Join the 3rd Wednesday Portland Assembly crew as they take a deeper look at signals by the Trump Administration indicating that their “solutions to the homeless issue” may be nothing more than incarcerating homeless people. Will Wapato be a model?
Among the many bad signs as to the likely authoritarian turn a Trump policy on homelessness will take is the recent hiring of Robert Marbut, Jr. to head the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates initiatives for people without housing across 19 different federal agencies. Marbut, a consultant who’s spent the last decade advising cities on how to manage services for people living in homelessness, believes, against all available evidence, that panhandling is "the gateway to vice."
Trump's special animus towards California has led him to single the state out for harsh criticism on how it handles its houseless population, which has state officials concerned. Apparently, neighboring Oregon should be as well, as Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced a tour of Wapato by regional HUD administrator Jeff McMorris, which took place on December 2.