Wheeler: Homeless crisis straining all bureau budgets

Mayor Ted Wheeler and Interim Budget Director Jessica Kincaid discuss the proposed budget during a Thursday afternoon press briefing.

According to Mayor Ted Wheeler, city programs to help fight the homeless crisis are costing so much money, they are straining the budgets of other Portland agencies.

"If we were not experiencing the homeless crisis, we would have $33 million more dollars for other programs," Wheeler said, citing the city money spent on numerous homeless programs this fiscal year. "We would have a surplus, not a deficit."