Young people grow up understanding that having people experiencing homelessness in their city is simply a fact of life. It’s a sad reality. The truth is mass homelessness hasn’t always existed in American cities.
Saying that, it exists today and has become a normal part of life for many people living and working in American cities. Portland is no different. People are frustrated.
Compassion fatigue is real. People believe homelessness can’t be solved. They’ve given up on the idea that government can do anything to stop people from sleeping on our streets.