First year report card

A report on the first year of Portland Street Response was presented to City Council today. Here are a few random tidbits from the report:

  • 89% of calls to PSR required no further help from Police or Fire.
  • 65% of calls to PSR involved someone experiencing homelessness.
  • None of the calls to PSR resulted in any arrests.
  • PSR staff followed up with 44 clients, making a total of 437 visits, helping them with housing applications, benefits referrals, and shelter referrals.
  • Nine clients found permanent housing thanks to PSR.

Here is the full report at PSU’s Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative  (144 page PDF with executive summary).

Here is a video at of the presentation to City Council (2 hours with captions for the hearing-impaired).

Coverage in local media:


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