The homeless population continues to grow in the US. Portland’s solution? Convert a prison into a homeless destination. Wait – what?
Advocates for the plan say it would be a combination shelter and treatment facility, where people suffering addiction could receive counseling and people without work could get advice. Turner, the police union officer, described his dilemma this way: When he gets calls about people demonstrating erratic or unsafe behavior who are homeless, and either under substance influence or suffering from mental illness, he has nowhere to take them but the emergency room or the police station. He wants to open Wapato so they have somewhere else to go. Right, the prison.
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