This is the time for boldness. It is the time for rapid, daring and pragmatic action that provides shelter and housing for 4,000-plus homeless Portlanders. In 2015, 88 houseless Portlanders died. Homelessness is dragging down our entire city, and we should take advantage of any reasonable options that will shelter and then house homeless Portlanders. A housing emergency should be treated like one.

I just toured Wapato, an empty 155,000-square-foot facility on 18 acres owned by Multnomah County. It can shelter at least 525 people in a safe, warm and dry place. Why do we accept people living in potentially life-threatening conditions on our streets when this well-maintained, new facility is being mothballed? Wapato's grounds also can be the site for hundreds of housing units.