maker said Thursday the new “mega lab” will investigate ways to make data centers operate more...

Local Podcast Wins Awards at Home and Abroad

Let’s Talk About Race is a production of Grassroot News NW and KBOO Community Radio. ...

Multnomah County Planning Commission Seeks New Member

Multnomah County’s Land Use Planning Division is looking for a Multnomah County resident to serve as a volunteer member on the...

2 Pleasure Boats Catch Fire on Columbia River

Two pleasure boats caught fire on the Columbia River between Vancouver and Caterpillar Island Sunday afternoon. One boat sank,...

WA Childhood Immunization Rates Decline During Pandemic

Immunization rates have decreased by 13% in 2021 when compared to pre-pandemic level ...

Presumptive case of monkeypox reported in Seattle area

SEATTLE (AP) — A “presumptive” case of monkeypox is being investigated in the Seattle area, local health officials said Monday. Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County, said at a news conference Monday afternoon the case was in an adult...

US releases environmental study about new Idaho test reactor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have released an environmental study for a proposed nuclear test reactor to be built in eastern Idaho that backers say is needed to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The U.S. Department...

OPINION

Costly Auto Repairs Driving Consumers Into a Financial Ditch

Research documents new, growing form of predatory lending ...

Can Federal Lynching Law Help Heal America?

Despite decades of senseless delays, this new law pushes America to finally acknowledge that racism often correlates to a level of violence and terror woven into the very fabric of this country. ...

The Skanner News Endorsements: May Primary 2022

Primary election day is May 17, 2022. Read The Skanner's endorsements for this important election. ...

Men’s Voices Urgently Needed to Defend Reproductive Rights

For decades, men in increasing numbers have followed women’s lead in challenging gender-based violence and promoting gender equality, so why are we stuck when it comes to abortion? ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Amidst threats, Kadri scores 3 in Avs' 6-3 win over Blues

Nazem Kadri had a powerful response to quiet all the haters. Refusing to buckle in the face of death threats, racial slurs, a booing St. Louis crowd and a few post-whistle hits, the Avalanche forward scored three times — including the game-winner — in a 6-3 victory over the Blues...

Stacey Abrams aims to recapture energy of first campaign

ATLANTA (AP) — For Stacey Abrams, everything is different this time. Unlike her first campaign for Georgia governor in 2018, she enters Tuesday's primary election as the presumptive Democratic nominee, facing no competition. She's not the relatively unknown former state...

Are police consent decrees an asset? Depends on who you ask

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department will face the intense scrutiny of a federal program after a state investigation spurred by the killing of George Floyd concluded that the city's officers stop and arrest Black people more than white people, use force more often on people of color...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: 'Either/Or' is Elif Batuman’s sequel to 'The Idiot'

“Either/Or,” by Elif Batuman (Penguin Press) Do you remember what it felt like to be a college sophomore? The Jell-O shots, cookie dough and moments of abject humiliation and terror as you tried, oh so self-importantly, to figure out how to live? Elif Batuman brings...

New this week: Dinosaurs, Def Leppard and 'The Responder'

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — In the satirical comedy “Emergency,” college seniors Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) and Sean (RJ...

Review: A fun summer mystery with the ‘Bob’s Burgers’ crew

Fans of “Bob’s Burgers” will find a lot to savor in the long-awaited big screen adaptation of the Fox comedy about the oddball Belcher family. “ The Bob’s Burgers Movie ” feels very much like the quirky show — just on a supersized scale, which is all it needed to be. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Kemp, Perdue duel could end with Georgia's GOP primary

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday could spell an end to the faceoff between...

US births rose last year but still less than before pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. births bumped up last year, but the number of babies born was still lower than before the...

South Asia's intense heat wave a 'sign of things to come'

NEW DELHI (AP) — The devastating heat wave that has baked India and Pakistan in recent months was made more...

EXPLAINER: US keeps world guessing on Taiwan stance

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time in less than a year, President Joe Biden has stirred controversy with his...

'They ruined everything': Fleeing the devastation in Ukraine

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Houses on fire. Artillery blasting through thick apartment walls. People hiding in...

'Never have I been so ashamed': Russian envoy criticizes war

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — A veteran Russian diplomat to the U.N. Office at Geneva says he handed in his...

Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

A recent count of homeless people in the state showed a 21 percent increase from the year before.
In response, a coalition of housing advocates, nonprofits, faith-based groups and government representatives met on June 24 to hash out solutions to the problem. The Interfaith Summit focused on solutions within the framework of faith-based institutions.
Kevin Finney, public policy director for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, said the coalition focused on solutions for improving shelter response, working to keep families from becoming homeless and making outreach to homeless children to keep them engaged in school.
Expanded and continued funding for emergency rental assistance was needed to keep families stable, he said. When families do become homeless, he said faith-based institutions worked on solutions to improve their outreach to create relationships with those individuals.
"If we can get involved in the early level, we can make more of a difference," he said.
Of course, the biggest factor in reducing homelessness is improving the economic climate of the state, he said. Barring that change, faith-based institutions are using whatever resources are at their disposal to help families – inside and outside of their congregations.
At the same time that homelessness is increasing and job creation is stagnant, the state of Oregon is facing more than half a billion dollar deficit in its projected budget.
Most troubling is the finding that one-third of all homeless people are children. Homeless children increased 36 percent to 5,866 during this year's count. In all there were 19,207 people identified as homeless in the count completed in early June.
Because Multnomah County does not conduct homeless counts in even number years, the Oregon Housing and Community Services count is likely low, according to agency, due to the fewer number of census counters on the ground.
"In ordinary times, we would expect the number of people counted to fall without the Portland street count," said Rick Crager, OHCS deputy director, in a release. "These numbers are proof that the economic conditions of the state, driven primarily by unemployment, have brought unprecedented levels of homelessness."
In Multnomah County, there were 1,648 homeless single adults; 64 couples without children, 1115 single parents with children (children included in count); and 359 two parent families with children (children included in count). The majority of these people are in shelters or transitional housing.
Of all homeless counted, 661 were Black; 369 were Hispanic; 169 were American Indian; 1723 were White; 81 were Pacific Islander; 49 were Asian and 147 undetermined.

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