My View: After 12 years, it’s time to end homelessness

Portland has been talking about ending homelessness for too long without doing it, says writer Max Margolis.

Whether you're playing in the park with your kids, taking your dog for a walk, biking around your neighborhood, or driving on the freeway, every Portlander is aware of our homeless citizens. Since 2004, when Portland committed to ending homelessness in 10 years, we have been treating it as a crisis.

For over a dozen years, Portland has tried "no camping," "sit-lie sidewalk," and "safe sleep" policies to control our homeless citizens. These frantic and scattered homeless policies have failed. The homeless crisis has ended; it is now a chronic condition that too many Portlanders are experiencing.