Tourism taxes could fund homeless services

A plan to increase funding for homeless services is nearing completion.

Using tourism-generated tax dollars to reduce homelessness will be considered by the Multnomah County Commission on Thursday, Dec. 5.

The proposal to dedicate a share of the hotel, motel and motor vehicle rental taxes to social services has already been approved by the Portland City Council and Metro Council. The dedicated funds will pay for service providers to help very low income residents with mental health and other issues stay in housing to be built by Portland and Metro affordable housing bonds.