Wheeler discusses city's homelessness solutions at forum

FILE -- A homeless campsite. (KATU File Photo)

Mayor Ted Wheeler outlined what the city has done so far to address the homelessness crisis during a forum Thursday.

But he said the city’s efforts haven’t been enough.

Wheeler faced tough questions from the audience, including addressing the fact that 79 people in Multnomah County died last year while living on the streets.

“While I need those partnerships -- at the federal level, at the state level, and other jurisdictions and health providers, I need academia. While I need those, it is on me to forge that alliance,” Wheeler said.

He also suggested reaching out to get the homeless help where they’re at, along with more out-of-the-box solutions.

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