Oregon Experiences One of the Largest Increases in Homelessness in the US

April 6, 2023

Oregon’s recent spike in homelessness is one of the largest in the United States. The number of individuals experiencing homelessness rose by 23% from 2021 to 2022—the fifth-largest increase in the country. The Oregonian reports that experts attribute this surge to a combination of factors, including high housing costs, economic uncertainty, and the pandemic. Although the state has taken steps to address the issue, such as funding for affordable housing and assistance for those in need, more efforts are needed to tackle this crisis head-on.

John Tapogna, a senior policy adviser at ECONorthwest, breaks it down for us. He says expensive housing costs are the primary reason for the homelessness crisis. Other states—especially Western states and those along the Eastern corridor—face similar problems, thanks to limited housing supply and high-priced housing markets. “Is it personal circumstance or the housing market? Incidence of homelessness are highest in areas where difficult personal circumstances intersect with a challenging housing market,” he says.

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