From Margaret Van Vliet is the director of the Portland Housing Bureau
With its recent pieces on the West Hotel, Street Roots continues its diligent reporting on issues concerning some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Many SR readers know that the West Hotel is being replaced by the Macdonald Center, and the 27 people who have lived there will have to move.
The new building will house a different – and larger – population of needy people in quality homes that also come with supportive services to help people maintain stability.
In a recent editorial, SR asked whether the Portland Housing Bureau has undermined its goal of ending homelessness by not being more aggressive about relocation requirements when apartments are torn down to make way for redevelopment. Continue reading