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When the safety net breaks, Portland's most vulnerable are left to pick up the pieces

The walls at Safety Net of Oregon, a nonprofit that once helped disabled people manage their federal benefits, are usually covered with collages and fake flowers. But now the plaster walls are bare except for a sign stating that there will be no tolerance for weapons, drugs, alcohol and threatening behavior to staff. There’s also a sign stating that Safety Net will be shutting down April 1. “P.S. This is not an April fool’s joke,” the sign concludes.

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Injury inspires vendor to help others’ lives

It’s not always easy to stay positive when you don’t have a bed to sleep in, a roof over your head, or a job to support you. Evan, however, doesn’t seem to have trouble keeping a smile on his face throughout the short time I sat down to chat with him.

“I know people out there who got it a lot worse than I do,” he says.

Cruel, inhuman and degrading: US policies on homelessness called out by UN

My organization, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, works to end homelessness in the United States. As the Law Center’s policy director, most people would expect me to be pounding the pavement here in Washington, D.C. – lobbying the administration and Congress for the funding and policy changes we need to ensure that every person in this country has safe, decent, affordable housing. However, people probably wouldn’t expect me to spend a week in Geneva, Switzerland, lobbying at the United Nations.

Frustration on all sides with ‘half-baked’ JTTF involvement

After the third year in a row of a disappointingly vague report from the Portland Police Bureau on its cooperation with the Joint Terrorism Task Force, frustrated City Council members appear ready to revisit Portland’s nebulous relationship with the FBI.

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When the safety net breaks, Portland's most vulnerable are left to pick up the pieces

The walls at Safety Net of Oregon, a nonprofit that once helped disabled people manage their federal benefits, are usually covered with collages and fake flowers. But now the plaster walls are bare except for a sign stating that there will be no tolerance for weapons, drugs, alcohol and threatening behavior to staff. There’s also a sign stating that Safety Net will be shutting down April 1. “P.S. This is not an April fool’s joke,” the sign concludes.

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March Archives

Home safe home: Why abuse often leads to homelessness

Sharing art and a good story, too

Seattle physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston spotlights the human cost of our mental health crisis

Jackie Yerby rallies local Catholics for marriage equality, despite opposition from the Archdiocese

Judge orders immediate restraining order against Social Security to protect disability clients

Street Roots' continuing coverage of Social Security and people experiencing poverty

Checks and imbalances: exploring Portland's disproportionately high Social Security waitlist

Breaking: Oregon Law Center, Disability Rights Oregon file lawsuit against Social Security Administration

A new reason to live

City Club to study Medicaid expansion, homeless impact

Don’t be a bully, from Oregon’s 2014 Teacher of the Year

Readers play vital role at Street Roots

For the record March 14-27, 2014

Multnomah County chair rips Social Security's handling of nonprofit closure

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