November 15: Homelessness, Health Care and Housing Featuring Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Homelessness in Portland has risen to crisis levels, with people sleeping on the streets or in tents throughout the metropolitan area. The cost of housing, meanwhile, continues to rise, leaving some of the city’s most vulnerable individuals with limited options, while the homeless population has limited access to needed health care services.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will take the stage to discuss his office’s proposed approach to this growing crisis. His talk will be followed by a reactor panel of mental health professionals, homeless advocates, and business leaders.

Panelists include:
Deputy Chief Bob Day
, Portland Police Bureau
Marc Jolin, Director, Joint Office of Homeless Services in Multnomah County
Dr. Andrew Mendenhall, Senior Medical Director of Substance Use Disorder Services, Central City Concern
Dave Otte, Partner and Owner, Holst Architecture
Kaia Sand, Executive Director, Street Roots

Moderator: Dave Miller, Host of OPB’s Think Out Loud

Event Details:
7:00am Buffet Breakfast
7:30am – 9:30am Interactive discussion and audience questions
Location: Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205)
Free parking lot adjacent to event venue

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