I hate coming up with catchy titles for things, but I have two all-time favorite titles. The first is the title of a Chinese novel about the Cultural Revolution called "Chaos and All That," and my second all-time favorite title is that a movie that was just released called "Gone Baby Gone." Both could be applied in their own unique way to the topic of this post which is one of my all-time favorite things to talk about: housing - or the lack of it here in our local community.
Multnomah County just released its list of Winter Services which includes its Winter Shelter. For the unintiated, Winter Shelter isn't so much a place you can go as it is a network of shelters that provide housing between November 1 and March 31. I know what you're thinking. If there shelters are already in place, why aren't they open year round? To which I reply, that is an excellent question.
The trouble is, the golden ticket you need to enter these fabulous winter havens is a minor child. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for sheltering children. Come to think of it, I'm for sheltering any sentient being in freezing temperatures, but my friends at Multnomah County take a different view. THERE IS NO WINTER SHELTER FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT CHILDREN. Sure, there is Jean's Place and the SAFES shelter at Salvation Army, but any woman will tell you both of those shelter have a waiting list of at least 30 people. A few of the shelters add additional beds during the winter, but there are still far too many people on the street without no place to go.
Are we going to make some noise about this?